MONTHLY FEATURES

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April 2019 Six Pack Special

With a spring in our step, we’re pleased to offer this Six Pack Special (for those of you with an Everyday Wines Bag) for only $74.69 (tax included).

Whites

Domaine Haut Bridau Picpoul 2017 (France, Languedoc) $9.99

Domaine Haut Bridau is located in the heart of the massif des Castelnaux, in the Picpoul de Pinet appellation. The appellation status is fairly new (2013) but the Picpoul grape has been grown for centuries along the Étang de Thau, a string of lagoons stretching from the coast to the Pyrénées. Picpoul’s name literally translates to ‘lip stinger’, on account of its zippy acidity.

We get apple, pear, and lemon zest on the nose, with more of the same on the palate with light notes chalk and clay minerality, good acidity, and lingering citrus peel. Great for summer sipping.

Pairings: Fresh sardines or oysters, gazpacho, seiten tikki masala, asparagus salad with parmesan and arugula 

Bodegas Chaves Tilleira 2016 (Spain, Ribeiro) $11.99

Ribeiro, in the NW Spanish region of Galicia, sits between Rias Baixas and Ribeira Sacra, in a transitional zone that’s ventilated by the ocean but protected from its storms. In this Mediterranean climate thick-skinned grapes like Treixadura and Torrontes can reach ripeness at just the right rate.

Tilleira is a blend of primarily Treixadura, with Albarino and Torrontes (no DNA connection to the Argentinian grape). All three varietals possess distinct botanical aromas, reminiscent of a range of distant cousins like Riesling and Muscat. This winemaker handles each carefully, selecting fruit from specific parcels to create a balanced acidity and freshness that allows the trio to express itself harmoniously.

On the nose we get stone fruit and white flowers, but breezily, so that lovely notes of meyer lemon and minerality can come through on the palate.  While we have provided some delicious pairing suggestions, it would also pair well with a nice sunny day.   

Pairings: Grilled halibut with tropical salsa, satay skewers, chilled corn soup, ham in any form (this is a Spanish wine of course).

Sparkling Rosé

Torre Oria Rosado Cava NV (Spain, Requena) $11.99

Torre Oria in the Mediterranean-coastal region of Valencia (south of Barcelona) is the first winery outside of Penedes to be recognized for making Cava. Here in Requena the sandy soils protected vines from the phylloxera virus that wiped out so many of Europe’s vineyards, so this 120 year old winery has been able to work old vines for much of its time in production.

The rosado cava is made from 100% Garnacha grapes, imparting juicy fruit and vibrant color. We get wild strawberry, earthiness and herbs on the nose. These bubbles are downright vivacious, giving the palate a bright, dry finish.

Pairings: Salmon with fresh herbs, chicken and rice soup, eggs benedict, and all manner of quiches 

Reds

Dom. Clovallon “Les Indigenes” Rouge 2017 (France, Languedoc) $21.99

You might recognize winemaker Catherine Roque from the Mas d’Alezon wines that we’ve carried over the years. Not because her name is on the bottle, but because the wine has her signature tension and balance, between wild juice and refined complexity. Domaine de Clovallon is Roque’s first label, started in 1989, in Haute Vallée de L’Orb, Languedoc. Les Indigenes is a field blend made from 200 year old vines (about a dozen varietals co-planted) in a “secret garden” of sorts, atop a hill, enclosed by a wall and shrouded by old fruit trees. The juice is all co-fermented in old oak foudres using indigenous yeasts and without temperature control. This is some witchy wine y’all. And it’s delicious.

This wine definitely wants a couple swirls in the glass, or a little time to unfold after uncorking. The nose has violets, anise, wild Mediterranean herbs, and brambly fruits (boysenberry, blackberry, etc). The palate is earthy and fruity, like harvesting berries on a hike in the woods. Lively juicy acidity and a clean freshness gives this wine’s funky complexity a lighthearted finish.   

Pairings: Roasted lamb chops with sunchoke puree, pulled pork sandwiches, pan-seared trout, grilled chicories with walnuts and cheese

Casal da Coelheira Terracos do Tejo 2015 (Portugal, Tejo) $9.99

Tejo is a wine region in central Portugal in the Ribatejo area, just inland from the major city of Lisbon. A warm, dry area, it is also Portugal’s only landlocked region – although it is influenced considerably by the Tejo river. Located in the Charneca area of Tejo for more than three generations, Casal da Coelheira has been committed to producing the best and most distinctive wines possible from their 64 hectares of vineyards.

This red blend of Aragonês (AKA Tempranillo), Syrah, and Castelão  presents with red and dark berries and spice on the nose. On the palate the fruit becomes reminiscent of plum, currents and red and black cherries.  The fruit is kept in check with a good dose of acidity, a bit of pepper and earth, and light to medium tannins on the finish.

Pairings:  Mexican rice with fried marinated tofu, Old Bay blackened bluefish over red beans and rice, split pea soup

Marco Salustri “L’Ideale” Ciliegiolo 2015 (Italy, Tuscany) $15.99

Say it with us “chee-lee-eh-JOH-loh.” This wine is as playful and friendly as its name, which sounds like a smile. Winemaker Salustri left his family’s winery to set up his own site wholly dedicated to indigenous varietals (e.g. ciliegiolo). Near Scansano in Tuscany, the vineyards are atop a mountain and composed of mainly limestone soils. These factors provide the perfect environment for organic farming, allowing the grape to express itself and the terroir crystal-clear.

The nose is all bright cherry fruit, a little black pepper and rose petal. Then on the palate is more juicy red fruit, and a lovely pip-ish dryness. The acidity is so lively as to come off feeling slightly effervescent in some bottles.  

Pairings: Pizza Pizza Pizza! Honeyed ham, smoked salmon, grilled lamb with yogurt sauce, stuffed delicata squash.