We love Eric Asimov’s idea of identifying 20 seasonal, affordable wines. We have followed his lead in creating a similar list filled with wines that we know are available in Vermont and that we know can be priced to stay under that $20 ceiling.
We have conceded Dry January, offering no tastings to help you achieve success with your resolutions but, . . . February begins with a tasting that is good for you– organic, biodynamic and natural wines. We celebrate the end of January, kicking off the new year’s events with a walk-around tasting of 25+ wines under […]
In anticipation of our two February tastings, we will feature a wine from each. Ladeiras do Xil Gaba do Xil, Godello Valdeorras, 2018 $19.99 organic Customers who have walked the Camino de Santiago may have ended their walking days with a glass of Godello, a grape that originates from the banks of the Sil river […]
Looking for a gift for someone this season? The wine clubs are an excellent experiential gift. Each club includes three bottles with detailed notes covering the regions from which the wines come, grapes from which wines are made, producers, tasting notes and food pairings. The wine clubs provide a means for the wine curious to […]
Our Thanksgiving Wine club offered selections appropriate right through the holiday season. For your holiday shopping convenience, we thought we’d reprint it here: Grosbot-Barbera, Brut 0, vintage– $23, organic Elaido Piñeiro, La Ola, Albarino, Rais Baixas, 2017– $23, biodynamic Vissoux, Chermette, Griottes, Beaujolais, 2018– $16, organic Our final club for 2019 offers wines that can […]
Everyday we are thankful to live in this state whose identity is associated with preserving both non-human nature and small communities. Just as non-human nature needs protection by humans (mostly from humans) to survive, small communities need the support of local residents to prosper. If we want to continue to celebrate Vermont’s small towns, to those volunteer efforts noted above we need to add mindfully shifting our shopping to support local merchants.
Eladio Piñeiro La Ola, Albarino, 2017 Rias Baixas Biodynamic– $23 We’ve been loving Albarino this summer and fall. Over the summer, we featured a lighter-bodied, uber-minerally style from Arcan. When we tried the La Ola in September, we knew that this was an Albarino that would carry over to fall and even winter, not to […]
La Foulée des ZinZins – A great wine for cool evenings, but not quite conceding to cold. The Foulée des ZinZins is an energetic, elegant, fun expression of 100% Grenache from 30-70 year old vines in the Cote du Rhone region. Because it is 100% Grenache, it does not qualify for the Cotes du Rhone AOC. Husband and wife team, Agnes and Philippe Badea, farm their four hectares of vines organically, with biodynamic practices. After years of working for other wineries, they started this project in 2010, despite family and friends calling them “zinzin” (goofy, crazy, crackpot).
What a glorious summer this has been. I hope that you were able to enjoy it. We’ve not sent an email out since May, when we noted that the hummers had returned and things were starting to bloom. We are now on the back end of that, with hummers getting ready to migrate to their winter homes, and days short enough that blooms are fewer and leaves are yellowing. That means that tasting season 2019-2020 is about to begin, and that we are shifting the wine portfolio back to more reds than whites, and a very few rosés.