Kir-Yianni Rosé Amyndeon PDO "Akakies" 2016
Country: GREECE / Region: MACEDONIA / Appellation: AMYNDEON PDO / Varietal(s): XINOMAVRO --- This truly unique rosé hails from the Amyndeon appellation in the northwest of Greece, the only Greek AOC for rosé wines. Amyndeon is the coldest part of Greece, and these vineyards lie at an elevation of 700 meters in poor, sandy soil. The grape behind this refreshing cuvée is xinomavro ("acid and black" in Greek), a rare red grape native to Northwestern Greece. Akakies is the final result of two winemaking techniques combined: 90% of the must comes from skin contact and 10% from the “saignée” of grapes fermenting for red wine. After fermentation, the wine is aged on lees for 3 months to soften the natural acidity a bit. Attractive deep strawberry in color, it has intense aromas of wild strawberries, rose petals and violets with touches of lime peel and black olive. Refreshing medium-high acidity, medium body, and a dry finish make this a perfect aperitif for hot summer weather, or a great companion to lemon za'atar-rubbed grilled chicken and tabbouleh.
Filipa Pato Baga Bairrada DOC 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: BAIRRADA / Appellation: BAIRRADA DOC / Varietal(s): BAGA --- If you aren't thinking about Portuguese wines as a regular part of your routine, you're missing the boat. These wines continue to impress and still represent some of the best values in the wine world. While you may not know the grapes, you'll be rewarded for exploring them with the quality of the wines. Baga is an obscure grape, even by Portugal's standards. It was long abandoned; however, Luis Pato has been making strides with this grape since 1980. Only in the past few years have more of these wines begun to grace our shores. Luis's daughter Filipa is a force to be reckoned with in her own right in the regions of Beira and Barraida. She could have easily taken over her father's winery, but instead chose to blaze her own trail, studying winemaking from France to Australia and developing her own distinctive style. She has a passion for indigenous grape varieties, and is now leading the charge to revive the native baga grape, important in terms of biodiversity and history, but also because it's so darn tasty! Loads of dark cherries, blueberries, and plums dance across a juicy palate with hints of smoky espresso foam on a savory finish. Great with chipotle black bean tostadas with roasted tomato salsa.