Sep
21
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Johannes Zillinger "Reflexion" Grüner Veltliner Weinviertel Kellerberg 2017 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: WEINVIERTEL / Appellation: WEINVIERTEL / Varietal(s): GRÜNER VELTLINER --- As a child, Johannes Zillinger learned the craft of organic winemaking at his father’s knee, vowing to protect the environment rather than poison it. His father Hans is one of the pioneers of organic viticulture in Austria, converting to organic in 1983. When Johannes took over the 350-year-old winery in 2013, he took it a step further and became biodynamic, now Demeter certified. He has embraced the biodynamic philosophy head-on, and even grows his own herbs for tea tinctures to use as treatments in his vineyards. The wines are all spontaneously fermented, lightly filtered, and minimally sulfured only at bottling. The Kellerberg vineyard is at the heart of Johannes’ winery, with thyme interplanted throughout the vineyard and used to produce tea and extracts. Old grüner veltliner grapes consistently produce high quality wine every year. “Reflexion” is hand harvested, fermented with naturally occurring yeasts, pends 4 months on the lees, and goes through full malolactic fermentation, which contributes a unique, savory richness to the wine. Golden yellow fruits form the core of this round-bodied white, leading off with a graphite edge, and finishing with loads of peppery spice and a mineral-driven finish. An exuberant display of flavors, this is a master-class in clean, precise winemaking. Fantastic with Parmesan and sage crusted pork chops (if anyone knows how to make whites that pair with meat dishes, it's the Austrians). Certified biodynamic, low-intervention, vegan.

Château Cambon Brouilly AOC 2017 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY-BEAUJOLAIS / Appellation: BROUILLY AOC / Varietal(s): GAMAY --- What began as a project of three friends – the late Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Claude Chanudet, and Joseph Chamonard – remains now in the hands of Jean-Claude Chanudet and his wife Geneviève (the daughter of Joseph Chamonard). The trio purchased this 13-hectare forgotten vineyard, realizing it had incredible pedigree and potential. Planted originally in 1914 in three parcels, it contains a mixed soil composition of clay-granite and calcareous-sand. Marcel, Jean-Claude, and Joseph expanded the plantings and combined the wines to create a harmonious (and incredible) expression of the entire plot. The vines are tended with biodynamic-organic practices established years ago, fermentation occurs using only native yeasts, and the wines then rest in 200-year-old foudres. 100% gamay, it is structured and concentrated, boasting ripe, bright cherries and fresh plums supported by a subtly earthy tannic grip. An elegant match with classic roasted chicken or marinated tofu with swiss chard and sautéed peppers. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

Domaine de la Terre Rouge "Tête-à-Tête" Sierra Foothills 2013
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SIERRA FOOTHILLS / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+MOURVÈDRE+SYRAH --- Terre Rouge is located on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada in Amador County, California. Established in 1986 by Bill Easton and Jane O'Riordan, it's also the home of Easton Wines, with about 30 different wines produced in small lots of 100-400 cases between the two labels. The “Tête-à-Tête” is a Rhône blend meant for “head-to-head” (or heart-to-heart) conversations over dinner with good friends. 51% grenache, 32% mourvèdre, and 17% syrah, it offers generous aromas of sweet red fruit and spicy floral notes. Meaty, smoky, and sappy on the palate, with loads of ripe red and black fruit and savory herbal hints, it remains wonderfully fresh, steering clear of any jamminess. Displaying a long, luxurious finish of spice and crushed wild herbs (“California garrigue”) it evokes a solid Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages but with a unique California character all its own. A lovely match with roasted eggplant tart or cast-iron skillet sausages and potatoes.

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Sep
20
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Von Hövel Riesling Feinherb Oberemmeler Mosel 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: GERMANY / Region: MOSEL / Appellation: MOSEL / Varietal(s): RIESLING --- Max von Kunow assumed von Hövel in 2010, taking over for his father Eberhard, and has nearly doubled the vineyard holdings while at the same time converting the entire estate to organic. Located in Konz-Oberemmel, a side valley of Saar in the Mosel, they operate out of a 12th century manor house, which initially served as an abbey retreat for the famous wine monastery of St. Maximin in Trier. Max’s father also did not produce any dry wines at the estate, entirely favoring sweet wines, but Max chooses to do both and always encourages indigenous yeast fermentations for all. He is meticulous in the winery, allowing certain grapes to see some skin contact while others do not, being very particular in choosing what goes into which of his cuvées. The 2014 Oberemmeler Feinherb was fermented in both stainless steel and neutral oak, macerated between 24-36 hours, and is one of Max’s best wines from the 2014 vintage. It’s savory and citrusy, salty and snappy with a dry-like finish. The residual sugar contained in this wine broadens the texture, heightens the aromatics and extends the length. Great with halibut and sweet potato chowder! Organically grown.

Domaine de la Patience Coteaux du Pont du Gard IGP 2018 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: COTEAUX DU PONT DU GARD IGP / Varietal(s): MERLOT --- One of the best kept secrets of the southern Rhône is the town of Nîmes. Just 30 miles from the Mediterranean, the town enjoys the coastal influence in the midst of Roman architecture, including a small coliseum still in use. This family estate is located in the Costières de Nîmes between Nîmes and Avignon. After managing the winemaking at a local cooperative for a decade, Christophe Aguilar began to make his own wines, organically farming 60 hectares of vines in the same soils his grandfather farmed 50 years ago. The estate name refers to “la patience”, an aromatic wild herb growing throughout their vineyards. This pure merlot is soft and generous, the fruit having taken in the warm Mediterranean sun. Destemmed and vinified in tanks, it is aged for three months in concrete. In classic French fashion, this cuvée is dry and fragrant with rocky, garrigue notes. Aromas of ripe plum, baking chocolate, and sweet wild herbs yield to a plush palate bursting with ripe blackberry, plum, and currant, before finishing with layers of herbs and minerals. An easy sipper with a simple cheese plate or great with pasta with mushrooms and olives. Certified organic.

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Sep
14
3:00 PM15:00

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Domaine No Control "HeavenCider" NV - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: AUVERGNE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Originally from cider county in Normandy, Vincent Marie studied marketing then took a job in Alsace where he fatefully stumbled upon natural wine. After quitting his day job, Vincent spent three years working under Bruno Schueller and Patrick Meyer, two of the most forward-thinking natural wine producers in France, before landing in Auvergne with a tiny 1.5 hectares of vines (now up to 5ha). While he grows chardonnay, gamay and syrah, we were told that Vincent always wanted to make a cider, harking back to his roots in Normandy. His “HeavenCider” is made at his winery in Auvergne from cider apples purchased from Normandy. Seemingly inspired by keeved ciders of Northern France, this has the perfect balance of sweet and funk (proverbial “barn candy” or “sweet horse” if you will). Those familiar with the ciders of Manoir du Kinkiz or Domaine Lesuffleur will certainly find similarities - full-bodied, amber, impeccably melding barnyard, sweetness, and tannin. This pairs nicely with heavily spiced dishes, such as Harrisa-roasted carrots with spiced labneh, or hearty fare like smoky split pea and ham soup, or a classic cheese plate featuring sharp Vermont cheddar! Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

Clotilde Davenne Sauvignon Blanc Saint-Bris AOP 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: SAINT-BRIS AOP / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Although sharing the same Kimmeridgian soils as Chablis in Burgundy, the sauvignon blanc-based wines of Saint-Bris-le-Vineux take their stylistic cues from Sancerre, just one and a half hours to the West. It is the only town in Burgundy with sauvignon blanc. Clotilde Davenne grew up in Burgundy’s countryside and planted her first vines in 1989, and has since grown her domaine to over 18-hectares of small plots in three different appellations (Chablis, Irancy and Saint-Bris). Her sauvignon blanc grapes are from limestone soils; they are fermented in stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation, which preserves a lovely green apple tartness. The wine is racked and bottled after spending four months on the lees for textural depth.  Her Saint-Bris showcases the great qualities of this aromatic white grape: zesty citrus fruit with a mineral-driven, seashell core. A nose filled with lemon curd and tart green apple provides the opening salvo, giving way to a palate full of juicy white fruits, more invigorating citrus, and chiseled minerality with a crisp but significant mouthfeel that still remains bright and lively. A lovely match with grilled swordfish with lemon, oregano, and summer squash. Organically grown.

Domaine des Terres Vivantes Beaujolais-Villages AOP "La Lutine" 2018 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES AOP / Varietal(s): GAMAY --- Domaine des Terres Vivantes, located in the village of Blacé about 10 miles south of Morgon in Beaujolais, had always been a polycultural farm belonging to winemaker Ludovic Gros’s grandmother. However, before Ludovic and Marie Gros started growing grapes there, the land had to be revived. Having been fallow for about 10 years, the land that would become Domaine des Terre Vivants (which translates to “living earth”) needed real attention and care. The pair spent roughly five years reviving the soil, laying the groundwork for their now certified organic vineyard. (The Gros also grow their own wheat to mill into flour for Marie’s breadmaking.) Their rosé is 100% gamay from 45-year-old vines planted on granite and sandy loam soils. The grapes see whole cluster direct press with no maceration, and the must is transferred to stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The wine rests on the lees in tank during the winter. Bottling the following spring occurs according to the biodynamic calendar. You can feel this is a rosé from living soils. A vivacious nose of grilled tangerine, fresh floral tones, and a touch of just-ripe strawberry are situated on a dry palate of balanced acidity and creaminess. Enjoy the last of the season's heirloom tomatoes and pair this with a BLT with basil aioli. Certified organic, vegan.

Christian Venier "Les Hauts de Madon" Cheverny AOC 2018 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: CHEVERNY AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR+GAMAY --- Christian Venier is located in the eastern Touraine, in Cheverny where he refined his natural winemaking skills working with his cousin Thierry & Jean-Marie Puzelat of Clos du Tue Boeuf. After spending seasons assisting with harvests, he produced his first vintage in the mid 90s. He kept to his philosophy of making wine naturally, remaining a farmer akin to his ancestors, organically farming his approximately 6 hectares of vineyards. This wine is 80% pinot noir and 20% gamay, hand-harvested from Christian’s higher vineyard called ‘Les Hauts de Madon’, fermented whole-cluster using natural yeast in a cement and resin tank; the grapes undergo carbonic maceration, and are bottled unfiltered with no sulfur added. It is light and fruitful but complex with minerality and life. Great with seared albacore or poulet en cocotte (chicken roasted with bacon and potatoes). Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

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Sep
13
4:00 PM16:00

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Benmarl Dry Rosé New York 2018 Can 250 ml
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: HUDSON RIVER REGION / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC + MERLOT --- From Benmarl, one of our favorite local producers, rosé in a can! Benmarl Winery, owned and operated by the Spaccarelli family, sits among the lush green hills of Marlboro, New York just fifteen minutes from Beacon! Overlooking a beautiful valley, the 37-acre estate lays claim to the oldest vineyard in America as well as the first ever farm winery license to be issued in New York. This oh-so-versatile rosé doesn't disappoint: aromas of ruby red grapefruit, Rainier cherries, and wet strawberries yield to juicy red fruit on a palate that's light, clean, and refreshing. At only 12.2% alcohol, this makes a perfect, portable day-drinker. The 8.8 oz cans make a great serving size (or grab 4 cans for the equivalent of a liter bottle!) as well as a handy companion to Fall hiking in the Hudson Valley! Lovely with summer squash, mushroom, and goat cheese puff pastry - or sandwiches, salads, cheese plates... you get the idea!

Strangeways Chardonnay California 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN 
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Strangeways is produced in Buellton, California, in the Santa Ynez Valley. The area boasts a large Emu and Ostrich preserve, which was the inspiration for the label. A collaboration between Communal Brands and winemaker Serghei Stanila, this chardonnay is a delicious new value. The juice is a blend of fruit from varying regions ranging from Napa Valley to the Central Coast, all sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards. Contrary to what many of us expect in a bottle of California chard, this one sees no oak, fermented instead entirely in stainless steel. 15% of the juice undergoes malolactic fermentation, lending a lovely creamy texture on the palate. It is then fined and lightly filtered. Medium-bodied, it displays classic pineapple, golden delicious apple, and kiwi flavors, accented by creamy vanilla notes and a silky, clean finish. Incredibly drinkable and a great value to boot, this wine might just become your new go-to, even if you’re as picky as an Emu! (Emus are very picky!) A versatile partner with food, enjoy with grilled chicken and avocado sandwiches.  

Simon Hackett Wines "The Gatekeeper" Shiraz South Australia 2015
Country: AUSTRALIA / Region: SOUTH AUSTRALIA / Appellation: SOUTH AUSTRALIA / Varietal(s): SHIRAZ --- Simon Hackett grew up steeped in winemaking: born in the Barossa Valley, his family home was located next to the Saltram Winery at Angaston.  The fourth generation of Hacketts to pursue an agricultural calling (starting with his great-uncle in 1860), Simon began his career in winemaking at the age of 18, apprenticing at Saltram under Master Winemaker, Peter Lehmann. He joined the winemaking team at Southern Vales Winery in McLaren Vale in 1973, and in 1984 established his own boutique winery in an old cellar on a hill overlooking the McLaren Vale. That life experience shows in his “Gatekeeper” shiraz. Grapes were sourced from the McLaren Vale and the Riverlands region, fermented in stainless steel, then matured in American oak hogsheads. Bottled unfiltered, this is full bodied, with concentrated cherry, plum, and blackberry fruit, and hints of peppery spice on the finish. Bold, friendly, and vivacious, this remains fresh and food friendly. Pick up a few for the season's last BBQs!

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Sep
7
3:00 PM15:00

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Bellus "La Vie en Bulles" Pétillant Naturel California 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA  / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SIERRA FOOTHILLS / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Bellus was founded by Jordan Salcito, director of wine special projects at Momofuku. La Vie en Bulles ("life in bubbles") was made in collaboration with Michael Cruse, in an off-dry style inspired by the wines of France's Bugey-Cerdon. This 100% pinot noir offers up soft bubbles, a deliciously fruitful (tart apple pie, raspberries, white cherries, and limestone) character, and loads of fun. A fantastic party starter, this makes a great aperitif, but is also delightful when paired with everything from quiche at brunch to cheese plates at dinner, to late night French fries! Organically grown.

Broc Cellars "Love Red" North Coast 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: NORTH COAST / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN+VALDIGUIÉ+ SYRAH+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Broc Cellars was founded by Chris Brockway and built on a philosophy of sourcing sustainable and organic fruit on the way to creating exceptional wines. He takes a hands-off approach, allowing nature to be in charge, using only organic growing practices. This is the fifth bottling of Love Red, and grapes were primarily sourced from 50-70 year old vines in Solano County's Green Valley. Green Valley is small strip of land, about three miles long and a mile wide, tucked between the south-eastern corner of Napa Valley and southwestern edge of Suisun Valley. It’s unique in that it still contains many of its old-vine carignan and valdiguié vineyards on clay-loam soils. This is predominantly a field blend with a small percentage of syrah blended in from neighboring Wirth Ranch and Parenti Ranch (both vineyards also contribute valdiguié to the blend.) This wine, like all Broc Cellars wines, uses native yeast for fermentation. Bright and joyful, this juicy, light-bodied red will have you falling, well, in love! Graceful on the palate, it offers up plenty of clean red berries, hints of spicy anise, and vibrant acidity. Try this with herbed roast chicken with garlic mashed potatoes. Organically grown.

Salem Wine Co. Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: OREGON / Appellation: WILLAMETTE VALLEY - EOLA-AMITY HILLS / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Salem Wine Company is a project by Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman, who were behind the highly sought after Evening Land, Sandhi, and Domaine de la Côte wines. Near Salem, Oregon, about an hour's drive southeast of Portland, lies the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, which is contained entirely within the larger Willamette Valley AVA, established in 2006. The name Eola comes from Aeolus, the Greek god of winds, and it's those winds that define this AVA's character, as cool sea breezes are funneled over the hills, rapidly cooling the vineyards but also increasing evaporation. Foliage is thinner and vines are challenged to produce their fruit, gaining complexity as they respond to unique climactic changes. Most of the fruit for this cuvée comes from the renowned, biodynamically farmed Seven Springs Vineyard, and is dry farmed from all volcanic soils. This 100% pinot noir is aged for 15 months in neutral oak barrels, and the purity of fruit really shines though. It is delicate and elegant with silky tannins and a streak of earth. A showstopping addition to any meal, open this with fennel garlic pork roast. Sustainably grown.

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Sep
6
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Josmeyer "Le Fromenteau" Pinot Gris Alsace AOC 2012 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: ALSACE / Appellation: ALSACE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIS --- Domaine Josmeyer was founded in 1854 by Aloyse Meyer, a restaurant owner and gourmet who became a negociant. His son Joseph succeeded him in 1933, but was forced to prematurely hand over the reins to his eldest son, Hubert, during the Occupation in WWII. Hubert had a degree in oenology, and was an excellent winemaker who started to push the business into the export market; he created the Josmeyer name in 1963, adding the first three letters of his father’s name to their last name. His son Jean took over in 1966, switching the entire domaine to organic and biodynamic viticulture in 2000. Today, Jean's daughters Céline and Isabelle continue the family business. This pinot gris is named ‘Le Fromenteau’, an old Parisian name for the grape. It comes from parcels in the Herrenweg vineyard in Turckheim, which has sandy and silty soil speckled with pebbles and loess, and is gently whole-cluster pressed and fermented with indigenous yeast. It’s elegant and plush, still showing some bright acidity and a faintly nutty and honeyed character from its age. It has a sweet fruitfulness of apricot, peach, pear, and a hint of ginger, but finishes with tension and dryness. Lovely with summer squash, mushroom, and goat cheese puff pastry. Certified biodynamic, vegan.

Azienda Agricola Palladino Barbera d'Alba DOC Superiore 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: BARBERA D'ALBA DOC / Varietal(s): BARBERA --- Winemaking in the Palladino family dates back to the mid 1850s in the commune of Serralunga d'Alba in the heart of Barolo production. Palladino also makes this brilliant Barbera d'Alba all sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards in the Serralunga commune, which is known for producing wines of serious structure. Pierro Palladino studied winemaking at the Istituto Enologico, working as a winemaker for other wineries before carrying on his family’s tradition. He bought the current Azienda Vinicola Palladino in 1974, and entrusted its management to Maurilio Palladino, his cousin. Their Barbera d'Alba Superiore is a fruitful, lower-tannin alternative to the burlier Barolo. Grapes are harvested in small baskets, crushed and then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks before 8 months of aging in old, large-format barrels (botti). The wine is delicious with a little bottle age, showing some fresh fruit character with hints of dried herbs and clove, and a brightness on the palate that is emphasized by persistent acidity. Pair this with anything tomato-related: gravy and meatballs, pizza, ratatouille, or aloo gobi!

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Aug
31
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Land of Saints Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Land of Saints is a collaboration between Angela and Jason Osborne (who also own A Tribute to Grace Wine Company) and Manuel Cuevas (winemaker at C2 Cellars). They come from three very different places: Cornwall, England; Central Coast, California; and Auckland, New Zealand. Their love of California and Santa Barbara unite them, but the name Land of Saints is another name for Cornwall, as holy people gathered and lived there during the period known as “the age of saints” around 410 A.D. California is also the “land of saints” because there are at least 33 Sans and Santas, so the name seemed perfect. The grapes come from rocky, calcareous limestone and clay soils in Sta. Rita Hills, and the wine is styled after Meursault. Barrel fermented (30% new French oak) and matured in stainless steel. Balanced acidity gives this wine a bright nature, showing crisp orchard and citrus fruit with honey on the nose and palate. Follow the underlying richness and buttery mouthfeel to a long, creamy finish with a hint of nuttiness. Fantastic with seared scallops with brown butter. Sustainably grown.

Ca' de Noci "Tre Dame" Rosato Frizzante Emilia Rosato IGT 2018 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: EMILIA-ROMAGNA / Appellation: EMILIO ROSATO IGT / Varietal(s): SGAVETTA --- Brothers Giovanni and Alberto Masini established Cà de Noci in 1993 on their family’s farm, where their father Vittorio had planted the first vines in the 1970s. They had a desire to plant grapes native to Emilia-Romagna that were slowly disappearing, such as spergola, malbo gentile, montericco, and rare varieties of lambrusco. This rosé is made with two of those ancient grapes, sgavetta and termarina, that they planted in 2003 on the high hills in Broletto, characterized by calcareous Apennine soil. The name “Tre Dame” means “Three Ladies”, and is named so because the rosé comes from three demijohns. After a short period of skin contact and fermentation in vat, a natural second fermentation occurs in the bottle, giving the wine lively, small bubbles. It is bright, dry, and fresh, with some barnyard flavors coming through behind tart raspberry and just-ripe strawberry tones. Great with BBQ chicken, tomato sandwiches, or any late summer picnic fare. Certified organic, low intervention, vegan.

La Boutanche Gamay VdF 2018 Liter - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: BEAUJOLAIS / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GAMAY --- The "La Boutanche" label is a collaborative effort with importer Selection Massale to source tasty and affordable organic, minimalist wines from sought-after producers. Winemaker Olivier Minot is the force behind this incredible cuvée. 100% gamay from southern Beaujolais, the grapes are harvested from 90 year old vines, fermented and aged in concrete tanks, and bottled with minimal sulfur. Fresh-picked cherry, raspberry, and candied strawberry flavors mingle with spicy, woody notes of black tea, tilled soil, and forest floor. Sophisticated yet totally quaffable, this is a far more serious wine than the label indicates, and in a 1L bottle, a serious value too! This is sure to be your new go-to: like your favorite pair of blue jeans, it can be dressed up or down to suit almost any occasion! Certified organic, low intervention, vegan.

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Aug
30
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc "Classique" Alsace AOC 2018 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: ALSACE / Appellation: ALSACE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT BLANC --- The Blanck family has been established in Alsace since the late 16th century, and active in the wine business in Kientzheim since the early 19th century. Cousins Frédéric and Philippe took over for their fathers, Bernard and Marcel, in 1984. They all work hard together to produce wines of quality with distinct Alsatian terroir. Philippe is passionate about human relations, and is the president of the wine tourism commission of the independent Vignerons de France, while Frédéric is a man of few words, always presiding over and nurturing his wines in his cellar. They say, to know Philippe, listen to him talk about his country, his wines, and his desire to make people more aware. To know Frédéric, drink his wines because his entire being and soul go in them and one can understand his person in his wines. Their vineyards are harvested by hand and free of fertilizer; methods are employed to encourage soil health and fauna. Pinot blanc is a genetic mutation of pinot noir, different from pinot grigio/gris, and these grapes come from gravelly clay soils with some limestone. It is immensely refreshing and interesting, with aromas of apricot, brioche, peppery pear, and a touch of lemon and honeysuckle. Crisp on the palate with pleasant acidity and a long, mineral finish. A lovely match with grilled trout. Biodynamically grown.

Birichino Vin Gris California 2018
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+CINSAULT+ ROLLE+MOURVÈDRE --- Birichino Winery was founded in 2008 by Alex Krause and John Locke. Fruit sources are focused on older plantings, often from non-grafted vines that are more expressive of the natural character of the grapes. The pair have been making wine for several decades not just in California but also other countries including Italy and France. This California vin gris pays tribute to the traditions of Provence, blending Alpine grenache from El Dorado county in the Sierra Nevadas, 128 year-old vine cinsault, rolle, and mourvèdre, fermented with native yeast to produce a crisp, focused rosé that’s a versatile match for food. Light cherry blossom pink in color, with aromas of roses, stone fruit and berries, this wine is structured and dynamic, with notes of crushed herbs, wild strawberries, and citrus zest. Fragrant and bone dry, this rosé makes a lovely companion to grilled, fried, or fire-roasted seafood. Or just grab a baguette and some creamy cheese and make a picnic!

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Aug
24
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Domaine des Hauts Baigneux "Les Chênes" Touraine Azay-le-Rideau AOC 2017- ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE  / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: TOURAINE AZAY-LE-RIDEAU AOC / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC --- In 2013 Nicolas Grosbois and Philippe Mesnier purchased 12 hectares of vines in Azay-le-Rideau, just a few km east of Chinon. The longtime friends began farming all the vines organically, with the ambitious quest to reintroduce the wines of Azay-le-Rideau, a relatively unknown region of excellent quality. Most of their vineyards are located on the lieu-dit "Hauts Baigneux". The domaine’s wines are all produced with natural yeast in a low intervention style. “Les Chênes” comes from 25 year old Chenin blanc vines planted on clay-limestone soils. Grapes see direct press and are fermented in stainless steel tanks, then transferred to 3-4 year old used barrels. The wine explodes with unctuous honeysuckle, Bartlett pears, and yellow plum notes, with hints of smoky, stony minerals on a plushly textured body. Offering an incredible level of complexity for the price, this is delicious with lobster and drawn butter. Organically grown, low intervention, vegan.

Nicolas Mariotti Bindi Cantina di Torra Rosé Patrimonio AOC 2018 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: CORSICA / Appellation: PATRIMONIO AOC / Varietal(s): NIELLUCCIU --- Formerly a lawyer in Paris, Nicolas Mariotti Bindi returned to Corsica after deciding that a life spent in the vineyards was his true calling. He became head of viticulture at Domaine Leccia, then thanks to the generosity of another producer, Domaine Orenga de Gaffory, he was given the opportunity to farm five hectares of vines and produced his first vintage in 2007. Today, Nicolas’ estate is 15 ha of certified organic vines, all in Corsica’s renowned Patrimonio AOC. All harvesting is done by hand into small baskets, and in the cellar, fermentations occur naturally and sulfur use is very limited. This stunning new rosé is a direct press of 100 % niellucciu from clay and limestone soils, which is fermented and aged on the lees in stainless steel for six months before undergoing a slight filtration before bottling. A core of shimmery Rainier cherries with bright splashes of briny blood orange peel yields to mouthwatering acidity on a long, elegant finish. Lovely with shrimp and avocado salad. Certified organic, low intervention, vegan.

Cyrille Sevin "La Quadrature du Rouge" Cheverny AOC 2018 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: CHEVERNY AOC / Varietal(s): GAMAY+ PINOT NOIR --- Cyrille Servin spent most of his career teaching math in Paris, but always dreamed of having his own vineyard and making wines. He was able to flip a house (one house!) and make enough to retire from teaching and acquire 8 hectares in Cheverny, in the Loire. Today, he has 11-ha of certified organic vineyards, with some of his vines being up to 80 years old, and makes only natural, low-intervention style wine. This quaffable blend of pinot noir and gamay is hand-harvested, fermented in stainless steel, with small portions being aged in neutral oak. It has generous fruit centered around a core of plum, with a touch of earthiness and a faint kiss of oak. The 2018 growing season in Cheverny was much warmer than usual, so all the wines have a touch more richness than in recent vintages. Fantastic with a BLT featuring the season's juicy, spectacular heirloom tomatoes! Certified organic, low-intervention, vegan.

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Aug
23
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Château Les Crostes Côtes de Provence AOC 2017
Country: FRANCE / Region: PROVENCE / Appellation: CÔTES DE PROVENCE / Varietal(s): VERMENTINO+ SEMILLON --- Château Les Crostes is a beautiful 17th century castle that is located in a dense forest in the hills of Provence, with vineyards generously spaced on the hills and downhill valleys to the town of Lorgues. It was built by le Comte de Ramatuelle in 1653, and used as an olive production estate until 1956, but it wasn’t until 1984 that Jean Didier transformed it into a vineyard. Oenologist Ted Garin joined the team in 1991 after a prestigious career in Saint-Emilion, and then a German family, the Lademachers, purchased the estate in 1998. It is currently helmed by the second generation, Claire and Felix de Luxembourg, and they are dedicated to producing both red and white wines in Provence (where the primary focus and fame is on rosé!) A blend of 80% rolle (aka vermentino) and 20% sémillon, this wine is bright and round in texture, without any oak influence. It shows a touch of waxiness and just ripe stone fruit like nectarine, yellow peach, and apricots with great precision and length. A winner with seafood!

Mas de Victor Rioja Reserva DOCa 2013
Country: SPAIN / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA DOCa / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO+GARNACHA+ GRACIANO --- Founded in 1890 by Don Lorenzo Fernández de Manzanos, Bodegas Manzanos has over 120 years of experience making wines that are a true reflection of the land from which they come. The "Más de Víctor" line comes from worldwide demand for more wines from Víctor Fernández de Manzanos, hence "More from Victor"! This DOCa Rioja Reserva is comprised of 80% tempranillo, 10% garnacha, and 10% graciano, and spends 18 months in 70% French and 30% American oak, followed by an 18 month aging in bottle. It is starting to develop some beautiful aromas of age, including dried fruit and undergrowth in the bouquet, but it still has some ripe fleshy dark fruit aromas and flavors with vanilla and spice character from the oak and silky tannin on the finish. Wonderful paired with lamb, roasted shallot, and chorizo skewers.

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Aug
17
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Johannes Zillinger "Reflexion" Grüner Veltliner Weinviertel Kellerberg 2017 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: AUSTRIA  / Region: WEINVIERTEL / Appellation: WEINVIERTEL / Varietal(s): GRÜNER VELTLINER --- As a child, Johannes Zillinger learned the craft of organic winemaking at his father’s knee, vowing to protect the environment rather than poison it. His father Hans is one of the pioneers of organic viticulture in Austria, converting to organic in 1983. When Johannes took over the 350-year-old winery in 2013, he took it a step further and became biodynamic, now Demeter certified. He has embraced the biodynamic philosophy head-on, and even grows his own herbs for tea tinctures to use as treatments in his vineyards. The wines are all spontaneously fermented, lightly filtered, and minimally sulfured only at bottling. The Kellerberg vineyard is at the heart of Johannes’ winery, with thyme interplanted throughout the vineyard and used to produce tea and extracts. Old grüner veltliner grapes consistently produce high quality wine every year. “Reflexion” is hand harvested, fermented with naturally occurring yeasts, and spends 4 months on the lees, and goes through full malolactic fermentation, which contributes a unique, savory richness to the wine. Golden yellow fruits (apple, quince, lemon) form the core of this round-bodied white, leading off with a graphite edge, and finishing with loads of peppery spice and a mineral-driven finish. An exuberant display of flavors, this is a master-class in clean, precise winemaking. Fantastic with Parmesan and sage crusted pork chops (if anyone knows how to make whites that pair with meat dishes, it's the Austrians). Certified biodynamic, low-intervention, vegan.

Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider Wickson NV - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: HUDSON VALLEY / Varietal(s): WICKSON --- Based at two Hudson Valley farms, Breezy Hill Orchard near Rhinebeck and Stone Ridge Orchard near New Paltz, Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider draws on classic European cidermaking techniques while showcasing robust new world flavors. Producer Elizabeth Ryan is somewhat of a legend in local apple growing circles, having studied cidermaking in Somerset and Hereford, England, and Pomology at Cornell University, where she made her first barrel of cider as a student in 1980. She also spent some time with the inimitable Duponts in Normandy. Both her farms are committed to ecological growing practices and the resulting highly flavored fruit is what makes her ciders so unique yet drinkable. The ‘Wickson’ is one of their single varietal offerings, being made with 100% Wickson apples, a cross of Esopus Spitzenberg and Newtown Pippin. The cider is spicy and powerful with small energetic bubbles, bottled unfiltered and aged in the bottle before release. A great match with pork, pasta, or hard cheeses.

Capoverso Syrah Cortona DOC 2015
Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: CORTONA DOC / Varietal(s): SYRAH --- Adriana Avignonesi della Lucill comes from a long line of winemakers: her mother’s family (Avignonesi) has been making wine in Montepulciano since the 15th century, evidenced by a large historical cellar underneath the palazzo Avignonesi. In the late 1970s, her parents together founded a new estate under the Avignonesi name, which her father and uncle acquired after her parents separated. In 2000, her mother began Capoverso, and Adriana joined her after Avignonesi was sold to a Belgian group in 2006. “Capoverso” in Italian means “new paragraph” and is used when starting a new sentence to begin a new subject in a document. Adriana now owns the company, and strives to make wines that are based on drinkability and freshness without sacrificing structure. This 100% syrah sees no oak, aged only in stainless steel and in bottle, giving it a wonderful freshness with a lively bouquet full of red fruit. It is dry on the palate with a velvety, medium body, rustic tannin, and a streak of herbs. Almost evoking a sangiovese in character, it is unmistakably Tuscan in style, so it’s the perfect complement to lamb chops with mint gremolata and roasted cherry tomatoes.

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Aug
16
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine de Belle Mare Picpoul de Pinet AOP 2015 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC / Appellation: PICPOUL DE PINET AOP / Varietal(s): PICPOUL --- The all-female team at Domaine de Belle Mare lets a simple philosophy guide their winemaking: "Live to the rhythm of the vineyard to achieve the best possible yield, in the most natural manner." The estate is situated next to the Thau Lagoon/Lake, a hub of oyster and mussel farming in the region, and the largest white wine region of the Languedoc. Picpoul is an ancient Languedoc grape variety native to the banks of Lake Thau that ripens later than most, and when planted in a dry climate, it takes advantage of the humidity of the late season to complete its maturation. The domaine produces an elegantly styled picpoul with beautiful salinity, texture and brightness, with a subtle nose of white flowers and hawthorn. Biodynamically grown.

Domaine de Camaïssette Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence AOP 2018 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: PROVENCE / Appellation: COTEAUX D'AIX-EN-PROVENCE AOP / Varietal(s): SYRAH+GRENACHE+CARIGNAN --- Domaine de Camaïssette is a family-owned and -operated estate that has been producing wine in the village of Eguilles in Provence for four generations. Jacques and Michelle Nasles are the husband and wife leading the production, now with help from their son, Olivier, who recently earned his oenology degree. All of their vineyards fall within the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence AOP, and their vineyards are certified organic. They don’t use any herbicides or pesticides, only natural fertilizers. This bright rosé is a blend of 50% syrah, 25% grenache, and 25% carignan grown on clay-limestone soils. It is lively and fresh, full of red berry and citrus aromas and flavors with a refreshingly crisp and mineral finish. Delicious with all sorts of warm weather fare. Certified organic.

Château Coulonge "Hommage" Bordeaux Supérieur AOC 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR AOC / Varietal(s): MALBEC --- Château Coulonge is located 50km southeast of the city of Bordeaux, in the town of Mourens, between the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers. It is a family-owned estate that has been passed down generation to generation in the Roux family since 1804. The current winemaker, Nicolas Roux, has been in the process of converting the estate to organic since 2015. The ‘Hommage’ cuvée was developed in tribute to Nicolas’s grandfather, Raymond, who had a passion for malbec. While it flourishes in the vineyards of Mendoza in Argentina and other regions throughout South America, it is in the Aquitaine region where malbec was born and raised. Basking in the warm summer sun of southwest France, these malbec bunches achieve perfect ripeness. Fermented with native yeast, this bottling gives plenty of luscious plum fruit and silky tannins in the glass. We should take a cue from the Argentines and pair this bottle with a grill full of meats, mushrooms, sausages and summer squashes! Sustainably grown.

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Aug
10
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

MOUTHWATERING HIGHLIGHTS OF THE HUDSON VALLEY!
Join us Saturday to taste some outstanding wines from right here in the Hudson Valley! Each of these wines has its own unique character and is brilliantly suited for sultry summer sipping. What better way to celebrate summer's bounty of locally-grown produce than by pairing it with some brilliant local wines?!

Fjord Vineyard Albarino Hudson River Region 2018 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: USA  / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: HUDSON RIVER REGION / Varietal(s): ALBARIÑO --- Fjord Vineyards is the creation of Casey Erdmann and Matthew Spaccarelli, winemaker at Benmarl Winery, located across the river in Marlboro. The Hudson River flows through one of the oldest fjords in North America, between Storm King Mountain and Mount Beacon, creating a unique microclimate for high quality grapes. Grown primarily in Galicia in northwest Spain and Monção and Melgaço in northwest Portugal, albariño is also cultivated in several places in California, but Fjord's grapes are the only plantings here in New York! It is elegant and expressive, with enticing soft tropical aromas accented with hints of minerals and beeswax; clean orchard fruit on the palate is perfectly balanced by lively acidity and a hint of spiciness. Great with grilled fish! Certified organic.

Wild Arc Farm 'Checking All the Boxes' Petillant Naturel New York 2018 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: NEW YORK STATE / Varietal(s): MARQUETTE+TRAMINETTE --- Todd and Crystal Cavallo left Brooklyn in the summer of 2016 to try their hand at building sustainable food systems in the Hudson Valley. The couple had limited experience in agriculture, mostly confined to growing tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and hops on city fire escapes, fending off the depredations of spiteful neighborhood squirrels. The fertile Hudson Valley has been a center of New York State's food production for hundreds of years, with a winemaking history to match. Having grown up in northern NYS, Todd and Crystal wanted to show that the granitic soils and Atlantic/Catskills-influenced microclimates of the Hudson Valley can produce world class wines. Beginning with ten acres, this small, biodynamic, permaculture-focused farm is making outstanding wines and ciders from locally sourced apples and grapes while waiting for their own vineyards to come of age (likely around 2020.) Made from co-fermented marquette and traminette grapes, this is the juiciest pet-nat you'll come across this summer! Throw together a last minute picnic and kick back with this refreshing new sparkler.

Eminence Road Farm Winery "Acidalia" Finger Lakes Elizabeth's Vineyard 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: FINGER LAKES / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON+MERLOT --- One of our favorite New York producers, Eminence Road Farm Winery marches to the beat of its own drummer. Based in a converted cow barn in the mountain valley of Long Eddy, NY, on the western edge of the Catskills, Eminence Road is, in a way, a Finger Lakes winery. All of their wines are made from sustainably grown Finger Lakes grapes, fermented with native yeast, and bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered with the only addition being a minimal amount of sulfur for stability. The grapes for this bottling come from grower John Leidenfrost's Elizabeth’s Vineyard on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake. This is a 50/50 blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot that starts its fermentation in one-ton bins but finishes in old French oak barrels, undergoing full malolactic fermentation. It has bright red and dark fruit on a lighter-bodied frame with streaks of graphite and a tart, silky, brett-tinged finish. Perfect with grilled cheese with bacon and fresh heirloom tomatoes! Sustainably grown, low-intervention.

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Aug
9
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

MO Salinas Macabeo Blanco Alicante DO 2017
Country: SPAIN / Region: ALICANTE / Appellation: ALICANTE DO / Varietal(s): MACABEO+MOSCATEL --- This lovely white is 68% macabeo, 32% moscatel, from hand harvested, dry-farmed grapes. Destemmed, gently pressed, and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, it is pale yellow in color, clean and bright. A bouquet of tropical fruits, bright citrus, and subtle white flowers in the background introduce a palate that’s silky and fresh, yielding to a long finish of delicate tropical fruits and mineral hints. A great grab for everyday, open this with watercress ricotta torte, or a simple cucumber, feta, and yellow tomato salad when it's just too hot to cook! Versatile enough to pair with pretty much anything!

Scribe Winery "Una Lou" Rosé of Pinot Noir Carneros 2018
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CARNEROS / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Scribe Winery in Sonoma was founded in 2007 on a property that had been a pioneer in winemaking since before Prohibition. It is managed by fourth generation California farmers (and brothers) Andrew and Adam Mariani with the mission of producing vibrant, terroir-driven wines. Adam and Andrew believe that the best wines come from vineyards managed in harmony with the ecosystems in which they co-exist, resulting in site-specific wines that reflect a sense of time and place, where neither pesticides nor herbicides are used. Carrying this philosophy over into non-interventionist winemaking methods, the results are wines that distinctly express the vineyards from which they originate. The ‘Una Lou’ is named after Andrew’s daughter, and is made with pinot noir that comes from their Leveroni, Ricci, and Scheid vineyards. This canned rosé is super bright and fresh, with notes of wild strawberry, white peach, and jasmine, perfect for the beach, hiking, or a concert! The can is 375ml, essentially a half-bottle! Organically grown.

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Aug
3
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

"SUMMER OF LOVE"
Join us Saturday to taste wines and cider from New York, California, and Australia - all sustainably made with love for both the planet, and those of us imbibing! All three of these unique quaffs are also perfectly suited for steamy summer temps. What's not to love?

Wild Arc Farm 'Sweetheart' Cider 2018 - LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): NORTHERN SPY+TEROLDEGO --- Todd and Crystal Cavallo left Brooklyn in the summer of 2016 to try their hand at building sustainable food systems in the Hudson Valley. The couple had limited experience in agriculture, mostly confined to growing tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and hops on city fire escapes, fending off the depredations of spiteful neighborhood squirrels. The fertile Hudson Valley has been a center of New York State's food production for hundreds of years, with a winemaking history to match. Having grown up in northern NYS, Todd and Crystal wanted to show that the granitic soils and Atlantic/Catskills-influenced microclimates of the Hudson Valley can produce world class wines. Beginning with ten acres, this small, biodynamic, permaculture-focused farm is making outstanding wines and ciders from locally sourced apples and grapes while waiting for their own vineyards to come of age (likely around 2020.) This "Sweetheart" cider is made from 100% Northern Spy apples from Ontario County. The cider was fermented to dryness, then aged for two months on teroldego grape skins (a deeply-pigmented red grape native to northern Italy) sourced from the North Fork of Long Island. Minimal sulfur was used, and the cider was bottled unfiltered and unfined. Beautiful rose-petal pink in color, this offers up lovely aromas of brambly red fruit, while retaining the bright acidity characteristic of Northern Spy apples on the palate. Add in some tropical fruit flavors and hints of pink lemonade, and you've got the perfect summer sipper! A wonderful aperitif or welcome guest at any pool or garden party.

Charlotte Dalton Wines "Love You Love Me" Semillon Adelaide Hills 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: AUSTRALIA / Region: SOUTH AUSTRALIA / Appellation: ADELAIDE HILLS / Varietal(s): SEMILLON --- Charlotte Hardy, middle name Dalton, is the proprietor of Charlotte Dalton Wines in Australia, and she has been making wine all over the world for close to 20 years, enjoying drinking it for even longer. She says, “I think wine can be felt. I get so much joy making the Charlotte Dalton wines that surely, you will feel the joy when you drink them. I firmly believe that a wine must be made with a happy heart and a content soul”. Some of her wines are named after what her mother would say to her and her three brothers every night before bed, “love you, love me—love me, love you”. This 100% sémillon is fermented in barrel and has spent extended time on its lees, stirred often throughout maturation. This adds depth and complexity to a wine that is so bright, crisp, and full of irresistible tension. Savor the mandarin orange and grapefruit citrus notes, and the whisper of oak on the mid-palate. Even with all of these complexities, this wine is very vivacious and graceful, making it a delight with grilled scallops with a Yuzu kosho vinaigrette. Sustainably grown.

Stolpman Vineyards "Love You Bunches" Sangiovese Santa Barbara 2018 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SANTA BARBARA / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE --- Stolpman Vineyards is considered the founding vineyard of the Ballard Canyon AVA within Santa Barbara, which was granted official status in 2013. Over a dozen wineries have joined the AVA and all have decided to focus on syrah, based on Stolpman's results in varietal experimentation. They’ve also had great success with sangiovese, with the region's long, hot, dry days. "Love You Bunches" is a wine with roots in a 2016 wedding attended by vigneron Pete Stolpman, where his Stolpman carbonic sangiovese was served as the party wine. "Carbonic" is short for "carbonic maceration", a winemaking technique which brings forth the bright fruitfulness of red grapes while also softening tannin. Fast-forward to 2018 and we have the most recent release of this juice-bomb, renamed "Love You Bunches" (a reference to the use of whole grape bunches during the fermentation). Bursting with vibrant energy, the carbonic sangiovese is a light-hearted wine meant to drink chilled. Firm, crunchy cherries, red grapefruit with loads of acid and a popping tannin structure make this wine extremely food friendly. Amazing with grilled pizza! Sustainably grown, low-intervention.

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Aug
2
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Orealios Gaea Robola of Cephalonia PDO 2018
Country: GREECE / Region: IONIAN ISLANDS / Appellation: ROBOLA OF CEPHALONIA PDO / Varietal(s): ROBOLA --- This new arrival caught our taste buds by surprise! Orealios Gaea is an agricultural cooperative of robola wine producers that was founded in 1982 in Cephalonia. They produce 80% of the wine in the PDO Cephalonia, with over 300 producers involved. They focus on the native robola grape (not the same or related to the Italian grape ribolla), but also grow a handful of other native varietals. The name Orealios Gaea combines the words Oros (mountain) and Als (sea in ancient Greek) and underlies the coexistence of the alpine nature of Mt. Ainos and the Ionian Sea that surrounds it, creating a unique terroir. This delicious new white wine has bright green apple and crushed herb aromas with a dry, easy-going finish. Great with grilled herbed chicken skewers.

Vignoble Dinocheau 'Les Côts' Touraine AOC 2017
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: TOURAINE AOC / Varietal(s): CÔT AKA MALBEC --- The 13 hectares of small family estate Domaine Dinocheau are planted in tuffeau, a blend of chalk and sand that appears white, on the slopes of Cher, in the heart of the castles of the Loire. It was originally founded by the great-great-great grandfather of current proprietors, Laurence and Fabien Dinocheau, who took over in 2006. They have made a name for themselves by cultivating several abandoned, ancient grape varietals. They aim for minimal intervention in the vineyard and practice sustainable farming, lending themselves to the development of wines that are both supple and fruity, round and robust, with a beautiful minerality according to the grape varieties. Their main objectives are to limit the use of weed killers, limit soil erosion, promote the rooting of vines, and preserve the fauna and flora at the soil level. They make this wine with 100% malbec but they call it côt, which researchers suggest may have been the grape’s original, historical name where it originated in Burgundy. It has malbec’s classic deep, purple hue with thick, fleshy dark fruit and cherry flavors and aromas of violets and aromatic herbs with some oak influence. Put a very light chill on this bottle and throw some mushroom-farro burgers on the grill. Sustainably grown.

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Jul
27
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

LEADERS OF THE OLD & NEW SCHOOLS
Join us Saturday to explore wines that show the promise of organic and biodynamic agriculture across Europe. And all are ready for your BBQ ice bucket.

Hervé Villemade Sauvignon Blanc Vin de France 2018 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE  / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Hervé Villemade is an old-school Loire vigneron, hailing from several generations of vignerons that farmed the vineyards around Cellettes. Domaine du Moulin encompasses 22 hectares of vineyards spread out over the Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny appellations, where Hervé took over the family winemaking duties from his father in 1995. Hervé began transitioning away from conventional farming in the late 1990s, feeling that the wines weren't as good as they could be. Inspired by the wines of Marcel Lapierre and Clos du Tue-Boeuf, as well as a severe allergy to sulfur that he developed around the same time, he converted to organic farming in 2000 in order to get the high quality grapes needed for low sulfur and sulfur-free vinification. After a few years of organic farming, he noticed a distinct difference in quality, confirming his belief, and has made natural wines ever since. Fermentation is done with native yeast in large wood or stainless steel, avoiding heavy-handed new oak. Villemade's sauvignon blanc is round in texture and full and of ripe white peach and golden apple flavors with honeysuckle and bright seashell minerality - a revelatory style of winemaking with sauvignon! Enjoy it with seared scallops and summer vegetables with a beurre blanc sauce!

Azienda Agricola Il Farneto "Rio Rocca" Spèrgle 2016 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: EMILIA-ROMAGNA / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): SPERGOLA --- Azienda Agricola Il Farneto was founded in the 90’s by Marco Bertoni with the intent to contribute to sustainable agriculture initiatives, producing grapes while respecting the environment and making natural wines that reflect terroir. They have 34 hectares (only 8-ha are vineyard, the rest grows other food products) located between the hills of Scandiano and Canossa in Emilia-Romagna. They are situated at a higher elevation, and the land itself presents a wide variety of biodiversity thanks to the favorable microclimate temperatures. The wine is named after the Rio Rocca, a river cherished by locals. At the winery, all fermentation occurs with natural yeast and sulfur use is minimal to non-existent. Spergola is a grape that is indigenous to the Emilia-Romagna, and typically creates wines with bracing acidity. Typically, when made into still wines, they are partially dried to create intense and elegant aromas with a rounder body. This example is no exception, and it also sees some skin contact to further increase heady floral and spice aromatics. The nose is full of wildflowers, honey, and spice with a very dry palate with some tannin structure. Complex yet refreshing, try this bottle with Moroccan-spiced roasted chicken with preserved lemon, ginger and saffron.

Folias de Baco Uivo "Renegado" Douro 2018 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: PORTUGAL / Region: DOURO / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): FIELD BLEND --- Folias de Baco was founded in 2007 by young, innovative winemaker, Tiago Sampaio, who was inspired by his grandfather’s vineyard work. He has a PhD in Viticulture and Enology from Oregon State University (where he also studied agricultural engineering), but never forgot his Douro roots. Driven by a vivacious curiosity, Tiago loves to experiment at every step of the winemaking/growing processes. Folias de Baco is in the Alto Douro, in the sub-region of Cima-Corgo, known for its challenging, high altitude terroir. “Uivo Renegado” is a field blend from 80-year-old vines. The 25+ varietals, about half of which are white grapes, are hand harvested and fermented whole-cluster with wild yeasts in large (1000L) granite lagars. “Renegado” spends 6 months on its lees with battonage every two weeks, with 15% of it in 2-3 year old chestnut oak and the rest in the cement, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. The result is young, bright, and full of red cherry and strawberry fruit with mouthwatering acidity and a smooth finish. Brilliant with a slight chill and some grilled vegetable skewers!

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Jul
26
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine Sainte-Eugénie Rosé Corbières AOC 2018
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: CORBIERES AOC / Varietal(s): CINSAULT+SYRAH+GRENACHE--- Domaine Sainte-Eugénie is in the Languedoc-Roussillon, bordered by the Aude River to the west and north, the foothills of the Pyrenées to the south and the Mediterranean to the east. They are in AOC Corbières, which extend across roughly one third of the Aude department, which is home to seven AOCs. The region has many soil types but it is dominated by clay and chalk, with some variations on that base. They experience a sunny, warm, dry climate with dry winds coming from the north all-year-round, allowing winegrowers to forgo the use of pesticides. This rosé is comprised of grapes that can tolerate such a climate: 80% cinsault, 10% syrah and 10% grenache. It undergoes full malolcatic fermentation in concrete tanks and is bottled young to preserve freshness, displaying loads of raspberry and strawberry flavors with a touch of minerality and dried herbs. Fully dry, it ends with a crisp, balanced, long finish. Open with crostini topped with whipped goat cheese, smoked salmon and chives!

Wurzinger Lustig Grüner Veltliner Burgenland 2018
Country: AUSTRIA/ Region: BURGENLAND / Appellation: WEINLAND / Varietal(s): GRÜNER VELTLINER --- Lustig" ("joy" in German) is a wonderful 1 liter of grüner veltliner made by Josef and Pia Wurzinger in Burgenland, at their winery in the town of Tadten Seewinkel. Their estate is situated just east of Lake Neusiedlersee, near the Hungarian border. With a Pannonian climate, the region sees cold winters and hot summers that are moderated by the lake. The grüner veltliner grapes come from varied soils and vineyard sites that have sand, clay, gravel, and rocky chalk. All of them feature green cover crops and herbicides are never used. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel, and rests on its fine lees for ten weeks before bottling. This makes it bright, crisp, and refreshing, with a definite herbal, mineral, and citrus character. It's a lovely match for Thai cuisine, such as a delicious yellow curry with shrimp and scallops!

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Jul
20
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Unico Zelo "Jade & Jasper" Fiano Riverland 2018
Country: AUSTRALIA / Region: SOUTH AUSTRALIA / Appellation: RIVERLAND / Varietal(s): FIANO --- Named after two symbols of good luck and prosperity, “Jade & Jasper” was first released in 2014, and its success helped put Unico Zelo on the map. Winemaking couple Brendan and Laura Carter founded Unico Zelo as a new venture in the Adelaide Hills with the mission of producing Australian versions of Italian and Mediterranean varieties in an approachable and delicious fashion. Fiano is an ancient grape varietal grown originally in Campagnia, Italy, but as this new wine proves, it can thrive just as well at the other end of the world! Fruit for this cuvée comes from the ancient, sand limestone soils on the Ricca Terra Farm in the Riverland, a pristine, desert-like environment, among the harshest climates in Australia. At once crisp and elegant, aromatic and textured, this offers up notes of lemon blossom, Granny Smith apple, lemongrass, grapefruit pith, and brushed steel. A beautifully textured palate and crackling acidity make this a refreshing alternative to pinot grigio. Fabulous with all sorts of seafood: think seared scallops or pan fried smelt. Vegan-friendly.

Aaron Burr Cidery "Appinette" 2018
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE - HUDSON VALLEY/CATSKILL REGION / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Aaron Burr Cidery has become the sought-after icon of local, traditional cider making. This small homestead farm dates back to the early 1800s and is located in Wurtsboro, NY, in neighboring Sullivan County. Aaron Burr's name was on the original deed of the home, and a rebellious energy pulses through everything made by Andy Brennan and Polly Giragosian. Dedicated to making "true cider", once the most popular drink in America, their main source of apples are those that they forage themselves around the Hudson Valley and Lower Catskills. This Appinette cider is a blend of traminette grapes from the Finger Lakes with apples from Orange County, making this a complex and delicious blend of NY flavors! Cloudy amber in color, sharp and dry, this has creamy carbonation and focused apple character with aromas of grapefruit, litchi, and rose petals and a soft, lightly bitter finish. Grab a charcuterie and cheese plate and put your feet up!

Domaine Ozil "Barry" Vin de France 2018 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH+GRENACHE BLANC --- Brothers Jean Daniel & Thomas Ozil are fourth generation winemakers in Ardéche (in the Rhône). They began producing natural wines in 2013. Prior to that, they used to sell their organically farmed grapes to the local coop, but now use all of their grapes to make their own wines. They also grow peaches, vegetables, and lavender, adding to the biodiversity on the estate. Domaine Ozil is certified organic by Bureau Veritas, and the brothers vinify their wines without any added sulfur. ‘Barry’ is comprised of 80% grenache noir, 10% syrah and 10% grenache blanc and is loaded with crunchy, juicy red fruit flavors with a touch of sauvage. Delightfully chuggable with a slight chill! Certified organic, low-intervention, vegan.

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Jul
19
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine de la Bastide "Figue" Blanc Côtes du Rhône AOC 2018
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: CÔTES DU RHÔNE AOC / Varietal(s): VIOGNIER+ROUSSANNE+CLAIRETTE+ BOURBOULENC --- Vincent and Stephanie Boyer’s domaine in Visan is surrounded by remnants of winemaking history dating back to feudal times. Vincent's family resides in a fortified farmhouse built by Templar knights in the Middle Ages. An order of Christian crusaders who rose to great prominence and wealth in the 12th and 13th centuries, the Templars established many farms and vineyards. After time as a Benedictine, then Dominican monastery, the Bastide property continues the winegrowing tradition today. Vincent has followed in his father's winemaking footsteps, and together with Stephanie, also a trained enologist, they carry the domaine forward with innovation and focus. Their goal is to make the farm fully organic in the near future. Often playing second fiddle to the region's famed red blends, the white wines from the Rhône are not to be overlooked. As soon as you open the bottle, get ready for aromatics that will send you right to tropical fruit nirvana! This cuvée is refreshing and medium-bodied, with notes of guava, passion fruit, and pineapple. Light citrus notes, touches of honeysuckle, and delicate acidity make this a versatile match with an incredible array of foods.

Château Puech Redon "Apparente Rouge" Vin de France 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN+LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CINSAULT --- Eric Texier made the unusual leap from nuclear engineer to winemaker in the early 1990s. Although his passion for wine first stemmed from the wines of Burgundy, he was soon inspired by an older generation of Rhône producers and decided to follow in the footsteps of vignerons like Marius Gentaz and Pouchoulin, becoming among the most respected winemakers in the Northern Rhône. Drawing on their methods of only using natural yeasts and leaving the bunches intact, he developed some of his own techniques as well. “Apparente” is made by Eric to help his friend Cyril Cueche, who owns Château Puech-Redon, a large 200 ha organic grain farm in the Languedoc that also has about 50 ha of vines interspersed throughout. The property had been farmed conventionally under his father for 30 years, but he saw the potential to go organic to prioritize biodiversity of such a large area. 100% cinsault, this is bright and crunchy, with mouthwatering acidity, juicy tart berry flavors, and no sulfur added! Filtered for clarity, natural wine lovers will be thrilled with this bottle, while those looking to dip a toe in the natural wine scene will enjoy it as well. Lightly chill and break out the grill! Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

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Jul
13
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - SECOND SATURDAY - Wines Discounted 10%

NEW YORK DOUBLE HEADER: BLOOMER CREEK VINEYARD & GREENHOOK GINSMITHS!
A true trailblazer in natural winemaking in New York State, Bloomer Creek Vineyard proves that producing delectable wines while working organically is not an impossible feat, even in New York's challenging climate. (The first natural winemakers of Burgundy and the Loire Valley in France also heard similar protestations.) Proprietors Kim Engle and Debra Bermingham have been crafting beautiful examples of low-intervention wines for over 20 years and farming organically for over 30 years. Harvest is done by hand and fermentation is done with ambient or wild yeast. The results of all that hard work: absolutely delicious! But don't take our word for it: come taste for yourself! Dig a little deeper and check out Debra's work as renowned fine artist. Her various works have hung on the walls of galleries, museums, and private collections all over the US and overseas. Her current exhibition, "Tales from the Blue Ship Tea Room" is on display at Corners Galley in Ithaca from July 20th - August 31st.

If that wasn't enough tasting excitement, we're also thrilled to welcome special guest Olivia Szwabo from Greenhook Ginsmiths, located just down the river in Brooklyn! She will be here showcasing their American Dry Gin and their new Gin & Tonic cans that are perfect for the cooler!

Featuring Special Guest: Greenhook Ginsmiths!
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- After several years of planning, experimenting and building their distillery in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York, Greenhook Ginsmiths released their flagship offering, American Dry Gin in February 2012 to immediate acclaim. Founded by Steven DeAngelo and his brother Philip, both gin enthusiasts, Greenhook Ginsmiths has quickly emerged as one of the premier American gin makers. Greenhook Ginsmiths distills their gin on a custom-made copper pot still, designed to work in conjunction with a vacuum. This allows them to remove air pressure from the still during distillation, a technique known as vacuum distillation. This has the advantage of allowing the distillation to occur at low temperatures, thus preserving the delicate aromas and volatile oils of the botanicals by preventing them from becoming “cooked” from excessive heat during distillation. This process results in a beautifully fragrant gin with lifted aromas and vibrant flavors.

Bloomer Creek Vineyard Dry Gewürztraminer Finger Lakes 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: FINGER LAKES / Varietal(s): GEWÜRZTRAMINER --- The "Tanzen Dame" label (which roughly translates as "Dance, Lady?" in German), was created as an homage to the great wines of Germany, Austria, and Alsace. The dry gewürztraminer is somewhat of a marvel of winemaking, avoiding the normally rich, unctuous texture of the gewürztraminer for a leaner profile with bright acidity that exudes floral and citrus oil aromas.

Bloomer Creek Vineyard Riesling Pétillant Naturel Finger Lakes 2018 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: FINGER LAKES / Varietal(s): RIESLING --- This pét nat gets us dancing like the tanzen dame on the label. Short for pétillant naturel, this sparkler is bottled before the fermentation is finished. When fermentation occurs underneath the crown cap, the carbon dioxide is trapped, creating a lovely, light mousse. We think this is a perfect aperitif to kick off the evening or great for a mid-day tipple.

Bloomer Creek Vineyard Cabernet Franc "Vin d'été" Finger Lakes 2018 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: FINGER LAKES / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- An "Old World" staple (especially in the Loire Valley and Bordeaux) the cabernet franc grape can take on several different incarnations in the fickle New York climate. In warmer vintages, they make a cabernet franc of a different, heftier style, and in cooler ones they make this ‘Vin d’ete’, a lighter style. Instead of aging it in neutral oak and partially destemming, this one is made using carbonic maceration with a high percentage of whole clusters in the fermentation, and it sees no oak at all. The resulting style is lighter, brambly, and bright, with notes of raspberry and cherry, and should be served with a slight chill. Oh-so-refreshing with everything from a simple ham sandwich to grilled veggie skewers. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

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Jul
12
4:00 PM16:00

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Weingut Weszeli Grüner Veltliner Langenlois Kamptal 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: KAMPTAL / Appellation: KAMPTAL/ Varietal(s): GRÜNER VELTLINER --- Located around the town of Langenlois in Austria's famed Kamptal, the vineyards of Weingut Weszeli comprise 30 hectares of some of the finest grüner veltliner and riesling the region has to offer. Since 1679, the Summerer family has cultivated grapes and produced wine in the area. Today, Davis Weszeli and Rupert Summerer have taken that family knowledge and tradition and applied it to their own wine philosophy: "Principle Terrafactum", which places the vineyard and its incredible biodiversity at the center of their work. Believing that the true character of the wine is formed in the vineyard, they encourage the interaction of flora and fauna during the grape growing process, and this respect for nature continues through a gentle vinification that leaves intact the purity of grape and terroir. This grüner is a delight for the senses: intense aromatics of green apple, wildflowers, and white pepper lead to a palate of high-toned orchard, melon and stone fruit with racy acidity and undertones of tarragon, green olive, and flint on a textured, lingering finish. A refreshing, elegant pick for hot weather – serve this moderately chilled (too cold will mute the aromatics!) with a salad of arugula, grilled peaches, chicken, and corn, and spicy cashew dressing.

Mas de Libian "Vin de Pétanque Vin de France 2018 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH+MOURVÈDRE --- Mas de Libian has been a working farm since 1670, and has remained in the Thibon family since its inception; nowawdays helmed by Hélène Thibon! Farmed biodynamically since the 1960s, this entry level red is a fantastic value in natural wine. This grenache-driven stunner also boasts some mourvèdre and syrah. "Pétanque" is a popular Provençal game of boules (akin to bocce), and this wine is meant to be drunk young with friends in casual settings. Fermented exclusively in concrete tank, it's bottled unfiltered, with the barest smidgen of sulfur added at bottling. Gorgeous aromatics of red flowers, orange rind, and grenadine perfume the air, leading to juicy, electrifying flavors of blackberry, spice, and hints of lavender and thyme. Mouthwateringly succulent, crunchy, and fresh, this is fantastic slightly chilled with olive bread, saucisson, hard cheeses, and good friends!

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Jul
6
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

STELLAR ORGANICALLY GROWN ITALIAN WINES!
From a lively liter of liquid refreshment from the Piedmont, to a truly unique skin-fermented Sicilian "orange" wine, to a classic yet versatile barbera: today we're uncorking some delicious summer treats from Italy, all of them organically grown!

Poderi Cellario 'È Bianco' NV 1L - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): ARNEIS+MOSCATO --- Fausto and Cinzia Cellario are 3rd generation winemakers in the village of Carru on the western outskirts of the Langhe. They only work with indigenous Piedmontese grape varietals, and passionately adhere to local winemaking traditions both in the vineyard and cellar. The Cellario vineyards cover approximately 30 hectares between 5 different vineyard sites throughout the southern Langhe. Vineyard work is certified organic and all fermentations take place with native yeasts. Sulfur is only added in very small quantities at bottling if necessary. A blend of the arneis and moscato grapes, this is clean and zesty, bursting at the seams with notes of white flower, light stone and tropical fruit, and touches of savory herb or gooseberry. Versatile and oh-so-refreshing - and all this in a crowd-pleasing LITER bottle? We say bring it on! Pop this open with fried zucchini blossoms. Certified organic, low-intervention, vegan.

COS "Rami" Terre Siciliane IGP 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION + SKIN FERMENTED
Country: ITALY / Region: SICILY / Appellation: TERRE SICILIANE IGP / Varietal(s): INSOLIA+GRECANICO --- In 1980, three friends became the youngest wine producers in Italy, and their last names form the acronym for which COS winery is named (Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti - uncle to Arianna Occhipinti - and Cirino Strano). They received an old family farm from Giambattista’s father, Giuseppe, with nearby vineyard land. The winery follows the principles of biodynamic farming to help the vines express their true character and that of their terroir. They choose to ferment and age their wine in terracotta vases and clay amphorae for the same reason. In 2005, they were the first to produce a DOCG wine in Sicily. They singlehandedly revived the Cerasuolo di Vittoria region and keep it thriving today. "Rami" is equal parts insolia and grecanico fermented on their skins in concrete tanks, yielding a beautiful late afternoon-orange color and aromas of orange blossom, apple cider, and raw almonds. Delicate notes of jasmine and green tea pop up through a chewy texture and cidery tartness, developing fleshy apricot and peach flavors with exposure to air, before hints of honey and chamomile close the show. Enjoy with lamb kebabs with walnut gremolata. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

Poderi Colla Barbera d'Alba DOC Costa Bruna 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: BARBERA D'ALBA DOC / Varietal(s): BARBERA --- Poderi Colla was founded by Tino Colla and his niece Federica in 1994, and includes property in Barola, Barbaresco, and Alba. Other family members involved include Beppe Colla, Tino’s older brother and Federica’s father, and Tino’s son Pietro who just finished the Scuola Enologica in Alba and Torino, taking on many of the winemaking duties. Winemaking goes back in the Colla family history as far back as 1703, and Beppe (born in 1930) had a legendary career as the definitive authority on the Langhe appellations and on e of the founding fathers of the Alba DOCs in the 1960s. In 1961, he was the first to vinify separately and bottle single-vineyard selections. The Colla wines showcase the Piedmont’s classic red wines, all of them single-varietal and grown without the use of harsh chemicals, aged in traditional Slavonian casks and bottled with no filtration. The barbera grapes for this wine come from a vineyard that is located in Barbaresco, and was planted in 1930, lending to the wines intensity and concentration. It has aromas of red fruit, flowers, and spicy with a medium body and fresh acidity. It is drinking wonderfully now but will develop more complexities and soften over the years. Great with ratatouille or grilled pizza! Sustainably grown, vegan.

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Jul
5
4:00 PM16:00

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Anne Pichon Sauvage Rose Gris Montagne Ventoux AOP 2018 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: MONTAGNE VENTOUX AOP / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+ CINSAULT+SYRAH+CARIGNAN --- In 2008, Marc Pichon bought Domaine le Murmurium in the Côte de Ventoux village of Mormoiron. Made up of 13 hectares of old vineyards on prime terroir adjacent to Château Pesquie, Murmurium comes from the Latin phrase "The Buzzing Song of Bees". All the vineyards are cultivated through 100% organic practices without any chemicals or pesticides and by hand tilling the soil. All harvesting is also by hand, and the grapes are completely destemmed. Although tragically no longer with us, Marc Pichon has said that his inspiration behind "Sauvage" is to make a fresh, pure style of wine, and his wife Anne continues that tradition of sustainably producing elegant, accessible cuvées. This delightful rosé is a blend of grenache, cinsault, syrah, and old vine carignan, possessing a sophisticated nose of fresh white flowers and just-ripe cherries. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate, it offers up complex fruit notes of berries, white cherries, and spice, ending with a luxuriously long finish. Available in both 750 ml bottles AND 1.5 L magnums, this is sure to quickly become a favorite for summer gatherings!  


Redentore Chardonnay Delle Venezie IGT Senza Solfiti 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: ITALY / Region: VENETO / Appellation: DELLE VENEZIE IGT / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Redentore is owned by the De Stefani family, who have been producing wine in the Veneto since the late 1800s. They focus on small production natural wines, and the name Redentore is an homage to the culture of Venice. It means redemption, evoking the annual Redentore Festival that celebrates the end of the plague that struck Venice between 1575 and 1577. All of the wines are made using organic grapes and never see the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. They also do not add sulfites or other preservatives at any point during the winemaking process. This 100% chardonnay is fermented in wax-lined concrete tanks and sees no oak during its vinification, retaining incredible freshness and acidity while unfurling lovely layers of ripe fruit. It’s allowed to rest on fine lees, giving it an umami-driven, saline complexity on top of orchard and tropical fruit and flowers. Delicious with lemon-rosemary grilled chicken. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.



Bodega Lanzaga "LZ" Rioja DOCa 2017 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: SPAIN  / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA DOCA / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO+GARNACHA+GRACIANO+VIURA
--- Bodega Lanzaga, founded in 1994, is the creation of Telmo Rodriguez (son of Jaime Rodríguez Salís and Amaia Hernandoarena of the famed Remelluri estate) and his partner Pablo Eguzkiza. The village of Lanciego is situated in the foothills of the Sierra de Cantabria Mountains, reflecting the contrasting Mediterranean and Atlantic influences. Its 19 hectares of organically farmed vines are where Telmo seeks to recreate the vineyards of 150 years ago, where as many as 50 grape varieties would all be planted together. This is a delightful blend of tempranillo, garnacha, graciano, and viura from a mix of different vineyards in the Alavesa sub-region, co-fermented with wild yeasts. Blackberry and ripe red fruit dance around a silky frame that shows incredible clean freshness and purity with a backbone of sultry dark fruit and minerality. This makes a fantastic partner to split pea "meatballs" with pistachio yogurt.

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Jun
29
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

SUNNY SUMMER SIPPERS!

Tibaldi Roero Arneis DOCG 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN

Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: ROERO ARNEIS DOCG / Varietal(s): ARNEIS --- Cantina Tibaldi is run by sisters Monica and Daniela Tibaldi, who got their start from their grandfather, Tunin. Winemaking in the TIbaldi family goes back to the days of their great-grandfather Stefano, passed down to their grandfather, Tunin, and then their father, also Stefano. They have learned much from their family, but approach winemaking in a more modern way, aiming for lower yields of organically-farmed grapes to make high quality wines. In the cellar, they adopt a minimalist technique, doing everything painstakingly by hand. This arneis is aged in stainless steel for three months and in bottle for an additional two months before release. It displays a lovely balance of acidity and minerality with notes of apple, lemon, peach, honeysuckle and almond, and a luscious, unctuous finish that coats the palate and lingers for ages. Fantastic with fried smelt or butter curry chicken.

Hervé Villemade "What's Up" Rosé Petillant Naturel Vin de France 2018 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GROLLEAU+PINEAU D'AUNIS+ MENU PINEAU --- Hervé Villemade is an old-school Loire vigneron, hailing from several generations of vignerons that farmed the vineyards around Cellettes. Domaine du Moulin encompasses 22 hectares of vineyards spread out over the Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny appellations, where Hervé took over the family winemaking duties from his father in 1995. Hervé began transitioning away from conventional farming in the late 1990s, feeling that the wines weren't as good as they could be. Inspired by the wines of Marcel Lapierre and Clos du Tue-Boeuf, as well as a severe allergy to sulfur that he developed around the same time, he converted to organic farming in 2000 in order to get the high quality grapes needed for low sulfur and sulfur-free vinification. After a few years of organic farming, he noticed a distinct difference in quality, confirming his belief, and has made natural wines ever since. And although Hervé might be "old school" in many ways, that doesn't mean his wines are stodgy by any means! This new pet-nat rosé is perfect case-in-point: a head-scratching blend of lesser-known Loire grapes, it's 99% dry and 100% fun! Hervé makes a white pet-nat from the menu pineau grape, but this year decided to mix in some pineau d'aunis and grolleau for a fun rosé twist! "What's Up" on the palate? How about bright red berry fruit, a touch of funk, and some juicy freshly-squeezed grapefruit? Summer fun in a bottle, pop the cork on this with grilled shrimp salad - or anytime you want to get the party started!

Roagna Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: DOLCETTO D'ALBA DOC / Varietal(s): DOLCETTO --- Luca Roagna is giving a voice to the voiceless, as far as Piedmontese grape varieties are concerned, by producing a natural-style dolcetto d’Alba that has earned its spot next to titanic Barolos and Barbarescos. Luca employs native yeast fermentation to give this dolcetto a gamey wild side that melds seamlessly with the grape’s intrinsic black cherry aroma. This wine sees 100 days of skin-maceration, and is then aged in large-format, old oak barrels for one year. The 2017 is especially gorgeous; fantastically fresh with expressive aromatics and bright red fruit tones. Bottled without filtration, this wine has chewy tannins and a silky, supple texture begging to be paired with braised pork shank or smoky grilled eggplant. Open early and enjoy a classic taste of Piedmont.

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Jun
28
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Črnko Winery Laski Rizling Stajerska 2018 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN

Country: SLOVENIA / Region: STAJERSKA / Appellation: STAJERSKA / Varietal(s): LASKI RIZLING AKA WELSHRIESLING+YELLOW MUSCAT --- Črnko Winery is a family-run estate located in the northeast corner of Slovenia, just across the border with Austria. As a nation-state, Slovenia is only 28 years old, but winemaking has existed in the region since before the Romans introduced viticulture to what is now France and Germany. This citrusy and spritzy bottle is made from laski riesling (also known as welshriesling - no relation to the riesling grape), with a tiny percentage of yellow muscat. If there was such a thing as a Balkan Vinho Verde, this would be it! Seriously scrumptious – juicy notes of lime, tangerine zest, and lemon verbena all come together with bright acidity and delicate minerality for a festive quaffer perfect with light fish dishes, salads with salty cheese, baked appetizers, or all on its own.

Nortico Rosé Vinho Regional Minho 2018 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN


Country: PORTUGAL / Region: MINHO / Appellation: VINHO REGIONAL MINHO / Varietal(s): ALVARELHAO+PEDRAL+ VINHAO --- Hailing from the Minho region of northwest Portugal, this Vinho Verde rosé is made with 40% alvarelhao, 40% pedral, and 20% vinhao, all native Portuguese varietals. Grown on the south bank of the Minho River, the soils are comprised of granite and schist and are a little bit warmer than the coastal regions, allowing for perfect maturation and balance in the fruit. It’s fermented in all stainless steel and is extraordinarily fresh and light, with bright red berry fruit and watermelon complemented by a delicate saline minerality and mouthwatering acidity. Great with salads, cheese platters, or pool parties!

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, this works with grilled meats and poultry (yep, poultry!), or of course the famous paella dishes of the region!

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May
25
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

GERMANY: MORE THAN JUST FANTASTIC RIESLING!
Join Importer Stephen Bitterolf from Vom Boden for some amazing German wines!

Germany has long held a well-deserved reputation for producing some of the world's finest riesling, but you'd be doing your taste buds a great disservice to ignore the other great wines the country has to offer! Today, Stephen Bitterolf from Vom Boden will be pouring a rainbow of tasty German wines, including, yes, a delicious riesling, but also a rosé, a refreshing rot (red) blend, and an elegant pinot noir.

We'll be tasting three extraordinary wines from Weingut Beurer, a family estate that has shot to meteoric acclaim in the natural wine world, thanks to Jochen Beurer, a former BMX-champion, bad-boy-turned-biodynamic-farmer. Jochen crafts wines of almost aggressive purity: laser-focused, crystalline, and stony.

The Beurer family has been farming the sandy soils of Kernen-Stetten (in the Württemberg region just east of Stuttgart) for generations. Jochen's father, Siegfried, was the head of the local cooperative, but in 1997 the family made the decision to quit the coop and form an independent winery. Farming organically since 2003, they became certified biodynamic in 2008. Beginning with just three hectares, they now have 13 ha, from which grapes are crushed by foot and spontaneously fermented with native yeast in stainless steel.

A tasty trio of Beurer's wines are a hard act to follow, but another new arrival is more than up to the task: pinot noir from Enderle and Moll. This estate is basically just two guys, a tiny cellar, a few hectares of old vines and a crazy cult-like following! Sven Enderle and Florian Moll craft complex, amazingly detailed, earthy pinot noirs that will shatter any conceptions you had about German reds. Farming is organic/biodynamic, no additives, no filters, minimal sulfur. This is a "Can't Miss!" tasting event!

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May
24
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

LIGHT, BRIGHT, LOW INTERVENTION WINES FOR GRILLING AND CHILLING!

Poderi Cellario "È Bianco" NV - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): ARNEIS+ MOSCATO --- Fausto and Cinzia Cellario are 3rd generation winemakers in the village of Carru on the western outskirts of the Langhe. They only work with indigenous Piedmontese grape varietals, and passionately adhere to local winemaking traditions both in the vineyard and cellar. The Cellario vineyards cover approximately 30 hectares between 5 different vineyard sites throughout the southern Langhe. Vineyard work is certified organic and all fermentations take place with native yeasts. Sulfur is only added in very small quantities at bottling if necessary. A blend of the arneis and moscato grapes, this is clean and zesty, bursting at the seams with notes of white flower, white peach, pineapple, and touches of gooseberries. Versatile and oh-so-refreshing - and all this in a crowd-pleasing LITER bottle? We say bring it on! Winner, winner with a chicken dinner - or most anything else!

Domaine Ozil "Barry" Vin de France 2018 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH+GRENACHE BLANC --- Brothers Jean Daniel & Thomas Ozil are fourth generation winemakers in Ardéche (in the Rhône). They began producing natural wines in 2013. Prior to that, they used to sell their organically farmed grapes to the local coop, but now use all of their grapes to make their own wines. They also grow peaches, vegetables, and lavender, adding to the biodiversity on the estate. Domaine Ozil is certified organic by Bureau Veritas, and the brothers vinify their wines without any added sulfur. ‘Barry’ is comprised of 80% grenache noir, 10% syrah and 10% grenache blanc and is loaded with crunchy, juicy red fruit flavors with a touch of sauvage. Delightfully chuggable with a slight chill - perfect for the kickoff to grilling season!

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