It is that time of year when we surround ourselves with family and our chosen families, and celebrate that we have each other. It is a time for self-reflection, for considering what is well in our lives and for taking responsibility for things that we might change for the better in ourselves, our relationships and our communities and resolving to work for those changes in the year ahead. Resolutions represent some of our self-identified goals for the year. We’ll probably fall short, but the new year provides the clean slate for a fresh start. We can at least start off resolute.
If you are among the wine curious, then our resurrected wine clubs are for you. Our wine clubs will introduce you to some of our favorite artisanal wines and the families who tend the vines and nurture the juice to ferment and mature. Wines tell a story of place and people. The clubs will help […]
What makes a wine a “Thanksgiving wine”? Given the length of our day together, it is important that the wine is lively, fresh, energizing, not heavy, flat and enervating. Acidity is key because, as Eric Asimov wrote, “[i]t’s what makes a wine refreshing and it helps to keep you going through a long day full of heavy foods.” We’ve pulled several wines at the shop that we think fit the bill, many of which are described below.
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 […]