Club Wines: January 2016

by whitney on January 16, 2016

January: Italian Rosso

It’s January, there’s a chill in the air (finally!), and it’s time to tuck into some hearty Italian reds.

Naturalist: Tuscany

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2013 Montesecondo Chianti Classico - Silvio and Catalina Messana left Manhattan in 1999 to return to their family farm outside Cerbaia, Italy.  Silvio’s father originally purchased the 49 acres of vineyards and olive trees in 1969 and had long sold his fruit to negociants.  But Silvio wanted to make his own wine and Catalina convinced him to commit to farming without chemicals.  Biodynamics hadn’t quite taken off yet in Italy – Montesecondo was really a pioneer in this movement, especially in Tuscany. This Chianti is lovely and classic to the core.

2013 Sanguineto Rosso di Montepulciano  – South of the Chianti Classico zone you’ll find the town of Montepulciano. And there you’ll find Dora Forsoni, her partner Patrizia Castiglioni, and Poderi Sanguineto. The farm has been in Dora’s family for generations and it’s where her father taught her everything she knows about farming and wine. Dora does ALL of the vineyard work by herself, she hunts wild boar, and is probably one of the coolest winemakers on the planet. Her wines are wild and soulful. This Rosso – a blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, and Mammolo – is no exception.

Gastronomist: Barbera d’Asti

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2012 Pavia Barbera d’Asti ‘Moliss’ – The Pavia family (Agostino and his sons, Mauro and Giuseppe) makes just three wines -two single vineyard Barbera and one Grignolino. So, they kind of have the Barbera thing on lock.  Their Moliss is the perfect example of a traditional food-friendly Barbera – bright acidity, juicy dark cherry fruit, and delicate tannin. Pair with pizza or, really, anything. Fun fact: moliss means the middle son.

2008 Scarpa Barbera d’Asti I Bricchi  – This wine shows the other side of Barbera. Aged like a serious Nebbiolo, this single vineyard bottling has the structure to show for it. It’s bold, earthy, spicy and fruit-driven and proves that Barbera can age.  Would be great with hearty meat dishes and salty aged cheese.


2016 Staff Predictions

by whitney on January 16, 2016

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It’s a fresh new year and an exciting time for fine wine, beer, and booze.  Every year there’s always a hot new thing, the revitalization of a forgotten category, or an all out internet obsession (ahem, rosé). So, I thought it would be fun to look ahead and spot some trends for 2016 in the drinks world.  I personally feel like ciders are making a comeback, and not just any ciders – wine-like ciders with terroir, acidity, and structure.  And lower alcohol “sessionable” wines will be desired for the ability to keep the party going longer. Speaking of low abv, there’s an actual artisanal wine spritzer movement happening (think Hoxie and a soon-to-launch product from Ludlow’s).  Yes, an “artisanal wine spritzer movement” sounds ridiculous but it’s proof that more people are having fun with their wine and keeping it casual. Which is always a good thing.

Here’s what the Domaine LA staff has to say about what’s going to be the next big and buzzy thing…

Anthony: “I think the next trend is going to be chill-able reds. Loire Cab Franc or Beaujolais Gamay. 2016 is going to be the year of Glou Glou.”

Jill: “I keep saying it but more California sparklers are on the way. A flurry of pet-nats and then possibly (finally) some Methode Traditionelle items from small producers like Wenzlau, Cruse, and Under the Wire.”

Dylan: “I predict that beer consumers will become more curious about what is going into their beer. The term ‘craft beer’ has become meaningless and I see a trend of beer-drinkers who want to know what kinds of grains and hops are used and where they come from.”


Club Wine: December 2015

December 15, 2015

December: Champagne We made it another year. Let’s celebrate! And celebrate with a truly stunning (and super interesting) Champagne. Everyone, the Gastronomists and the Naturalists alike, will be getting one very special bottle for December. Naturalist + Gastronomist NV Christophe Mignon Champagne Blanc de Noir Brut Nature ‘Pur Meunier’  –  Christophe Mignon, a 4th generation Champagne producer, […]

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Staff Holiday Dinner at Joss

December 10, 2015

The annual Domaine LA holiday party is something the staff looks forward to for months. The wine is always flowing, usually from special bottles, and the food never disappoints. We switch it up every year and this time we headed to Joss in Beverly Hills!   Joss is a somewhat under-the-radar Chinese spot that’s been in […]

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Staff Pick: A Wine to Be Thankful For

November 19, 2015

Who: Whitney What: 2014 Folk Machine Valdiguié Why: “Every dang year, this wine just gets better and better. And it was already great to begin with! Kenny, of Folk Machine, makes my favorite Valdiguie aka Napa Gamay. The color is beautiful – vibrant, light, and ruby-tinged. And it tastes like tangy rhubarb, tart cherries and […]

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Club Wines: November 2015

November 16, 2015

November: Thanksgiving Wines Pairs of wines perfectly suited to pair with the season and/or your turkey dinner. Naturalist Orange wine. That textural, unfiltered, sometimes savory and sometimes tannic skin contact white wine that can end up a rainbow of orange-y amber hues. Beyond all of its aforementioned positive traits, it is wildly food-friendly.  It sits in […]

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