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Filippi Soave DOC "Vigne della Brà" 2013
Country: ITALY / Region: VENETO / Appellation: SOAVE DOC / Varietal(s): GARGANEGA --- Made with the garganega grape, Soave takes its name from the village in Italy’s Veneto region. Filippi’s estate is located in Castelcerino, in the highest part of the Soave DOC, and was certified organic in 2007, now incorporating biodynamic principles as well. Grapes are all hand harvested and fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. Brà is the single vineyard where the grapes for this wine are grown, seventy years old with rocky, chalky soils. Held on the lees for 20 months, this gorgeous Soave displays a white Burgundy-like texture. With notes of tropical fruits, caramelized lemon, and orange zest, and a touch of oxidation that lends it a delicate nutty character, this is a medium-bodied, yet impressively rich style. A fabulous value, this drinks beautifully with quinoa with toasted hazelnuts and orange peel.

Triton Mencía Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León 2011
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEON / Varietal(s): MENCIA --- Jorge Ordoñez has played an instrumental role in promoting Spanish wines in the US, as well as financing talented winemakers in Spain. Triton is the result of the collaboration between Ordoñez, Alistair Gardner (a renowned winemaker in NW Spain originally from New Zealand) and the Gil Brothers in Bierzo. 100% mencía, the grapes for this wine were planted on mountainside plots of slate soils at 1,660 feet in elevation, and fermented in stainless steel tanks. They were then moved to 3-4 year old French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation took place before being aged for 9 months before bottling. Bright violet in color, this displays inviting spicy dark berry and mineral aromas. On the palate, it’s juicy and firm, with sweet blackcurrant and dark cherry flavors and hints of baking spice. The finish is robust and lingering, spicy with sturdy tannins. Try this with steak au poivre.