Established in the mid-16th century, Avignonesi is one of the oldest wineries in Italy. Virginie Saverys took over the estate in 2009, converting to organic farming and viticulture. The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is understandably considered a benchmark in its category for its rich red fruit, notes of violet and savory herbs, finishing with balanced acidity, minerality, and fine tannins – absolutely elegant.
Pittnauer is run by the young Brigit and Gerhard Pittnauer, who have been considered benchmark producers and specialists of the Austrian varietal St. Laurent and Pinot Noir. This special blend of Blaufrankisch and Zweigelt is lovely and ripe with blackcurrent, floral notes, and a bit of spicy meatiness. Moderate acidity and a touch of tannic grip on the finish, this wine can be both serious and playful, but no doubt a great value.
The name Martian was inspired by proprieter Nan Helgeland's sons, Martin and Ian– and it fits. Martian wines are out of this world! This medium bodied blend of mostly grenache is rich with red fruits, spice, black pepper, and a bit of fresh herbs and sweet oak. The tannins are subtle and clean on the finish, making this a wine to grab before some unearthy creature runs off with all of it – only 450 cases! Winemaking Details: indigenous yeast, 90% destemmed and fermented in large oak vats, aged 10 months, unfined and unfiltered, low SO2
"How are you?" you ask your Kiwi friend. "Box O'Birds," he responds enthusiastically. This common New Zealand colloquialism signifies that the speaker is happy and in good health, which you will no doubt feel yourself when drinking this wine. Packaged entirely with recycled materials, this wine is all grapefuit and lime on the nose lead to ripe honeydew and touch of spicy minerality mid-palate, before a mouthwatering crisp finish. Delicious AND easy on the environment? Box O'Birds is right!
In the mood for Champagne, but trying to keep within your budget? This is a beautiful alternative from southern France – elegantly dry with persistent, creamy bubbles and notes of green apple, pear, a touch of vanilla. There's no need for a special occasion. With this wine, finishing a long day at work or catching up on last week's episode of Breaking Bad is reason enough to celebrate. Winemaking Details: Methode Traditionnelle
This family owned winery located in Sonoma's Dry Creek has been certified biodynamic since 2005. They aim for balance and elegance in their wines and this sauvignon blanc is a prime example of their work. Bright in the glass, this wine shines with notes of grass, fresh tropical pineapple and guava, with beautiful clean lime and orange notes to make this a bright wine with juicy acidity. Winemaking Details: hand-picked and sorted, stainless steel fermentation, neutral French oak aging for 4-6 months on its lees, no MLF
Bright golden-yellow with lovely aromas of apple, kiwi, and honeydew. It is mineral and fresh on the palate with honeysuckle and melon, pairing well with spicy, sweet and savory dishes.
Winemaker, Robert Eden, was kicked out of college for brewing too much beer in the dorms and it's a good thing! Otherwise, he may never have moved into oenology and we wouldn't be able to share this beautiful picpoul of his! This wine is as fresh as a bouquet of flowers on the nose. Zesty lemon, white pepper, and honey cover the palate before its persistent bone dry finish making this a great match for the local seaside foods of the Mediterranean or a version of your own!
This wine screams of summer fun! Bright and floral on the nose, this light and delicate Pinot Noir/Gamay blend is full of fresh red fruits and a crisp, clean acidity found in Loire wines. If there were fields of wild flowers in Brooklyn, this is where we'd be drinking plenty of this pretty wine. Winemaking Details: unfiltered, no added SO2, natural yeast