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!
Nicolas Rousset makes wines that respect nature, the environment and are expressive of their terroir and vintage. He works biodynamically, using indigenous yeast, and understands balance and subtlety. This wine is made from Gamay, in the traditional semi-carbonic style, and would please the most discerning crowd (and it is a crowd-pleaser). Aromas of red fruits and spice follow bright cherry and a bit of vanilla on the palate. Just enough acidity brings it all home in a delicious, quaffable glass.
Nice fruit, earthy, a very friendly cabernet franc. This is an uncomplicated, easy to enjoy red made from biodynamically farmed grapes. It's as easy on the wallet as it is on the earth!
"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!
The winery was founded in 1992 by Birgit Eichinger and her husband Christian. Her viticultural goal is "to optimize the natural aroma and flavor potential inherent in the grapes, matching varietals and terrain, practicing careful vineyard management and applying painstaking vinification." all the while respecting the "Less is More" natural principle. Her passion and dedication come through in her wines. This wine shows spice and floral notes on the nose, with yellow plum, apple and a bit of white pepper on the palate. With its mouth watering acidity, it goes down very easy.
The winemaker decided to create a distinctive new wine by blending 2 vintages, 2006 and 2009. The result of this balancing act is greater than the sum of its parts; a charming new cuvee that delivers immediate fresh fruit pleasure of Provence. Bright black fruit, but not jammy, balanced with food friendly freshness then a hint of tannins. Joie de Provence!
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.
Not yet 40 years old, Nicolas Gonin learned to make wine from quite a diverse group of winemakers including Ridge Vineyards' Paul Draper and Domaine Tempier in Bandol. He has a passion for saving rare indigenous grape varieties like Altesse. Local to the Savoie region of France, Altesse brings exotic aromas of citrus and herbs with a great minerality, plenty of acidity and a rich texture. Not like anything we've tried, this is a great wine to pair with all manner of lighter foods, and it's delicious all by itself too. Winemaking Details:
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
Christine and Joel Mneard have been making wine in the heart of Coteaux du Layon AOC for more than twenty years. They practice bionynamic methods in their 13 hectares of vines. The wine was made as naturally as possible, no artificial yeasts and unfiltered. Fresh nose with notes of flowers, almonds and subtle pear and a finale of honey. It is charming and delightful!