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small fry2.jpgTechnically, it’s spring time. The calendar says so. Day Light Savings Time says so. And all the rose offerings from all my distributors say so. But it's still a little chilly. Not quite the stereotypical rose season of sunshiny days and balmy weather. But we don't care. We're declaring it time - the beginning of official rose season*. Because we've just had ENOUGH of the cold and the urge to drink pink stuff is hard to resist.  So what should be the first bottle of pink you drink? We recommend a bottle of Small Fry as just the thing. Depending on your mood (or in my case, where I want to put it on the shelf), it’s either a very deeply colored rose, or an extremely light red. It’s the ideal cool-weather rose. (And also great for sunny days... when the finally get here.) 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. So grab a bottle or three and toast to the beginning of a beautiful spring. (Hopefully.)

Small Fry Eden Valley Rose 2011 (Barossa, Australia): $19.99

*Technically, we don't think rose season ever really ends. We drink it year round and always have a few on the shelf.)

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 addion, 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 from more!

Price: $29.99


Wine You Never Knew You Needed:

Wine from the Village of Cats & Old People

cats old people.jpgCouto Mixto Monterrei Tinto 2012
(Monterrei, Galicia, Spain)

This is perhaps the single best visit-to-a-grower story we have ever heard. Luckily, the wine is also tasty, so we can tell the story and sell the wine. Because what good is the story if the wine is meh?

So here goes:

The Savio team heads off to a little forgotten part of Spain to visit Xico de Mandin, who Savio heard about while trying to figure out his map on the side of the road. So they get there and there’s nothing except cats and old people. And Xico’s tavern. Which isn’t exactly teeming with customers. And Xico’s vines are old and wild and crazy because, as Xico says, he’s just SO BUSY that tending to them is apparently at the near bottom of his to-do list.  But old vines have a way of taking care of themselves (Drought? Been there. Satanically hot summers? Done that?) And needless to say, given Xico’s busy schedule, the wine is old school minimal intervention (a.k.a. benign neglect) at its best. It’s a blend of mencia, bastardo, and caino tinto (right, you’ve heard of those.) And it’s very tasty. A little earthy, a little funky, but backed by enough fruit to keep it really drinkable. And there’s this hint of something like orange rind, or citrus underneath it all that makes for a very intriguing bottle. The cats and old people would approve. Well, they would if they weren’t SO BUSY!

Price: $24.99


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