Just as food is at its seasonal best, here are four wines to enhance your harvest feast. White Wine Recommendations Tenuta Gorghi Tondi, Grillo, Sicilia, 2020: $15, organic One of our delights of the summer, this Grillo is made by Clara Sala, one of the two sisters who own and manage the farm at Gorghi […]
Harvest is underway throughout the northern hemisphere, including here in Vermont. Shabir Kamal, local vigneron who sells grapes to La Garagista in Barnard, checked the ripeness of his berries, declared them ready, and called the volunteer crew to pick. With just over 1/3 of an acre, 25+ volunteers picked 2400 pounds of Brianna and Marquette over two picture perfect days.
We’ve checked in with some of our other winemaking friends from the US and Italy who sent images from their current harvest, some of which are included below.
Well, it has not felt like Vermont lately, but then neither has the Pacific Northwest felt like the Northwest. Comparatively, we are lucky, and as I write, it is pouring and the temperature inside has dropped from a steamy 86 degrees to a blissful 78 degrees. We don’t tend to get long periods of unbearable heat and humidity here, but we know that it will be back. Mercifully, there is wine– especially sparkling, white and rosé.
Our July wine recommendations are perfectly calibrated to fit the joys of the summer season from hot weather to outdoor feasts. Stop in for some summer wine soon.
Windham Wines is so pleased to offer this local wine made from grapes planted and tended by long-time customer-friend, Shabir Kamal. Shabir is married to Hannah Thurber whose family has been farming at Lilac Ridge Farm since 1937. The property is now managed by third-generation farmers, Ross and Amanda Thurber, who converted to organic farming […]
As the leaves unfurl and the grass greens to color our hills and mountains the hue that gives Vermont its name, we have much for which to be grateful. Summer 2021 promises to bring physical reunions with family and friends. That is cause for celebration– and we have some celebratory wines to enhance your festive mood. As always, we have been tasting and have more recommendations below, including rosés. We also have our final two virtual tastings of the winter-spring tasting season before we take our summer break.
We finish our winter-spring tasting season with an in-depth exploration of our most popular white variety: Gruner Veltliner. Recently, Lettie Teague, wine writer for the Wall Street Journal, wrote that, [t]wo decades ago, this white grape from Austria was an exotic novelty for most Americans and a fast sommelier favorite thanks to its food-friendly nature. […]
Wine lovers, rejoice. Here is our latest selection of recommended wines for Spring 2021. Enjoy! White Wines Waterkloof, Circle of Life, White, Stellenbosch, 2016 $20 (biodynamic) 67% Sauvignon Blanc, 29% Chenin Blanc, 4% Semillon We sampled this wine during a virtual tasting with Paul Boutinot, Waterkloof’s owner, and I am happy to report that I […]
Celebrate being social again — now we can open sparkling wines because we can share a bottle with friends!
Cerro la Barca, Ancestral, Extramadura, 2018: $17, organic — We’ve recommended this before and we still find it consistently delicious. Made from a blend of red (Cabernet Sauvignon) and white (Xarel-lo, Macabeu) grapes, hand-harvested, fermented with wild yeasts, a single fermentation that finishes in the bottle (Methode Ancestrale aka Petillant Naturale