LE P’TIT LANDRA VENTOUX
30% Cinsault, 70% Grenache
Notes of blueberry preserve and cassis liqueur perfume this intensely fruity blend. Bing cherries followed by black plums, wet stones and black currants. Some wild blackberries and black pepper, soft & juicy but with a minerally backbone that keeps it from getting too fruity. Super yummy and fresh with a great balance of tannin and acidity.
In 2007, Cecile & Frederic discovered Chateau Landra at the foot of Mount de Vaucluse in Ventoux, France. It was a magnificent domain even after a century of neglect. And for them, it was love at first sight. They decided to wake up this sleeping beauty and to give back its yesteryear renown. With much research and even more work, they have been faithful to the estate motto “Solis Solique Virtus Sola” (only the power of the sun). Restoring the land back to a natural state, the Renoux' cultivate the vineyards completely naturally. The vineyards location is exceptional and the vines benefit from long days of sun (about 2800 hours per year) and cool nights. The grapes are able to achieve physiological balance and because each varietal in each plot is harvested and vinified separately, they can fully express the character of its variety, age and terroir.
With 9 hectares of older vines (50+ years), each varietal in each plot is hand harvested to ensure the quality of grapes, transported in small crates to protect the grapes, and vinified separately. 100% natural with no chemicals in the vineyard or the wine! (Native yeast only, no additives, no enzymes, no SO2 before or during fermentation, no fining, no filtration)
Pair with that hearty stew this January, a gorgeous meaty bolognese, or broccoli with KariKari on it!
GUALDO DEL RE SANGIOVESE ROSSO
Intensely opaque color of ruby red, the nose is characterized by the combination of fruity and spicy notes that persist. Dense, unfiltered and concentrated, this is smoky, yet ripe, with blackberry, pipe tobacco, charcoal, moist earth and a chewy, almost sticky, feel in the mouth. The notes of violet and cherry merge together with the sensations of cocoa and tobacco to create a full bodied mouthfeel, all the while managing to maintain great structure with ripe and silky tannins. The age on this makes it great right out of the bottle, and even better on day 2 and 3!
Gualdo del Re is a 40 hectare, fifth–generation family-run winery overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Suvereto on the Tuscan Coast. The organic vineyards were once the hunting grounds of the Holy Roman Emperors and are surrounded by a number of Tuscany’s most renowned wineries. The wines are made by noted enologist Barbara Tamburini.
Before it all began, Gualdo del Re was just a child's dream ... A house in the middle of the Maremma hills and clothes hanging out in the sun. Born here, to parents who are themselves children of farmers and shepherds dedicated to transhumance from Emilia Romagna. Once they established a permanent home here, Nico dreamed of making this land his reason for living. The animals, the countryside and above all the vines were already part of the great desire to build his future in this wonderful part of the Tuscan Maremma. At twenty, Nico followed the trend of the moment to see a brighter future in factory work. But every day, going to work in Piombino and helping his parents in their free time, he continued to wonder when he would be able to say "here, my wine comes from this land, the wine of Gualdo del Re". He left his job as an electrician and devoted himself body and soul to the countryside. The Rossi family has a deep passion for the land that has grown over time to become a reality called Gualdo del Re. Hard work, many sacrifices but a lot, a lot of passion.
The Gualdo del Re company is certified organic. At Gualdo del Re, chemical fertilizers and herbicides have no reason to exist, everything follows the rhythms of nature in total respect of its cycles. In our territories, crops of wheat, barley, sunflowers and field beans are alternated which is used for fertilizing the vineyards together with manure.
One of Italy’s driest regions, Suvereto’s microclimate is perfect for the production of high quality wines. The Sangiovese is the winery’s most popular bottling and is one of only a handful of wines permitted to use the DOCG Suvereto label. This Sangiovese clone is the same that produces classic Brunello. Hand harvested and fully destemmed. One week fermentation in stainless steel followed by 15 months in new and used French oak barriques.
Didn’t get enough of that Christmas lamb or steak? Round 2 deserves this bottle.
ATHLETES PINEAU D’AUNIS
100% Pineau d’Aunis
On the nose, it’s a basket of fresh fruit. Red apple skin, cherries, and tiny strawberries. Pink peppercorn, topsoil and fresh violets round it out. Crunchy red fruit, epitomized. On the palate, let this wine take over your senses. Fresh red fruit delivering waves of sage and black pepper notes with all the silky texture you could hope for. This is where that hour in the fridge really works wonders. It’s effortless to drink this.
Les Athlètes du Vin is a négociant project focused on typical, value-driven wines from the Loire Valley in France. Basically, a group of like-minded friends and winemakers who all have their own projects and wineries, but every year band together to create tasty, approachable cuvées made from shared fruit. They call themselves Vini Be Good. This Pineau d’Aunis is a perfect example of their handiwork. A rare grape that sometimes gets lost in blends, or made into cheap rosé, but one that becomes an absolutely delicious wine when treated with respect.
The labels for Les Athlètes du Vin are drawings by French artist, illustrator, and cartoonist Michel Tolmer, who has been the unofficial lead artist of the French natural wine movement since the 1990s. The sportif themed labels remind us that wine isn’t always reserved for the table, and as the world begins her reopening, it’s totally time to stretch the old muscles and get outside. “Drinking wine is also a sport, as you have to lift your elbow — a very high-level intensity of physical activity, you know,” says Founder Fabrice Gendrot.
Pair with a friend(ly) charcuterie, a solid charred hamburger, or mild Asian cuisine!
VILLA WOLF PINOT NOIR
100% Pinot Noir
A deliciously affordable and approachable Pinot Noir that delivers true varietal character and pure Pinot pleasure. The Villa Wolf Pinot Noir is warm and medium-bodied, with a firm acid structure. Its bright black-cherry fruit is juicy, ripe, and forward, with a spicy midpalate and lingering finish.
smoky depth and a nice touch of earthy tannins. It’s an excellent, approachable red wine for everyday dining.
Pinot Noir has a long tradition in the Pfalz region, where it is known as Spätburgunder. Founded in 1756, the Villa Wolf winery was a successful and highly regarded wine estate for more than two centuries. Ernst Loosen, owner of Dr. Loosen Wines, took over the winery in 1996, launching a dramatic revival of the estate’s quality and reputation. The Villa Wolf varietal line-up features exceptionally affordable, classic Pfalz wines made from traditional grape varieties. The Pfalz (aka ‘Palatinate’) region is in the Rhine river valley in southwest Germany. Because it is one of the warmer and drier areas of cool-climate Germany, wine grapes do quite well here, where it is possible to achieve full ripeness in every vintage.
In the Pfalz, 2019 began warm and dry, turning hot and drier in summer. Ripening of the fruit proceeded rapidly, so harvest began a bit early, at the beginning of September. Due to the lack of water, the grapes were small, with hard, dense skins. This gave nice concentration and powerful aromatics to the fruit, but the yields were rather low. Excellent ripeness and high acidity gives the wines freshening depth with brilliant structure.
Villa Wolf wines are farmed sustainably, according to strict German environmental regulations. Half of the cuvée is matured for 15-18 months in barriques (30% new); half in stainless steel. Pesticide & Herbicide Free, GMO Free, Vegan.
LE CROIZILLON MALBEC
Lots of juicy fresh raspberry, pomegranate and juicy blackberry fruit AKA delightfully fruit-driven and drinkable. Aromas of black raspberry, violets, and dark cocoa lead to a smooth and supple mouthfeel that boasts an elegant silky texture and soft tannins. While this wine has dark, savory fruit flavors, it also brags in freshness from being unoaked. An easy drinking Malbec here to impress!
Cahors is, without a doubt, the most dynamic appellation in Southwest France. Recently, the area has gained momentum within the wine industry, due to the dedication and innovation of a group of winemakers in their thirties, re-energizing the Lot region’s most renowned varietal – Malbec. Château Les Croisille is one of the vineyards taking part in this revolution, by utilizing sustainable farming practices and modern winemaking techniques to create Cahors wines with finesse, freshness and balance.
While Bernard and Cécile Croisille have been farming since the 70s, their sons and friends are now taking part in every aspect around the winery. As you explore our winemaking philosophy it becomes apparent that a strong sense of family reigns at Château Les Croisille. The family’s first generation created the vineyard through hard work and perseverance. The torch has been passed on to the second generation, which is enthusiastically building upon the experiences the family has gleaned over the years. The concept that “wine is made in the vineyard” is the cornerstone of our winemaking philosophy. We are particularly meticulous with our agricultural techniques. Year after year, we place our production methods under careful examination in order to evolve and to ensure ongoing positive developments. This philosophy is carried from the vineyards to the cellar.
A mindful winemaker utilizes agricultural techniques that respect and care for the soil, plants and the environment in which he lives. The Croisilles found truth in these principles and thus the decision to convert to organic viticulture came naturally. The French term terroir is defined as a global consideration of the soil and environmental conditions affecting and contributing to the unique characteristics of a specific area and in turn to the crops grown there. Château Les Croisille’s ambition is to let this reanimated soil and the terroir express themselves in their wines. By converting to organic viticulture, the terroir is reflected in a natural, untainted manner.
This is a wine that’s as comfortable on the coffee table as the dinner table and you owe it to yourself to let the cahors way define malbec for you.
TERRE DI MARCA PROSECCO
A pleasant yet exuberant organic Prosecco that tastes exactly like the grapes it was made from. The color is an elegantly pale lemon color with a nose of pear and green apple. Nuances of acacia flowers and honey balance an utterly soft and creamy sparkling wine, crisp with good acidity. A smooth texture, delicate fruity sweetness, and a great overall balance lend to a discrete and elegant sparkling wine.
The centuries-old passion for viticulture, and sincere love for the land, comes a product that identifies the present and the future of the Family Corvezzo. Extremely fine, and for this reason even more valuable, Terre di Marca Prosecco contains Bio the true taste of nature lovers with passion and guards its precious fruits. The family is well aware of the beauty and quality of their vineyards and knows it is a treasure that has to be protected and preserved as a gift for future generations. It is for that reason they decided to become 100% organic winery with an overall goal of complete sustainability.
With over half a century of winemaking tradition, plus the knowledge they have gained experimenting with innovative agronomic techniques for more than 10 years now, has made them sector leaders in the production of organic Prosecco and Pinot Grigio. The family’s winery and vineyard (154ha) are located near Treviso in the Veneto region, between the Dolomites and the Adriatic Sea, a perfect area for the production of organic grapes.
Subtle enough to envision being paired successfully with many types of foods, but perfect with pizza and salty snacks.