Thanksgiving is just around the corner — shop your holiday wines now with our hand-curated picks. White Wine Recommendations Moderately-Priced Under $15 Achados e Perdidos, Codega do Larinho, Douro: $14, organic A customer-favorite year round, using a grape often blended for a white port, Codega do Larinho. Citrus fruit gets softened by melon and stone […]
White Wine Recommendations Pas Saint Martin,”Pierre Frite” Saumur Blanc, 2019 $18, organic After selling out of the previous vintage and impatiently waiting for the next, we welcome back this beautiful Chenin Blanc, full of stone fruit flavors that get extended and lightened by a fresh minerality on the finish. No malolactic fermentation and no residual […]
The creation of Kobey Shwayder, a self-described “flavor specialist” (who also has a Ph.D. in linguistics from Penn), these Vermouths and one “apple wine” are seriously delicious. Kobey launched Vermont Vermouth just before the pandemic hit. We would sell it if we could but our license does not allow it. Good news though– it is easy […]
Cerra de Barca Atlas Vegas, Ancestral Extramadura, Spain $17– organic An organic Xarel-lo, Macabeu and Cabernet Sauvingnan blend with a beautiful, gold-rosé hue from Extremadura, a region bordering Portugal to its west. The four of us who tasted it found ourselves nodding at the importer’s description: “clean and expressive, it tastes like spring at the […]
We love Eric Asimov’s idea of identifying 20 seasonal, affordable wines. We have followed his lead in creating a similar list filled with wines that we know are available in Vermont and that we know can be priced to stay under that $20 ceiling.
In anticipation of our two February tastings, we will feature a wine from each. Ladeiras do Xil Gaba do Xil, Godello Valdeorras, 2018 $19.99 organic Customers who have walked the Camino de Santiago may have ended their walking days with a glass of Godello, a grape that originates from the banks of the Sil river […]
Our Thanksgiving Wine club offered selections appropriate right through the holiday season. For your holiday shopping convenience, we thought we’d reprint it here: Grosbot-Barbera, Brut 0, vintage– $23, organic Elaido Piñeiro, La Ola, Albarino, Rais Baixas, 2017– $23, biodynamic Vissoux, Chermette, Griottes, Beaujolais, 2018– $16, organic Our final club for 2019 offers wines that can […]
Eladio Piñeiro La Ola, Albarino, 2017 Rias Baixas Biodynamic– $23 We’ve been loving Albarino this summer and fall. Over the summer, we featured a lighter-bodied, uber-minerally style from Arcan. When we tried the La Ola in September, we knew that this was an Albarino that would carry over to fall and even winter, not to […]
La Foulée des ZinZins – A great wine for cool evenings, but not quite conceding to cold. The Foulée des ZinZins is an energetic, elegant, fun expression of 100% Grenache from 30-70 year old vines in the Cote du Rhone region. Because it is 100% Grenache, it does not qualify for the Cotes du Rhone AOC. Husband and wife team, Agnes and Philippe Badea, farm their four hectares of vines organically, with biodynamic practices. After years of working for other wineries, they started this project in 2010, despite family and friends calling them “zinzin” (goofy, crazy, crackpot).