Happy 2019 - WE'RE BACK! Thank you again for all your support last year. We truly love you and are so excited for more wine-filled months to come! Fresh year means fresh new wines. The shelves are stocked and waiting for you, but for now, here is a peek at some fresh faves.
The holidays are over, but our Champagne consumption lives on. The Marguet family has owned this historic property in Ambonnay since the mid-19th century. Although Benoit is the fifth generation member to run the family vineyard, he is the first to have experimented with biodynamic farming and minimalist techniques in the cellar. Today he is certified biodynamic--not common in Champagne--and the wines are better than ever. 'Shaman' is a single vintage Grand Cru Champagne composed primarily of Pinot Noir with a touch of Chardonnay. Aged for three years sur lattes and bottled with zero dosage. Hits the palate like lightning, followed by a lush and creamy texture. Zero added sulfites. We're truly ecstatic about this one, and you should be too!
Domaine de la Pepière, 'Les Gras Moutons' Muscadet, FR 2017 $25.99
Another sensational hit from one of our favorite producers, Mark Ollivier of Domaine de la Pepière. Bordering the Atlantic, you can taste the ocean in each of his wines. This one named 'Les Gras Moutons,' meaning 'The Fat Sheep,' due to a richness not usually found in most Muscadet. Sourced from a quartz-rich organic lieu-dit. While it contains all characteristics of a delectable Muscadet--salinity, minerality and lightning acidity --the soils and aging sur lattes lend it a rich, creamy and velvety texture that will have you finishing this bottle in the blink of an eye (we speak from experience). Come grab a bottle and snuggle up with this fat sheep!
Diego Losada 'Vindemiatrix' Bierzo, SP 2017 $19.99
After working with a handful of large-scale wineries, Diego Losado decided to venture off and forge his own path, La Senda, meaning "the path" or "the way." The rolling hills of Bierzo in northwest Spain are filled with gold and iron from the mines that were present centuries ago. Diego believes these mineral traces are part of what makes his wines stand out from any others, and we could not agree with him more. The grapes from 'Vindemiatrix' were sourced from high-elevation parcels planted with both red and white grapes, such as Mencía and Palomino. The grapes are partially destemmed, then fermented in concrete tanks. No fining or filtration and minimal SO2 added. The result is a pure and crystalline wine gushing with juicy red fruits, earth, and spice. Pair with grilled meats or enjoy it slightly chilled on its own!