From Eastern Corsica, Domaine de Santa Giulietta has been owned by the Stefani family for several generations. Their grapes are grown in clay and gravel soil, giving their wines a distinct mineral quality. Being so close to the mountains also gives their wines a refreshing acidity, making it delicious and gluggable.
Vignerons Ardèchois is a collective of farmers committed to representing the rustic qualities of the Southern Rhône. Rich and full, this cabernet sauvignon is sure to impress at a dinner party. Notes of earth and dark plum highlight this French classic.
This wine is proof fantastic Bordeaux doesn’t need to break the bank. This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc is savory, bright, and balanced. Without excess oak or extraction, Vincent is committed to accessible expressions, representing the side of BDX that is affordable, approachable, and delicious.
Chanteleuserie Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil Irene 2019
Domaine de Chanteleuserie really set themselves apart stylistically in Bourgueil. They put in extra effort to preserve freshness and acidity in their wine, resulting in clean, spicy, herbal Cabernet Franc with no tannic harshness. For quality, affordable Cab Franc, Chanteleuserie is as good as they come.
Leonardi Bulli is a fifth generation winemaker, and his mother, La Signora Bulli, is especially proud of the medallion coins the family won for its wines in the late 1800’s, which are still featured on the label today. Fuschia in the glass, this wine delivers plenty of juicy red fruit and spicy minerality.
Night Verse is our collaboration with California winemaker Faith Armstrong. Passionate about terroir, Faith harvests early from trusted, responsible growers. This blend comes from old, organically tended vines: 80 years old for the Carignan and 65 for the Zinfandel. Refined, and a nimble companion to varied cuisines, Night Verse is as driven by place as its maker.
Despite the domaine’s proximity to the Alps, these vineyards in the Savoie enjoy a surprisingly warm microclimate with southern sun exposure. This brings ripeness to the Gamay vines, along with freshness and brightness and we just cannot stop drinking it.
Laetitia Ourliac & Rodolphe Gianesini have dedicated themselves to expressing the Languedoc region in their wines, and they definitely deliver. Whole-bunch maceration and organic practices give this wine a crunchy earthiness and a vivacious fruity character. Verging on a rosé, this wine is wonderfully light and gluggable.
After school, spinning vinyl, interning at both Uva and Flat Iron Wine in NYC, Martin Texier decided to walk the path of his father, Eric Texier, and start making killer natural wine. A blend of Grenache and Syrah, this wine is best when gulped and shared with friends.
For centuries, Chateau de Montfrin has been a somewhat famous rest stop in Southern France, with notable customers like Louis XIII and Moliére! In the 1990s, Jean Rene de Fleurieu decided to expand their historical site to include over 120 hectares of grape vines. This GSM blend is bright and rich- a perfect expression of the southern terroir.
This wine translates to “the Postman’s Vineyard,” referring to winemaker Serge Scherrer’s first job as a mailman, before obtaining his first vines of Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah, of which this wine is made. It’s a sweet tribute to his humble beginnings, with red fruit, pepper, and leather on the palate.
This wine is all about apéritif — that sweet spot before lunch or dinner when we unwind from the day and gear up for a meal, a chat, an adventure. Souleil Vin de Bonté founders Mariane and Thomas, lifelong friends, are wine lovers and experts who wanted to bottle that magical time and all that springs from it, whether that be deep conversations or wild adventures.
Cinsault finally gets it’s moment in the spotlight! Often only appearing as a small component in Rhône blends and Provençal Rosés, here it is on full display with all its ripe red fruit and zippy character that is echoed by the addition of 25% Grenache. It is a great example of the light-bodied everyday wines of the region. St-Julien-en-St.-Alban is located on the western side of the Rhône just at the end of the Rhône Valley, and is prized for its altitude and warmth. You don’t need an occasion to pull the cork, it doesn't demand food, and there’s no need for you to meditate over each sip. Its pure energy makes it the perfect weeknight warrior; you can just feel the sunshine.
You might be familiar with Martin’s father Eric who has become one of the legends of natural wine in the Rhône. His father’s passion to revive traditional techniques and implement low-intervention winemaking also drives Martin. Each grape is vinified separately in concrete tanks, which preserves the integrity of the fruit. Concrete is used in an effort to avoid the oaky flavors that are transmitted by barrels, but unlike stainless steel, it also allows for a gentle transfer of oxygen, creating verve, texture, and fruit-forward jubilance. On the nose, the ripe strawberry scent is kept in check with a tart redcurrant snap, and a slightly effervescent minerality.
Subject to Change Mendocino Field Blend Open Hand Ranch FKA! 2020
This field blend by Subject to Change winemaker Alex Pomerantz uses fruit from Mark Rogero’s Open Hand Vineyard, a 10-acre family-run farm devoted to cultivating biodiversity. It has strawberry notes and a bit of salinity that makes us think of the best days of summer. We imagine that Mark’s farm takes its name from Le Corbusier’s Open Hand sculpture, which symbolized peace and unity. If so, it provides an excellent example of how to enjoy this bottle.
Dolores Cabrera’s red, from her label la Araucaria, comes from 100-plus-year-old vines of Listan Negro planted in the volcanic soils of Mount Teide. Herbal and floral, like Loire Valley Cabernet Franc, with a mineral-laden volcanic character reminiscent of Etna reds. This wine speaks strongly to its origins. A real volcanic treat.
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Pianogrillo Cerasuolo di Vittoria Curva Minore 2020
Cerasuolo di Vittoria is Sicily’s first-ever DOCG classified wine, and will always contain a near-equal blend of the island’s star grapes, Nero d’Avola and Frappato. The result is magical. Deep spiciness and lifted fruit blend effortlessly to create an intoxicating bottle that is perfect for dinner parties, date nights, and conversations that last deep into the evening.
This wine is made from Gamay sourced from farmers in Touraine, a subregion famous for mineral-driven Chenin Blanc and expressive Cabernet Franc. It is made with quality grapes, harvested by hand, without the use of chemicals, and no time in oak. For loyal Gamay drinkers, you’ll notice this wine drinks a bit richer than Beaujolais, but has a similar floral quality and drinkability.
A second-generation winemaker, Gianluigi Lano took over his father’s vines in the early 90s, and now produces beautiful expressions of the indigenous grapes of the region. This barbera and freisa blend is bursting with red fruit, while grounded by deep greens and earthiness on the palate.
File under: legendary winemakers & not-to-miss wine. Yves Cuilleron has been spearheading operations of the domaine since the 1980’s, hand-harvesting grapes & foregoing filtration of the wines. This Syrah is a gem, wrapped in notes of white pepper, warming leather & exuberant dark fruit.
This Valpolicella is made by three cousins — Vlavio, Federico, and Vanio — who are dedicated to growing organically and creating structured wines that are incredible for drinking right now, or for aging. This example is more in the “drink right now,” category — lightly structured with notes of fresh red fruits.
Terres Blondes is the project of Jean-Sébastien Marionnet, of Domaine de la Charmoise in the Loire Valley. In the 1960s, his father, Henry, inherited the estate. Under Henry’s leadership — and with his insistence on not using chemicals or oak, and more carefully curating which vines were grown — the domaine became one of the reference points for quality wine in the Loire Valley.
Of the 50 hectares owned by the family that runs Poderi Giordano, only five are dedicated to vines. That’s because this is truly a polyculture operation — for four generations, the family has raised dairy cows for Parmigiano Reggiano alongside native Lambrusco grapes. This wine is effervescent and velvety, making for a perfect pairing with the cheese created alongside it.
Clos des Mourres is the lovechild of Jean-Philipe and Ingrid Bouchet, who named their domaine after a wild lettuce Jean-Philipe used to gather with his grandfather — an homage to simple pleasures. Wonderfully light-bodied for a Rhône Valley red wine. Drink with a light chill to accentuate the balanced fruity flavors.
Fabio Ferracane doesn’t mind switching things up. Every year is different, the Sicilian producer says, so the only way to truly make great wine is to listen to the vines, the land, and the weather of that particular season, and adjust your plan accordingly. Guancianera is made from the red grape variety Nero d’Avola, and spends eight days on its skins and 11 months aging.
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