MONTHLY FEATURES

You’ve found it! The inner sanctum. The place where we reveal our current infatuations and abiding passions: the wines we have a crush on, the vineyards we daydream about, the specials we’re offering in our very own store. Check back at your leisure. Updates posted as fancy moves us.

March 2019 Six Pack Special

This Six Pack Special can be yours (with an Everyday Wines Bag) for only $68.72 (tax included).

2 Whites

Ant Moore Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (New Zealand, Marlborough) $13.99

The Marlborough region has only been planted to grapes since the 1970s, but is already responsible for 77% of the island’s wine production and has garnered an international reputation for its Sauvignon Blanc. So much so that competitive sommeliers wish aloud to pull a New Zealand sauvignon blanc for their blind tasting test because they’re so immediately recognizable for their tropical notes, like passionfruit and kiwi (no pun intended).

Ant Moore is an Australian winemaker who moved to New Zealand in 2002 to begin working this vineyard. Located on the NE side of the South Island, this mountainous and dry region gets all the benefits of hot days tempered by cool river valley nights. Moore is known for cultivating sections of the same vineyard differently, with shading, cropping, and harvesting techniques that produce a range of ripeness in the fruit. These separate pressings are then blended for just the right balance of texture, acidity, and flavor.  

We get citrus, green papaya and that characteristic passionfruit on the nose and the palate. The acidity stays high-pitched enough to carry the weight of these lush fruit notes though, and the wine finishes dry and roundly crisp. Delicious with fish en papillote, Hawaiian pizza, Mexican fare, and Mardi Gras music (you’ll understand when you see the label).

Sannite Coda di Volpe 2017 (Italy, Sannio) $14.99

Did you know that many Italian grapes are named after animals they resemble? For the drooping leaves framing the fruit like sheep ears (Pecorino), or the almost-black and shiny skins, like crow feathers (Corvina). Or the shape of the clusters, like Coda di Volpe, which means Tail of the Fox. Oftentimes the original name, in local dialect, has stuck for hundreds of years even as the grape migrates to other parts of the globe.

This grape in particular has stayed put in Eastern Campania, where it’s from. Produced by a cooperative in Benevento (just northeast of Naples) called Vigne Sannite, this white wine is everything we’d want from a Southern Italian varietal. Enough body and weight to stand up to spicy food, or cold weather. With a lovely round palate of quince, pear, and green almond, it’s balanced by a touch of salinity and acidity at the end.

Rose

Lago Cerquiera Rosé 2018 (Portugal, Vinho Verde) $9.99

Vinho Verde is the largest DOC in Portugal, located in the cool, rainy, and lush northwest. Vinho Verde literally means “green wine,” but translates colloquially as “young wine,” as it’s meant to be drunk fresh. While the DOC is best known for its white wines, rosé from the region is also quite delicious, and also meant to be drunk expeditiously after release. So, we must all do our part, mustn’t we?

The Vinho Verde wines are known for their refreshing slight fizz. This occurs when carbon dioxide, which is a natural byproduct of fermentation, is trapped alongside the freshly fermented wine during bottling. In addition to this liveliness on the palate, you can expect a fruity palate of red berries and citrus. This won’t be the most complex rosé of the season, but it should get us all in the mood for what’s to come!

REDS

Badia Corti Montepulciano 2016 (Italy, Abruzzo) $9.99

Not to be confused with the town in Tuscany (where they make wine from Sangiovese), Montepulciano the grape is the 2nd most plentifully planted grape in Italy. Here in Abruzzo, the headquarters of Montepulciano, where the mountains slope into the Adriatic sea, the grape enjoys plenty of ripening sunshine with cooling coastal ventilation.

This is a great food wine, with ample body to stand up to dishes like Shepherd’s Pie (a frequent pairing request this winter) but plenty of juicy dark red berry fruit and lively acidity for lighter fare as well (warmer weather is right around the corner).  

Clos Godeaux Cab Franc 2015 (France, Chinon) $10.99

Cabernet Franc from Chinon, in the Loire Valley, might as well get a new grape name, that it doesn’t have to share with any other Cab Franc in the whole wide world. This is a perfect opportunity to illustrate what we talk about when we talk about terroir. Something in the soil here, north of Bordeaux, west of Burgundy and Beaujolais, imparts an unmistakable nose and palate to the Cab Franc grape. Like when your co-worker crushes it at the Christmas party karaoke and all this time you thought they were the quietest, most even-tempered person ever. Yes, Loire valley soil makes Cab Franc want to be Freddie Mercury.

On the nose we get pleasant barnyard aromatics, like hay and iron-rich dirt. There’s also seared mushrooms, dried rosemary and sage, and a touch of licorice. The palate is bright with brambly berry fruit and earth, with just enough acidity and tannin to finish clean, and ready you for the next sip or bite of food. This wine would be delicious with braised short ribs, cassoulet, red beans and rice, or anything featuring mushrooms.

Dila-O Saperavi 2017 (Georgia, Telavi) $14.99

We couldn’t let the new orange wines from Georgia have all the fun, so we wanted you to meet this lovely everyday red from Dila-O. Made of the Saperavi grape, whose name means “something to color with,” this inky unfiltered red is the perfect bottle to help banish the winter blues. There’s even little silhouettes of people dancing in the sunshine on the label. As a teinturier grape (when the both the skin and the flesh of the berry are red) Saperavi makes highly extractive wines, with the color, tannin and flavor becoming highly concentrated. The winery knows how and when to stop maceration, and the cool temperatures of the underground qvevri (traditional Georgian clay pots used for fermentation and aging) leave the acidity and freshness of the wine intact.

We get stewed berry fruit on the nose, with a touch of spice and licorice. The palate carries a hint of sweet tobacco and sour cherry, with juicy acidity and a surprisingly lively finish for such a richly textured wine. At only 13% alcohol we appreciate this wine for delivering so much on the palate without needing to be a big, hot, exaggerated red. We’ll thank the restraint of the winemakers and their knowledge of ancient techniques. Enjoy this with stews, chili, pork chops, Mediterranean fare, and dark colored clothes.