Windham Wines: Winter 22 Under $22

We’ve created our own list again this winter, though it is a 22 under $22. Sixteen of the wines on our list are organic or biodynamic. Though we have several of the Asimov wines, we have only two overlapping wines that appears both on both our lists this time—the Ultreia and the Bonny Doon. Our regular customers will recognize the Ultreia. We recommended it to all who came in looking for a red during the first several months after which it was again available in Vermont.

April 2018 Wine Club sample

We have a lot of regions and styles to cover in our wine journey together. As I was considering where to head after the February clubs, I was discouraged by some industry articles that pointed to trends in California that are recurring in other wine regions as well, namely, wineries being purchased by nouveau-wealthy people for whom a vineyard is a hobby-investment and the tension between wine industry interests and environmental concerns in developing wine regions. In a somewhat circuitous route, these led me to pay attention to and want to celebrate some really interesting producers from California’s Central Coast region whose fingernails are dirty from work in the vineyards and who are engaging in environmentally sensitive practices in both the vineyard and the cellar.

Thanksgiving Wine Recommendations– Whites

Castelfeder, Muller Thurgau, “Gessner,” Alto Adige, 2013–$19.99 We have written about this wine as one of last week’s “picks.” For more on Castelfeder and the Alto Adige region, we invite you to look there. Below is a picture of the beautiful Castelfeder vineyards against the backdrop of the impressive Dolomites. Muller Thurgau is German hybrid […]

Thanksgiving Wine Recommendations– Sparkling

The “tasting team” at Windham Wines recommends the following wines to welcome companions to your Thanksgiving table. We offer suggestions of sparkling, white, rosé and red, providing you with some color surrounding each wine. As the quintessential “American” holiday, we were particularly attentive to including at least one US wine within each category. Some of […]

California and Oregon Red Wine Arrivals

101 year Old Grenache Besson At Harvest

In the past 1-2 years, we have been getting some terrific new US wines available to us in Vermont—California producers Arnot-Roberts, Bedrock, Birichino, Broc Cellars, Copain, Dashe Cellars, Donkey and Goat, Forlorn Hope, Porter Creek, and Salinia and, from Oregon, Montebruno.  Here, we focus on two new California red wines and one from Oregon. 2012, Birichino, […]