What: 2014 Arnot-Roberts Rosé
Why: “It seems that here in LA we’ve zoomed straight through Spring into Summer. Lucky for us, all of the 2014 rosés have started to arrive! This 100% Touriga Nacional pink thang from our California favs Arnot-Roberts never disappoints. This year, it is a beautiful pale coppery blush and as refreshing as ever.”
When: “Do I even need to answer this question? Drink this whenever, wherever and as frequently as possible.”
Gastronomist: Ribera del Duero
A tale of two Tempranillos, both from Ribera del Duero – a region in Northern Spain’s Castilo y Leon. It’s definitely known for its red wines and we have two great bottles that are representative of the region (and delicious).
2013 Quinta Milu
– The work of winemaker German Blanco from his self-proclaimed “microwinery” in the small town of La Aguilera. German prefers to work in a minimal way in the vineyard and cellar and with only native grape varieties – mainly Tempranillo. The wine is named after his some Lucas, whom he sweetly calls “Mi Lu”.
2011 Dominio de Pingus PSI
– Peter Sissick is a Danish winemaker that arrived to Ribera del Duero in 1990. He felt the region had tons of potential but lacked the knowledge of proper farming practices to truly shine. Most growers were paid by the ton, so quantity trumped quality. Peter wholeheartedly believed that organic and biodynamic farming could restore the health of the vineyards, and after several years, with the help of winemaker/partner Pablo Rubio, was able to slowly convince the group of growers he worked with to convert to those practices (and offer them higher prices for their fruit). Psi has now become a benchmark wine for the region, offering balance and lovely fruit- a result of a delicate hand, gentle macerations, and no new oak.
Naturalist: Biodynamic Wines from Spain
Biodynamic farming is all about biodiversity and sustainability, incorporating natural methods, ingredients and preparations (some more unorthodox than others) while forever being mindful of the lunar cycle. It is a connection between the farmer, the land and mother earth that creates a harmonious relationship with truly amazing results in the health of the soil , vines and the surround microclimate without using any harmful pesticides or herbicides. As hippie dippy and ridiculous as it sometimes sounds (burying cow horns stuffed with manure), the proof is in the pudding. Or, the wine.
2013 Guimaro Tinto
– Ribeira Sacra, in Spain’s northwest corner, is known for its very steep terraced vineyards. They are beautiful and dramatic but difficult to work. Like the Mosel in Germany or Cote Rotie in France, the effort is worth the return. For Guimaro, and in Ribeira Sacra, it’s all about Mencia – the regon’s star variety. This wine, their joven
or young wine, is from multiple plots of Mencia vines with an average age of 40 years old.