Red 1 – 2019 Monte do Carrapatelo ‘Colheita Seleccionada’ Red, Alentejano, Portugal
53% Alicante Bouschet, 31% Aragonez, 16% Touriga Nacional
Luis Duarte Vinhos is a family business founded in 2007 and run by Portuguese winemaker Luis Duarte and his wife, Dora Simoes. Located in the heart of Alentejo with it’s Mediterranean climate and limestone soils they use sustainable faming methods.
A blend of native varietals, this wine has aromas of ripe red fruits. Intense and concentrated with flavors of fresh, rich black fruits and an earthy meaty quality. Well balanced, the oak aging contributes a spicy character and complexity with an elegant and lengthy finish.
Food pairings: Grilled chicken or pork and light pastas
Red 2 – Domaine des Tourelles Bekaa Rouge, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 5% Carignan
While only 15-30 miles from the Mediterranean coast, the Bekaa valley in Lebanon is at an average elevation of 3200 feet and surrounded by mountains. Blessed with an ideal climate for growing grapes, Faouzi Issa and Domaine des Tourelles practice Organic farming combined with social responsibility, hand harvesting, indigenous fermentation, minimal SO2, and a preference for neutral oak aging.
This estate red from Domaine des Tourelles represents a classic blend that many associate with the red wines of Lebanon, with the added cache of being entirely fermented and aged in the estate’s old concrete tanks for 3 months. This makes for a lively and expressively aromatic wine that honestly reflects the hot summer days and cool nights of the Bekaa Valley.
Food pairings: Try spiced lamb flatbreads with cinnamon and allspice or mixed grill skewers.
White 1 – 2019 Estevez Bodegas y Vinedos ‘Versos de Valtuille’ Godello, Bierzo, Spain
Versos de Valtuille combines the vineyards located in the best wine-growing areas of Valtuille de Abajo, which have been pampered and cared for for generations by the expert hands of the Estévez family, with the latest technological advances of a recently remodeled winery.
This wine has aromas of citrus and tropical fruits such as lemon, grapefruit, guava and passionfruit which evolve towards floral aromas like jasmine, apple and pear blossoms. Smoky minerality with a balanced and creamy palate from aging on the fine lees for 6 months.
Food Pairing: Try dishes that feature cilantro and lime
White 2 – Domaine Pascal & Annick Quenard Chignin L’Epure, Savoie, France
This family property for four generations showcases a heritage of old vines, some of which were planted by the great-grandfather in 1903. Supporter of non-interventionist viticulture, Pascal Quénard, in charge since 1987, made the choice in 2013 of organic conversion. This Jacquere is farmed biodynamically and "L'Epure" translates to "The Purity", in a reference to the style of winemaking.
Jacquere is the Savoie's most planted white grape. It is an easy drinking, low alcohol lively dry white with aromas and flavors of white flowers, pears, white peach and grapefruit with a flinty minerality.
Food Pairing: Oysters on the half shell, or on it’s own on a sunny day
Red 1 – 2017 Sarzotti Barrel Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
Sarzotti Vineyard & Winery is a small family-owned and operated winery in the El Pomar area on the east side of Templeton not far from Highway 41. They produce only 3,000 cases a year - 100 cases per varietal. As a complete family operation, it is owned by Jim and Cheryl Sarzotti along with their son and daughter-in-law, James and Jenne Sarzotti. When visitors stop by the tasting room they will always be greeted by a family member.
The Estate Cabernet is aged in American and French oak for 32 months. Full bodied with black currant notes and a blend of raspberry and boysenberry flavors. The balance of oak and tannin make it perfect for pairing with food or sipping on it’s own.
Food Pairing: Fire up the grill for steak and tri tip!
Red 2 – Bodegas Tagua Tagua Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Rapel Valley, Chile
Located in Chile’s famous Rapel Valley, Bodegas Tagua Tagua takes its name from the nearby city of San Vincente de Tagua Tagua. The Correa family was one of the early pioneers of winemaking in Chile dating back to the early 1800s. Sustainability is a key factor in every stage of their production, with much care taken to ensure minimal waste. They count themselves as one of the most environmentally conscious wineries in Chile.
The Family Reserve Cabernet is lively with fruit, cassis and chocolate notes on the nose. The palate is a medley of plums and berries, with the time spent in barrel providing a well defined mouthfeel. The tannins are elegant and balanced, with medium acidity and a long finish. 92 Points – James Suckling
Food pairing: While this wine is suitable for vegans, the best pairings are not... this is a highly gastronomic wine that complements fine meats
White – 2017 Stonestreet Estate Vineyards ‘Terrance Ridge’, Alexander Valley, Sonoma
63% Semillon, 37% Sauvignon Blanc
Stonestreet Estate Vineyards is the story of a family’s vision to defy the limits of California winegrowing. Jess Stonestreet Jackson and Barbara Banke established the estate in 1995. Stonestreet is one of the most expansive and multi-faceted mountain vineyards in the world and produces a distinctive collection of single vineyard wines.
The Terrace Ridge Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc is blended like the whites from Bordeaux, with a high altitude, west coast twist. The interplay between the two varieties is fascinating. On the nose one finds refreshing honeydew melon and bright green kiwi. The palate compliments the nose with a pleasant minerality and lively acidity to highlight the unique aromatics and flavors of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.
Food pairing: Always a crowd pleaser and good companion to spiced and spicy foods
Pinot 1 – 2017 Böen Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma
BÖEN is a translation of ‘The Farm’ and winemaker Joseph Wagner chose it to remind himself that the wine he makes is indivisible from the land it comes from and that first and foremost, he is a farmer. A fifth generation Napa Valley winemaker, Joseph learned his way around a vineyard long before he was able to drink wine. By the time he was 19 he knew that he would continue his family’s winemaker legacy, working alongside his father at Caymus Vineyards.
Aged in French oak (60% new), this Pinot from Russian River Valley continues in his signature style of rich, ripe fruit flavors balanced with bright acidity and judicious hints of toasty oak. You’ll find bold layers of blackberry, strawberry, and boysenberry pie that gives way to flavors of cocoa, nutmeg, and brown sugar. A full bodied wine, balanced by refreshing acidity on the long finish.
Food pairing: Grilled rosemary lamb chops with potatoes au gratin, smoked brisket burger, or eggplant parmesan
Pinot 2 – 2015 Andi Fausto ‘Originaldo’ Pinot Nero, Oltrepo Pavese, Lombardy, Italy
Caring for the land and the vines is at the heart of Andi Fausto and his son Augisto’s work ethic. Located in the Oltrepo Pavese district of Lombardy they grow many varietals including this Pinot Nero – the Italian word for Pinot Noir. Traditional cultivation, manual labor showcase the regions terrior. The labels are painted by hand by disabled people who come to the winery with their teachers every week.
Originaldo is unique. The grapes are destemmed and placed directly into oak barrels for a 12 month fermentation on the skins with no added yeast. A bold and unique Pinot Noir that is floral and finessed, exotic, strong and intense. Unfined and unfiltered.
Food pairing: The boldness of this wine is a good match for anything with truffles, mushrooms, cured meats and bacon
Red 1 – 2018 Lafken ‘Single Vineyard Series’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley, Chile
Lafken is known for single vineyard, single varietal quality Chilean wines that showcase the soils, climate and human beings behind the vines. Organically grown on the terraced banks of the Maipo river, grapes are manually harvests and sorted by hand to chose only the best fruit. Fermented in stainless steel to preserve freshness, then aged in once used French barrels for 12-16 months.
Aromas of dried figs, black currants and peaches. Well balanced with rich, ripe fruit on the palate with notes of cassis and vanilla.
Food pairing: A big, hearty steak on the grill or lamb roasted on a spit. Make some ‘pebre’ – a Chilean condiment made of chopped onions, tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, aji peppers, and olive oil.
Red 2 – 2016 Chateau de Caraguilhes ‘L’Echappee Belle’ Corbieres Boutenac, Languedoc-Rousillon, France
80% Carignan, 20% Mourvedre
Since Greek merchants first introduced the cultivation of vines to this coastal area more than 2,000 years ago, the Corbières region of the Languedoc in the south of France has been a prime region for grapes and the making of wine. Chateau de Caraguilhes has been committed to full organic farming since 1987.
Carbonic maceration of the Carignan from the St Jean parcel of land, and the Mourvèdre from the La Tour vineyard, fermented together. Matured for 6 months in vats and for 2 years in bottle. This wine is concentrated with notes of blackberry, black pepper and licorice. Subtle secondary aromas of thyme and fresh fig. Full-bodied, taut and crisp.
Food pairing: Try some French dishes like entrecôte steak, coq au vin, lamb en croûte with thyme. Also great with dark chocolate.
White – 2017 Bodegas 1808 Viura, Rioja Alavesa, Spain
Organically Grown Natural Wine
With over 140 years of winemaking history, the old vine vineyards of Bodegas 1808 benefit from a special microclimate with favorable winds and special clay-calcareous soil. Traditional, natural winemaking with a focus on Tempranillo, they also have small planting of Viura – the only white you’ll find designated as Rioja Blanco.
This wine is complex wine with lots of different nuances. Aged in new American barrels for 4 months, On the nose there is a good balance between fruit and oak, with white fruits, vanilla and a honey finish. Velvety, unctuous, and elegant with a deep density. A powerful white with no sharp edges.
Food pairing: Roasted fish, paella, fish stews, almonds, Serrano ham and strong cheeses
Bubbles 1 – Palmer & Co. Rosé Solera Champagne, Reims, France
Palmer & Co has created a rosé combining exceptional fruitiness and delicate notes of spice. At the heart of the blend lies a unique Solera of Pinot Noir, a perpetual reserve of several decades reflecting the House’s celebrated expertise.
The intense nose is dominated by the energizing aroma of wild strawberries with tantalizing light notes of red and black currants in the background, overlaying very delicate notes of vanilla and cinnamon spice. Fresh and full-bodied on the palate, it is drawn out in finely tannic, succulent bubbles in the same register of fruity elegance.
Food pairing: Perfection on it’s own, but works well with smoked salmon or shrimp cocktail
Bubbles 2 – 2018 Roger Goulart Cava Reserva, Spain
Certified Organic & Vegan Friendly
50% Macabeo, 35% Xarel·lo, 15% Parellada
Organic grapes, recycled paper label and vegan friendly, this Cava is aged 15 months with secondary fermentation in the bottle. Intense fruity notes reminiscent of fresh white fruit on a citrus background with light aging notes on fine lees, very fresh overall and medium-long intensity. On the palate, lively and fresh acidity with a slight sweetness that makes it very pleasant due to its balance and elegance, with fruity aromas, slightly meaty, long and persistent.
Food pairing: Great with appetizers and light seafood, rice, pasta or salad dishes
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Red 1 – 2019 Herve Villemade ‘Les Ardilles’ Cheverny, Loire Valley, France
85% Pinot Noir, 15% Gamay
Hervé Villemade’s estate can be found quite close to the village of Cellettes which is north east of the city of Tours in the Loire Valley. His vines have been certified organic since 2001. Grapes are sourced from a single parcel of old vines planted in clay over limestone. This wine underwent a 3 week maceration and fermentation in concrete tank then aged in a combination of amphora and neutral barriques.
This wine is elegant, displays pronounced minerality and aromas of red currant, raspberry and pomegranate, with hints of rose, earth, citrus and spice. The palate has a beautiful melange of red fruits and cherry liqueur, brightened by firm citrusy acids, and continuing with saline minerals in the finish.
Food pairing: Charcuterie, chicken and pork dishes and mild cheeses.
Red 2 – 2018 Domaine Chofflet ‘En Choué’ Givery 1er Cru, Burgundy, France
100% Pinot Noir
The Chofflet Estate is located in the hamlet of Russilly. The Givry 1er cru En Choué appellation lies in a small hollow a few acres facing due south, located at the entrance to the Russilly Valley on predominantly limestone soils.
This Givry 1er cru En Choué reveals fragrances of fresh pitted berries, shades of cherry underpinned by a raspberry texture. Full-bodied and refined, with plenty of elegance and personality.
Food pairing: White meats, lighter marinades and firmer fish dishes cooked in sauce (monkfish or sea bass), as well as with a gourmet cheese platter.
White – 2017 Henri Clerc Pernand-Vergelesses, Burgundy, France
Pernand-Vergelesses is tucked into the junction of two valleys among the hills of the Côte de Beaune. The nearby Hill of Corton stands guard over it and two other villages, Aloxe-Corton and Ladoix-Serrigny, harboring prestigious Grands Crus
This Chardonnay offers all the characteristics that have made the Clerc white Burgundies so widely appreciated: generous and focused fruit and texture, pure pear and green apple flavors, and a long, fresh finish. It boasts aromas of white flowers and minerality on the palate.
Food pairing: Anything with buttery or creamy sauces. Seared scallops, crab and lobster dishes.