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).
The hummers are back, rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom, Walker Farm has opened and the Brattleboro Farmers’ Market is underway. Perhaps most importantly to those of us here for it, mud season 2019 has ended. Spring has reluctantly, but finally, arrived in southern Vermont.At Windham Wines, that means that our collection of wines is shifting to more whites and rosés than reds. The rosé rack offers many choices, at least twenty at last count, from France, Austria, the US, Italy and Argentina so far. New rosés arrive regularly. This week, we expect another few from France, the US and one from Lebanon. Please come in to begin exploring for your favorite rosé for summer 2019.
As you can see from the images above, spring has finally sprung. Two weeks ago, with a day around 80 and another in the low 70s, the trees got the message and sent out little green buds which last week unfurled. We have reasserted the “green” in the Green Mountain state. And, . . . the hummers are back! Did anyone say rosé? We did. Speaking of weather and rosés, we have our final tasting of the fall-winter-spring 2017-2018 tasting season on June 2nd– rosés.