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.
My friend (and a friend to many to of you, too), Peg, sent us an email thanking us for a wine that she gave as a gift, observing that, “[w]ine has the power to transport people to places, experiences, and people that are held in the heart.” In that case, a bottle of Sicilian wine propelled its recipients to a grandmother’s time and village, allowing them to celebrate her life as they remembered her from their porch in Apalachicola, FL.
As we watch what is happening around the country with COVID cases, we are going to start slowly, splitting time between curbside-only and opportunities for those who want to come in to browse. Curbside is available anytime we are there including all of Friday and Saturday; it is curbside-only on Thursdays and the first part of our Friday hours.
It has been two months since our world (the US northeast) became a different place governed by new protocols, like social distancing, mask-wearing and curbside pick-up. Thank you for the trust you convey by allowing us to collect cases, half-cases, or bottles for you during this pandemic. We are expanding the hours of pick-up to include 4 hours on Saturday– 10:00-2:00 as well as the Friday,11:00-5:00 pick-up time. More on orders and pick-ups below.
Fibbiano, Rosato Toscana, 2018 $17, down from $20 Fibbiano gives us an organic Sangiovese that is our favorite rosé in stock. It has so much more identity today than when it arrived a year ago, and now is $3 less. Vibrant, clean, beautiful fruit and mineral. La Staffa, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore, […]
To participate in our virtual tastings, send us your email and we’ll send you the invitation on the morning of the tasting. Email us at email@example.com. We usually taste two wines, both of which are available at Windham Wines for Friday or Saturday pick-up. Saturday, May 16th 4:00 Riccardo Baldi, owner-winemaker, La Staffa Marche, Italy […]
Our customers have sent a clear message– social distancing should not occur without wine! In response to those pleas and to enable you to get the wines we’ll be tasting together in our virtual tastings, we will be at the shop on Fridays, filling orders and arranging for your curbside pick-up.
We can get wine to you without physical contact.