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FOUND: Your New Summer Red


Colombia.jpgColombaia Rosso Vigna Nuova 2011
(Tuscany, Italy)

An old school Tuscan red that's especially nice with a little bit of chill. Biodynamicly grown grapes, minimal sulfur additions, no other additions. This is classic “easy, breezy, beautiful” stuff that’s perfect for summer. Text book sour cherry notes from the sangiovese grape, a touch of dusty earth. Pairs well with fancy meals, picnics, and front porch stoops. This could be your new summer favorite.

Price: $19.99

 
 
 

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

 
 
 

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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
2.) Discover wines you never knew you needed
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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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Stuff we really like… and hope you like too.

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#jennydoesharvest at Illahe Vineyards


jenny in a barrel.jpgPeople say that it takes a crazy person to be a harvest intern... for the most part, those people are not wrong.

Harvest is grueling, the hours incredibly long, and the work is exhausting. but, all of that results in this beautiful liquid that we all love to consume. There was no mystery that I wanted to solve by participating in harvest--I just wanted to live an episode of "how it's made" because it's one thing to listen to someone talk about it but a whole different game when you're getting your hands dirty.

- Jenny

 

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#jennydoesharvest - The Fruit of Her Labor: Bottle #1 

Illahe Viognier 2014 (Willamette Valley)

illahe viognier.jpgThis is the wine that drew me to Illahe in the first place and made me volunteer to be a harvest intern. This year has more tension and verve than the previous years. But the fruit is so yummy! Summery nose of stone fruit, fleshy white fruit, and honeycomb. The first sip will introduce notes of perfumed white flowers that intermingle with the fruit. Great acidity that comes from being fermented in stainless steel. It's how Viognier should taste--not flabby and rich but with great verve and brightness.

Price: $22.99

 
 
 

#jennydoesharvest - The Fruit of Her Labor: Bottle #1


Illahe Estate Pinot Gris 2014 (Willamette Valley, Oregon)

illahe.jpgPinot Gris was one of the first grapes to be processed once I got to the vineyard and I have very vivid memories of eating a ton of bunches. Mouthwatering aromas of preserved lemon and kefir lime open to a backbone of steely minerality with accents of stone fruit underneath on the palate. Playful zippiness undercut the succulent opulence of the fruit.

Price: $21.99

 
 
 

LAST YEAR'S ROSE


Common logic would state that you shouldn't drink last year's pink stuff. You want fresh! And new! And young! Because rose doesn’t age! At all! Ever! And while it’s true that many rosés don’t really benefit from extra time in the bottle, there are quite a few that do. They’re still charming and delicious and just the thing for a warm spring day, but they develop just a bit of extra complexity, which is a good thing. Even if you’re not paying attention to it, it’s there and will make your pink-drinking even more enjoyable. And the added bonus – the wines are usually excellent deals because our suppliers need to move them along and make room for the incoming YOUNG! FRESH! NEW! vintage to arrive. So better wine… for less money? What’s not to love?

Here are a few of our favorite “old” rosés. Break the rules. (And don't fear their less-than-virginal pink blush.) Grab a few bottles now. Because when they are gone, they’re gone for good. (Consider yourself warned.)

 
 
 

LAST YEAR'S ROSE: PROVENCE


milan bag.jpgHenri Milan Ma Terre Rose 2013
(Provence, France)

We love Henri Milan’s wines. He’s firmly in the camp of no chemicals, no additives, minimal SO2, etc. etc. etc. But most importantly, his wines are delicious and to my mind, taste like a bottled versions of the mythical, mystical south of France I have yet to visit. When we had a chance to grab a bit of last year’s rose this year, we didn’t hesitate. It’s deeply colored (because he’s not stripping away any of the glorious pink to match some pre-conceived pantone number, opulent, with berries and a melon note, but dry on the finish. There’s complexity here if you care, but if you don’t, there also sheer deliciousness.

We suggest you buy a bag full.

Price: $17.99

 
 
 

LAST YEAR'S ROSE: AUSTRALIA


Small Fry Eden Valley Rose 2011
(Barossa, Australia)


small fry2.jpgDepending 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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