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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.
Viña Bujanda Rioja Gran Reserva 2011: The winery combines the family tradition of these wine producers with the most modern techniques in the elaboration of wines. Joaquín Martínez Bujanda founded the original family winery, that has created this dynasty of vine-growers and winemakers, whose fourth and fifth generation is now in charge of the business.
Adelsheim Caitlin’s Reserve Chardonnay 2015: This vibrant, skillfully balanced Chardonnay shows aromas of star fruit on the nose, followed by hints of lemon curd and green fig on the palate. It would pair wonderfully with rich seafood and pasta dishes.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Estate Argyros Vinsanto 4 Year Old Santorini 2011: Today, Matthew Argyros, the fourth generation of family winemakers, continues his father’s legacy by making legendary wines from Assyrtiko and other indigenous Santorinian varietals, using traditional techniques.
Tikves Bela Voda 2016:
This Macedonian blend of indigenous grapes offers loads of blueberries and jammy blackberry fruits as well as notes of crushed rocks and spring flowers, full-bodied richness, present, yet polished tannin, and a great finish.
Founded in 1885, Tikveš Winery has witnessed the independence of the Balkans, two world wars and one cold one, yet through it all they have continued to make wines from grapes native to the region: Katiceli, Kratosija, Vranec and Plavec. With the fall of communism and independence of Macedonia this historic estate was privatized and new investments were made to update the practices in the vineyard and cellar. Sustainable farming has replaced industrial farming, yields have been lowered and indigenous varieties have been preserved. With the assistance of Philippe Cambie they have modernized their cellar practices by utilizing temperature controlled stainless steel for fermentations with concrete and French oak barrels for aging.
Tselepos Amalia Brut NV: Located in the region of Tegea, Arcadia in the Peloponnese, the estate’s vineyards lie at an altitude of 750 meters and boast sandy clay soil. The vineyards’ yield does not exceed 55 hl/ha. and the region’s microclimate can be characterized as continental with cold winters and warm, dry summers.
This incredible Natural Sparkling Wine is brut due to method of harvesting: the grapes are picked while their sugar are still low. Also favors great quality of this Sparkling the use of grapes harvested early for low potential alcohol in order to create the base wine. Traditional method is used with the second fermentation in the bottle.
Maison Roche de Bellene Chardonnay Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes 2017: The name comes from “Belenos,” an ancient Gallic god of sun and beauty. It is the origin of the city name, Beaune, which was called “Belena” in Roman times, and “Bellene” in the Middle Ages.
The focus at Roche de Bellene is on individual terroirs from vieilles vignes (old vines – 40 years or older) that are farmed responsibly. All of the growers are either BIO certified or farming according to the principles of lutte raisonée (sustainable viticulture). This enables the winery to consistently produce the expressive, terroir-driven style. The Maison’s entry-level white Burgundy comes from old-vine parcels in the Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise. The vines have an average age of 48 years and, as with all the wines, harvesting is done by hand.
This aromatic Barbera from La Morra offers scents of black cherries, cinnamon, and wet herbs. It is a bright and clean wine, with a fresh acidity reminiscent of ripe raspberries and mandarins. The brief passage in oak creates a slightly softened and balanced texture.
Cottanera Etna Barbazzale Rosso 2016: “Our wines are the offspring of a mountain and wild environment and inherit their explosive minerality from the volcano. Working in the vineyard and in the cellar makes them refined and elegant, of great balance.”
Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosato 2018 is a very interesting Rose from a volcanic terroir in the island of Sicily, Italy. Grown from organic grapes Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio varietals, this is a great fresh wine for the summertime but also a serous pairing for a large variety of delicious seafood, fishes and many other entrees.Goes especially well with eggplant and meatballs.
Leclerc Briant Réserve Brut Champagne: Brut Réserve delivers the depth and fruitiness expected of a Champagne made from black grapes with the underlying flavors of brioche and almond from nearly three years aging on its lees. Chardonnay brings an underpinning of lemony acidity giving an impression of lightness and freshness. The finish is firmly dry with lingering notes of chervil and coriander.
Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016: Vintage year 2016 is among the Best Vintages of Chateauneuf-du-Pape! This Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine is a dry, rich and intense red produced by Michel Maret, who produces a number of different cuvees all from low yields and all bottled without filtration. Michel produces wonderfully well balanced wines that combine intensity and depth of fruit with finesse and elegance.
Elena Walch Müller Thurgau Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2017: The Müller Thurgau is persuasive with light straw yellow colour, pleasant aromas, discreet aromas of herbs, some nutmeg as well as slight notes of apricot. Enjoyable freshness, youthful acidity and delicate structure characterize the palate. A very drinkable aperitif wine and an uncomplicated companion for light dishes.