We're thinking BBQ's, late nights by the campfire, long days in the sun, and delicious meals with friends. It's officially Lambrusco season (one of many... or perhaps it's always?!) and this one is perfect for those BBQ nights or cozying up by a fire pit. You choose! This selection will leave you coming back for more of each... so hurry over and drink up! Cheers, friends.
Domaine Pluchot Côte Roannaise
100% Gamay Saint-Romain
Brambles and earth on the nose. Fresh red berries, blackberries and minerals. Youthful yet rich with a lightly spiced finish.
The estate was created in 2005 by two brothers, Edgar and Marc-Antoine Pluchot, in tribute to their grandparents. The Estate’s name,“Le Retour Aux Sources” translates from French to English as: "Return to the Sources". Today the two brothers own 7.6 hectares of vines mostly located in the Côte Roannaise appellation. Edgar, after studying viticulture, had worked in vineyards of Macon, St-Véran and Pouilly-Fuissé for four years. He returned in 2005 to the village of his grandparents and With the help of his brother Marc-Antoine and other family members, they worked developing the vineyards for three years. They have since tripled in size and are now working to convert to become certified organic.
Located between Clermont-Ferrand and Lyon, north of the Loire department. This is one of the southernmost vineyards in the Loire Valley, but also one of the highest. Most of the plots are between 400 and 500 meters above sea level. The granite soils of the area allow gamay to flourish, particularly one of gamay’s clones, Saint-Romain. The climate combines cold, dry winters and hot summers with low rainfall. The vineyards are scattered among other crops, pastures for livestock, and woods.
Sorting on entry into the cellar, total destemming, 12 day maceration in indigenous yeasts. Short aging in vats.
Domaine de Châteaumar Cuvée Bastien Grenache Côtes du Rhône
Ripe black cherry, pepper, graphite and earth. Rich, fruity, and elegant, with classic Châteauneuf Grenache character. Finishes with velvety tannins.
The Castel Mar (Châteaumar) estate dates back to the 11th century. Over countless generations, the vines at Domaine de Châteumar have been cultivated without any pesticides or herbicides by father and son in the Souret family. Today the vineyard is managed by Jean-Felix and Frederic Souret. Cuvée Bastien, named after the winemakers’ son, is made from a single vineyard of 50+ year-old vines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The estate is located less than 6 miles from Orange, in the heart of the Côtes-du-Rhône AOP. The vineyards include 12 acres in the prestigious northern plain of Châteauneuf-du-Pape on red clay, and 25 adjacent acres in Côtes-du-Rhône on stony clay-limestone soils. The vineyard is established with several noble varieties of the Southern Rhône, such as: Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. The soil is turned several times during the year allowing the grapes to develop character. Farming is organic, but uncertified.
No Chemicals are ever used on their lands. Vinification is carried out over more than 15 days. Hand-harvested, selected, and sorted. 8 to 10 months in concrete tanks. Sustainable farming.
Carra di Casatico La Luna Lambrusco Secco
100% Lambrusco Maestri
Juicy and fun! Lush dark cherry, plum, strawberry, with soft floral aroma. Earthy, with a hint of funk all balanced out with nice acidity and bubbles. An excellent choice to entertain friends!
Carra di Casatico’s vineyards are run by owner Bonfiglio Carra and winemaker Alberto Musatti. They believe in keeping the production chain as short as possible in order to keep everything under control. His wines are intentional and everything is looked at from a technical point of view, all while keeping the environment in mind. All biodynamic farming is practiced in the fields and in the cellar, this includes: harvesting according to the cycles of the moon. This is where the name “la luna” comes from, meaning “ the moon”.
Wines of Lambrusco Maestri are more grapey with soft, creamy bubbles. Maestri is actually the most well-traveled of all the lambrusco varieties and there are some excellent examples coming out of Australia and Argentina.
Biodynamic practicing.Handpicked, then soft pressed and undergo fermentation in stainless steel for 4-5 months. Native yeast and minimal sulfur added. Unfined, unfiltered, and spontaneous fermentation.
Pinia Rosé, IGP Ile de Beaute
70% Sciaccarellu, 30% Grenache
Zippy, fruity and easy drinking, get ready to be transported to the Corsican coast! Apricots, fresh strawberry, citrus and salinity. Fresh and intensely aromatic.
This wine is dedicated to the huge forest of Pinia, a unique and environmentally protected area, known for its pine trees bordering along white sand beaches close to the vineyards on the eastern shore of Corsica. The grapes used, Sciaccarellu and Grenache, are grown near the Pinia pine forest and benefit from its sandy-silt soils.
Ile de Beauté, is the title given to wines that come from Corsica, a French island that sits in the Mediterranean Sea between the coast of Provence and the western coast of Italy.
Harvested at night to prevent oxidation followed by cold fermentation then controlled temperature fermentation. Aged on fine lees and bottled early.
Oltretorrente Bianco Colli Tortonesi
Timorasso, Cortese, Favorita, and trace amounts of Moscato Bianco and Giallo
Green apple, citrus zest, with touches of honey. Lots of minerality, juicy mandarin and pineapple. Smooth, silky and vibrant!
Chiara Penati and her husband Michele Conoscente started Oltretorrente in 2010 with just 1.5 hectares of vines in tiny Paderna, on the steep foothills of southeast Piedmont. They both came with years of experience in winemaking all over Italy. The name Oltretorrente means “Beyond the Stream” in reference to the Scrivia, a tributary of the Po River, it also translates to 'Against the Current” which is very fitting for the couple’s independent winery. Grapes here have to be harvested by hand due to the steep slopes. The couple work hard to restore the soil, going beyond organic farming to plant grasses, cover crops and other plants to regenerate fertility.
The Bianco Colli Tortonesi is a beautiful field blend of local grapes, sourced from all of the estate's parcels. Their small parcels are scattered around the village; some of the vines are 100 years old.
Organic and biodynamically grown, low-intervention. Whole cluster pressing, fermentation in concrete and stainless steel vats, then 6 months of aging on the lees; malolactic fermentation happened naturally; light filtration and minimal added So2 at bottling. Vegan
La Quercia Aglianico Puglia
Beautiful deep red purple in the glass with fresh dark fruits. Dried fruits, Plum, pepper, sweet tobacco and wood. Tart yet super smooth with nice plush texture from tannins. Long finish with hints of baking spice and smoke.
La Quercia's vineyard and estate are run by four friends - Elisabetta Di
Berardino, Fabio Pedicone, Luca Moretti and Antonio Lamona, who met each other while working at a big winery in the late 80s. They purchased La Quercia in 2000 and have since gone on to produce olive oil, salumi, cheese, and vegetables. They grow organically and promote biodiversity across their property. Winemaker and co-owner Antonio Lamona owns the single vineyard in Puglia from which this Aglianico comes from. Puglia (the heel of the Italian boot) has a wine history dating back over 2000 years, when the Greeks first arrived. Surrounded by 3 seas (Adriatic, Mediterranean and Ionic), there are over 800 kilometers of coastline, and their marine breezes are critical for viticulture in this hot and arid location.
Aglianico might be the most under-appreciated grape in Italy. It definitely deserves to be named along with Sangiovese and Nebbiolo as one of Italy's great varietals. With the classic ripe plum and spice notes this varietal is known for, this is a rare opportunity to taste Aglianico in a more fresh style. If you have yet to try this varietal get ready for a treat!
Organically farmed (non-certified), dry-farmed, picked by hand.