Wine: $15 - 30
This is real Bordeaux, with red fruits predominating now, but with a bit more time, the subtle hints of leather and tobacco (that can be achieved nowhere else but Bordeaux) will become more and more pronounced. Too many inexpensive wines from Bordeaux lack this unique complexity that defines the region, and we were thrilled to discover this wine for this price. Jean-Luc and Catherine Hubert manage the estate from the vines to the bottling line, and the family has been growing wine in the area since 1895. Better still, the Hubert’s are the largest biodynamic farmers in the
Mr Charles Smith, the gentleman who owns this winery made his money in the rock world, you can tell by his BIG hair. Once seen atop the bar at Terroir in the East Village. Rich round ripe black..velvety fruit with vanilla hints, this is one of hits in the wine world.
This is made from Barbera vines grown in the Colli Tortonesi in Piemonte. It’s a natural, non-filtered, everyday kind of vino. If Parker Posey were a wine she’d be Fuso: indie, hip, quirky, democratic and approachable. Classic cranberry and raspberry notes with zippy lemon-acidity and soft tannins. Lots of deliciousness for a deal. Winemaking Details: Unfiltered, Unfined, Wild Yeast Fermentation
Domaine Philémon is located in a small village on the Vere river in the Gaillac AOC. The vineyard has been with the Vieules family since 1804. Today Mathieu Vieules grows wheat, sunflowers and grapes in equal proportions, all organically. The yields are kept exceedingly low and the harvest is done entirely by hand. Gaillac "Perlé" is a zippy quaffable wine.
The Moraitis Winery can be found just up the road from the picturesque old fishing port of Naussa. Manolis Moraitis is an affable man whose grandfather started this winery in 1910. The estate vineyards are certified Organic. From two indigenous varieties of Paros island that are grown in the private vineyards of the Moraitis Winery, this is a bright rose with vivid red reflections. Intense aromas of red fruits, strawberries and cherries, with a refreshing finish. Winemaking Details:
Montinore practices biodynamic farming because they feel it consistently produces some of the best fruit. This is a dry but crazy aromatic wine, offering a nose of rose petal, lychee and grapefruit, all following through on the palate. Winemaking Details: Fermented and Aged in Tank
Pale sunshine yellow color and lightly sparkling, this Moscato d'Asti has intense aromas of peaches, rose petals and ginger. On the palate it is delicately sweet and sparkling with modest acidity, good balance, good complexity and a finish of fresh apricots. This is a lovely way to begin or end any meal!
Rabble-rousing wine importer, Jose Pastor, has set out to bring honest, minimally messed with Spanish wines into the US. This here is his private label sparkling wine. It's a bone dry, traditional-style cava.
This is an old 19th century estate purchased by Isabelle and Rémy Ducellier in the nineties. They make purely delicious salivating wines. Deep ruby in the glass with pretty scents of strawberry preserves & crushed cherries. The palate opens with flavorful red berry fruit backed by a piquing minerality. This is an easy-drinking wine with impressive backbone and a lingering finish. Winemaking Details: Wild Yeast Fermentation, Unfiltered, Unfined
The Gruet family are originally from the Champagne region in France but this is their US (New Mexico!) venture. Shows lemon and lime tang, with a touch of creaminess. Crisp, dry and one of the best American sparkling wines. It gets a party starting off right.