Many things have been made of Lambrusco over the years, but one thing’s for sure–a well made version is virtually unbeatable on the table. Porchetta? Burgers? Pizza? Bring ‘em on. Saliceto is committed to producing thirst-quenching expressions of Lambrusco using only natural methods. Chill down and glou away.
Our friends over at Sommariva have a real knack for pumping out quality Italian bubbles at a serious discount. Made from primarily Rabaso, a native Italian varietal rich in acidity, this bubbly exhibits ripe fruit notes alongside chalk minerality, all in perfect balance. Pairing this one with a triple cream cheese is a no-brainer.
Moretto Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Secco NV
Fattoria Moretto’s Lambrusco is a party in a bottle. A fresh, bubbly red with notes of dark berries and herbs, there is no more joyful and refreshing vino rosso out there. Pair it up with just about anything for a sure win. And yes–it’s dry.
Nestled between Savoie, the Jura, Burgundy, and the Rhône, this small yet mighty appellation is one to explore. Patrick Bottex, along with his wife and son, farm the rocky limestone slopes of Bugey to produce a beautiful sparkling rosé. Predominantly Gamay, this slightly sweet bottling shows bright fruit and refreshing acidity.
Silex is a rare soil type only found in the Loire that wine geeks will nerd out about forever. Brunet farms the Chenin Blanc for this cuvee on Silex, imparting incredible minerality, structure, and earthiness to this gorgeous pet nat.
Located in Bouzy, Champagne Paul Bara uses only their own estate grown fruit from 100% Grand Cru rated vineyards. This bottle offers great complexity on the nose and palate, it’s both full in the mouth and crisp with a very refined mousse, bright acid and a lengthy finish.
Like many winemakers of the new generation of Beaujolais, Raphael Saint-Cyr is upgrading his domaine on every level, from farming organically to expanding the export of his wine. His Pet Nat Rosé is totally savory, thirst-quenching & shows notes of raspberry, salinity & even a little cotton candy.
Champagne Paul Bara is arguably the most renowned grower Champagne producer in the village of Bouzy and has been since the 1860s. Paul's eldest daughter Chantal is keeping the family tradition on track. Everything is done by hand, using only selected grapes from mature, low yielding vines that are grown on the estate. This stunner is loaded with intense fruit expressions, tremendous mineral complexity, 100% memorable and truly worthy of Grand Cru status. There is a reason why this estate is considered legendary.
Furlani’s Bianco Alpino represents a blend of Nosiola, Müller Thurgau, and Pinot Bianco (better known as Pinot Blanc). Nosiola is a real gem of Alto Adige and is so named for its tendency toward a distinctly hazelnut-infused aroma and flavor profile.
It’s rare but it’s true - sparkling wine from Beaujolais! Nicole Chanrion is making wine in Côte de Brouilly and her Effervesence Brut is like a tart bundle of apples on the palate with notes of lemon, and a gorgeous brioche-y quality. Female winemakers for the win!
Matteo Furlani is a grower of great environmental integrity. He farms 100% biodynamically without the use of harsh chemicals and additives. The honesty and purity of this bubbly rosato rings clear, offering notes of Saba-drizzled strawberries, wild herbs, and crushed minerals.
The active, chalky soil here in Kremstal, Austria mirrors that of the Cote de Blancs in Champagne, making it the perfect location for sparkling wine production. Winemaker Christoph Hoch learned to make elegant, stable, and gorgeous Pet-Nats from the team at Champagne Tarlant. Even the most loyal Champagne enthusiasts can get behind this Gruner and Zweigelt blend.
Cerro la Barca Vegas Altas Eva de Los Santos Bianco 2020
Native to the region, winemakers Juan Sojo and Angel Luis Gonzales have taken a significant role in bringing back a near-obsolete grape varietal: the eva de los santos. From 80-year old vines, this Spanish single-varietal is light, floral and refreshing, using only indegenous yeasts from fermentation and producing a beautiful expression of the region.
A nod to Plato, “Anima Mundi” translates to “the soul of the world,” and that is exactly what winemaker Agusti Torello Roca is trying to capture in his wines. This lively, mineral pet-nat is a beautiful expression of the Catalonian terroir, with notes of citrus oil and pear.
Ellison Estate Vineyards are located right in Stowe, producing some of our favorite local wines at the moment. Bright, tart, and rustic, this lightly effervescent pet-nat is made from 100% marquette grapes, adapted perfectly for the cold Vermont climate. But don’t worry, this fun and fizzy wine is perfect for drinking in hot Vermont summers as well!
Clos Lentiscus makes organic, biodynamic bubbly using the traditional method & they definitely know that they’re doing. Golden in color with notes of tropical fruit & freshly baked pastries, this sparkling wine is a perfect aperitif, pairing perfectly with cheeses or even a pasta dinner.
Lelarge Pugeot has been making wine for eight generations in the premier cru village of Vrigny, and this bottle is a perfect reflection of the Vrigny terroir. Mineral and delicately aromatic, this wine is fresh, vibrant, and incredibly easy to drink.
Michel Gonet’s vintage, Grand Cru Champagne is one of the most stunning under-the-radar gems we’ve tasted in some time. Only the best Chardonnay from top sites makes it into this cuvée, which is made only in the best vintages. His 2012 is intense, mineral, searingly dry with mature notes of hazelnut and apricot.
As the first organic winery certified in Franciacorta, Barone Pizzini is making wines that epitomize the region. This blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, & Pinot Blanc is bright with white flowers, dried lemon peels, and apricots. Finishing with a mousse-like texture, this is a wine to be enjoyed with seafood.
J. Lassalle has to be one of the most traditional, meticulous, and reasonably priced grower Champagnes. Here we have their reserve rose, comprised of mostly Pinot Noir, with a dash of Meunier and Chardonnay. Bright and fresh, yet deep and complex, this power grower is the real deal.
Stein is a traditionalist when it comes to wine making, that he is one of the few farmers who owns & works with ungrafted vines. This rosé secco has a crisp acidity that rounds out fresh red fruit, making this a great wine to pair with a spinach salad with summer fruit and fried chèvre cheese.
Gian Paolo Isabella is a celebrated Muay Thai fighter-turned-winemaker who is making some of the most talked-about natural wine in Emilia-Romagna. This Sauvignon Blanc/Trebbiano pet nat has a bright citrus intensity and yeasty finish that makes it a perfect pairing with salads and appetizers.
Adrien Renoir is a 4th generation vigneron, with a commitment to organic & biodynamic farming practices, the quality of his wine is unequivocal with incredibly precise terroir expression. ‘Les Epinettes’ is 100% Pinot Noir, mineral driven, with beautiful perfumed red fruit. Simply dazzling.
Here in Trépail, David uses small used oak barrels, and full malolactic fermentation to create a wine focused on the beauty of the vineyard and terroir rather than the cellar. This is a true individualistic expressions of the south easterly slopes of Trépail and its surrounding forests.
“Babche” is the loose translation for “Nana” in winemaker Niki Nikolovska’s native Slavic language, hence the playful labels that characterize the producer. Niki’s own grandmother serves as the inspiration for this sparkling Chardonnay blend, focused on small batches and minimalist winemaking. Like a hug from Grandma, this wine is soft and warm with a zesty finish.
Food friendly, versatile and perfect with a slight chill. They're BBQ All-Stars.