"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.