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TRANSITIONAL WINES: Small Fry Stella Luna 2015

small fry stella.jpgAs the weather starts to cool down, our thoughts turn to transitional wines, especially lighter reds that sit somewhere between an almost-rose and something more dense and fireside-worthy. This is that - the perfect wine for sweater weather.

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 on these early autumn days when you need to grab a sweater, grab a bottle of this as well.

Price: $19.99


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TRANSITIONAL WINES: The One That's Not Really a Rose

LA VIN JARDIN.jpgLa Grange aux Belles Le Vin de Jardin 2015 (Loire, France):

Rose season is officially over, so will stop trying to convince this wine is just a deeply colored rose. We'll just call it what it really is - a light, perfect-for-autumn red. It's classic glou glou from the obscure grolleau grape, grown organically in the Loire Valley. It packs a major flavor punch with a little tart berry fruit, a touch of spice, excellent with a chill and just 11.5% abv so it's highly glugable.

We thought we sold out of this sometime in early August, but we found a last lingering 6-pack of magnums in our magical cellar. (You could call it "disorganized" but "magical" sounds so much better.) So grab one of these last bottles while you can.  

Magnum: $31.99



perraud morgon.jpgMaison B. Perraud Morgon 2014
(Beaujolais, France)

Isabelle and Bruno Perraud make this Morgon and I love it. I'm one of a handful of shops lucky enough to carry it, so if you want some, you’ll either need to visit the Perrauds in France, or visit me. (French winemakers may be charming, but I’m much more convenient!)  It’s one of those wines that shows best with a slight chill and can go for days without losing its tastiness.  

Bright red fruits backed a touch of minerality and texture. It 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 from more!

(And ignore the vintage in the picture - we've moved on to the 2014 but haven't managed to snap a new bottle shot.)

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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