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Meet Your New Summer Red: Small Fry Stella Luna 2015

small fry stella.jpgSure, roses and fresh, crisp whites are summer-time staples. But sometimes, even when it’s 90 degrees out and the pavements is slick with garbage juice and the humidity hits you like a damp blanket, sometimes even then, you just want a nice red to drink.

Well summer time, meet your new best fruit: Small Fry Stella Luna 2015 (Barossa, Australia). This is one of those wines that’s great with a bit of a chill. You may not think of Australia as a go-to place for chillable reds, but you’ll just have to trust us – a lot has changed in the Aussie wine game since the critter label days. This particular porch-pounder is from Wayne Ahrens beautiful, sun-dappled biodynamic vines – a blend of cinsault (to give it some happy red-fruit zip) and syrah (for a little touch of brooding dark fruit.)

So the next time the thermometer says “drink white” but you really want a red – crack open a bottle of this one.

Price: $19.99


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AUSSIE RULES: Domaine Lucci / Lucy Margaux

IMG_6162.JPGDomaine Lucci / Lucy Margaux is a dual-named winery (which happens to look a bit like a shack) owned by Anton van Klopper, one of the wildmen of Australian winemaking. Along with James Eskine of Jauma and Tom Shobbrook of Shobbrook Wines, Anton is part of a group called the Natural Selection Theory. All three are committed to making wine as minimally as possible – a revolutionary idea in Australia. They’re part of a conversation just beginning to happen over there (and it’s going to be fascinating to listen to… because this is a country that doesn’t shy away from technical wine discussions.)

I love these wines. Not just because I managed to sneak in a visit to Anton’s farm/winery/shack during a trip to Australia a few years back. And not just because they are ‘natural.’ (And not just because they have really cool labels designed by his teenage daughter.) I love them because they are delicious and drinkable and reflect the madness and mischief of their maker. 

I hope you'll love them too.


Domaine Lucci / Lucy Margaux: THE WHITE ONE

Domaine Lucci Jim's Chardonnay 2015
(Adelaide Hills, Australia)

lucci jims.jpgThis is NOT your usual chardonnay. If you're a full-on chardonnay hater, you should really give this one a try. It's stripped down version of the grape - a little wild, a little bit rock and roll. Pear and ripe grapefruit and a bit of a tangy yogurt edge instead of full-on stick of butter cream. Or to be a bit less technical, it tastes like electric moonbeams lighting on magical fruit trees tended by baby unicorns. Or something like that. All our begging and pleading netted us a single case of this wine. So now is NOT the time to hesitate. Grab a bottle or forever hold your peace.

Price $44.99


ROSE MADNESS: The One in the Box

tetrapk rose.jpgMontebernardi Fuori Strada Off Road Rosado 2015 
(Sicily, Italy):

We'll start with the technical stuff. It's not really wine in a box. It's wine in a Tetra Pak, which is a light, eco-efficient packaging method. It looks like a juice box, or those milk cartons you'll see in Europe. And while it has many advantages (one key advantage: it's light enough to take on a hike, should you want wine on your hike... doesn't everyone want wine on a hike?), prolonging the life of the wine once it's opened isn't one of them. That's what fancy bag-in-box technology does. And this is not that.

But enough technical jabbering. The wine? How's the wine? Well, it's super-tasty. Dry but not severely so. There's a nice punch of watermelon fruit and maybe a tiny hit of something spicy. It's organic. It's vegan (certified, even.) And its in liter size. The more the merrier.

Price: $13.99



Fleurie.jpgMaison B. Perraud Fleurie 2014 (Fleurie, Beaujolais, France): 

Isabelle and Bruno Perraud make this Fleurie and I love it. I love pretty much everything from Maison B. Perraud and buy as much as I can direct from one of my favorite importers, Jeffery Alpert. In many cases, to get these wines you’ll either need to visit the Perrauds in France, or visit me. And while French winemakers may be charming, Frankly Wines is much more convenient! 

So… the wine… it hits all the right “thinking wine” buttons – no mucking around in the winery, minimal sulfur addition, great care taken in the vineyards, blah blah blah. And bonus points because it’s quite delicious. It’s one of those wines that shows best with a slight chill (don't be afraid, we're very serious about this) and can go for days without losing its tastiness. Dark berry fruits, mulberry skins, underlying minerality and texture that manages to be a touch silky and crunchy all at once. (‘Crunchy??’ Yes, crunchy. Think of that snap of freshness when you bite into an apple. That’s crunchy. And it’s a very good thing.) Pick one up one to try. And then come back for more!

Price: $29.99


An Apple a Day - Grown Up Style

Sundstrom Sponti.jpgThey say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I've always liked this advice - especially when those apples come in liquid form. And in New York where the apples literally grow wild (and on trees, but you already knew that), you can pretty much write yourself a prescription for any sort of cider you like. Dry, off-dry, or full on lushly sweet, foraged, imported, heirloom, tannic, raging acid beam juice or easy as apple pie, still, petnat, uber bubbly, champagne-styled, funky, clean, in between. There's a cider cure for whatever ails you.

We're especially excited about our latest, which comes from just a few hours north in the Hudson Valley: Sundstrom Cider Sponti 2015. This is the second year Leif Sundstrom has been making his apple elixirs and unlike last year, he actually made enough to sell! There are more releases coming in the autumn, but for now, this is the maiden offering. It's an orchard full of apple varieties from three different sites, fermented using the wild yeast found on the apples and bottled unfiltered with a nice amount of sparkle.

It's not a crystal clear cider, but taste-wise, it leans to the clean side of the funk spectrum. It's not overly tannic, but there's a nice amount of structure to balance out the fruit. If I had to limit myself to a one word tasting note, "yummy" would pretty much sum it up. Go on - write yourself a prescription!

Price: $19.99




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