MONTHLY FEATURES

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December 2019 Six Pack Special

This month’s six-pack is as varied as our holiday engagements tend to be. Need a crisp, dry white for an hors d’oeuvre party? Or maybe a weighty one for a cold night and hearty fare. Perhaps your houseguests need a liter-sized bottle they can crush over a euchre game? Or an elegant, full-bodied red for a roast?  We tried to give you something for everything. The holidays are full of unpredictables, your wine doesn’t have to be! All these tasty tools can be yours for only $82.47 (with your EDW bag).

WHITES

Luis Pato Maria Gomez 2016 (Portugal, Bairrada) $11.99

The Pato family has been producing wine at Quinta do Ribeirinho since, at least, the eighteen century. João Pato started to bottle the wine from his vineyards in 1970, becoming the first winegrower in Bairrada region after its demarcation.  

This white is made from the Maria Gomez grape with trace amonts of Sercialinho. We get ripe stone fruit on the nose with hints of earth and citrus.  On the palate the fruit becomes ripe apricot and peach with nice weight, good acidity to blance and earthy spice on the finish.

FOOD: Pan seared monkfish with brown butter, walnut and dried apricots couscous with grilled cauliflower steaks, goat cheese stuffed chicken breast with almond crust


Helfrich Vin d’Alsace Riesling 2018 (France, Alsace) $16.99

Who better to lure you into the Riesling-lovers club (besides George) than a 6th generation Alsatian winemaking family? This grape can express place like no other; grown here in the cool, sunny foothills of the Vosges Mtns, on quartz and limestone, Riesling sings of crisp, dry rocks.

This wine is NOT for dessert. There’s mandarin zest and crushed green leaves on the nose, with racing acidity and minerality on the palate. You’ll see, Riesling can keep you coming back for more.

FOOD: tarte flambée (Alsatian pizza), smoked salmon and tarragon pie, choucroute garnie (charcuterie and sauerkraut stew), farmer’s cheese w/orange blossom honey

Domaine Beauregard Muscadet 2018 (France, Loire) $11.99

Repeat after us — This is NOT a sweet Muscat.  Not that we don’t like a good Muscat, but this wine couldn’t be much more different.  THIS is the Melon de Bourgogne grape, from the coastal Muscadet appellation, at the western edge of France’s Loire Valley. You know what else comes from here? Oysters. They were made for each other.  

Dry and crisp, it has a lovely minerality. You can almost taste sea spray from the nearby Atlantic. There’s a generous array of citrus and apple to brighten the lovely weight. All this from organic grapes. Simply wonderful. 

FOOD: please see above, also: cauliflower gratin, broccoli rice casserole, ham and gruyere omelette, steamed clams and chorizo 

REDS

Poderi dal Nespoli “Nespolino” Rosso 2018 (Italy, Emilia-Romagna) $9.99

Now in its 4th generation (great-granddaughter) this winery began as a roadside attraction. A charming Osteria feeding sport fishermen on their way from the sea, and sending them home with a trunk-full of Sangiovese.

Many upgrades later, and the introduction of barrel-aging, the Ravaioli family today makes fresh, juicy Sangiovese from organically farmed vineyards. We get violets and cherries on the nose and palate, with medium tannins and a smooth finish.

FOOD: spaghetti squash w/pork Bolognese, tuna poached in olive oil w/fennel mostarda, grilled bread salad (Panzanella)


Handwork Garnacha 1L 2018 (Spain, La Mancha) $14.99

This Spanish quaffer, a passion project of 3 Castilian brothers, comes from certified organic hand-worked vineyards, grazed off-season by native Manchega sheep (yes, they also make the cheese). Unoaked and relying on only naturally-occurring sulfur, this wine accomplishes the honest satisfaction its name implies.

We get bright red fruits, held in place by mouth-watering acidity that will keep you coming back for another sip. So, they give you a liter at a time! Cheese sold separately.

FOOD: grilled burgers (even of the “impossible” variety), oven-roasted sweet potatoes w/walnut dressing, hard Spanish cheeses, roasted red peppers   


Fincas don Martino Viña Violeta 2016 (Argentina, Mendoza) $23.99

This exemplary Malbec, made from French vines planted as babies a hundred years ago, marries old and new world beautifully. High elevation and rocky alpine soil imbue the grapes with ripe complexity, masterfully handled by an expert Tuscan winemaker.

We get characteristic savory warm aromatics of cigar and leather, with red fruits and a touch of spice on the palate. Though it spends a whole year in French oak, this wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered, resulting in soft, rich tannins and a generous mouthfeel.

FOOD: grilled flank steak w/chimichurri, smoked chicken and chocolate molé, roasted yams w/fresh herb salad