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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 my recent trip. 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.

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Domaine Lucci / Lucy Margaux: CASA WHITE

lucci white.jpgDomaine Lucci White 2013
(Adelaide Hills, Australia):

A little of this, a little of that. This white is a blend of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and pinot gris – and the result is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s soft, juicy, crisp, and creamy all at once – this white goes with pretty much anything and everything. It’s not meant to be some thought-provoking, intellectually challenging bottle of mind-expanding juice. It’s just supposed to be really good with dinner.

Price: $29.99

 
 
 

Domaine Lucci / Lucy Margaux: CASA RED


lucci red.jpgDomaine Lucci Red 2013
(Adelaide Hills, Australia)
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Like the white, this a blend of red grape goodness (Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese) + a wee touch of some Chardonnay. It great with a slight chill, which sets the red fruits a-singing (or a-hopping, if we’re trying for clichéd Aussie kangaroo reference.) The Sangiovese adds a classic dusty earth element. And the Chardonnay? Not sure… and we forgot to ask Anton about it on a recent visit. Maybe it’s the secret spice that makes this red so appealing. Whatever it is, it’s certainly enjoyable!

Price $29.99

 
 
 

Domaine Lucci / Lucy Margaux: SAUVIGNON BLANC


Domaine Lucci Sauvignon Blanc 2013
(Adelaide Hills, Australia)
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What... you never imagined sauvignon gold as zesty yellow grapefruit juice spun into tart cotton candy? Ok, neither had we. But Anton has bottled crystal clear evidence that a new era of Sauvignon Blanc awaits in Australia‘s Adelaide Hills. If you think the grape is all about herbs and tropical fruit, you’re in for a surprise. There’s a very, very very subtle undercurrent of fruit, but this wine is more about minerality. And a racy acidity so sharp, it’s a mystery as to how it seduces you to the next sip. But it will. Oh it will. Bottom line? We love this stuff and think you will, too. There are only a handful of cases in NYC, and we snagged the last of them!

Price $39.99

 
 
 

WINE YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED: Prosecco, Old School Style


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Ca dei Zago Prosecco Col Fondo NV (Valdobbiadene, Italy)

 

Now this is prosecco, old school style. For those who know their technical bubble stuff, this is essentially a pet'nat - one single fermentation that finishes up in the bottle, on the sediment (or "col fondo") without dosage or disgorgement. For those of you have no idea that last bit meant, the result is a bone dry, slightly cloudy, absolutely delicious bottle of bubbles. It's more foamy that full on bubbly and very, very refreshing. Perfect for OJ-less mimosas.  
 
We recommend picking up multiple bottles because this wine is very, very, very easy to drink. (I may, perhaps be speaking from experience. Maybe.)

 

Price $21.99

 
 
 

CIDER REVOLUTION


burr ciders.jpgCider is having a moment. Actually, it’s having a week - Cider Week: October 24 to November 2 – will give a whole new meaning to “Big Apple.”  This is especially exciting for New Yorkers because there's some great cider coming out of the Empire State. Including the ever-impressive (and ever-sold-out) ciders from Aaron Burr Cidery. If you subscribe to Alice Feiring’s Feiring Line Newsletter, you’re already in the know. If not, read below and acquaint yourself with these delicious, crazy cool bottlings before they hit “pre-sell” only status.

Founded in 2011 by William J. Brennan, Jr. and Polly Giragosian, the cidery is on a plot of land which Cornell's Agriculture school deemed horrible for apple trees. Thank goodness they ignored the advice of experts and started a cidery on the property anyway. Production size is tiny and batches include estate-grown and foraged apples from varieties that look back to the original colonial times when cider saw its original glory days. Unfiltered, naturally sparkling – these ciders are just plain awesome.

At the moment, we have two bottlings in stock. We got a case of each, so act fast.

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CIDER REVOLUTION: BOTTLE #1


burr ginger.jpgNew York apples. Chinatown ginger and…. (bonus ingredient)… carrot.

The Aaron Burr Ginger Apple Cider will put all flavored vodkas, whiskies, and whatever else that big guys are pushing to shame.

The FDA wouldn’t approve, but if we had a head cold, this would be the cure.

Price: $27.99

 
 
 

AUSSIE RULES: Bendigo Beaujolais!


fairbanks.jpgFairbank Sutton Grange Winery Rouge 2010
(Bendigo, Victoria, Australia):

Bendigo Beaujolais!

Alright, that’s a misnomer. It’s not from Beaujolias. And there’s not a single gamay grape in the bottle. It’s from the Bendigo subregion of Victoria. And it’s mainly syrah with a bit of merlot and a splash of sangiovese. But it is made by a Frenchman who uses carbonic maceration, which turns out to work very nicely with the syrah grape and the area’s warm-but-not-too-hot climate. The result is fresh, chillable and utterly delicious.

Price: $18.99


 

 
 
 

Liquid Sunshine Suggestion: Holly's Garden Pinot Noir


Neil Prentice Holly's Garden Pagan Pinot Noir 2011
(Whitlands, Victoria, Australia)

hollys.jpgIt’s time to re-think Australian wine. While there’s still plenty of big, jammy kangaroo-style juice available, there’s a lot of wine diversity over on the other side of the world. And good for us, more and more is making it over here. Like this sunny little bottle of Pinot Noir. It’s light, almost translucent, with just-shy-of-ripe fruit that plays wonderfully with the hint of thyme that you’ll find in many wines from this region. (It’s not actually thyme… it’s a hint of eucalyptus that may actually come from the leaves of the trees that surround the vineyard.) If you’re looking to be surprised by what Australia is doing these days, pick up a bottle. If you’re looking for a bright and fresh chillable red, pick up a bottle. Heck, just pick up a bottle!

Price: $24.99

 
 
 

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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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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THE CIVILIAN SERIES: SUNDAY


Busy day with a few guests over and a major mission to swim, swim, swim. So wine wasn’t the day’s main focus (Such a thing happens often in the civilian world, I’m told.) But that didn’t prevent us from opening a bottle for a little lunch time sipping.  Today’s selection was a bottle from the Feiring Line Wine Society stash: Vincent Caille La Part Colibri Gros Plant 2013 (Nantais, Loire, France)

gros plant.jpgI was curious to see how this bottle went over. The grape is gros plant and it’s from the same general sub-region of the Loire as Muscadet. And if good Muscadet is considered the classic battery acid wine, then good gros plant is even more so – battery acid with a squeeze of lemon juice? OK, “battery acid” may not sound like a turn on. But racy, crisp and refreshing? Those are words that can sell wine.  But selling it to someone and having them like it are not always the same thing. And while I love high acid, minerally whites, they aren’t always a hit if you’re used to something a fuller and fruitier.)

But today, it worked: the beach, the heat, non-wine-related conversation. It went down just fine.

Y thought it was a Riesling –  and it did have a lean, crisp mineral/citrus edge that recalls a troken riesling (which means he liked it, because remember, he likes Riesling!). My dad asked if it was Champagne. And if you’ve ever had a bottle of good blanc de blanc at the end of a long day being toted around in a sales reps bag, it has that rain-water-over-rocks thing going on that reads as Champagne without the bubbles. Our friends liked it. And of course, I liked it.

It's got everything you could want in a simple, easy wine. It’s not exactly fruity, but the citrus and mineral notes are concentrated enough to balance the super racy acid. It’s not full-bodied at all, but it has a certain texture to it – a weightless plumpness that keeps it from being inconsequential.  Grown up lemonade? Water with a kick? Liquid laser beams? Sometimes simple is just perfect.

 And really, what more could you ask for $12.99?

 
 
 

IT'S SO PRETTY! (and also pretty delicious)


tricot.jpgLovely label.
Lovely wine.
Made by a lovely couple.

After early oenophilic training in Beaujolais and time with Morgon natural wines legend Marcel LaPierre, Vincent Tricot met and married Marie and the two went chasing pre-phylloxera vines, settling in Auvergene.. the new hotbed of non-interventionist wine-making. You can taste the result of their 12 years of discovery in terroir, technique, talent and cellaring in each bottle.

Wait… non-interventionist wine-making? Natural wine? We won’t go into too much detail, but these are wines made with as little mucking around as possible. No added enzymes, flavored yeasts, wood chips, Megapurple, etc. etc. etc. Wines that are made as wine… not as “product.”  (Intrigued? Terrified? Subscribe to Alice Feiring’s newsletter and learn more.)

Anyway, back to the wine at hand:

Vincent Tricot "Les Petites Fleurs" NV (Loire Valley, France): $22.99 

The fruit is bursting with juicy, classic gamay notes - red cherry, a touch of black cherry skins and the slightest boysenberry lacing the glass. That bonanza is augmented by an undercurrent of soft, soft tannins and distance hillside brambles that hint at Tricot's care given to "letting the terroir speak through the vine." Great as summer barbecue drinking or savored as an evening's focus.

 
 
 

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