Fall Wine Club Collection: Rare and Indigenous Grapes

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The rare and indigenous Catalan grape variety called Sumoll

Did you know that there are over 10,000 varieties of wine grapes in the world? The vast majority of commercial wine production is limited to only 19 of them, which are known as the “noble grapes”. Of the remaining 9,980, only about 1,350 are grown in large enough quantities to be commercially viable. This quarter’s collection is dedicated to these lesser-known varieties.

The stewards of these rare grapes are, in many cases, growing them to preserve local tradition and biodiversity, much like the farmers who grow and sell heirloom varieties of vegetables at your local farmer’s market. You can’t argue that the complex flavor of an heirloom tomato is inferior to that of a standard tomato – it simply isn’t true. They’re just different. The same goes for these grapes. Their names are hard to pronounce and you maybe have never heard of them, but they are certain to delight you with exciting new flavors and textures.

To join the wine club, simply sign up here. Supplies are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Each 6 bottle wine club collection is $150 plus tax and a $15 flat rate delivery ($25 if you sign up for all 12 wines). Every shipment includes a full-color, 28-page booklet containing tasting notes, food pairing suggestions, and production notes about each wine. The wine club will be billed and shipped out the first week of November.

Mixed Collection:
A little bit of everything for the wine lover extraordinaire. Two still whites, two still reds, a dry Lambrusco (sparkling red), and the unclassifiable Trousseau-Gris from Jolie-Laide.

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Jolie-Laide Wines 2015 Trousseau Gris
Russian River Valley

Comte Abbatucci 2015 Faustine Rouge
Corsica, France

La Clarine Farm 2015 Petit Manseng
Sierra Foothills, CA

Luigi Ferrando 2013 Erbaluce di Caluso
Piemonte, Italy

Vigneto Saetti 2015 Rosso Viola
Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Celler Pardas 2015 Sus Scrofa
Penedès, Spain

Red Collection:
Six red wines of varying shades and textures. Even a fizzy Lambrusco since red wine lovers deserve to celebrate, too!

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Romain Chamiot 2014 Mondeuse
Savoie, France

Comte Abbatucci 2015 Faustine Rouge
Corsica, France

Andi Knauss 2015 Without All
Württemberg, Germany

Marco de Bartoli 2014 Rosso di Marco
Sicily, Italy

Vigneto Saetti 2015 Rosso Viola
Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Celler Pardas 2015 Sus Scrofa
Penedès, Spain

White Collection
Six wines on the lighter side of the spectrum, with shades varying from pure white to a rosy hue.

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Ermes Pavese 2014 Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle
Valle d’Aosta, Italy

Patricius NV Sparkling Brut
Tokaj, Hungary

Jolie-Laide 2015 Trousseau Gris
Russian River Valley, California

Luigi Ferrando 2013 Erbaluce di Caluso
Piemonte, Italy

La Clarine Farm 2015 Petit Manseng
Sierra Foothills, CA

Kabaj 2012 Ravan
Goriška Brda, Slovenia


Sign up for the wine club
 and secure your collection today.

Summer Wine Club: Biodynamic Wines

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This quarter’s wine club collection is focused on Biodynamics, a farming and winemaking process drawn from the ideas of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s. Biodynamic farming combines spiritual, mystical, and celestial methodologies to promote soil fertility, plant health, and biodiversity. It creates a holistic, resilient, and self-contained ecosystem that does not require the intervention of synthetic chemicals.

A Biodynamic farm will not only have grapevines, but also fruit trees, livestock, bees, vegetable crops, grains, or many other types of plants and animals that create true biodiversity on the land, in addition to supporting living soil. There are also special Biodynamic “preparations” used for fertility and pest control, including compost teas, mineral-based sprays, and other nutrients that are sourced directly from the land that they are being used on. In addition to all of this, Biodynamic processes follow the lunar calendar, which is believed to have a major influence on the cycles of the vines and earth.

Much like organic farming, there are certifying agencies for Biodynamic vineyards and wineries. The most common one you’ll see is called Demeter. So when you see that a wine is “Demeter Certified”, you can be certain that the grower is strictly following all of the practices of Biodynamics. On the other hand, many followers of Biodynamic principles eschew certification, believing that it’s either too expensive or unnecessary for their own reasons. In your booklet notes, you’ll see whether the wine is Demeter Certified or simply practicing Biodynamics.
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To many of us, Biodynamics might seem a little… unusual. And if you’ve ever met a truly Biodynamic farmer, you might think he or she is a little odd. For a long time, Biodynamics were considered akin to sorcery, so governments and consumers were wary and wineries had to hide the fact they practiced. Nowadays, people seem to be a little more open-minded, and Biodynamics are being not only promoted, but used as a marketing tool. As you’ll see, the proof is in the final product, and everyone in the natural wine community seems to agree that Biodynamic wines can be very special. I am definitely in that camp.

This quarter’s wine club is nearly sold out, so if you aren’t already a member, sign up today. Each wine club collection features six wines for $150, excluding tax and delivery.

**The ALL-WHITE collection is sold out! We still have a few Mixed and All-Red collections available.**

Mixed Club

San Fereolo
2013 Valdibà Dolcetto di Dogliani
Piedmont, Italy

Azienda Agricola Montesecondo
2014 Chianti Classico
Tuscany, Italy

Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke
2014 Pie Negros Rioja
Rioja, Spain

Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz
NV 3 Cépages Champagne
Champagne, France

Domaine de l’Ecu
2013 Cuvée Classic Muscadet
Loire Valley, France

Domaine de Sulauze
2015 Pomponette Rosé
Provence, France

All-Red Club

San Fereolo
2013 Valdibà Dolcetto di Dogliani
Piedmont, Italy

Azienda Agricola Montesecondo
2014 Chianti Classico
Tuscany, Italy

Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke
2014 Pie Negros Rioja
Rioja, Spain

Domaine Philippe Gilbert
2012 Menetou-Salon Rouge
Loire Valley, France

Despagne-Rapin Montagne
2006 Saint-Émilion “Maison Blanche”
Bordeaux, France

Domaine Olivier Pithon
2012 Cuvée Laïs Rouge
Roussillon, France

All-White Club

Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz
NV 3 Cépages Champagne
Champagne, France

Domaine de l’Ecu
2013 Cuvée Classic Muscadet
Loire Valley, France

Domaine de Sulauze
2015 Pomponette Rosé
Provence, France

Domaine Huber-Verdereau
2014 Bourgogne Blanc
Burgundy, France

Cascina Degli Ulivi
2010 Montemarino Bianco
Piedmont, Italy

Cooperativa Agricola La Collina
NV Lunaris Secco Malvasia Dell’Emilia
Emilia-Romagna, Italy

 

Spring Wine Club Offer: Natural Wine from Goatboy Selections

Do you ever look at the back of a bottle of wine? If the wine is imported, it’s there you’ll find the label bearing the importer’s name. Importers are the people in the trenches who establish relationships with the winemakers and painstakingly select each wine to bring into the US. Average wine consumers tend to overlook the role of the importer, which is a shame because of how much passion, time, and work are involved in bringing these wines from thousands of miles away to your dinner table.

Perhaps you have a favorite importer, like Kermit Lynch, Louis-Dressner, or Rosenthal. Many of us have importers that we prefer, and selecting an unfamiliar wine from a tried-and-true importer is a great way to discover something new that will suit your taste. For example, I know that if I reach for a bottle with the Goatboy Selections label on the back that I’m getting an authentic natural wine – complex and soulful, unadulterated, organically farmed, and made with minimal or no sulfur.

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Goatboy Selections is curated by Byron Bates, a NYC-based wine consultant and sommelier who created legendary natural wine lists at several famous restaurants before “natural wine” was a household name like it is today. During his career, he forged relationships with some of the coolest and most avant-garde producers in France, which eventually got him hired by importer T. Edward Wines to curate natural wine for their book.

Our next wine club shipment features a selection of incredible natural wines curated by Goatboy Selections especially for T. Edward Wines. Join the wine club today to secure your collection. In addition to an awesome box of wine, you’ll also receive a full-color 28-page booklet explaining each wine in detail, along with food pairing suggestions and tasting notes. See the full list of wines below.

Mixed Club (three reds, two whites, and one sparkling)
$145 plus tax and delivery

2014 Brendan Tracey Pineau d’Aunis VDF
2014 Xavier Benier “Vieille Vignes” Beaujolais
2012 Sainte Croix “Magneric” Corbieres
2013 Brendan Tracey “Rue de la Soif” Sauvignon Blanc VDF
2013 Manoir de la Tete Rouge “Tete en l’Air” Cremant de Loire
2015 Xavier Benier Beaujolais Blanc

All-Red Club (six red wines of various styles)
$145 plus tax and delivery

2014 Brendan Tracey Pineau d’Aunis VDF
2014 Xavier Benier “Vieille Vignes” Beaujolais
2012 Sainte Croix “Magneric” Corbieres
2013 Brendan Tracey “Capatilisme” Rouge VDF
2013 Sebastien David “Hurluberlu” St. Nicolas de Bourgueil
2012 Andrea Calek “Chantons de Garde” VDF

All-White Club (five whites and one sparkling wine)
$145 plus tax and delivery

2013 Brendan Tracey “Rue de la Soif” Sauvignon Blanc VDF
2013 Manoir de la Tete Rouge “Tete en l’Air” Cremant de Loire
2015 Xavier Benier Beaujolais Blanc
2014 Manoir de la Tete Rouge “Tete d’Ange” Saumur Blanc
2014 Sainte Croix “La Serre” Blanc
2010 Sylvain Bock “La Fruit de la Patience” Blanc

Our Spring wine club is shipping the first week of May (see our Delivery Terms for details). To join, simply click here, fill out the form, and be on your way to enjoying these phenomenal wines. Wine club members also enjoy an ongoing 10% discount on wines sold through our online store.

Cheers!

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New Wave Natural Wines from California Now Available

Natural wine has been getting a lot of press lately. CBS recently released this informative video about additives in wine, with cameos from winemaker Tony Coturri, the godfather of natural wine in California, and journalist Alice Fiering, the woman who literally wrote the book(s) on natural wine. Definitely worth a watch if you’re curious to know what goes into most of the wines you find on the shelves.

Want to know what all the fuss is about? Try some of these new selections from Winelandia. Made from grapes with love by some of the most exciting new winemakers in California (and one in Utah – Lewandowski).

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Delicious reds grown in the Golden State

2013 Methode Sauvage “Ley Line” Valdiguie/Syrah Blend, California
2013 Petard Cellars “Thee & Thou” Red Blend, Lodi
2013 Deux Punx Pinot Noir, Humboldt County
2o14 Lo-Fi Wines Cabernet Franc, Santa Ynez Valley
2014 Purity Wines Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley
2014 j.Brix “La Libresca” Grenache, Santa Barbara Highlands

Refreshing whites for the California “Winter”

2014 Methode Sauvage “Vista Verde” Chenin Blanc, San Benito County
2012 Wei-Chi “Good Luck” Semillon, Lake County
2014 Ruth Lewandowski “Naomi” Grenache Gris, Mendocino County
2014 Les Lunes Chardonnay, Mt. Lassen
2014 Populis French Colombard/Chardonnay Blend, California
2014 La Clarine Farm Petit Manseng, Sierra Foothills

Save 10% on every wine you purchase from us by joining our seasonal wine club. You’ll receive quarterly shipments of 6 delicious wines, including an informative full-color booklet with tasting notes, production information, and winemaker bios.

Cheers from Winelandia.

Winter Wine Club Offer: California Love

Happy New Year everyone!

Coming hot off the heels of our very successful Califermentation event, I thought it would be a great time to get back to Winelandia’s roots and feature wines from California. I was lucky to meet so many talented and passionate people dedicated to natural winemaking and was inspired to do a wine club collection 100% focused on them.

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Here at Winelandia, we tend to focus a lot on Europen wine vs. California, and a lot of wine drinkers have a bias against one or the other. I think it’s very important to take the time to develop your own opinion and taste. Natural wines are not only gaining popularity (perhaps you saw the article in Vogue last year?), but Californians are also getting a lot better at making it.

You may be familiar with some of the producers in this collection, such as Winelandia favorite La Clarine Farm (seriously, so many of you LOVE Hank’s wines, and he loves you back), as well as SF locals Deux Punx (we featured their Grenache in our Fall 2013 collection). The rest are probably going to be brand new to you, and that’s because they are part of the NEW-new wave of natural winemakers in California.

Every winery featured in this collection is owned and operated by a single person or a very small group of people. Les Lunes and Populis are part of a winery collective based out of someone’s basement in Orinda, and j.Brix Wines is a husband and wife team who gets a lot of help from their cellar rat kids. The winemaker at Petard cellars is a building engineer at a downtown San Francisco skyscraper by day, and Noel from Purity Wine is toiling away in his winery located in a now-defunct school on Treasure Island. When wines are made on a scale this small, they come with an extra helping of love.

Without further adieu, here’s the list!

Mixed Wine Club:
Three red wines and 3 white wines.
$150 plus tax and delivery.

Lo-Fi Wines 2014 Cabernet Franc
Santa Ynez Valley, CA

Petard Cellars 2013 Thee & Thou Red Blend
Lodi, CA

Purity Wine 2014 Syrah
Santa Ynez Valley, CA

Ruth Lewandowski 2014 Naomi Grenache Gris
Mendocino County, CA

Wei-Chi 2012 Semillon
Lake County, CA

Les Lunes Wine 2014 Chardonnay
Manton Valley, CA

All-Red Club:
Six delicious red wines to warm your belly and your soul.
$150 plus tax and delivery.

Lo-Fi Wines 2014 Cabernet Franc
Santa Ynez Valley, CA

Petard Cellars 2013 Thee & Thou Red Blend
Lodi, CA

Purity Wine 2014 Syrah
Santa Ynez Valley, CA

j.Brix Wines 2013 La Libresca Grenache
Santa Barbara Highlands, CA

Deux Punx 2013 Pinot Noir
Humboldt County, CA

Methode Sauvage 2013 Ley-Line Red Blend
California

All-White Club:
Six incredible whites perfect for winter drinking.
$150 plus tax and delivery.

Ruth Lewandowski 2014 Naomi Grenache Gris
Mendocino County, CA

Wei-Chi 2012 Semillon
Lake County, CA

Les Lunes Wine 2014 Chardonnay
Manton Valley, CA

Methode Sauvage 2014 Vista Verde Chenin Blanc
San Benito County, CA

Populis 2014 White Blend
California

La Clarine Farm 2014 Petit Manseng
Sierra Foothills, CA

This quarter’s wine club will begin shipping the week of February 1st. To join the wine club, fill out the sign-up form at https://club.winelandia.com.

Fall Wine Club Terroir Series: Limestone Wines

Fall is my favorite time of year.

As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, I find myself looking forward to the holidays much more than I did when I was young. I love cooking for friends and family, throwing dinner parties, and sharing my most prized wines.

I’m no longer looking for light and easy reds to enjoy with a slight chill; instead I crave wines with density, texture, and earthy minerality. I reach for more serious wines to slowly enjoy out of a big, tulip-shaped glass as I transition from the dinner table to a seat in front of the fireplace.

For our Fall wine club, we’re continuing our focus on terroir and featuring French wines grown in limestone soil.

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Limestone is a sedimentary alkaline soil type composed of ancient seabed that is highly beneficial to grape growing. It neutralizes the acidity in the soil, has excellent water retention properties, keeps the roots of the grapevines cool, and slows the ripening of grapes which helps them retain their natural acidity. Wines grown in limestone have phenomenal texture, structure, freshness and profound minerality; they are often heralded as the greatest wines in the world.

Much of continental France is composed of limestone, as it was under an ocean millions of years ago. Chablis, Côte d’Or, Sancerre, Saumur, Alsace, and many other important French winemaking regions have legendary vineyards planted on this porous soil.

Are you interested in joining the Winelandia wine club? Sign up at https://club.winelandia.com/

Mixed Wine Club – $150 plus tax and delivery:

Three reds, two whites, and one sparkling rosé. A cornucopia of delicious, natural French wines.

Domaine du Pas de l’Escalette 
2012 “Les Clapas” Red Blend
Côteaux du Languedoc, France
Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault
Full-bodied and savory with balanced freshness. Rich, ripe notes of red/black fruits are accentuated by aromas of juniper, rosemary, and irony minerals. Refined, silky tannins are uplifted by juicy acidity.

Domaine Contat-Grangé 2012 Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière
Burgundy, France
100% Pinot Noir
Brooding, subtle, and complex with notes of ripe cherry and profound minerality. Balanced and bright acidity is framed by present yet supple tannins.

Olga Raffault 2001 Chinon Les Picasses
Loire Valley, France
100% Cabernet Franc
Old school Cabernet Franc at it’s best. Light garnet in color with complex notes of herbs, smoky minerals, dark cherries, and earth. On the palate, the tannins are softened by age but maintain their youthful velvety texture, with fresh acidity that make it a perfect compliment to a variety of fall foods. At 14 years old, it’s just beginning to show how well Chinon can age.

Le Petit St. Vincent NV Cab à Bulles Rosé Pet-Nat
Saumur-Champigny, France
100% Cabernet Franc
Vibrant and joyful with a bouquet of crunchy red fruits and minerals. On the palate, it’s juicy and pleasantly fizzy with flavors of cranberry and cherries with a crisp and dry finish.

Domaine de la Sarazinière 2013 Cuvée Claude Seigneuret
Mâcon-Bussières, France
100% Chardonnay
Bright and mineral-driven with a lovely ripe stone fruit profile balanced by fresh acidity and delicate creaminess.

La Grange Tiphaine 2013 Clef de Sol Blanc
Montlouis-sur-Loire, France
100% Chenin Blanc
Delicate and fresh with notes of white flowers, citrus zest, and minerals. On the palate, it’s balanced by bright acidity, chalky texture, and a dry mineral finish with just a hint of succulent fruit.

All-Red Club – $150 plus tax and delivery:

Six impressive, food-friendly red wines perfect for dinner parties, holidays, or any other day of the week.

Domaine du Pas de l’Escalette 2012 “Les Clapas” Red Blend
Côteaux du Languedoc, France
Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault
Full-bodied and savory with balanced freshness. Rich, ripe notes of red/black fruits are accentuated by aromas of juniper, rosemary, and irony minerals. Refined, silky tannins are uplifted by juicy acidity.

Domaine Contat-Grangé 2012 Maranges Premier Cru La Fussière
Burgundy, France
100% Pinot Noir
Brooding, subtle, and complex with notes of ripe cherry and profound minerality. Balanced and bright acidity is framed by present yet supple tannins.

Olga Raffault 2001 Chinon Les Picasses
Loire Valley, France
100% Cabernet Franc
Old school Cabernet Franc at it’s best. Light garnet in color with complex notes of herbs, smoky minerals, dark cherries, and earth. On the palate, the tannins are softened by age but maintain their youthful velvety texture, with fresh acidity that make it a perfect compliment to a variety of fall foods. Unbelievably fresh and lively for a 14-year-old wine, drinking beautifully now and can age for several more years.

Domaine Gramenon 2014 Sierra du Sud
Côtes-du-Rhône, France
100% Syrah
Fresh black and red fruits are highlighted by notes of violets and a sultry peppery streak. Full-bodied and luscious with plenty of juicy acidity and tannins. Drink now while it’s young and fresh or lay it down for a couple of years.

Mas del Perié 2014 Les Invaders Malbec
Cahors, France
100% Malbec
Juicy and fresh with aromas of ripe blue fruits, earth, minerals, and spice. Polished and supple structure with an intriguing earthy finish.

Francois Chidaine 2014 Touraine Rouge
Loire Valley, France
Côt, Pineau d’Aunis, Cabernet Franc
Spicy, herbal, fruity, and fresh! Notes of black pepper, tomato vine, and crunchy red fruits are framed by supple tannins and juicy acidity. An excellent food wine.

All-White Club – $150 plus tax and delivery:

Four white, one sparkling rosé, and one sparkling white. Graceful, elegant, and joyful – like you.

Le Petit St. Vincent NV Cab à Bulles Rosé Pet-Nat
Saumur-Champigny, France
100% Cabernet Franc
Vibrant and joyful with a bouquet of crunchy red fruits and minerals. On the palate, it’s juicy and pleasantly fizzy with flavors of cranberry and cherries with a crisp and dry finish.

Domaine de la Sarazinière 2013 Cuvée Claude Seigneuret
Mâcon-Bussières, France
100% Chardonnay
Bright and mineral-driven with a lovely ripe stone fruit profile balanced by fresh acidity and delicate creaminess.

La Grange Tiphaine 2013 Clef de Sol Blanc
Montlouis-sur-Loire, France
100% Chenin Blanc
Delicate and fresh with notes of white flowers, citrus zest, and minerals. On the palate, it’s balanced by bright acidity, chalky texture, and a dry mineral finish with just a hint of succulent fruit.

Philippe Gilbert 2013 Menetou-Salon Blanc
Loire Valley, France
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Fresh and pure with notes of lemon zest, green fruit, and minerals. On the palate, it’s electric and lively, with a long and crisp mineral finish.

Domaine Bechtold 2012 Silberberg Pinot Gris
Alsace, France
100% Pinot Gris
Delicate and complex with a bouquet of orange blossom, yellow citrus, honey, and minerals. On the palate, it shows elegance and grace with delicate acidity and silky texture.

Domaine du Clos Naudin 2010 Foreau Vouvray Brut
Loire Valley, France
100% Chenin Blanc
Rich and complex with intoxicating aromas of white truffles, toasted brioche, alpine flowers, and minerals. On the palate, the bubbles are fine and ethereal; the flavors are savory and profound. The finish is long, crisp, and dry, with persistent minerality.

Can’t wait to join the club? Don’t miss out on these incredible wines. Sign up here.

October Wine Box: The Balkan Peninsula

Ready for something new?

Long before the French and Italians graced the world with elegant, polished wines made from modern grape varieties, people were making wine on the Balkan Peninsula from ancient, indigenous grape varieties in a climate well-suited to viticulture. Americans are finally starting to take notice of these wines and now’s your chance to see what all the fuss is about.

This month’s wine box features four terroir-driven, soulful Balkan wines from Istria (Croatia), Northern Dalmatia (Croatia), Slovenia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Price for all four wines is $79.

Click here to buy now. Please check our delivery terms for delivery details.

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Brkić 2013 Čitlučka Žilavka
Price: $17.00
Region: Motar, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Type: White Wine
Grape Variety: Žilavka (zhee-lav-ka)
Farming: Organic and practicing Biodynamic.
Production: Fermented with indigenous yeast, aged on the lees, and bottled unfiltered.
Notes: Žilavka is a white indigenous white grape well-suited to the climate and limestone soil in the Mediterranean, where it’s been grown for more than 1000 years. Notes of ripe pear, fresh tarragon, and sea breeze make this wine pair with a variety of Mediterranean-inspired foods.

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Coronica 2014 Malvazija Istarska
Price: $20.00
Region: Istria, Croatia
Type: White Wine
Grape Variety: Malvazija Istarska
Farming: Practicing organic. Soil is composed of “Terra Rossa”, mineral-rich clay over solid limestone subsoil.
Production: 
Inoculated with yeasts cultured directly from the vineyard and fermented at controlled temperatures in stainless steel.
Notes: Representing almost 75% of his entire production, Coronica is the area’s benchmark for wines produced from Malvazija Istarska. A bouquet of lemon blossom, lemon pith, and minerals lead to flavors of grapefruit, delicate spice, and oceanic salinity on the palate. Pair with grilled, brined, or pickled seafood, or enjoy with hearty cheeses.

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Kabaj 2012 Sivi Pinot
Price: $22.00
Region: Goriška Brda, Slovenia
Type: Ramato (skin-fermented/orange wine)
Grape Variety: Pinot Grigio
Farming: Dry farmed utilizing organic fertilizers.
Production: 
Fermented with native yeasts for 2 weeks on the skins in 2400 liter oak vats. Aged 12 months on the lees in old French oak barrique. Bottled unfiltered. 
Notes:
 Not your Aunt Mary’s Pinot Grigio! Strawberry in color and creamy in texture with notes of dried apricots, brioche, and custard. The mineral-driven finish is long and dry with exquisite texture, density, and length. A wonderful pairing for roasted poultry and other fall fare.

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Bibich 2013 R6 Riserva
Price: $20.00
Region: Northern Dalmatia, Croatia
Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: Babić, Lasin, Plavina
Farming: Dry farmed, head-trained vines. Minimal sprays are used in the vineyard due to the site’s optimal grape-growing conditions.
Production: Hand harvested and co-fermented with wild yeasts, then aged 12 months in American oak.
Notes: Not many people know that Zinfandel’s origins lie in Croatia. The indigenous grapes that make up Bibich’s R6 blend nod to Zinfandel, but maintain a smoky herbaceousness, freshness, and minerality that Zinfandel as we know it lacks. Pair with smoked meats, grilled sausages, and even goat cheese.

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September Wine Box: Under the Radar Catalan Wine

September is upon us, which means it’s time for a new wine box! This month we’re drinking some interesting things from Catalunya, a long-overlooked wine region in the Northeastern corner of Spain that’s best known for it’s Cava, and is finally getting the recognition it’s lesser known wines deserve. Some of these are familiar grapes, like Grenache (Garnatxa in Catalan), but others will probably be completely new to you (Trepat, anyone?). We’ve got two reds, a white and a very interesting Cava that provide a nice introduction to the natural wine being produced in this part of the world.

 

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2013 Mas Candí Cava Brut Nature
D.O. Penedès

The four farmers behind Mas Candí are producing some really interesting natural wine on the edge of a national park with vines taken from their grandparents holdings, including a few unique cavas. Their Cava Brut Nature is a mix of the traditional cava grapes (Macabeu, Xarel•lo and Parellada) with the unexpected addition of some Garnatxa Blanca, and is perfect as an apéritif for the beginning of San Francisco’s summer (September and October).

Co-fermentation of Macabeu (40%), Xarel•lo (30%), Parellada (15%), Garnatxa Blanca (15%)

2013 Celler Frisach Selecció Garnatxa Blanca
D.O. Terra Alta

Terra Alta means highlands in Catalan, and this white Grenache stays true to its namesake appellation, coming from vineyards perched in the hills nearly 1300 feet above sea level. Minerally and with subtle hints of peach, this is great for a big salad or just on it’s own.

100% Garnatxa Blanca from 20 year old vines in iron-rich calcareous clay

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2014 Succés Vinicola Cuca de Llum Trepat

D.O. Conca de Barberà

Trepat is a red grape that’s indigenous to Catalunya, and tastes like a combination of the better-known varietals Pinot Noir and Barbera. This wine manages to be soft and herby while also tasting of chalky minerals and soft fruit. Definitely nice with something from the grill, or a meatier fish like salmon.

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2011 Bodegas Puiggròs Sentits Negres Garnatxa
D.O. Catalunya (Anoia)
The Puiggròs family has farmed the same vineyard since 1843, and this Garnatxa comes from 70-80 year old vines nestled 2250 feet above sea level. This is definitely heavier than the Trepat, with subtle minerality supporting a bouquet of herbs and earthy fruit.

The September box features four bottles for $88.  To order, buy directly from our online shop (don’t forget to sign up for the mailing list to receive 10% off!) or if you’re a returning customer or wine club member, simply email orders@winelandia.com

The art of the French apéritif with Bon Appetit Box

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These days you can get pretty much anything delivered in a box. Wine (from Winelandia.com of course), meals, dog toys, nail polish, clothes, liquor, makeup, and groceries are all on the list. This is a testament to the “on-demand” culture that’s quickly gaining traction in our busy, plugged-in lives. Delivery of artisan goods is 2 parts luxury, 2 parts discovery, and 1 part convenience. You could walk or drive to the store, but it’s so much more fun to have these goods thoughtfully selected by an expert and then brought to your house in a pretty box.

Many of these subscription boxes bring us curated items that we would otherwise have a hard time finding on our own. Winelandia’s entire business is based on this model, and we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for all of you lovely wine lovers who wish to explore the world of natural wine with minimal effort on your part.

The only thing missing from your Winelandia box is some food to go along with it.

bertrand_zoeEnter Bon Appetit Box, an SF-based company founded by a young couple from the South of France, Bertrand and Zoé. They are epicureans who import speciality foods from their motherland and put them together into their thoughtfully themed Bon Appetit Boxes. There’s a Bon Appetit Box for every mood; whether you’re looking for something to enjoy before dinner, with wine, after dinner, with coffee, or for breakfast, they have a box that will bring the rich and flavorful traditions of French culture to your table or picnic blanket.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Bertrand and Zoé to discuss the French tradition of the apéritif, a word derived from the Latin verb aperire, which means “to open”. An apéritif is meant to open your palate and stimulate your appetite before a meal. We discussed how food is usually enjoyed with wine in France and how it seems odd to them that anyone would enjoy wine without food. It was a no-brainer that Winelandia and Bon Appetit Box would be BFFs, as together they are greater than the sum of their parts.

P8030148Bertrand and Zoé were kind enough to give me some samples of their lovely imported products, and in return I gave them some wines that I thought would pair well with their foods. I was very excited to dig into my Bon Appetit Provence Apéritif Box, which features vegetable spreads (olive tapenade, artichoke, eggplant & red pepper), crackers, and toasts. They threw in some items from their Paris Apéritif Box as a bonus, such as the cornichons, whole grain mustard, Duck & Pork Pate with Orange and Duck Rillette.

My husband and I are finding every excuse we can to enjoy the goodies from our Bon Appetit Box. A few weekends ago, we took some to a redwood forest to enjoy beneath the trees on a hot day. The quality of the food is top-notch, and I felt as if I was being whisked away to a springtime picnic in France.

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The fun part is pairing these flavorful and piquant snacks with the appropriate wine (or beer!). For the Provence Apéritif Box, I settled on an organically farmed Chablis from the Premier Cru vineyards of Montmains. The fresh acidity and ample minerality of such a wine is a perfect pairing for rich and flavorful vegetable spreads. For the Paris Apéritif Box, I chose a light-bodied Burgundian gamay from Macon-Bussieres which was a lovely compliment to the richer, meatier spreads.

Bon Appetit Box is offering a $10 off coupon to Winelandia customers. Sign up for our mailing list below or simply email info@winelandia.com to receive this special offer. Wine club members will have received a coupon with their Summer Wine Club delivery.

Big thanks to Bertrand and Zoé for sharing their wonderful products with the Winelandia family.

 

 

Summer Wine Club Terroir Series: Volcanic Wines

Winelandia’s wine club is constantly evolving as we delve deeper into the inner workings of wine. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about terroir and it’s influence on a wine’s flavors and aromas, and for the summer club I wanted to bring focus to the soil the wines are grown in.

I came up with the idea of creating a collection of wines from volcanic terroirs, as I’ve been inspired by these wines for some time. They are a departure from the style of wines I’ve brought to you in the past, which important for our growth as wine lovers. Wines grown on volcanic terroir are more about soil expression than fruit; they present profound minerality first while succulent fruit plays second fiddle.

Mt. Etna eruptingAbove: An erupting Mt. Etna. Yes, people really make wine here!

Volcanic terroirs challenge us to see wine through a different lens. While the examples in this collection may be made from different grapes and grown in different parts of the world, they all have something in common. You will find as you drink through them that you learn to identify their commonality – how volcanic terroir presents itself in the flavor and aroma of wine.

This collection has been by far the most difficult for me to source, as there are not many places that produce these wines. Volcanic vineyards tend to be on very steep slopes or in inhospitable climates, and because of that there just aren’t that many being made. I have examples for you from as close to home as the Sierra Foothills to as far away as the Canary Islands of Spain. Some of them are grown on active volcanoes like Mt. Etna while others are sourced from ancient and extinct volcanoes in Hungary.

canary islands vineyardAbove: Vineyards on the Canary Islands often look extra-terrestrial. The little stone walls built around each grape vine are designed to protect them from the strong winds.

An important thing to note about volcanic wines is that they can be a little shy when you first open them. If the wine seems tight or closed, give it a vigorous decanting. Many of these wines benefit from air and will show their more complex and sultry side if you give them a little time out of the bottle.

On to the fun part – the list. As always, full details about the wines will come in printed format with the delivery.

The Winelandia Wine Club is a great way to get introduced to an ever-evolving array of fantastic, natural, and affordable wines that you’ll be excited to open any day of the week. Each quarter we feature three different themed collections of six wines for every palate. If you prefer reds or whites, or if you like all sorts of wine, we have the club for you. For more information and our sign-up form, visit our Wine Club Signup Page.

MIXED CLUB
An alternating selection of 3 red, 2 white, and 1 rosé or sparkling wines.
$150 for all six plus tax & delivery.

Frank Cornelissen
2014 “Susucaru” Rosato
Mt. Etna, Sicily

Bodega Matías i Torres
2013 Listàn Blanco
Canary Islands, Spain

Fekete Béla
2011 Olaszrizling
Somló, Hungary

La Clarine Farm
2014 “Jambalaia” Rouge
Sierra Foothills, California

Comte Abbatucci
2014 “Frais Imperial” Rouge
Corsica, France

Cantina Giardino
2011 “Le Fole” Aglianico
Campania, Italy

ALL-RED CLUB
A collection of light, medium, and full-bodied reds for any occasion.
$150 for all six plus tax & delivery

La Clarine Farm
2014 “Jambalaia” Rouge
Sierra Foothills, California

Comte Abbatucci
2014 “Frais Imperial” Rouge
Corsica, France

Cantina Giardino
2011 “Le Fole” Aglianico
Campania, Italy

Bodega Matías i Torres
2013 Negramoll
Canary Islands, Spain

Don Michele
2009 “Moganazzi” Etna Rosso
Mt. Etna, Sicily

Agnanum
2013 “Pér ‘e Pallum” Piedirosso
Campania, Italy

ALL-WHITE CLUB
Fresh, terroir-driven whites (with a smattering of rosé and/or sparking wines) that pair with a wide variety of foods.
$150 for all six plus tax & delivery

Frank Cornelissen
2014 “Susucaru” Rosato
Mt. Etna, Sicily

Bodega Matías i Torres
2013 Listan Blanco
Canary Islands, Spain

Fekete Béla
2011 Olaszrizling
Somló, Hungary

Etnella
2013 “Kaos” Etna Bianco
Mt. Etna, Sicily

Agricola Menti
2013 “Roncaie sui lieviti“ Garganega
Veneto, Italy

Comte Abbatucci
2014 “Faustine” Blanc
Corsica, France

For detailed information on each of the wines, see below.

2014 Frank Cornelissen “Susucaru” Rosato
Type: Rosato Wine (Rosé)
Blend: Malvasia, Moscadella, Cattaratto, Nerello Mascalese
Region: Italy>Sicily>Mt. Etna
Vineyard: Organically farmed without chemicals – natural or organic. The fruit is sourced from several vineyards located on Mt. Etna – a stratovolcano located on the eastern coast of Sicily, and the tallest volcano on the European continent. Mt. Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and is in a near-constant state of activity.
Tasting Notes: A roller-coaster of a rosé that offers a kaleidoscope of flavors and aromas. Sultry, fruity, floral, herbal, mineral – it’s all in there. On the palate, it’s bursting with fresh berry flavors, chalky minerals, and fine-grained tannins that linger. Serve ice cold and enjoy with food to experience everything this wine has to offer.
Food Pairing: Polenta with fontina cheese and salami, beef carpaccio with arugula salad, bucatini with onions and sardines
Production Notes: Red and white grapes are crushed and co-fermented together for up to 45 days of skin contact. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with absolutely no sulfites added at any point in the process. A truly natural wine.
Winemaker: Frank Cornelissen
Bio: Originally from Belgium, Cornelissen fell in love with the wines of Mt. Etna during his career as a wine salesman. He set out to make wines he described as tasting like “liquid rocks”, and in 2001 he purchased a 3 acre plot of vines on Mt. Etna. Since then, he has become a household name in the natural wine community.

2013 Matías i Torres Listàn Blanco
Type: White Wine
Blend: 100% Listàn Blanco
Region: Spain>Canary Islands>La Palma
Vineyard: 100 year old ungrafted, dry-farmed vines planted in volcanic picon (gravelly ash) soil. La Palma is a volcanic ocean island, rising nearly 4 miles above the floor of the Atlantic ocean. The volcano is dormant, with it’s last recorded activity in 1971.
Tasting Notes: Saline, broad, and vibrant, with flavors of wild fennel, stonefruit, and meyer lemon, with ashy minerality on the finish. A very interesting and complex wine. Serve well-chilled and enjoy with food.
Food Pairing: Fried goat cheese with herbs, grilled sardines with olive oil and garlic, squid a la plancha
Production Notes: Fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel with a few days of skin contact. Aged on the lees for 7 months. Bottled with minimal sulfites.
Winemaker: Victoria Torres
Bio: Torres and her father farm the family’s 2 hectares of vineyards in the village of Fuencaliente, where her family has been farming grapes for 5 generations. They bottled their first vintage together in 1999; prior to that they had been making wine mostly for their own consumption and to sell to restaurants.

2011 Fekete Béla Olaszrizling
Type: White Wine
Blend: 100% Olaszrizling
Region: Hungary>Somló
Vineyard: Dry-farmed vines planted in basalt and ancient seabed soil with southern exposure. The region of Somló is an ancient underwater volcano that has long been extinct. Somló has been known for hundreds of years to produce top-quality wines from some of the steepest and most densely planted vineyards in Hungary.
Tasting Notes: Smoky and mineral-driven, full-bodied and intense, with loads of texture, acid, and flavor. After a few minutes of decanting, notes of honey, fennel, and saline begin to emerge. This is not a fruity wine – instead, it exudes volcanic terroir. Serve decanted, not too cold, and with food for optimal enjoyment.
Food Pairing: Smoked fish, goulash, stuffed peppers, roasted chicken with bread salad
Production Notes: Hand-harvested fruit is fermented with indigenous yeasts in 1200 liter Hungarian oak casks. Aged without battonage for 2 years before bottling.
Winemaker: Fekete Béla
Bio: Fekete Béla, also known as “The Grand Old Man of Somló”, is a 93 year old winemaker and farmer who made wines on the extinct volcano of Somló in Hungary. He farmed his 4 hectares of vineyards himself until his wife insisted on his retirement. The last bottling being produced by Fekete is the 2013 vintage.

2014 La Clarine Farm “Jambalaia” Rouge
Type: Red Wine
Blend: 48% Mourvèdre, 37% Grenache, 14% Marsanne and 1% Fiano & Arneis
Region: United States>California>Sierra Foothills
Vineyard: Sustainably farmed vines planted in deep volcanic loam near the town of Camino. About 10 million years ago, the Lake Tahoe area was an active volcano, and as a result many of the wine-growing regions in the area feature various types of volcanic soils.
Tasting Notes: Fresh and juicy with notes of ripe red tropical fruit, pink flowers, and minerals. Light on it’s feet while still retaining plenty of grippy tannins and structure, it’s best served lightly chilled and enjoyed with food. The wine will continue to improve with age, so it can be cellared and enjoyed for the next few years.
Food Pairing: Dry-rubbed BBQ ribs, grilled sausages, charcuterie plates
Production Notes: Hand-harvested grapes are foot-stomped and fermented whole-cluster with ambient yeasts in open-top containers with no added sulfites. After 5-7 days of maceration, the grapes are pressed and left to finish fermenting in tanks. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulfites. 377 cases made.
Winemaker: Hank Beckmeyer
Bio: La Clarine Farm is a principled stand out in California winemaking. A follower of Masanobu Fukuoka’s “Do Nothing Farming” methods, Beckmeyer has created a holistic vineyard and winery experience, trying to leave the grapes alone to, in a sense, make the wine themselves. Beckmeyer has been quietly making wines in the Sierras since 2001.

2014 Comte Abbatucci “Frais Imperial” Rouge
Type: Red Wine
Blend: 100% Sciaccarellu
Region: France>Corsica>Ajaccio
Vineyard: Certified Biodynamic 20 year old vines planted in granitic soils. The island of Corsica was once an volcano during the Triassic period, now ancient and extinct. The island itself was created 60 million years ago while the continent of Africa was colliding with Europe – the same geological event that created the Alps.
Tasting Notes: Light, floral, and spicy, with delicate acidity and super-fine tannins. A wonderful summertime red that pairs well with Mediterranean fare.
Food Pairing: Wild boar charcuterie, stuffed pasta with ricotta and tomato sauce, roasted trout with garlic and olive oil.
Production Notes: Hand-picked grapes are gently de-stemmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts. Lightly punched-down with a short maceration period, the finished wine is aged in stainless steel and concrete.
Winemaker: Jean-Charles Abbatucci
Bio: A direct descendant of a celebrated Corsican general in the French revolution of the same name, Jean-Charles Abbatucci is a strict follower of Biodynamic farming practices. He has been known to play traditional Corsican songs over loudspeakers on his tractor to his vines and wines aging in the winery. Abbatucci believes it’s all part of the terroir.

2011 Cantina Giardino “Le Fole” Aglianico
Type: Red Wine
Blend: 100% Aglianico
Region: Italy>Campania
Vineyard: Organically farmed 75 year old vines planted in flysh soils of volcanic origin. Campania’s soils are volcanic due to the chain of active, dormant, and extinct volcanoes surrounding the area called the Campanian Volcanic Arc. It includes Mt. Vesuvius (which last erupted in 1944) and Campi Flegrei, a huge ancient caldera.
Tasting Notes: Notes of ripe cranberry and red currants are framed by firm tannins and fresh acidity. On the palate, more ripe red fruits come through with graphite minerality.
Food Pairing: Roasted wild pheasant, braised rabbit with herbs and tomatoes, wild boar sausage
Production Notes: Hand-harvested and fermented with indigenous yeasts. Pressed by hand using a torchio (basket press). Aged 1 year in large-format chestnut botti and bottled unfined and unfiltered with no added sulfites.
Winemaker: Antonio di Gruttola
Bio: Cantina Giardino is a joint venture started by six friends with the intent of preserving old plantings of native grape varieties vines throughout Campania. Their winery is located in the village of Irpinia, and only natural processes are used in the production of their wines.

2013 Etnella “Kaos” Etna Bianco
Type: White Wine
Blend: 60% Carricante 30% Catarratto 10% various indigenous white varieties
Region: Italy>Sicily>Mt. Etna
Vineyard: Organically farmed 20-40 year old bush trained vines planted in volcanic soil at 2400’ elevation on the Southeastern slope of Mt. Etna – a stratovolcano located on the eastern coast of Sicily, and the tallest volcano on the European continent. Mt. Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and is in a near-constant state of activity.
Tasting Notes: On the initial pour, Kaos is smoky, saline, and intense. After decanting for a little while it opens up it’s softer side, offering notes of delicate white flowers, ripe stone fruit, and persistent minerality.
Food Pairing: Seared prawns with garlic butter and fresh corn over pasta, fish poached with olive oil and aromatics, grilled sardines with garlic and olive oil
Production Notes: Hand-harvested grapes are crushed and soaked on the skins 6 hours. Fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged 6 months in stainless steel. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulfites.
Winemakers: Davide Bentivegna
Bio: Originally from the hills outside of Catania, Bentivegna spent half of his life abroad. He first explored agricultural passion while working for Siemens, and eventually settled on Mt. Etna in 2010 when he began to make wine. He is part of a 4-member team who strives to make the most natural and terroir-driven wines possible.

2013 Agricola Menti “Roncaie sui lieviti“ Garganega
Type: White Wine, Sparkling
Blend: 100% Garganega
Region: Italy>Veneto>Gambellara
Vineyard: Organic and practicing Biodynamic. 30 year old vines planted in volcanic basalt alluvial soil. Veneto gained its volcanic soils during several geological events ranging between the Paleocene and Oligocene periods, 30-60 million years ago. The lavas erupted from the southernmost border of the Trento Platform, which now makes up the Veneto volcanic province.
Tasting Notes: Fresh & fizzy, with notes of yellow fruit and yeasty brioche framed by delicate acidity and smoky minerality. This wine is un-disgorged, which means there’s some sediment in the bottle. This is natural, adding texture and richness to the wine.
Food Pairing: Fresh sheep’s milk cheeses, caprese salad, arugula salad with prosciutto and almonds, hand-pulled chinese noodles with spicy peanut sauce
Production Notes: Hand-harvested and fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats. Bottled with a little unfermented juice from Albina grapes, kicking off another fermentation in the bottle, and adding a natural effervescence to the wine. Un-disgorged with no added sulfites.
Winemaker: Giovanni Menti
Bio: Menti Giovanni was started in the 19th century in the village of Gambellara by Menti’s grandfather. Along with his son Stefano, Menti farms the family’s 7.5 hectares of garganega and durella vines utilizing only organic and biodynamic farming practices.

2014 Comte Abbatucci “Faustine” Blanc
Type: White Wine
Blend: 100% Vermentinu
Region: France>Corsica>Ajaccio
Vineyard: Biodynamically farmed old vines planted in ancient granitic soil. The island of Corsica was once an volcano, many millions of years ago during the Triassic period, now ancient and extinct. The island itself was created 60 million years ago while the continent of Africa was colliding with Europe – the same geological event that created the Alps.
Tasting Notes: Fresh and delicate, with notes of Corsican wildflowers, ripe citrus, and saline minerals. Silky and creamy with a long mineral finish.
Food Pairing: Sheep’s milk ricotta with fresh mint on crostini, fasgioli beans with tomatoes and herbs, cannelloni filled with cheese and greens
Production Notes: Hand-harvested fruit is quickly cold-soaked and slowly fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel. Bottled with minimal additions.
Winemaker: Jean-Charles Abbatucci
Bio: A direct descendant of a celebrated Corsican general in the French revolution of the same name, Jean-Charles Abbatucci is a strict follower of Biodynamic farming practices. He has been known to play traditional Corsican songs over loudspeakers on his tractor to his vines and wines aging in the winery. Abbatucci believes it’s all part of the terroir.

2013 Matías i Torres Negramoll
Type: Red Wine
Blend: 100% Negramoll
Region: Spain>Canary Islands>La Palma
Vineyard: Organically farmed grapes from several different vineyards grown in gravelly ash soil. La Palma is a volcanic ocean island, rising nearly 4 miles above the floor of the Atlantic ocean. The volcano is dormant, with it’s last recorded activity in 1971.
Tasting Notes: Medium-bodied and juicy with fine-grained tannins. Aromas of cedar, dried herbs, and smoke are complemented by flavors of pomegranate, spice, and saline minerals.
Food Pairing: Stewed rabbit marinated with coriander, charcuterie plate with sliced sausage and olives, grilled ribeye with black pepper
Production Notes: Hand-harvested grapes are fermented whole-cluster with indigenous yeasts for 6 days. Aged for 5 months in large-format American oak barrels.
Winemaker: Victoria Torres
Bio: Torres and her father farm the family’s 2 hectares of vineyards in the village of Fuencaliente, where her family has been farming grapes for 5 generations. They bottled their first vintage together in 1999; prior to that they had been making wine mostly for their own consumption and to sell to restaurants.

2009 Don Michele “Moganazzi” Etna Rosso
Type: Red Wine
Blend: 95% Nerello Mascalese, 5% Nerello Cappuccio
Region: Italy>Sicily>Mt. Etna
Vineyard: Organically farmed 70-80 year old vines planted at 2100’ elevation in soil composed of basalt, rich in silica and minerals. All fruit sourced from a single vineyard called Moganazzi on the slopes of Sicily’s volcano. Mt. Etna is an active stratovolcano located on the eastern side of Sicily, and is the tallest volcano on the European continent.
Tasting Notes: Medium-bodied, structured, and intense, with notes of rhubarb, volcanic earth, dried herbs, and smoky minerals.
Food Pairing: Roasted wild game with wild mushrooms, pasta with tomato-based sauce, grilled flatbread with pancetta and woodsy herbs
Production Notes: Hand-harvested fruit fermented with indigenous yeasts. Bottled with minimal sulfites and additions.
Winemaker: Marco de Grazia
Bio: Originally produced by Don Michele, the last vintage of Don Michele Etna Rosso was made by Marco de Grazia and his team at Terre Nere. After Don Michele’s death, the famous Moganazzi cru from which the wine was made was sold to Terre Nere and now goes into their own wines.

2013 Agnanum “Pér ‘e Pallum” Piedirosso
Type:
Red Wine
Blend: 100% Piedirosso
Region: Italy>Campania>Campi Flegrei
Vineyard: Organically farmed 60-200 year old vines trained in the Pergola system, planted in volcanic ash and sand with basalt subsoil. Agnanum’s vineyards are located the crater of Agnano, which is part of the Campanian Volcanic Arc.
Tasting Notes: Medium bodied, perfumed, precise, and pure, with aromas of smoke and bramble. On the palate, flavors of crunchy red and black fruits come through, with ripe tannins and a long finish.
Food Pairing: Roasted quail stuffed with sausage, bucatini pasta with tomatoes and olives, grilled pork
Production Notes: Hand-harvested and fermented with native yeasts. Minimal sulfites are added during production. Aged in stainless steel and bottled without sulfites. 900 bottles produced.
Winemaker: Raffaele Moccia
Bio: Built by Raffaele’s father in 1960, Agnanum’s focus in on minimal-intervention wines made by hand from low-yielding vines in Campi Flegrei. They grow mostly Falanghina and Piedirosso, seeking to craft high-quality, food-friendly wines that showcase the volcanic terroir.