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GET IT BEFORE ITS GONE ROSE: My Latest Obession


Evan Lewandowsie Rose.jpgRuth Lewandowski Rose 2014 (Utah by way of California):

You must trust me when I tell you that you really, really, really need to try this rosé. Yes, the label is beautiful and for many rosé drinkers, that’s the main thing. But it’s what’s inside that’s truly madly crazy beautiful. This is another crazy bottling from Evan Lewandowski’s Ruth Lewandowski label. The grapes are from California, from three rows of bush vine touriga nacional from the crazy patchwork plantings of the Fox Hill Vineyard. Some lone Portugese vines among the Italians grapes. As with all Evan’s Cali grapes, he drives them to his Utha winery (where eventually, he’ll make wines from grapes actually grown in Utah) where he does basically nothing to them. No yeast additions, no malo-blocking, no color-stripping, just a wee 20ppm SO2 addition post-fermentation and from the looks of it, very little filtration. This is rosé the way you’re really not supposed to make it. But it works. Oh it works! It’s cloudy, misty orangey-pink… like a sunset (perhaps that’s the logic of the label? I’ll need to ask Evan.) There’s a bit of spritz when you open it, but this is NOT a sparkling wine. It’s got some body, some texture, but it’s still absolutely refreshing. Blood orange, pink grape fruit, something slightly herbal to keep it interesting and an intriguing note of honey. Not sweet honey, more like a breakfast of caramelized blood oranges with a touch of oregano sprinkled on top. In liquid form. With a kick. Drink it on your roof at sunset. Drink on your porch for breakfast. Drink out of juice glasses, or plastic cups, or your finest fancy crystal. Just drink it.

Price: $26.99

 
 
 

More Badenhorst Wines... the Fancy Pants Version


Badenhorst Family White Blend 2010:

Badenhorst Family.jpgThis is an classic kitchen sink blend. There’s a fair amout of Chenin in the mix, along with some Roussane, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Verdehlo and a touch of good-old-boring Chardonnay. Fair warning – this is a BIG wine. MASSIVE! But not in a block-buster, beat-me-with-a-butter-stick Cali-Chardonnay sort of way. It's all about texture: big and rich but with a firm streak of acidity to give it structure. I always find it difficult to pull out specific flavors for this one, because they’re so tightly knit into the body of the wine, but there’s a nuttiness, a citrus note, maybe something a touch honied or floral? Regardless of the specifics, this is a great wine for fans of full-bodied whites. Or people who “don’t like whites.” Or for Chardonnay fans looking to move on to something else. It’s worth decanting – or drinking over the course of days. It’s not a picnic wine – this is serious, delicious stuff that goes best with something rich and creamy. And if you’re drinking it in this weather… definitely pair it with some air-conditioning.

Price: $43.99

 
 
 

SICK OF LOOKING AT IT SALE


big sale.jpgAnnouncing our latest, greatest sale: the Something-th Annual Sick of Looking at It Sale. Yes, this is really just the standard early summer shelf cleaning that we should have done over Memorial Day. But what's a sale without a catchy name?

The sale is well worth a browse. Most sale prices reflect at least a 15% discount, many even more, with a handful cut close to cost. And after 7 years, I've gotten over that sentimental-don't-put-that-one-on-sale-softie side, so I'm not holding back on the goods!

To see what's available, go to the WINES page, enter SALE into the search field and search. Quantities are limited - first come, first serve. We'll try to keep our inventory updated, but call if you have any questions.

(NOTE: You don't have to be local to play.... we can ship to many places.)

 
 
 

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THE WELL EDITED WINE CLUB

$45.92 monthly (that’s $50 with sales tax)
Bonus: 10% off any 6 bottles; 15% off 12 bottles

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delivery truck - left.jpg1.) Your book club needs more interesting wine
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What? You need more reasons? It’s $50 bucks a month, including sales tax, for two to four bottles selected by us.

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AN UNLIKLEY VINEYARD: We have the book - and the wines


garagista book and bottles.jpg

We've been lucky enough to host Deirdre Heekin, author of An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir and grower of otherworldly (OK, that other world = Vermont) wine for a number of in-shop tastings and book signing. She's poured us her just-released crop of petnat sparklers as well as her unique and delicious still wines.

We love selling Deirdre's wines. They are liquid proof that native grapes and New England weather are not incompatible with organic farming and beautiful wines. In stock: Damejeanne 2013, Harlots & Ruffians 2013, and Loups-Garoux 2013. All 750ml bottles. All $37.99. To purchase, go to our WINES page and search on "garagista"

We also have copies of Deirdre's book, noted by the New York Times as one of last year’s top wine books, which spins a wonderfully practical account of realizing her vision of a living farm with a table at its center. Balancing rural romance with the real concerns of sinking hands into dirt, it’s filled with tips and inspiration for the existing gardener. And it will have armchair green thumbs ready to run off and buy a tractor. (Add it to your cart just below!) 

Price: $35

 
 
 

Chilled Red Alert


Fleurie.jpgMaison B. Perraud Fleurie 2013 (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

 
 
 

GET IT BEFORE IT'S GONE ROSE


A word on continuity: "What's continuity," you ask? Well, in the wine world, it's the idea that you'll see a certain bottle of wine on the shelf year round. Or in the case of roses, throughout the summer. But for an ever-increasing number of pink-hued bottlings, there just isn’t enough to get through, well, even the month of June. So fair warning – some of your favorites will run out. We know this. And you now know this. So plan accordingly. We’ll tag them as GET IT BEFORE IT'S GONE ROSE and we suggest you do just that. Stock up now. Or forever hold your peace (well… hold it until next year, but you get the idea.)

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GET IT BEFORE IT'S GONE ROSE: Philippe Gilbert Menetou Salon

gilbert rose.jpgDomaine Philippe Gilbert Menetou-Salon Rose 2014 (Loire, France):

 

Philippe Gilbert’s domaine lies in the lesser-known (for now) appellation Menetou-Salon in the eastern Loire River Valley… not far from the very-well-known region of Sancerre. The estate practices Biodynamic farming and the wines have real soul. Like Sancerre rose, this wine is made from the pinot noir grape. It’s demurring and mineral, subtle and sophisticated, with rose petals and strawberries dancing across the palate. If you’re a fan of Sancerre rose –you need to give this a try. No, you haven’t heard of it, but that’s why it’s such a deal.

 

Price: $23.99

 
 
 

ROSE BY THE CASE. THE LOGICAL THING TO DO.


gobelsberger.jpg‘Tis the time to drink rose. (OK, we think it’s ALWAYS the time to drink rose, but in the heat of the summer, it’s especially hard to resist.) And while we’ve loved rose for always, this summer, everyone has decided to agree that the pink stuff is a-ok. This is the year that it’s really hit the big time.

So chances are, you’re also seeing more rose this year. And drinking more. And taking more to parties and BBQs and vacations.  Make your life easy. Save yourself a few trips to the store (not that we don’t love to see you) and just BUY A CASE! It’s easy math.

First, you’ll save time. You’ll always have a bottle on hand. Last minute BBQ invitation?  Grab a bottle. The in-laws pop by? Pop open a bottle. Playdate filled with screaming 3 year olds? Pop open a bottle (or three). Forgot the wine store doesn’t open at 6AM, before you have to take off for the weekend? No worries…  Starting to see the logic?

Second, you’ll save money. We’re offering the Gobelesberger Rose Cistercien 2014 our favorite, top-selling rose for $168/case. Just a little over $14/bottle, vs. the regular $15.99.  (For those doing the math, that's a 12% discount - 12 bottles. 1% for each. Or something like that.)

As for the wine, it’s dry, with subtle fruit, similar to a Provencal rose but a little fresher and zippier – like air-conditioning in a bottle. And who couldn’t use a little liquid air-conditioning.

Save time. Save money. Totally, completely logical.

Gobelsburger Rose Cistercien 2014 (Austria)
$168/case

 
 
 

Dayglo Tinto


vinello.jpgPartida Creus Vinel-lo Tinto 2014 (Penedes, Spain):

Partida Creus was founded by two Piedmontese architects Massimo Marchiori and Antonella Gerona who relocated from Barcelona in search of a slower-paced life. They settled in the Penedes and started farming the fruits and vegetables of the region. Dissatisfied to not find locally-produced wines, they decided to make their own! (Yes, we think this is crazy, too.) Vinel-lo is a field blend of indigenous varietals from a younger vineyard they purchased and revived in the region. To be exact, it is a blend of trepat, sumoll, garrut, queixal de llop, ull de perdiu, garnacha, and samsó. We’re not sure exactly what these grapes are, but we’re sure that the wine is delicious and is the prettiest ruby red shade in the glass. It’s light-bodied, red-fruited and elegant: like a deep rose or a light poulsard. Let it breathe upon opening and the layers of fruit and minerality that unfold will delight you.

Price: $22.99
 
 
 

ROSE FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIKE ROSE


small fry2.jpgSmall Fry Eden Valley Rose 2011 (Barossa Valley, Australia):


Depending on your mood (or in my case, where I want to put it on the shelf), this wine is either a very deeply colored rose, or an extremely light red. It’s perhaps the ideal rose for people who "don't like rose." Or for those that do like rose... but are kind of the mood for a red.

Made from grenache from beautiful, biodynamically-farmed old grenache vines, it’s juicy and earthy with more structure and oomph than you would expect from a bottle of rose. The perfect wine for those who can't quite make up their mind.

 Price: $19.99

 
 
 

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