Wine: USA, Under $15
"We call it the New Minimal Intervention because it's a technology-based understanding of when NOT to apply technology," says winemaker Peter Bell. What was once a dairy farm for over a century was converted to vineyards in 1984 and have since dedicated themselves to sustainability in both the vineyard and cellar. This chardonnay is surprising– big and creamy yet racy and bright without the use of oak. The nose and palate have notes of melon, lemon, and white nectarine aromas. It's rare to find a NY State wine so reasonably priced, delicious, and that fits our natural standards.
Eve’s Cidery is a small family run orchard and cidery in Van Etten, in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. They say they "believe in nature, art, good food and hard work" and we believe it! This semi-dry sparkling cider is a blend of English, French and American cider apples, fermented in the bottle, and at 10% alcohol, is nothing like what you think of when you see "sparkling cider" in a deli. It's full of the flavors of fall, earthy and complex, but bright with acidity.
NY Times wine writer Eric Asimov is a fan, and so are we. Husband and wife team, Barbara Shinn and David Page, came from a NYC restaurant background, they chucked it all and moved to LI to make subtle, terroir-driven wine, made from Bordeaux varieties. Blackberry and touches of blueberry fruit on the palate with a touch of Cab Franc goodness on the finish, from the best producer on Long Island.
Bright boysenberry and raspberry aromas lead into fruity flavors with a gently spicy finish to make it a real crowd pleaser. Loaded with sweet berry and spice flavors, it has a friendly finish yet with enough impact and acidity to compliment a wide variety of foods. A delicious wine for everyday drinking from one of the oldest certified organic vineyards in California.
This wine comes from Yorkville's Randle Hill Vineyard, which encompasses steep terraces, rocky hillsides and gentle knolls. These different growing conditions lead to an interesting complexity with aromas of grapefruit, citrus and lime with crisp, clean fruity flavors including an underlying minerality. A truly delicious California Sauvignon Blanc that we prefer to many of the pricier version from Napa.
This is an all stainless steel fermented winemakers blend of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, white pinot noir, and merlot blanc showcasing a refreshing style with a splash of fruit followed with a zing of acidity. Clean vibrant citrus notes add complexity to the fresh & juicy finish. Winemaking Details: Stainless Steel Tank Fermentation
This is from Charles Smith: The Modernist Project, an outfit that aims to shed all pretensions in an effort to simply make wine fun. Smith is a big-haired dude and former band manager. His Walla Walla wines are as badass as they are easy to drink. This Chardonnay is creamy and oaky, yet well-balanced with a touch of green apple.
The People's Wine Company is a new endeavor dedicated to bringing inexpensive, well-made wines to the marketplace and to making a difference by donating a portion of the profits to social causes. This is a private label of David Bowler, one of the premier natural wine distributors in New York, and while at least some of the grapes in this wine are not organic, we feel that the reputation of David Bowler, and the full 10 percent of sales they are donating to charity make it a wine worthy of our attention. The People's Zin is rich and ripe with that classic Zinfandel spiciness.
Another goodie from Montinore, this blend of cooler climate white varietals covers practically the full fruit spectrum with notes of peach, pineapple, citrus fruits, and golden delicious apple. With a touch of fresh flowers and a bit of cut hay, this off-dry wine is rich in the mouth with a crisp finish of grapefruit and lime. This wine certainly doesn't need food to enjoy, but consider some semi-sweet dessert options or spicy Asian cuisine a good match.