Did you know that no more than fifteen wine grape varieties “account for 90 percent of the wine grapes grown in the United States and France” (Ian d’Agata, Native Grapes of Italy, 4)? “Shop locally, taste globally” embraces not just supporting a local shop like Windham Wines, but because of our selection of small, family-owned […]
In January, Dave McIntyre, who writes the wine column for the Washington Post, observed that though the range of places where we can buy and enjoy wine has expanded, our buying habits may be having the “ironic effect of narrowing our choices” (McIntyre, 25 January 2019). From movie theaters and Starbucks, to some Taco Bells and even Burger Kings, every place wants a piece of the wine and beer market.
We’ve created our own list again this winter, though it is a 22 under $22. Sixteen of the wines on our list are organic or biodynamic. Though we have several of the Asimov wines, we have only two overlapping wines that appears both on both our lists this time—the Ultreia and the Bonny Doon. Our regular customers will recognize the Ultreia. We recommended it to all who came in looking for a red during the first several months after which it was again available in Vermont.
Happy New Year to each of you. As we enter 2019, a year that begins with tremendous economic uncertainty, we return to the theme of being mindful about the decisions we make as consumers. We have consistently written about the importance of shopping locally. We’ve shared that there are associated ripple effects with more of each dollar spent staying in the community. It’s a relationship-based economy that can create an economic ecosystem with a unique, community identity.
Just under a year ago, we introduced wine clubs from Windham Wines. We offer two variations: Terroir, wines for those interested in all styles of wine– red, white, rose, sparkling, and Vineyard, a reds-only option. For $60 per installment for 6 installments over the year, those who join would receive 2-3 bottles every other month (Feb/April/June/August/Oct/Dec) for which we provide notes giving you the stories of people and place as well as suggesting food pairings.
The wine clubs gained members over the year. We expect them to continue next year, so long as we maintain at least ten members for each club. These clubs provide a means for the wine curious to learn about new regions, new varieties and lesser-known producers.
We offer two different clubs– Vineyard, a reds-only option and Terroir, which might include anything from all white or all red to combinations with sparklings and rosés.
I hope that you all enjoy Thanksgiving as much as we do. It is a wonderful time of family, friends, food and,of course, wine. After a token 5 km turkey trot, we all gather in the kitchen for much of the day, cooking, sampling, eating hors d’oeuvres, oogling over the new lives that have joined us since the last family gathering– we have 30-somethings whom we treasure. It is a glorious day that begins with “bloodies” or sparkling, and ends with a feast and bottles of red and white at the table.