Earliest sugaring start, mud season, town meeting day– spring is knocking on the southern door of Vermont. As usual, that means lots of tasting at Windham Wines as we see new vintage whites come dribbling in and the 2017 ross begin arriving. Meanwhile, we are preparing for another 8″ of snow; it is early March after all!
At Windham Wines and at home, we are celebrating having made it through the longest month of the year– January. It is longer than any other month, isn’t it? It is, at least, darkest. We have turned that corner. Winter is officially more than half over (though not really in Vermont) and importantly, days are […]
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, […]
2012 Birichino, Malvasia Bianca, Monterey– $15.99 Though Birichino is a new producer, the winemakers, Alex Krause and John Locke, have been making wine with others for years. Most notably, they spent years with Randall Grahm at Bonny Doon which has strongly influenced their approach to producing wine. According to Alex, we “make wines that we […]
2012 Bodegas Avanthia Avancia Cuvée de O, Valdeorras, Godello Godello is a varietal found principally in Galicia in NW Spain. To my palate, it typically produces full-bodied whites with citrus (think lime zest), stone fruit (peach and apricot) and fresh stream aromas (we’ve just returned from a walk along our fresh stream, so that may […]
2010 Domaine des Enfants, l’enfant perdu, Cotes Catalanes– $31.99 The domaine is owned by a young couple, Marcel Buhler and Carrie Sumner—she is from Oregon, committed to working with the vines to give the grapes the opportunity to express their personalities. Marcel works mostly in the vineyard, while Carrie nurtures the juice in the cellar. […]
2011, Raw Power, Shiraz, Adelaide Plains– $11.99 What a surprise! There is a lot to say about this wine—2011 was a terrible vintage in Australia (remember the pictures of towns underwater? That was 2011.) Shiraz at this price point is usually jammy and one-dimensional; the owner/producer, Rawley Power, is a punk rocker??? Well, despite all […]
Whites Australia 2011 Zontes, Footstep, Love Symbol, Savagnin, Langhorne Creek–$17.99 This relatively young vineyard (9 years old for the 2011) was planted with the white varietal associated most frequently with the Jura. Jancis Robinson’s tome, Wine Grapes, locates Savagnin in the Traminer family, so a very aromatic wine with aromas of dried apricots, orange zest, […]