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Restocked and ready for deliveries! Introducing new Sampler Cases

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We've been adapting to the COVID-19 dilemma, and taking it one day at a time. Last weekend we were cleaned out of inventory so we restocked and now there are boxes everywhere! A lot of folks are opting for the our Chambers Street sampler cases lately, so we figured we'd offer some new options: Natural Wines* or Natural Wines + Pet-Nats in 12 bottle format at $250 each, and two 6 pack options: all Pet-Nats or all Skin Contact ("Orange") wines, at $150 each. These are ridiculous deals, and a fair bit deeper than our normal 10% case discounts (as is always true with our sampler cases), so we encourage you to try one out!

Our window sign from 2003 is as clear a description as I could ever offer: "Here's a chance to try a wide range of fine wines at a special discount! You can be confident that our staff has carefully selected high quality wines that reflect our philosophy to provide the best naturally made, organic, biodynamic, and small production wines."

If anyone would like to review the selections in our sampler cases, feel free to email office@chambersstwines.com with a subject "Inquiry about sampler cases" and we'll be happy to send a PDF of the tasting notes. Otherwise, every case comes with tasting notes written solely by our passionate staff, so you can read about the wines you've received.

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NYC customers (Manhattan, Brooklyn, and LIC) receive free delivery for any order of $150 or more.

NY State customers receive free shipping on any order of $200 (per box) or more.

All customers outside of New York, please place your orders by 1pm tomorrow (Thursday, March 19th) so they can be heading your way next Monday. We will have subsequent shipments, but the process is quite convoluted and timely now, so plan ahead!

 

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* On the subject of "Natural Wines," since the definitions can be vague, I have decided to pontificate a bit. Something tells me some of our readers have a bit of spare time on their hands. It seems clear that everyone who is familiar with the concept of natural wines can agree that the grapes are supposed to be farmed organically (or optionally with Bio-dynamic principles or preparations also used). It should be safe to continue from this precept, and assume that the wild (native or indigenous) yeasts do the fermentation, and that the wines are bottled with minimal intervention, save a small optional addition of SO2, which acts as a preservative and anti-oxidant. Simple enough, no? But what I (and many others) have noticed is that the market is now flooded with so-called natural wines, often unfined and unfiltered, and all sporting cute, new-age labels. Some of them are marketed as natural wines because no sulfites are added, even though they are made with chemically farmed grapes! Others are subject to a sliding scale of sulfur levels, as "natural" proves a very sellable label. I noticed lately a prominent direct to consumer mail order "Natural Wine Club" that promises that all the wines are natural and are under 75ppm of SO2 total. When I talk to winemakers in France and they say "C'est nature," they specifically mean there is NO sulfur added whatsoever. When one consults with the leading natural wine associations in the world (remember there is no official certification yet), total SO2 is generally acceptable at levels under 40ppm for dry whites and reds. Now, this is a complicated subject, as there are different types of measurable SO2 in wines - namely free and bound forms - and the total level can vary depending on many factors, including the pH of the wine, BUT!....it's still generally agreed that a natural wine could have a tiny addition of SO2, but should rest around or under 40ppm. Maybe it runs in the family, but both my father and I are sensitive to wines that have total sulfur levels above 40ppm (give or take), so the idea that a wine with 75ppm could be termed "natural" is a bit mind-boggling to me. To be completely clear about the wines we are featuring in our Natural Wine Sampler Case, I have selected ONLY wines with no addition of SO2. The first truly natural "natural wine case!" Please understand, this is by no means a claim that the wines are better. I often find that wines without any addition of sulfites might have benefited from a small dose to prevent them from being overly wild (some NO SO2 added wines are frankly quite flawed). This is just an effort to highlight the women and men who believe in their farming and the natural acidity and fortitude of their wines, and venture to do what could be considered one of the hardest things to do in the winemaking world - make a true, pure wine of terroir without any additions or manipulation.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss further, feel free to email me at elillie@chambersstwines.com

-Eben Lillie

 

 

 

$150 White Sampler Case

12 white wines from all over the world, leaning organic/biodynamic, selected by our staff and offered at a larger discount than our normal 10% on cases. The contents change frequently and sold out wines may be replaced by items of comparable quality and value.

  • 12 bottle sampler whites
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $137.77

$150 Red/White Sampler Case

6 red and 6 white wines from all over the world, leaning organic/biodynamic, selected by our staff and offered at a larger discount than our normal 10% on cases. The contents change frequently and sold out wines may be replaced by items of comparable quality and value.

  • 12 bottle red/white case
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $137.77

$150 Red Sampler Case

12 red wines from all over the world, leaning organic/biodynamic, selected by our staff and offered at a larger discount than our normal 10% on cases. The contents change frequently and sold out wines may be replaced by items of comparable quality and value.

  • 12 bottle sampler reds
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $137.77

$250 White Sampler Case

12 white wines from all over the world, leaning organic/biodynamic, selected by our staff and offered at a larger discount than our normal 10% on cases. The contents change frequently and sold out wines may be replaced by items of comparable quality and value.

  • 12 bottle sampler whites
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $229.62

$250 Red/White Sampler Case

6 red and 6 white wines from all over the world, leaning organic/biodynamic, selected by our staff and offered at a larger discount than our normal 10% on cases. The contents change frequently and sold out wines may be replaced by items of comparable quality and value.

  • 12 bottle red/white case
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $229.62

$250 Red

12 red wines from all over the world, leaning organic/biodynamic, selected by our staff and offered at a larger discount than our normal 10% on cases. The contents change frequently and sold out wines may be replaced by items of comparable quality and value.

  • 12 bottle sampler reds
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $229.62

  • twelve bottles broad array
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $229.62

  • twelve bottles broad array
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $229.62

  • six-bottle assorted-wine box
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $137.77

  • six-bottle assorted-wine box
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $137.77