Winelandia 6-Packs for Summer

SUMMER SIX-PACKS ARE SOLD OUT! Thanks for the interest!

Is summertime making you thirsty? Forget the beer, pick up a 6-pack of wine! We’re offering two new summertime 6-packs in our online shop, featuring our favorite wines for summer. Choose from French or Californian wines, and save 10% off retail when you buy a 6-pack (discount is worked into the price). Free delivery in San Francisco, $5 delivery in Oakland/Berkeley/Peninsula. Limited time offer!

Email orders@winelandia.com if you have any questions.

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Introducing our Summer Wine Club Offer

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**Our Summer Wine Club selections are SOLD OUT! You can still join the wine club and we would be happy to put together a customized collection for you, or you can simply begin to enjoy your 10% discount and purchase directly from our online shop.**

Summer’s finally here, and so are our summer wine club selections. This time around we are featuring some of the best French and American wines we’ve had all summer, from some of the most exciting small producers in the industry. These unique and crowd-pleasing wines are perfect to bring along on picnics or summer barbecues, or simply to enjoy with a friend on a warm summer night.

Want to get in on the action? Join the Winelandia wine club by filling out the form at https://signup.winelandia.com/

2013 Mas del Périé “Tu Vin Plus Aux Soirees” Red Blend, Southwestern France
2013 Wind Gap Trousseau Gris, Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard, Russian River Valley
2011 Pierre Frick Cremant d’Alsace Riesling/Auxerrois Blend, Alsace
2013 Hervé Villemade Rosé of Pinot Noir & Gamay, Cheverny
2012 Forlorn Hope “San Hercurmer delle Frecce” Barbera, Amador County
2013 Jolie-Laide Pinot Gris, Windsor Oaks Vineyard, Chalk Hill

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2013 Mas del Périé “Tu Vin Plus Aux Soirees” Red Blend

Blend: Cabernet Franc & Côt (Malbec)
Region: France>Southwestern France>Cahors
Vineyard: Biodynamically farmed. 1100’ elevation.
Tasting Notes: A great wine for summer – it’s medium bodied, soft, and supple while retaining a juicy and inviting character that makes you want to take another sip. This is a burger wine if we’ve ever had one – beef or veggie, it doesn’t matter! A fun and versatile wine that everyone will love.
Food Pairing: Barbecue ribs, grilled chicken, burgers, carne asada tacos
Production Notes: Manually harvested, fermented whole cluster for 10 days with indigenous yeasts. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal SO2. The name of this wine is a pun referencing a line from a popular French television show, and roughly translates to “You are not partying with us anymore”.
Winemaker: Fabien Jouves
Bio: Fabien Jouves is a young winemaker in Cahors who began converting his family’s estate to Biodymanic farming in 2004. He initially intended to study medicine, but instead went on to study viticulture and oenology as his parents were struggling with the family vineyard. He now farms all 22 hectares of the family’s estate.

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2013 Wind Gap Trousseau Gris, Russian River Valley

Blend: 100% Trousseau Gris
Region: US>California>Sonoma>Russian River Valley
Vineyard: Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard
Tasting Notes: A light-bodied, bright and citrusy wine. It’s a perfect wine to drink on a hot day, and goes especially well with seafood and salads. It’s very easy drinking, but not simple – more like straightforward. Crisp, cool, clean.
Food Pairing: Nectarine & burrata watercress salad
Production Notes: Organically farmed grapes, whole clusters are foot crushed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete eggs. This wine is aged in both stainless and neutral oak for just a few months and always released the year it’s made – it’s meant to be enjoyed fresh and young.
Winemaker: Pax Mahle
Bio: Pax Mahle is a cornerstone of minimal intervention winemaking in northern California. Mahle found his way to winemaking through his work as a sommelier, and has, since the mid 2000s, focused his efforts on the Wind Gap label – cool climate wines often made from single vineyards. His winery was first in Forestville, and has since moved to a convenient location in Sebastopol. Many other wines Winelandia has featured have been influenced by Mahle’s guidance and mentorship, including Ryme and Jolie-Laide.

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2011 Pierre Frick Cremant d’Alsace Riesling/Auxerrois Blend

Blend: 50% Auxerrois Blanc, 50% Riesling
Region: France>Alsace
Vineyard: Biodynamic (Demeter certified) since 1981. Clay & Limestone soil.
Tasting Notes: The bouquet of this elegant sparkling wine is rich with white flowers and coconut, while on the palate it shows lively citrus, almond, and white peach. The bone dry finish leaves a lingering limestone minerality. A gorgeous wine perfect for a casual gathering or a special celebration.
Food Pairing: Alsatian onion tart, cheese plates, oysters
Production Notes: Hand-harvested and whole-cluster pressed. Fermented in foudre with native yeast. Aged in 3000L foudre. Secondary fermentation with RS from the primary fermentation and acacia honey. No added SO2 during vinification, and a small amount added at disgorgement. No dosage. 2 g/L residual sugar.
Winemaker: Pierre Frick
Bio: Pierre Frick is the 12th generation to farm and make wine from his family’s land. He first converted the entire estate to organic viticulture in 1970, and went on to convert it fully to Biodynamic in 1981.

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2013 Hervé Villemade Rosé of Pinot Noir & Gamay

Blend: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Gamay
Region: France>Loire Valley>Cheverny
Vineyard: Certified organic. 12-36 year old vines.
Tasting Notes: Floral, fruity, and light on it’s feet, with juicy acidity and abundant fruit flavors.
Food Pairing: Grilled salmon, arugula salad with goat cheese and roasted beets, charcuterie
Production Notes: Hand-harvested, fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. Bottled with minimum SO2.
Winemaker: Hervé Villemade
Bio: Domaine du Moulin is Hervé Villemade’s family estate, founded by his grandparents. Hervé took over winery operations in 1995, and followed in his parent’s footsteps by initially farming using conventional methods. Following these practices, he found the work and wine to be bland. Soon after, Villemade both developed a serious sulfite allergy and discovered natural wine. Deeply inspired by the soulful wines of Lapierre, Gramenon, and Foillard, Villemade began converting the estate to organic viticulture in 2000. He now makes a variety of wines with little or no sulfur added.

P71700182012 Forlorn Hope “San Hercurmer delle Frecce” Barbera

Blend: 100% Barbera
Region: US>California>Sierra Foothills>Amador County
Vineyard: Shake Ridge Vineyard. Sustainably farmed. 1500’ elevation on sandstone, soapstone, quartz, schist, and decomposed granite. Iron-rich, large grain, 80% rocks.
Tasting Notes: A bright and fresh red wine with notes of red fruit, white pepper, and earth. The long finish leaves flavors of pomegranate, along with fine, grippy tannins. Excellent now but could also take some age.
Food Pairing: Barbecue ribs, burgers, grilled portobello mushrooms with balsamic reduction
Production Notes: This wine is named after a miniature donkey who was shot with an arrow by an unknown assailant and resides not far from the vineyard. Fermented whole-cluster with native yeast. Bottled without fining or filtration. Aged 12 months in neutral oak. 87 cases made.
Winemaker: Matthew Rorick
Bio: Matthew Rorick is a surfer and Gulf war veteran. After the war, he returned to southern California where his grandfather encouraged him to study enology. Forlorn Hope was started in the mid-2000′s. His focus is lost and forgotten varieties, age-worthy white wines, and easy drinking reds. Rorick employs minimalist winemaking methods; he ferments with indigenous yeasts, leaves the grape clusters whole, and only uses small additions of SO2. He was the SF Chronicle’s 2013 Winemaker to Watch, and yes, we are watching!

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2013 Jolie-Laide Pinot Gris, Windsor Oaks Vineyard

Blend: 100% Pinot Gris
Region: US>California>Sonoma>Chalk Hill
Vineyard: Windsor Oaks Vineyard
Tasting Notes: Aromas of citrus, melon, and orange blossom. Lightweight and electric on the palate, with a little spice and ample length on the finish. Far more complex and interesting than your typical Pinot Gris, and one of our favorite wines of the summer.
Food Pairing: Poached salmon with citrus, summer stonefruit salads, cheese plates, grilled seafood, grilled carrots
Production Notes: The grapes were gently foot-stomped whole cluster, then left on the skins overnight to soak. The juice was able to pick up a little color from the skins, without extracting any weight or tannins. Pressed whole-cluster into stainless steel, where it underwent a 12 day spontaneous fermentation at cool temperatures. Once dry, it was racked and aged for 6 months in 2:1 stainless steel and neutral oak vessels, with no malo or lees stirring.
Winemaker: Scott Schultz
Bio: About 2 years ago, I was up at the old Wind Gap tasting room with some friends. Scott made wine in the same facility, and he was the one pouring the Wind Gap wines that day. We chatted a bit about wine-making and the business, and afterwards it seemed like I’d run into him every time I was at an industry event. It turns out Scott makes some of the most unique and highly sought-after wines in California, in minuscule quantities of course. In 2013, his fourth vintage, Scott produced only 500 cases of wine.

 

 

 

10% off SALE! Beat the heat with rosé from Winelandia

With record-setting temperatures in the forecast this week, Winelandia is coming to the rescue with a rosé wine sale! Pick up some delicious pink wines to enjoy poolside, with a nice dinner salad, or on your porch. Sale ends 5/16/14.

Grace Wine Co. 2013 Rosé of Grenache, Santa Barbara Highlands – On sale for $20.70
Two Shepherds 2013 Rosé of Grenache Gris, Mendocino County – On sale for $21.60
La Clarine Farm 2013 Rosé of Syrah & Mourvedre, Sierra Foothills – On sale for $17.10

Buy six and qualify for delivery specials in the Bay Area (mix and match with non-sale items OK)! Have a great week.

Introducing our Spring Wine Club Offer

The Spring wine club offer is SOLD OUT. You can still join the wine club to receive our next shipment and to receive 10% off all wines in the online shop.

We’re shipping out these six great wines this week. Want to get in on the action? Join the wine club!

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Did you hear? It’s Spring! Everything is blooming, unfurling, reaching for the sun. The days are getting longer, and it seems like I finally have time to sit on my porch after a long day and enjoy the last few moments of sunshine. Springtime makes me yearn for back yard barbecues, fresh and seasonal green vegetables, beaches, and rows of mustard flowers between the vines in wine country. Everything – the air, the food, the wine – is brighter, more floral, and fresher.

I believe that wine has seasons, too. Who wants to drink a heavy, extracted, tannic wine on a warm spring day? I’m sure people are out there that do, but I feel the majority of us would prefer something a little lighter, even if it’s going to be red. With our Spring wine club shipment, we wanted to not only embody the essence of Spring in full swing, but also champion wines made from some lesser-known grapes that make the wine geek’s heart go pitter-patter.

2011 Adega Vella Mencia, Ribeira Sacra, Spain
2012 Quarticello “Neromaestri”, Lambrusco Emilia IGT, Italy
2012 Talai-Berri “Finca Jakue”, Getariako Txakolina, Spain
2013 Idlewild Arneis, Mendocino County, US
NV Domaine Belluard “Ayse” Brut, Haute-Savoie, France
2013 Grace Wine Co. Rosé of Grenache, Santa Barbara Co., US

Adega Vella 2011 Mencia Ribeira Sacra
Winemaker: Jorge Feijoo Gonzalez
Bio: A tiny winemaking operation from the village of Abelada in northwestern Spain, Adega Vella is pretty much a one-man show. It produces only 3000 or so cases of wine per year, mostly from the Mencia grape. The building itself is from the 12th century, and has been slowly restored by hand. All of the wines are made from indigenous grapes, in small batches, by hand.
Region: Spain>Galicia>Ribeira Sacra
Vineyard: Located on the slopes of the river Sil, all of the fruit is estate-grown in their 6 hectares of vineyards.
Blend: 100% Mencia
Aging: Stainless steel
Production Notes: Not available.
Tasting Notes: Bright, fresh, and juicy red fruit flavors are accompanied by spice, minerals, soft tannins, and balanced acidity.
Food Pairing: This quaffable and addictive red wine is the perfect compliment to barbecue, chorizo, and burgers.

Quarticello 2012 “Neromaestri” Lambrusco
Winemaker: Roberto Maestri
Bio: Maestri’s grandfather produced wine as a hobby for the family, as many Italians do. Maestri quickly fell in love with the craft, set out to learn about enology and viticulture, and produced his first vintage from the family estate in 2006.
Region: Italy>Emilia-Romagna>Emilia IGT
Vineyard: Organically farmed, sandy clay and gravel soils.
Blend: 50% Lambrusco Maestri, 30% Lambrusco Gasparossa, 10% Malbo Gentile, 10% Ancellotta.
Aging: Secondary fermentation in-bottle.
Production Notes: Methode Ancestrale. 6-8 day skin maceration. Natural secondary fermentation in bottle.
Tasting Notes: Dense, spicy, and a little tannic, this lambrusco enters with a fizzy burst of intense dark red cherries. Bone dry with a firm, fleshy finish. Serve with a chill; it’s a great red wine for a warm day.
Food Pairing: Salami, Ricotta, and Tarragon Bruschetta

Talai-Berri 2012 “Finca Jakue” Getariako Txakolina
Winemaker: Bixente Eiagirre Aginaga
Bio: Aginaga is the 4th generation to operate this family-run winery located in the hills above Zarautz. His two daughters and wife help with the operation, along with two full-time staff members. They have 9 hectares planted to Hondarrabi Zuri and Hondarrabi Beltza and make two different styles of txakoli, a zippy, fresh, effervescent, easy-drinking wine.
Region: Spain>Basque Country>Getariako Txakolina
Vineyard: Terraced, south-facing hillside vineyard.
Blend: 100% Hondarrabi Zuri
Aging: Stainless steel, sur lie, with occasional stirring of the lees.
Production Notes: Pressed and fermented in stainless steel. Aged on the lees with light stirring, and bottled while still slightly spritzy.
Tasting Notes: A fun, pleasing, slightly fizzy wine from the Basque region of Spain. This Txakoli is slightly richer than the traditional style, with notes of ripe summer fruits and citrus. On the palate, it’s zippy, bright, and effervescent; the perfect accompaniment to a variety of Basque-style pintxos.
Food Pairing: Grilled sardines, tapas, olives, tomato salads, pickled foods, tortilla española.

Idlewild 2013 Arneis, Mendocino County
Winemaker: Jessica Bilbro
Bio:  Idlewild Wines is an owner-operated winery, brought to life by Sam and Jessica Bilbro. They operate out of their winery in Healdsburg, sourcing their fruit from compelling vineyards throughout California. They are focused on producing balanced, soulful wines from interesting varieties such as Dolcetto, Arneis, Grenache Gris, Carignan, and Cortese.
Region: California>Mendocino County
Vineyard: Fox Hill Vineyard is located southeast of Ukiah on Mendocino’s Talmadge Bench. North-facing exposure, with poor soils composed of gravel and sandstone.
Blend: 100% Arneis
Aging: 4 months on the lees in neutral French oak
Production Notes: Harvested on the last day of August. Gently pressed whole cluster, the wine fermented at cool temperatures over the course of a month. Aged sur lie with no stirring in neutral French oak for 4 months. 97 cases produced.
Tasting Notes: This is one of the best domestic whites we’ve had in a long time. Aromas of orchard fruits, white flowers, and marzipan waft from the glass. On the palate it’s broad and rich, with loads of depth and plenty of acidity.
Food Pairing: Grilled chicken, hard Italian cheeses, seafood in cream sauce.

Domaine Belluard NV “Ayse” Brut
Winemaker: Dominique Belluard
Bio: Deep in the eastern French Alps, near the Swiss border, the Belluard family has been making wine in the village of Ayse since 1947.  They started with vineyards of Gringet (a rare grape variety endemic to the region) and fruit orchards. They now own 12 of the 22 remaining hectares of this nearly extinct grape, and are doing their best to preserve it. Their vineyards are certified Biodynamic, and all of their wines are fermented and aged in concrete eggs instead of wood or stainless steel. Great care is taken in the production of these wines, utilizing only native yeasts, and even aging their own sparkling wines in the bottle (most producers outsource this).
Region: France>Savoie>Haute-Savoie
Vineyard: Biodynamically farmed. Southern exposure, chalky scree soils in the Chablais Alps. Soils of clay & limestone. 55hl/ha.
Blend: 100% Gringet
Aging: Concrete eggs
Production Notes: Native yeast fermentation. Bottled with minimum SO2.
Tasting Notes: This is a sparkling wine for serious wine lovers. Initial aromas of crushed rocks make way for citrus and white flowers. Medium-straw in color, it’s rich and electric on the palate. Assertive, linear, and bright – this wine will change the way you think about bubbles.
Food Pairing: Oysters, smoked fish, mountain cheeses, asparagus

Grace Wine Co. 2013 Rosé of Grenache
Winemaker: Angela Osborne
Bio: Born in New Zealand, Osborne moved to the US in 2006. Her intent was to make Grenache, a sun-loving grape that prefers a warmer climate. She ended up finding a unique high desert Grenache vineyard in the Santa Barbara Highlands of California, which had the perfect combination of sun exposure and heat. From this vineyard she began making her flagship wine, A Tribute to Grace Grenache – an homage to her beloved grandmother Grace.
Region: California>Santa Barbara County>Santa Barbara Highlands
Vineyard: SIP Certified. Santa Barbara Highlands vineyard. 3200′ elevation, high desert.
Blend: 100% Grenache
Aging: Stainless steel, on the lees.
Production Notes: A true single-vineyard rosé from a site that more closely resembles the moon than our earth. The grapes were picked on a fruit day with the moon in Libra. A 24 hour cold soak on the skins gave the juice a pale pink hue. Pressed whole cluster the next day. Aged on the lees in a stainless steel tank, with ambient temperatures around 50F. Sterile filtered to inhibit malolactic fermentation and bottled in March. 227 cases made.
Tasting Notes: Our favorite California rosé of the year. Fresh, ripe, red summer fruit and rosebuds dominate the nose, while on the palate it’s bright, fresh, delicate, and thirst-quenching. Pale pink in color, this wine embodies what California rosé should be.
Food Pairing: Strawberry, goat cheese, and bacon spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

 

Expand your palate with these great new wines

Radikon 2010 S Pinot Grigio – Friuli
From the legendary Radikon – the benchmark producer of orange wines – we present you with this delicious orange Pinot Grigio. Fermented on the skins for 2-3 weeks, this wine is incredibly complex, copper-hued, food-friendly, and will change the way you think about wine.

Francois Pinon NV Vouvray Brut Non-Dose
Sparkling Vouvray is our favorite sparkling wine, second only to Champagne. Chenin Blanc lends itself to this rich, bubbly, refreshing, food-friendly, bone-dry, affordable sparkler. Pick up a few of these for celebrations or any Tuesday night.

Knebel 2012 Riesling von den Terrassen, Mosel
Slightly off-dry riesling is the perfect pairing for spicy foods. This perfectly yummy and fresh German riesling from the Mosel would be perfect with our Honey-Sriracha chicken wings, or any spicy Asian takeout for dinner at home. What grows together doesn’t necessarily have to go together.

Goisot 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Saint-Bris
You spoke, we listened. The people wanted Sauvignon Blanc, so here it is. However, this one is from Burgundy, and not your typical Loire. The vineyard is located just a few kilometers south of Chablis, and this wine screams both Chablis and Sancerre at the same time. Confusing? Yes. Delicious? Also yes.

Domaine de la Bel Air 2012 Cabernet Franc, Bourgueil
One of our first heart throbs was Cabernet Franc from the Loire. Always a bargain and super delicious, this is the perfect everyday wine for vegetarian foods and barbecue. Pick some of this up for your springtime dinner parties.

All of these wines are available now in our Online Shop! Buy 6 bottles or more and save on shipping or delivery.

Wine Club Memberships Available!

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Winelandia is growing, and we’re expanding our wine club! We are already assembling our Spring selections, scheduled to go out in early May. We just picked up two great Spanish wines for the club – a juicy red wine and a fizzy txakolina. Click here to join today!

Winelandia’s wine club is all about fun and exploration, and part of what we offer is an adventure in wine. Our club shipments feature interesting, rare, responsibly produced, affordable, and delicious wines; each one is accompanied by a story to help you learn about it as you enjoy it. This is the beautiful thing about wine – there are new discoveries to be found every day. Whether you’re just getting started in your love affair with wine, or if you’re a seasoned wine drinker who just wants to try something new, Winelandia is there to deliver.

Our wine club offers four 6-bottle shipments per year. Wine club shipments won’t exceed $150 (that’s an average of $25/btl), excluding tax and shipping. For SF recipients, the cost of delivery is included. Within 20 miles of SF, delivery is just $5. Outside of the immediate area, wine is shipped via UPS and billed at actual cost (usually $15-$20).

Club members also enjoy a 10% discount in our online shop and first dibs on ultra-rare, small production wines before we offer them to the general public.

Click here to join the wine club today! Just fill out the form and you’ll be on your way.

Our previous wine club offers:
Fall 2013
Holiday 2013
Winter 2014
Spring 2014

 

Wine of the Week: Clos Siguier 2011 Cahors

This wine is now SOLD OUT. Thanks for your interest!

The story of this wine is a serendipitous one. One evening, I went to my favorite watering hole, Terroir, with the intent of enjoying a glass of wine while using their wifi to get some work done, as I often do. After all, they have an excellent selection of natural wines, great tunes, zippy wifi, and a comfortable atmosphere. I sat down at the bar next to a gentleman who also happens to be a wine rep (a person who sells wine wholesale) that I work with. He had been pouring samples for another one of his clients, and so he poured some for me, too.

One of those samples was this wine from Clos Siguier, a 2011 vintage Cahors. A blend of 95% Côt (Malbec) and 5% Tannat. It was in a price bracket I don’t normally explore, as I find that many wines in that range don’t quite meet my requirements to be featured on Winelandia. However, this one was different – it had lovely flavors, body without being heavy, balanced acidity, brightness, lots of aromatics, and freshness – these are all of the elements I seek when choosing wines for our shop. This is fairly atypical for Cahors, which usually prides itself on black, savory, age-worthy wines. This wine is still black in color, but it had enough fruit and and freshness to make me smile. A superb wine for the price – just $16 retail – perfect for a weeknight dinner. It is even on the wine list at Chez Panisse, a local foodie mecca.

I picked up just a case of this wine to offer in Winelandia’s online shop, because I feel it would be an excellent addition to your arsenal of wines suitable for a casual dinner at home or at a friend’s house. It’s versatile enough to enjoy on it’s own or with your favorite meal. We hope you like it as much as we do.

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Winemaker:  Gilles Bley
Bio: Gilles Bley is a 4th generation winemaker in Cahors. He has a profound understanding of the region and a strong perspective on how Cahors should be made.
Region: France>Southwest France>Cahors
Vineyard: Organically farmed. Estate fruit. 60 year old vines. Red clay & limestone soil.
Blend: 95% Côt (Malbec), 5% Tannat
Aging: Neutral oak
Production Notes: Hand-harvested fruit, native yeast fermentation. 5-6 week maceration.
Tasting Notes: Bright and youthful. Fruit-forward and friendly without being over-extracted. Enticing aromas of black & red fruits, black tea, and crushed rock emerge from the glass. Medium bodied, medium acidity, fine tannins. Excellent wine for the value, and very food-friendly. This wine is featured on the bottle list at Chez Panisse!
Food Pairings: Aged raw cow’s milk cheeses, blue cheese, duck confit, cassoulet, lamb

Try it with our Lamb Chops with Herbes de Provence recipe.

Wine of the Week: Guillot-Broux 2012 Macon-Villages

This wine is SOLD OUT. Thanks for your interest!

A delicious and affordable young white Burgundy that you can drink any day of the week. This wine is incredibly versatile and food-friendly. It’s also great as an aperitif, with a cheese plate, or all by itself on a sunny day.

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Winemaker:  Emmanuel Guillot-Broux
Bio: Emmanuel and his two brothers make some of the finest wine in all of Burgundy. The vineyards have been organic since the 1950s but were only recognized as Certified Organic in 1991. They grow Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Chardonnay across three villages in Macôn. Following the traditions of their grandparents, they are shepherds of the land, growing their grapes responsibly and producing wines with as little manipulation as possible. They believe that good wine is made by the vines, not in the winery.
Region: France>Burgundy>Macôn-Villages
Vineyard: Certified organic. Densely planted 10-80 year old vines. Blue clay and limestone soil.
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Aging: 6 mos neutral oak, 5 months enamel-lined vats.
Production Notes: A blend of chardonnay grapes from three different villages within Macôn. Hand-harvested and sorted. Native yeast fermentation, malolactic fermentation in oak. 1700 cases produced.
Tasting Notes: Exotic tropical fruit and brioche aromas. The palate is elegant and rich with white fruit and creamy notes of mineralty framed by a note of oak and vibrant acidity.
Food Pairings: Excellent as an aperitif, or enjoy with hearty salads, fish, or roasted chicken.

Buy this wine on Winelandia.com

Try it with these recipes:
Wild Mushroom Risotto with a Poached Egg
Roasted Little Birds with Garlic-Herb Butter
Pan-seared duck breast with parsnip puree & arugula salad

Introducing our Winter Wine Club Offer

We’re pleased to introduce you to the wines in our winter wine club offering! Not a member yet? Get in on the action by signing up for our wine club! https://signup.winelandia.com
P1240064-webIt’s been pretty warm around these parts, so instead of offering heavy winter wines we are focusing more on wines with energy and verve. Evocative of the impending spring, these wines are fresh and rich. A Chenin Blanc from the Loire that tastes like pure bottled sunlight; a Müller-Thurgau from extreme elevations in northern Italy; a rustic and juicy old vine Zinfandel from a cool-climate Biodynamic vineyard in the Russian River Valley; a dry Brachetto that smells like a bouquet of roses; a funky & geeky red blend from a French-born producer in Chile; and a feminine & seductive Mourvèdre from the decomposed granite soils of the Sierra foothills.

The Lineup

2012 Frantz Saumon Minéral +, Montlouis sur Loire, France
2012 Radoar “Etza”, Alto Aldige, Italy
2012 Poco a Poco Zinfandel, Russian River Valley, US
2011 Matteo Correggia “Anthos”, Roero, Italy
2012 Clos Ouvert “Primavera”, Maule Valley, Chile
2012 La Clarine Farm “Cedarville”, Sierra Foothills, US

2012 Frantz Saumon Minéral +, Montlouis sur Loire

P1240048-webWinemaker: Frantz Saumon
Bio: Setting out to make wine representative of its appellation, Frantz Saumon purchased a small plot of land in Montlouis in 2002. Since then, he has acquired more land and most of the 6 hectares are planted with old growth Chenin Blanc, which is all farmed organically and by hand.
Region: France>Loire Valley>Touraine>Montlouis sur Loire
Vineyard: Organically farmed, various parcels
Blend: 100% Chenin Blanc
Aging: Stainless steel tanks
Production Notes: Minéral + is made with grapes from all of Saumon’s Chenin Blanc plots in Montlouis. Mineral soils help produce a wine that is full of distinctive Montlouis minerality. The vines average age is 40 years and they are planted in a blend of soils composed of tuffeau (limestone) and silex (flint). Every vintage yields a wine with a little bit of residual sugar, but the wines taste dry. The sugar lends a textural element to the wine which helps balance it. 100% indigenous yeast fermentations and aged in Stainless Steel tanks.
Tasting Notes: Stonefruit, citrus and mineral, medium bodied, elegant, and rich with a backbone and texture that will compliment a wide variety of foods.
Food Pairings: Smoked fish, spicy Asian food, pâte, chicken in cream sauce

2012 Radoar “Etza” Müller-Thurgau, Alto-Aldige

P1240056-webWinemaker: Norbert Blasbichler
Bio: Radoar is located near the border of Austria in Northern Italy. Norbert Blasbichler took over in 1997 and is the 15th generation to farm this land, which has been in the family since the 1300’s. Radoar is, first and foremost, an organic apple farm. They grow Golden Delicious apples, and create distillates such as brandy from the fruit. In addition to growing apples, chestnuts, peaches, pears, and walnuts, Radoar grows several types of grapes from which they produce wine and Grappa.
Region: Italy>Trentino-Alto Aldige>Alto Aldige>Valle Isarco
Vineyard: Certified organic. 3000’ in elevation, the estate vineyards of Radoar are 1.5km from the farm.
Blend: 100% Müller-Thurgau
Aging: Stainless steel
Production Notes:  Müller-Thurgau is a cross between Riesling and Madeleline Royal, developed in the 19th century. Organically farmed, direct-to-press, and fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of citrus and white flowers followed by ripe peach on the palate with juicy acidity and a lingering finish. This is a great wine to serve with hard-to-pair vegetables such as asparagus and Italian cheeses.
Food Pairings: Asparagus dishes, brussel sprouts, artichokes, seafood, smoked fish, spicy Asian food, fresh burrata with olive oil & sea salt

2012 Poco a Poco Zinfandel, Russian River Valley

P1240053-webWinemaker: Luke Bass
Bio: Luke Bass’s family has owned Porter Bass Vineyards since 1980, when the family discovered the century-old vineyard. The land had been subjected to decades of farming-induced erosion, so they slowly brought it back to life through Biodynamic and organic farming. Luke grew up on this property, and was a winemaker before he even had his first paying job. Previously, he interned at Flowers winery, which evolved into a position as cellar master. He has also worked at Hirsch & Tandem in Sonoma, as well as Flagstone in South Africa and Casa Marin in Chile.
Region: US>California>Sonoma>Russian River Valley
Vineyard: Demeter Certified (Biodynamic). The vineyards are protected from winds by the surrounding Redwood and Fir trees, while the fog produced by the nearby Russian River helps cool the vineyard in the summer.
Blend: 100% Zinfandel
Aging: 12 months in neutral French oak
Production Notes: Old vine Zinfandel. Native yeast fermentation and spontaneous malolactic fermentation. Very little sulphur dioxide (SO2) added.
Tasting Notes: Blackberry, dark cherry, wild bramble, spice. Medium-to-full bodied with zippy acidity.
Food Pairings: Fried chicken, sweet BBQ, burgers, pasta with rustic sauce, pizza, root vegetables.

2011 Matteo Correggia “Anthos”, Roero

P1240045-webWinemaker: Luca Rostagno
Bio: Matteo Correggia died in a tragic tractor accident in 2001. His wife, Ornella Correggia took over winery operations and hired Luca Rostagno as the winemaker. Ornella has continued to grow the winery’s reputation as the benchmark producer in Roero, and has introduced organic & biodynamic farming and winemaking practices.
Region: Italy>Piedmont>Cuneo>Roero
Vineyard: Organic. Sand, silt, & clay soils at 900’ elevation. East/South-east facing slope.
Blend: 100% Brachetto
Aging: 8 months in stainless steel
Production Notes: Brachetto is a native Piemonte varietal normally used to produce sweet, sparkling wines. This version is totally dry and exceptionally elegant. Estate fruit, organically farmed. Fermented with controlled temperatures in stainless steel. Minimal skin contact during indigenous yeast fermentation. Manually harvested in mid-September.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of fresh roses dominate, with notes of herbs, strawberries, and cherries. Light-to-medium bodied, with delicate texture and balanced acidity. Serve slightly chilled on a warm California winter day and enjoy on the patio by itself or with Italian-style snacks.
Food Pairings: Antipasto, light pasta dishes, salumi, BBQ poultry

2012 Clos Ouvert “Primavera”, Maule Valley

P1240046-webWinemaker: Louis-Antoine Luyt
Bio: At the age of 22, Luyt set out for Chile under the guise of wanting to brush up on his Spanish. Luyt learned that Chilean wines were homogenous, and wondered if great wines could be made there. He went back to France and began to study viticulture & oenology in Beaune. During his studies, he befriended Mathieu Lapierre, and eventually worked with the Lapierre family at their winery in Morgon for 5 vintages. There, he learned about natural winemaking, a skill he became determined to bring back to Chile. Clos Ouvert was founded in 2006 by Luyt and two partners, who backed out of the project in 2010 after a massive earthquake resulted in the loss of 70% of their 2009 wines. Luyt pressed on and expanded, which now involves many different types of grapes and parcels.
Region: Chile>Central Valley>Maule Valley
Vineyard: Various parcels, organic & dry farmed
Blend: 40% Carignan, 30% País, 20% Cinsault and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: 8 months in neutral French oak barrels
Production Notes: País and Carignan are carbonically macerated. The Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon are destemmed and vinified in a Burgundian style. The finished wines are blended to produce Primavera.
Tasting Notes: Full bodied, structured, lively, and full of mineral. Smoky elements give way to ripe fruit, herbs, and black pepper.
Food Pairings: Smoked or braised meats, grilled sausage

2012 La Clarine “Cedarville” Mourvèdre, Sierra Foothills

P1240059-webWinemaker: Hank Beckmeyer
Bio: Run by Hank Beckmeyer, 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, and has a diverse lineup, comprised largely of Rhone wines, both white and red.
Region: US>California>Sierra Foothills
Vineyard: Cedarville. Organically farmed. Soils comprised of decomposed granite.
Blend: 100% Mourvèdre
Aging: 12 months in puncheons
Production Notes: This wine was made during an ideal vintage in California – lots of sun during the summer and no rain. Hank Beckmeyer decided to try something new this time around, and set out to make the wine more sensual by employing a new ‘recipe’. He shortened the length of time the wine spent on the skins, pressing early and letting the wine finish fermentation in the tank or barrel. The result is a brighter and more supple wine than the previous vintage.
Tasting Notes: High-toned tropical fruit and crushed red berries on the nose, with tart cranberry and mineral on the palate.
Food Pairings: Roasted poultry, braised root vegetables, grilled vegetables

Surprise Your Sweetheart on Valentine’s Day with Winelandia

P1140011-2Does your Valentine love wine and chocolate? Surprise them on Valentine’s Day at home or at their office with a gift pack from Winelandia! We put together this offer to help make V-Day convenient for you and special for your sweetheart.

Our gift pack includes a 10-pc assortment of locally-made truffles from Neo Cocoa, a Bay Area-based artisan chocolatier. These chocolates are the “hearts” of truffles – all silky ganache with no hard chocolate shell. They are finer and more delicate than a traditional truffle, and come in an assortment of great flavors such as lime zest and almond butter with smoked sea salt.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlso included is a bottle of R. H. Coutier Champagne from the village of Ambonnay in Montagne de Reims, Champagne. From the importer: “70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay Produced entirely from Grand Cru grapes from the village of Ambonnay, this stunning Brut Tradition shows rich, leesy fruit obtained through extended bottle aging prior to disgorging. Quite vinous in texture, it is full and long with crisp apple fruit notes on the finish and showing some toasty notes in the nose. Very low dosage levels allow the great Ambonnay fruit to shine.”

To top it all off, we will include a customizable love note on a greeting card from SF-based publisher Chronicle Books.

valentine_wrappedPrice for the Valentine’s Day gift pack is $75, excluding tax & shipping. Free Valentine’s Day delivery to your recipient’s San Francisco home or office. Delivery within 20 miles of SF is an additional $10 flat fee. If your recipient is outside of this area, we will charge you shipping at cost via UPS and do our best to ensure it arrives on Valentine’s Day or earlier. Please note that we currently only ship within California.

Supplies are extremely limited as Cupid (me) can only make so many deliveries in one day.

TO ORDER
New Customers: Fill out the form at https://signup.winelandia.com and select “One Time Purchase” from the Offering Selection drop-down. We will be in touch with you to finalize your order.
Returning Customers: Email orders@winelandia.com and we will bill the card we already have on file.