Club Wines: July 2016

by jill on July 14, 2016

Naturalist – Southold Farm + Cellar

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Regan and Carey met while working in Manhattan restaurants before moving to the North Fork region of Long Island in 2011. Their goal was to make wines as purely as possible with minimal amounts of sulphur.

We tasted their wines recently and found them to be total thirst quenchers. Their fizzy wines are some of the best to be found on American soil and their reds are light and gulpable.

2015 ‘I Want to be Stereotyped’ – This is a light and juicy Cabernet Franc fermented outside under a tent and finished with very low amounts of sulphur. Lots of funky flower child vibes to be found here.

2015 ‘You Pretty Things’ – A fizzy blend that combines the tropical feel of Goldmuskateller with the classic fruitiness of Syrah. Done without any addition of sulphur and super rare! Only 80 cases made.

Gastronomist – Lo-Fi Wines

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Lo-Fi is the joint effort of best friends Mike and Craig. They source fruit from some of the oldest vineyards in the Central Coast including Demetria Estate and Jurassic Vineyard. Their aim is to make wines with lower levels alcohol that can be enjoyed with a variety of foods.

2015 Chardonnay – Lo-Fi’s minimalist approach results in a Chardonnay that is a little less creamy than your standard Cali Chard. Pop this wine in your cooler, grab some fish tacos and take this bottle to the beach.

2015 Malbec – This fun, fruity red screams for pizza! Don’t be afraid to give it a light chill and drink it under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl.


Club Wines: June 2016

by jill on July 7, 2016

Gastronomist – Luis Rodriguez of Ribeiro

Luis Rodriguez started making wine in Ribeiro in 1988. He chooses to work with only native grape varieties and is slowly changing Ribeiro’s reputation for bulk wine production. His wines are humbly low-intervention and made for the table.

2014 ‘Os Pasas’ – Mostly Treixadura with Lado, Albarino and Torrontes. It’s fresh with beautiful structure and a distinctive minerality.

2014 ‘Eidos Ermos’ – This blend is made up of old-vine Caino, Broncellao, Souson and Ferrol. All the grapes come from Luis’s hometown of Arnoia, where the soils are steep and granitic. It’s deeply fruity with a light, silky quality.

Naturalist – Laura Lorenzo of Ribeira Sacra

Laura Lorenzo, current winemaker at Dominio do Bibei, uses biodynamic principles to acheive the purest expression of her region’s mountain fruit.

2014 ‘Gavela de Vila’ – Pure, fresh juice made from the Palomino grape variety.

2014 ‘Azos de Vila’ – This red blend is comprised of Mouraton, Merenzao, Gran Negro, Mencia and Garnacha Tintorera. Complex and earthy and built for ageing.




Club Wines: May 2016

May 25, 2016

Gastronomist: Sancerre You asked for Sancerre so WE GAVE YOU SANCERRE! Seriously though, Sancerre gets talked about A LOT. Because of their crisp fruitiness, the whites of Sancerre are a common gateway drug for a lot of wine-drinkers. We included both a white and a red example from biodynamic winemaker Vincent Gaudry. 2014 Sancerre Blanc […]

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Club Wines: April 2016

April 23, 2016

Gastronomist: Bordeaux vs. Napa Valley This month we’re featuring reds from two very traditional wine regions – Bordeaux and Napa Valley. Bring out your inner wine geek, open both bottles at once and do a little compare and contrast. 2010 Chateau Moulin Canon Fronsac Rouge– This easy-drinking red is made from grapes sourced from two vineyards in Canon-Fronsac […]

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Club Wines: March 2016

March 20, 2016

Gastronomist: Burgundy As much fun it is to try all the new winemakers and interesting styles popping up, it’s nice to get back to the classics. No frills – just beautiful, pure expressions of fruit and place and perfect companions to a simple dinner cooked at home. 2013 Domaine Cheveau Saint-Véran ‘Terroir Davayé’– Domaine Cheveau, founded […]

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Staff Pick: A Wine for Tacos and Friends

March 11, 2016

Who: Anthony What: 2014 Mai & Kenji Hodgson Vin Rouge ‘Galarneau’ Why: “Because the wine is surprising. Once the bottle is opened there is a surprisingly and intense funk. Once it airs out for about 5 minutes, it becomes one of the most beautiful expressions of Cabernet Franc at a reasonable price.” When: “With a […]

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