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Winter 2021 Virtual Tastings

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As we retreat indoors by late afternoons this winter, Windham Wines continues its virtual tasting series as one way of maintaining our relationships with you, our customer-friends, and with the small, independent, family-owned wine producers that we champion. For those of you new to the tastings, we open two bottles together– available for purchase at Windham Wines– and talk with the winemaker about terroir, grapes, farming practices and wine. Click to read the full schedule through March 2021.

2021 Winter Wine Recommendations

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2021 Jan White Wine Picks

White Wine Recommendations L & C Poitout, Bourgogne Blanc, 2018: $20 100% Chardonnay from a vineyard in Tonnerre, a region of Burgundy to the east and just north of Chablis. Louis and Catherine Poitout farm a total of 18 hectares throughout Chablis and Tonnerre, all Chardonnay. Like Chablis, Tonnerre is characterized by the chalky-limestone soil […]

2021 Winter Musings from Windham Wines

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Winter Road

What a year 2020 was. I think we’ll be talking about it with our kids and our grandchildren for years to come. I certainly hope that it remains one of the most unusual years of our lifetime. Fortunately, our kitchens give us the opportunity to recreate the flavors of our favorite food destinations and the Windham Wines virtual tastings have taken us on satisfying group travel adventures as we visit and taste with winemakers in Italy, France, Austria, Spain and the United States. We’ve actually traveled quite a bit in this past year, and we have many more trips planned as you’ll discover in our tasting calendar.

Thanksgiving Wine Recommendation 2020

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Hope Well Sheep

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 […]

Thankgiving Greetings from Windham Wines

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The timing of this latest outbreak and the corresponding appeal to restrict discretionary social gatherings just before Thanksgiving is bittersweet. Plans were underway for smaller gatherings, though still across households. It hardly feels like Thanksgiving if it is just the usual couple or nuclear family at the table and yet, . . . .

New Virtual Tastings From Windham Wines – Biodynamic Wine Series

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Parish Hill Creamery Cow

As we retreat indoors this fall and winter, Windham Wines continues its virtual tasting series as one way of maintaining our relationships with you, our customer-friends, and with the small, independent, family-owned wine producers that we champion. For those of you new to the tastings, we open two bottles together– available for purchase at Windham […]

November Wine Recommendations from Windham Wines

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Sunny Vineyard

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 […]

Vermont Vermouth Encore

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Vermont Vermouth

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 […]

Virtual Tasting Calendar / Fall 2020

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Virtual Tasting Windham Wines

Join us for a virtual tasting this fall — we have a full schedule of wines for you to try including our new Biodynamic series. All virtual tastings start at 4pm. Click for more information. Sunday, September 27th Luca Baccarelli, Roccafiore, Umbria, organic We love these wines, and now we’ll have one of Roccafiore’s owners, […]

Filtered and Non-Filtered Wine

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Angelo Negro

What difference does it make to filter a wine? After grape juice undergoes fermentation, wine is often filtered both to take out the final, infinitesimally small yeast particles or bacteria that may make a wine unstable (and lead to off-putting aromas) and to enhance the wine’s luster. Some importers, however, have championed unfiltered wines (e.g., Kermit Lynch, Joe Dressner, and now many natural wine importers) because they believe that filtering extracts not just particulates, but flavor. They contend that wines made cleanly, with balance of pH and acidity, will be stable. In that case, filtering extracts compounds whose contributions to the final wine are important to that wine’s identity.