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An exciting Kosher, Organic, Natural, Sustainable Shiraz made from Hand harvested grapes… bingo! It is made by Richard Harkham who named this wine after his grandmother. Her family moved to Israel from Iraq in the 1920s and she started making natural wines in Israel. Richard continues, now in Australia, the family tradition creating this wine that has been bottled without the use of preservatives or fining agents to convey the full flavors of the Hunter Valley and may show signs of natural sediment. The wine was produced without any sulphite additions yet its is made very much in the classic style of French Syrah wines from the Rhone valley.
The flagship white of the Gai’a portfolio, this wine is bone-dry with strong character: full-bodied, well-structured with crisp acidity, distinctive minerality and delicate honeysuckle aromas. This white wine will continue to evolve for 2-5 years, as the mineral notes soften the palate will develop more nuanced flavors of fruit and honey.
One of the pioneers of the modern Greek wine revolution, Gai’a Estate (pronounced Yay-ya) was established in 1994 by Leon Karatsalos and winemaker Yiannis Paraskevopoulos. Their mission was to capture the best that Greece’s indigenous grapes have to offer by merging traditional viticultural and production methods with innovative techniques. The estate is named after “Mother Earth,” in honor of the unique terroir that gives birth to these world-class wines.
The grapes for the Thalassitis (AKA “Originating from the Sea” in Greek) come from 70-80 year old vineyards located on the Southeastern slopes in Episkopi on the island of Santorini. The nutrient-poor, porous soils are composed largely of pumice; a uniquely harsh environment in which the native Assyrtiko is one of the few varietals that can thrive.
Perhaps, it is the only variety in the Mediterranean that manages to combine full maturity of grapes with considerably high acidity, despite the specific climatic conditions of the island. This fact is an essential factor for accomplishing flavor balance in dry white wines.
All the Assyrtiko grapes selected for THALASSITIS originate exclusively from vineyards in Episkopi, Akrotiri and Pyrgos regions. The vines in these regions are almost 80 years old.
The particularly low-yield that never exceeds 25 hl/ha combined with the terroir and the variety results an exuberant and nervous wine with a strong personality.
Enjoy it at 10oC with seafood, fish, shellfish or even lamb stewed in lemon sauce, generally with flavors of moderate intensity, where salt, sour or oil predominate.
A special feature of most Assyrtiko wines from Santorini is that despite their white color they behave like red wines! Try to age Thalassitis for 2 to 3 years at a temperature 12ο to 14οC and you will witness a change in it. Its mineral dimension will subside while the fruity and honey aromas will expand. Don’t forget to pour Thalassitis into a wide decanter half an hour before serving. You will definitely be pleased by the result!
Inama Carmenere Piu 2015: A new wine with a great personality. Inama is the first estate to create an important project with the Carmenere in the Colli Berici area and to give an identity to this variety with a new DOC: Colli Berici.
Carmenere is a variety that is often considered unique to Chile. However, few people know that Carmenere has been widely planted in Italy for a long time, and that in 2009 the DOC Carmenere Colli Berici (in the province of Vicenza) was recognized. It is in fact in the beautiful hills of this region that the Carmenere grape variety has found the ideal place in which to reach full ripeness.
It’s a vine that originated on the Dalmation Coast and spread throughout the Roman Empire in ancient times. This variety was grown especially in the Bordeaux region, and was long used in the typical blends of the area. However, due to its low productivity and difficulty of reaching full maturity (especially in an Atlantic climate like that of Bordeaux), Carmenere was not replanted after the phylloxera epidemic that struck Europe around the middle of the nineteenth century. This grape was considered extinct for a long time, until, only in 1994, DNA testing confirmed the opposite. It was discovered that Carmenere had traveled across the world, hiding in history. To the great surprise of scholars and growers, this vine was found widespread in Chile (where it had been confused with Merlot) and in the north-eastern regions of Italy.
About the label: This label was designed by Michela Coltro, an artist from San Bonifacio. The intention is to describe this wine, produced since 2005, at the beginning of Inama’s Carmenere project, as something young and lively, yet still classic and respectful of the style used for all the other labels. The idea was to design a cherub holding a cornucopia of fruit (classic figure) from which a bunch of red grapes comes out: Our Carmenere.
When it was formed, D.O. Priorat ignored twelve villages that belonged to the historic Priorat region and Cataluña. These twelve towns now form D.O. Montsant, a region tied to Cataluña’s culture and history. All of the vineyards are controlled completely distinctly and individually, in order to take advantage of the characteristics that the different terrains contribute to the Garnacha and other grapes. Similarly, the wine is vinified in separate, distinct lots separated by the zones that the grapes are sourced from. This extracts the different qualities of each soil – the fruit forward nature of the fruit sourced from the sandy soils, the complexity and concentration of licorella, and the structure of the limestone soils. The best lots of each vinification are blended after in order to obtain this unique wine, which demonstrates the range of qualities of the terroir of Montsant.
“Bright and youthfully energetic on the palate, offering intense raspberry preserve, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that show seamless texture and a hint of smoky minerality. An impressively long, focused finish features rounded tannins.”Josh Raynolds, Vinous – 91 points
Sept Winery Cuvee du Soleil Cabernet Sauvignon Tempranillo 2018: This wine is the fruit of grapevines cultivated on the Eastern hillsides of Mount Lebanon. With a fervent mission to reconnect with nature and to celebrate Lebanese grapes and soil, Sept aims to become an ambassador of Lebanon’s heritage and an inspiring model of biodynamic agriculture in the region and the world.
Meridio Arundo Terre Siciliane IGT 2014: Arundo is a red full of Alicante Bouchet grapes blended with Nero d’avola and Frappato. A natural wine with aromatic complexity and a unique persistence. Definitively, all these indigenous grapes play an important role to secure a great flavor adventure.
Domaine Glinavos Ioannina Paleokerisio 2018 is innovative and at the same time a traditional wine with a characteristic orange colour.
A unique in its kind orange, semi-sparkling and semi-dry wine, which impresses with its distinctive and totally traditional vinification. It is produced from the indigenous white wine grape variety Debina with the addition of a small percentage of the red variety Vlahiko. It is a special type of wine, which revives the well-known traditional semi-sparkling wine of Ioannina, produced in the past by the locals. The little natural carbonate reveals the richness of flavours and aromas with a sweetness that blends in with all the other elements.
Domaine Glinavos Ioannina Paleokerisio has a characteristic orange colour which resembles that of honey, tea or a cognac colour. It is rich, refreshing and well – balanced with main aromas of apple, butter flavour with a mild oxidation, as well as aromas of cinnamon and a hint of vanilla. Aftertaste reminiscent of sweet cherry and refreshing bubbles that highlight the complexity of aromas in every sip.
Reinisch St. Laurent 2015: Sankt Laurent is a highly aromatic Austrian native grape that is believed to be the offspring of Pinot Noir and an unknown second parent. Reinisch is nestled amongst the vineyards near the village of Tattendorf, on the western edge of the great Pannonian Plain 30 miles from Vienna. It’s well known among the country’s most prominent winegrowing centers.
Domaine Lafage Côtes Catalanes Cuvée Nicolas Vieilles Vignes 2017: Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage farm 160 hectares of vines located just south of the capital of French Catalonia, Perpignan. Some of their vineyards are situated a few miles from the Mediterranean, while others can be found in the foothills of the Pyrenees.
Lapostolle Le Petit Clos Apalta Valle de Apalta 2016: The nose is elegant and nuanced, with herbs, spices and a core of ripe red and black fruit, quite varietal and with integrated oak. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with round tannins and vibrant acidity, making it long and supple.
Domaine Tselepos Classic Mantinia Moschofilero 2018: A pleasantly aromatic dry white wine from the mountainous region of Mantinia in southern Greece. Elegant and youthful, with fruity aromas and flavors, this a wine made entirely from the indigenous grape variety Moschofilero, cultivated in the area for over 3,000 years.
Louis Boillot Moulin-a-Vent Vieilles Vignes 2017: This light red wine is from two of Burgundy’s most gifted winemakers together-working and tasting side by side-with the alchemy you’d expect, using no chemical fertilizers or weed killers, and meticulously pruning for balanced yields.
Cooper Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2018: Our story with chardonnay begins many many moons ago with the volcanic soils that cover the hillsides and mountains of our valley. Fresh cool fruit of apple skins and mineral combine with zestful acid.
Clos Henri Petit Clos Sauvignon Blanc 2018: Very fresh New Zealander white wine; fruity citrus, pineapple, minerals Great wine for enjoying a late afternoon drink, or to accompany a light meal. From the well known Sancerre Genius: Henri Bourgeois.
Marcel Lapierre Raisins Gaulois 2019: This Cuvee made from our young Gamay is an explosion of fresh, sweet, fruit. Wine made from organically or biodynamically grown grapes with minimal intervention avoiding the use of chemicals, additives, and technology.
Château Roland La Garde Blaye – Côtes de Bordeaux 2016: The Cuvée Tradition has a deep and brilliant ruby color. It is a wine with finesse and harmony, good balance, and a tannic structure that highlights the aromas of red fruits.
Badia A Coltibuono Chianti Classico Roberto Stucchi RS 2017: Is a Sangiovese Chianti Classico DOCG. This is a silky smooth Sangiovese but it has more than enough power and acidity to pair with hearty fare.
Avignonesi Cantaloro Toscana Bianco 2018: This Cantaloro will remind you of a summer breeze and on the nose it will reveal notes of peach, golden apple, melon, and white flowers. On the palate, it is intense and refreshing. Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable
Marco Felluga Just Molamatta Collio Bianco 2016: Following the tradition since the beginning of 1800’s of exceptional winemakers, the descendents of Marco Felluga are the benchmark of DOC Collio Bianco in the Friuli north east of Italy. A fantastic blend, fresh and rich in mineral flavors.
Cantina PRA Soave Classico Otto 2018 is 100% Garganega, wine from volcanic soil in the Soave region. It’s incredibly well balanced, crisp and refreshing. Coming from 60-year-old vines, its a very elegant wine with notes of pear, citrus and minerality in a long finish. It’s also well recognized as vintage 2017 has been named one of the best wines by Wine Spectator magazine in 2018.
Elena Walch Selezione Südtirol Alto Adige Pinot Grigio 2018:
This Pinot Grigio appears in the glass in an elegant straw yellow and captivates with its fruity notes of ripe pears. The fruit bouquet of this wine is accompanied by white pepper, fresh hay blossoms and a hint of sage
Chateau de Saint Cosme Condrieu 2017: Château de Saint Cosme is the leading estate of Gigondas and produces the benchmark wines of the appellation. The property has been in the hands of the Barruol family since 1570. Louis Barruol took over from his father in 1992 making a dramatic shift to quality and converting to biodynamic methods in 2010.
Brick House Gamay Noir Willamette Valley has found many friends since first released in 1995. Bright, floral and often laced with hind of anise or licorice, try this great french grape variety grown in Oregon, grown in a very similar terroir as the original Beaujolais Region.
Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Bianco 2018 is a white wine capable of expressing the richness and personality of Sicily. It is made from indigenous grapes macerated on the skins and expresses aromas of fruit, citrus, aromatic and balsamic herbs and an expressive, traditional and direct taste.
Fraga Do Corvo Godello 2018: From the Spanish region of Monterrei in Galicia comes this impressive jewel, a very elegant and aromatic white wine with a delicate allusion to the flavors of lemon, pear and orange blossom complemented by its refreshing acidity. Nowadays, the white grape variety Godello is one of the most favorite in Spain, which was almost lost after the ravages of phylloxera.
Clear and glossy appearance, pale/yellow color with greenish brightlights. Powerful in nose with great aromatic intensity, floral and fruity tones typical on this variety, sophisticated and elegant touch. A potent and full-flavored wine with an unctuous and delicate taste. Excellent level of acidity that comes from the selection of fairly well mature grapes.
Juve Y Camps Gran Reserva La Familia Brut 2016 Cava endowed with a bright and attractive pale golden color. Its tiny and abundant bubbles rise up forming numerous rosaries and a stable crown. High quality Cava from the hearth of D.O. Cava in Western Catalunya, Spain.
Les Heretiques is a 90% old vine Carignan and 10% Syrah. The Carignan vines average 40 years in age, with some of them being up over 100 years old! The fruit is sustainably farmed and harvested partly by hand and partly by machine. Half of the Carignan is vinified traditionally–destemmed and fermented in used barrel and macerated with skins for 30 days–and half as whole clusters with carbonic maceration. Those wines are blended with the Syrah and aged in a combination of steel tank and neutral oak vats.
It is named after the Cathars, a heretical Christian group once based on the Languedoc but wiped out by order of Pope Innocent III in 1208 in response to the murder of a papal representative by a Cathar supporter near Minervois. The castle which is the home of Château d’Oupia dates back to this time as well.
Domaine de l’Ecu, Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine Classic 2018: Domaine de l’Ecu is one of the OG organic/biodynamic viticulturalists in the Loire Valley and have farmed their vines in such a way for over forty years