Vadio Bairrada DOC 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: PORTUGAL / Region: BEIRAS / Appellation: BAIRRADA DOC / Varietal(s): BAGA --- The village of Poutena in Portugal's Bairrada region is home to the Vadio Project, a small organic winery run by Luis Patrão, his Brazilian girlfriend Eduarda, and his father Dinis. Located 15 km from the Atlantic Ocean and 100 km south of Porto, viticulture has existed in Bairrada since the Moor withdrawal in the 10th century. The region became a critical supplier to Port producers in the 17th century due to British demand, but later dropped off the wine map as Port fell from popularity, and vignerons sold their juice in bulk or just made wine for their own families. The Vadio Project is striving to change the perception of Bairrada by showing that it can produce world-class wines through the resurrection of the region's traditional grape varieties. Viticulture at Vadio is entirely organic and fermentation occurs with native yeast. 100% baga, this new arrival is light on its feet, with bright red cranberry and cherry fruit accented by earthy, spicy, faintly-herbal notes. Subtly evocative of Loire Valley pinot or gamay blends, this is fantastic with roasted goat, pork belly, or cheddar-stuffed black bean burgers.
Alvar de Dios Arribes DO "Camino de los Arrieros" 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEÓN / Appellation: ARRIBES DO / Varietal(s): RUFETE+JUAN GARCÍA+TRINCADEIRA PRETA+ BASTARDO+OTHERS --- Camino de Los Arrieros (The Arrieros Way) is the name of a route that traces the border between northern Spain and Portugal. The Arribes del Duero, the ruggedly beautiful borderland that abuts the Duero River where it separates Spain from Portugal, is home to the DO Arribes, a little-known appellation on the extreme western edge of Spain. Here, winemaker Alvar de Dios is exploring the grapes and terroir of this little-known region in new and exciting ways. The 2016 vintage of Camino de los Arrieros is his first village wine from Villadepera, where working with local organic growers and a delightful blend of native grapes all come together. A mélange of rufete, Juan García, trincadeira preta, bastardo and some other unnamed varieties mixed in the vineyards all planted on sandy red slate soils, Camino is harvested by hand, crushed by foot, and fermented whole cluster by indigenous yeasts in large French oak vats. Organically farmed and made with minimal intervention in the cellar, this bright, high-toned red is perfect for perking up a dreary late-winter day! Evoking savory Galician reds, it bursts with vibrant red and dark berry fruit, hints of black pepper, and distinct minerality. Its rustic character makes a great match with sautéed chicken with onions, peppers, and potatoes.
Bodegas Gutiérrez de la Vega "Viña Ulises" Alicante VdT 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: ALICANTE / Appellation: ALICANTE VDT / Varietal(s): GARNACHA+MONASTRELL --- For nearly four decades, Felipe Gutiérrez de la Vega and his wife Pilar have championed traditional winegrowing in the sun-drenched region of coastal Alicante. In 1982 the couple moved into an old olive mill in the secluded village of Parcent. Currently they farm 10 hectares of vines situated only a few kilometers from the sea, where the Mediterranean brings refreshing breezes and a pleasant humidity to their rugged mountainside. Their daughter, Violeta, is now beginning to take over the reins of the winemaking operation, continuing the family tradition. Inspired by the historical wine styles of their area, Felipe and Pilar produce a diverse range of 14 wines in their 19th century bodega and pay tribute to the novels, writers and composers which inspire their “vinos de autor” cuvées. Viña Ulises is their tribute to James Joyce. A lively red, this blend of 60% garnacha and 40% monastrell comes from 30-50 year old vines grown at 200 meters altitude on iron-rich calcareous soils in the Xaló Valley of the Marina Alta. Grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, and fermented with native yeasts in steel vats before spending six months on fine lees. The wine is bottled without filtration, and nothing is added in the cellar except for minute amounts of sulfur at bottling when necessary. Lovely fresh red fruit flavors are balanced by sanguine minerality and a backbone of fine-grained tannins. A versatile choice for the table, this works with roast meats and poultry (yep, poultry!), or of course the famous paella dishes of the region!