Help the Indies, Win ‘Wine Grapes’

by whitney on July 24, 2014

Jancis Robinson just announced a really great giveaway on her site in support of independent wine retailers around the world. This is the deal – you write a glowing review of your favorite wine shop (you can submit as many of your favorites as you like), email it in to Jancis and her team, and a winner will be chosen mid-August. The winner is whomever’s written account “is the best read.” What do you win? A signed copy of Wine Grapes, a necessary addition to any wine geek’s library (it ain’t cheap).

We encourage you to support us, of course, but also any of the small retailers out there that are fighting the good fight and bringing great wine into your life.

Full details for submitting here.

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Wine Club: July 2014

by whitney on July 15, 2014

The 7th annual Summer of Riesling, a high-acid lovefest created by NYC sommelier and restaurateur Paul Grieco in 2008, is upon us! We can’t be left out of the wine party, so we’ll devoting this month’s club (both Gastronomist AND Naturalist) to Riesling and only Riesling. Both selections could easily fall into either wing of the club, as both are food-friendly and classic, as well as fermented with native yeasts and made with minimal intervention. And they are delicious, so there’s that.

The Naturalist & The Gastronomist: Riesling

2012 Weingut Hexamer Meddersheimer Altenberg Kabinett – Harald Hexamer makes some of our favorite wines in the Nahe region. The steep Altenberg vineyard in Meddersheimer is the site for their Kabinett level wines (Kabinett is the lowest level of ripeness in Germany’s Pradikatswein classification). With fifty grams of residual sugar, you would think the wine might be sticky sweet, but the magic of Riesling is its acidity, which balances the sweetness so perfectly and beautifully.

2013 Weiser-Kunstler Estate Feinherb - The Mosel is probably one of the most beautiful wine regions of the world and it produces some of the finest wines as well. Konstantin Weiser and Alexandra Kunstler farm their 3 hectare micro-estate with a lot of passion and focus, and their house style is a little on the drier end of the spectrum for Mosel wines. This particular wine is classified as Feinherb, which most closely resembles a Halbtrocken (or half dry). It is a category of Rieslings that are so delicious because you have all of the dryness and mouth-watering acidity of a Trocken with a touch of the sweetness and ripeness of a  Kabinett or Spatlese.

Photo of the Mosel at sunset by Whitney.

 

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Staff Pick: A Refreshing AND Opulent White

July 8, 2014

July’s staff pick is a skin contact white wine made by nuns (with help from Giampiero Bea) outside of Rome. If that doesn’t sell it, maybe Caroline’s description will!  Who: Caroline What: 2011 Coenobium ‘Ruscum’ Lazio Bianco (with 15 days of skin contact!) Why: “This wine has interesting tea-like qualities which provide complex textures, yet [...]

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We Got Marv’d

June 21, 2014

Listen up! There’s a new food and wine show in town, and it’s called Marvin. Opened just a month ago, Marvin is the wine love child of Max Marder (former sommelier and maitre d’ at Capo), Bruce Marder and restaurateur Steven Arroyo. Equal parts French bistro, wine bar and neighborhood hang, we are celebrating their great [...]

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Wine Club: June 2014

June 13, 2014

This month’s selections will get you excited and prepared for some summer fun and exploration. Here we go! The Naturalist: Domaine Abbatucci, Corsica  Corsica is French island in the Mediterranean, just north of Sardinia. It’s a little bit Italian, a little bit French and totally its own thing. So are Corsican wines. They are very [...]

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Staff Pick: A Wine for Watching Flowers

June 9, 2014

We love our chillable reds around these parts, especially during the hot summer months. June’s staff pick is a delightful Loire Cabernet Franc, perfect for a picnic and sunset views. Who: Courtney What:  2013 Sebastien Bobinet Saumur-Champigny ‘Hanami’ Why: “Sometimes the warm summer nights call for a glass of refreshing red, and this Loire Cab Franc [...]

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