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

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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

 
 
 

CHILLED RED ALERT!


moulin.jpgDomaine des Cotes de la Moliere Les Moulin a Vent 2011: Isabelle and Bruno Perraud make this Moulin a Vent and I love it. So much that I bought, oh, 25 cases. The only 25 cases in the country. So if you try it and like it, 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 (it was the hit of our summertime “Chilled Reds” tasting – and can go for days without losing its tastiness.  Dark berry fruits, mulberry skins, a touch of dusky 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. Give it a good chill. And then come back from more!

Price: $24.99

 

 
 
 

IT'S SO PRETTY! (and it's 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.

 
 
 

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

 
 
 

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


 

 
 
 

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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NEW WAVE CALI: La Clarine Farm Piedi Grandi


La Clarine Farm Piedi Grandi 2012 (Sierra Foothills, California):

LCF.jpgThe third vintage of Hank’s nebbiolo-based blend. There’s also some mourvedre and syrah in here. If you expect California to = big, ripe, and HUGELY CONCENTRATED, prepare to be surprised by the elegance and lightness of this wine. But lightness doesn’t mean lack of flavor. You’ll sniff out red fruits, pomegranate, crushed roses, spice, all back up by a sneaky structure and vibrant acidity. Tasty on the 1st day, but if you can keep from finishing a full bottle in one sitting, this wine is spectacular on the second day! We don't get much (and we grab a lot for ourselves) so get it while you can!

Price: $24.99

 
 
 

Wine You Never Knew You Needed: Rhone Valley Gamay


souteronne.jpgDomaine Romaneaux-Destezat “La Souteronne” 2013:

This wine is from a small estate, founded in 1993 by Herve Souhaut.  When we say small, we mean a whopping 2,500 cases produced annually, across several wines.  (If you’re still learning wine math, that’s not a lot of wine.) Herve’s wines are considered darlings of the Paris natural wine bar scene, but are only just starting to make their way over here. (Perhaps because the Parisians prefer to keep the wines for themselves?)

The estate is located in the northern Rhone Valley, home to some of the best Syrah in the world – and Herve does make some great Syrah-based wines. But it’s his Gamay that we’re really crazy about. There’s not a lot of Gamay kicking around in this region, but this little patch of old vines does very nice things in the bottle. The wine has the bright, vibrant red fruits typical of the grape, but on the finish, there’s a kick of black pepper more typical of the Rhone Valley. It’s complex, a little geeky, and highly drinkable – a mix that we find irresistible.

Pretend you’re a cool kid in a Parisian wine bar, and have yourself a taste. But don't wait long. This wine used to be an undiscovered secret. But it's been discovered recently. So while we never got much, now we get even less. 6 bottles remain. Get them now!!

Price: $29.99

 
 
 

THE (THIRD ANNUAL) CIVILIAN SERIES


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Time for the annual Frank/Ohio-family pilgrimage to Sandbridge Beach, about thirty minutes south of Virginia Beach. There’s nothing much (make that nothing, period) to do here except go to the beach, make a few meals, and drink a few bottles of wine. (And of course, argue with Kids #1 through #3 about electronic time.)

This year, I’ve kept it simple: my parents are members of Alice Feiring’s Feiring Line Wine Society and are several months behind. So I just brought the bottles, along with a few other random selections. There are fewer of us along this year – but just as much wine. But I’m not one to let an unfinished bottle stop be from opening another bottle, so I am sure we’ll do just fine.

Sit back, relax, and if any of these bottles look intriguing… I might just know where you can buy them. (HINT: You can buy them from me!)

And... if you want to follow the full story, bottle by bottle, head over to the Frankly Wines blog: Frankly My Dear.

 
 
 

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?

 
 
 

THE CIVILIAN SERIES: TUESDAY

The series generally starts to get a little sketchy at this point in the week. Yes, it’s only Tuesday, but beach brain sets in and the days … and the bottles… start to run together. So notes will be brief on this one – but don’t hold it against the wine!

lousas.jpgEnvinate Viña de Aldea “Lousas” 2012 (Ribera Sacra, Spain): From Alice's June selection. June was a fun month for the Feiring Line Wine Society and I brought in a few extra cases of two of the wines for the shop: the La Clarine Farm Rose 2013 and Bengoetxe Getariako Txakolina 2011, both of which I’ve been drinking as much as I can over the summer. But this one, the Envinate, we only got a few extra bottles which have been squirreled away until I had a chance to try one for myself, which I finally did on Tuesday evening. We paired it with a very nice, thinly sliced beef rib slathered in my friend Lori’s homemade New Rigel rib sauce. (New Rigel is a tiny town just outside my less tiny hometown of Tiffin. It's famous for it’s ribs, ribs, and ribs. And if you peaked at the menu - those prices are current and yes, decimals are all in the right places.)

Although the conversation was focused on the ribs, ribs, ribs, everyone liked the wine. The grape is Mencia and it’s grown on slate soil (Lousas is the local name for the slate soil in this part of Ribera Sacra.) It had more fruit than I was expecting – deep, dark, purple fruit, but it was balanced by an undercurrent of slate-y minerality.  And no.. that’s not just suggestive thinking – there was dark, grey earthiness that lurked beneath. I would be money that by day two, that earthiness would have broken through and become more overt. But I didn’t get to try it.. my mom turned it into sangria before I had a chance to stop her. (But it was very delicious sangria!)

Price: $28.99

 
 
 

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