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.