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Please join us this Thursday night starting at 7pm, as CSW's Eben Lillie launches VdT (Verre de Terre) at Dirty Bird Chelsea, 204 West 14th Street. VdT will offer an extensive list of natural wines by the glass, starting at $6, with bottles starting at $20, and many "pur jus" with no added sulfur. Small estates available only at VdT will be featured as well as familar favorites such as Bonhomme, Mas Coutelou, Ulivi, Terres Promises, Souhaut, Tue-Boeuf, Jousset, Mosse, Clos du Rouge Gorge, Bera, Occhipinti. Vignes du Maynes and many more. The full menu of chicken, sides and salads at Dirty Bird will be available as well as delicious cheese and charcuterie plates. So come join us at the opening of VdT, a new home for natural wines in Manhattan with great food and great wine (and great music) at affordable prices! And please see the wine list below for some CSW favorites available at VdT!
(Since opening doors in 2006 Joseph Ciriello and the team at Dirty Bird have been serving NYC the original Fast Slow Food, offering fresh, local, and sustainable foods made from scratch in a casual setting. Dirty Birds chickens are all-natural, humanely raised in Pennsylvania Amish Country, veggie fed and antibiotic free.)
The Parentière Fraîcheur Iodée de L'Atlantique, which roughly translates as "Atlantic sea-spray" is made from Gros Plant (aka Folle Blanche) grown on gabbro soils near Vallet in the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine region. Domaine de la Parentière is a tiny estate which has been practicing organic agriculture for more than 30 years—the grapes are hand-harvested and fermented with wild yeasts and the wines are never chaptalized, remaining light, mineral and refreshing. The 2014 is a bit softer than usual and shows intriguing aromas of ripe melon, bitter lemon, almond, fresh herbs and stone. The palate is lively and light at 10.2% alcohol with pear, citrus, melon and stone flavors with a fresh lemony finish. This will be very refreshing on a hot day, especially with oysters, prosciutto and melon, terrines, salads and fried fish, etc, etc. Did we say this is an amazing value?
From 40% Grenache Blanc, 30% Maccabeu and 30% Rolle (Vermentino) grown on granite soils in Eric's high-altitude organic vineyards. Very pale bronze color. The wine shows intriguing aromas of stone, dried pear, citrus and almond that deepen on the palate. Quite dense and backed with firm acidity and stone flavors, this is a real wine of the mountains, echoing the granite soils of Muscadet. This intriguing young wine will drink well over the next three to five years - it's an everyday white of great character that will accompany a wide variety of seafood and chicken dishes, goat and sheep cheeses as well. A fabulous value and highly recommended!
Christophe Foucher makes brilliant natural wines on his 5 hectare estate, La Lunotte, in Couffy, on the southern bank of the Cher River, near St. Aignan, just a short distance from our friends at Clos Roche Blanche. Christophe grows Sauvignon Blanc, Menu Pineau, Cabernet Franc, Cot and Gamay, farmed with strict organic methods and vinified without sulfites or other additives and bottled by hand, unfiltered. The 2014 Rossignoux is a lovely natural Sauvignon that needs aeration for an hour or two before tasting. The wine is an opaque gold color and shows yellow fruit aromas with herbal and leafy notes, stone, pear and white pepper. The palate is rich and dense with peach, ripe pear, stone and earthy flavors that develop nicely with time open. Serve this unusual and delicious wine with monkfish, chicken with mushrooms, full-flavored cheeses... Highly recommended for lovers of natural wines. DL This natural wine has some personality and its pairing should be made accordingly. Pair this wine with fun fish dishes, such as fish curry, seared snapper with Thai sauce, shrimp and corn risotto, and lobster with rosemary cream. Caroline Coursant
Christophe Foucher makes brilliant natural wines on his 5 hectare estate, La Lunotte, in Couffy, on the southern bank of the Cher River, near St. Aignan, just a short distance from our friends at Clos Roche Blanche. Christophe grows Sauvignon Blanc, Menu Pineau, Cabernet Franc, Cot and Gamay, farmed with strict organic methods and vinified without sulfites or other additives and bottled by hand, unfiltered. The 2014 Rossignoux is a lovely natural Sauvignon that needs aeration for an hour or two before tasting. The wine is an opaque gold color and shows yellow fruit aromas with herbal and leafy notes, stone, pear and white pepper. The palate is rich and dense with peach, ripe pear, stone and earthy flavors that develop nicely with time open. Serve this unusual and delicious wine with monkfish, chicken with mushrooms, full-flavored cheeses... Highly recommended for lovers of natural wines. DL
This natural wine has some personality and its pairing should be made accordingly. Pair this wine with fun fish dishes, such as fish curry, seared snapper with Thai sauce, shrimp and corn risotto, and lobster with rosemary cream. Caroline Coursant
Xurxo Alba’s entry level cuvée is made from grapes sourced from multiple sites with mainly sandy soil. The fruit from each parcel is vinified separately (some in stainless steel, some in barrels) gaining structure and complexity of flavor from six months spent on the fine lees. This is Albariño the way we love it: crisp, mineral, saline, with great texture and a long finish. Ideal on its own or paired with salty snacks, or better yet, any and all crustaceans and shellfish. Eben Lillie
The Domaine de l'Ecu "Granite" is always among the greatest of Muscadets and a testament to the heroic efforts of Guy Bossard - certified organic in 1975 and Biodynamic in 1998. Frequently a bit musty and closed in it's youth, the 2014 Granite shows surprisingly ripe aromas of dried pear, lime-flower, candied almond, citrus and stone. (On day two, the aromas have become more elegant, complex and quite beautiful) There is ample cool acidity on the palate framing the complex white fruits, stone, citrus and almond flavors that continue on the long very mineral finish. This is a great vintage for Granite - absolutely wonderful now and over the next fifteen years or more...
L'Appetillant is the Joussets' sparkling Montlouis, 100% Chenin Blanc, Champagne method (or should we say "Methode Traditionelle") made with no sulfur and no dosage. All cellar functions by gravity, no pumping, fermentation in one to seven year-old barrels, approximately 12 months on the lees. From 40 year-old vines on sand and silex soils over limestone. This version is absolutely delicious with lovely aromas of pear, lime-flower, stone and caramel, quite subtle and complex. White fruits, citrus and stone on the palate with nice chalky, lemony length. Drink over the next three years. This is a beautiful wine and is highly recommended!
Pepe Raventos stepped outside of the Cava appellation in 2012 to create the Conca del Riu Anoia designation, which is committed to prioritizing the area's indigenous varieties, estate fruit, longer elevage, and biodynamic methods. The de Nit rosé was the first Conca wine and continues to sate and impress us with its lively aromas of pert pink lemonade, tart cranberry, and a hint of pepper; the palate is dry and elegant, with refreshing, bright acidity, flavors of strawberry seeds, musky ripe raspberries, and orange zests, flanking the complex saline and mineral core, stemming from Raventos' calcareous soils, rich with marine fossils. This is an incredibly versatile rose sparkling wine for apéritifs, snacks, richer seafood, and spicy fare. Ariana Rolich
Semi-carbonic, from grapes planted in the 1980s; the wine doesn’t go through malolactic fermentation, so there is still a bright malic, green note. The Webers made a deliberate choice to print ‘Spätlese’ on the label to confirm that there was no chaptalization of the must. The wine is fresh and tart, with notes of red apple skin, pomegranate, red flowers and cherries, balanced by just a touch of umami savoriness. This is your new summer red, with taught acidity and bright flavors. This can also be your fall red, to pair with those transitional dishes that still harken back to summer, but are a touch more warming. Cari Bernard
Zorzal takes the Graciano grape to new heights with this inexpensive but outrageously delicious and well-made red from 35-year-old, organically farmed vines in Spain's Navarra region (Rioja's overlooked neighbor). This is a generous, crowd-pleasing, and thirst-quenching red on the fuller side of medium-bodied. It is pretty and perfumed, with flavors of juicy purple plum, ripe red raspberry, and dark cherry, violet flowers, soft funky earth, spearmint leaf, cinnamon spice, smooth tannins, rich texture, and just enough acidity. Unfined, unfiltered, and fermented with native yeasts. Ariana Rolich
Silice Viticultores is a partnership between super-talented winegrower Fredi Torres and brothers, Carlos and Juan Rodriguez, who together are dedicated to shining light on the real Ribeira Sacra. The potential and power of this steep and mighty region, planted on granite and slate slopes, to produce luminous, expressive, and precise red wines is unlimited. Farming is organic and biodynamic, with no additives or manipulation in the cellar (beyond tiny amounts of SO2). This is key to Silice's quality and purity, in a region where chemical farming and acidification of wines are commonplace. Silice is 80% Mencia, with Merenzao, Albarello, Garnacha Tintorera, and some white grapes, from six small vineyards in Amandi averaging 60-80 years old. Aromas of wild berries, herbs, sweet smoke, and damp earth meet a juicy, fresh, light-medium palate of tart cranberry, wild cherries, sour plum, black tea, and blueberries, with wild thyme, purple and blue florals, and salty, funky notes of damp soil. Lovers of Pinot Noir and Cru Beaujolais in search of some Spanish sun and soul need look no further. Ariana Rolich
An utterly delicious bargain, made of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Viura from Artuke's organically farmed family estate in the Rioja Alavesa. Made in the traditional, refreshing (pre-barrel aging) style of Rioja, whole cluster fermented and raised in concrete tanks for a pure, juicy, floral, and thirst-quenching young red that begs to be chilled and downed over lunch (or on the couch). Alluring wild rose and ripe cherry aromas and flavors, with crushed red berries (cran/raspberry and currant), soft earth, wild green herbs, and a hint of salty licorice. Keep a bottle chilling in the fridge to pair with everything from pizza to paellas! Ariana Rolich
Made from 80-year-old vines, this is aged in neutral barrique and stainless steel tanks. The combination of old vines and barrel-aging yields a serious and structured wine that is an absolute joy to drink. Rose petal, kirsch, blackberry, and burnt orange peel aromas fill the nose paired with a deeper, earthy note of wet tar. More dark fruits emerge on the palate with damp earth and supple tannins charging forward onto a crunchy, mineral-laden finish. Tim Gagnon
The cuvée that started it all! This is Maillet's blend of Pinot Noir, Gamay and Mondeuse (turns out, before the AOC was created for Savoie, reds in the region were often blended like this). The vines are around 50 years old on average, and yields are anywhere from 15 to 35 hl/ha (hecto-liters per hectare). On the nose, it's ever so slightly "barnyardy" (in a good way), and the mouth is dense and mineral, with lovely dark fruit and medium body. There's definitely some suppleness and concentration, which I attribute to the quality of the fruit from Maillet's old vines (the Mondeuse vines are over 100 years old!), but there is also great minerality and lift thanks to the limestone soils. It's a wine that is satisfying, and at the same time, very easy to drink. Eben Lillie
Oeillades is an ancient Languedoc variety, probably related to Cinsault. Thierry Navarre, who is proud of his vineyards of "forgotton varieties," produces Terret and Ribeyrenc as well as this lovely light-bodied Oeillades. The 2015 has pretty high-toned red-currant, boysenberry, violet, prune and smokey aromas, quite fresh and appealing. The palate has tart cherry, red currant and plum fruit, it's light to medium-bodied, but with lovely ripeness and depth with refreshing acidity and good length. Good intensity of fruit but low alcohol, 11.5%, which makes it very food-friendly. Serve cool with charcuterie, white meats and cheeses. Highly recommended and a great value! DL
This is always the seemingly more serious and broad shouldered of Jean-Francois Coutelou’s wines, and 2015 is no exception. A blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, it is made in the same way as his other cuvées – native yeast fermentation, ageing in concrete vats, and no SO2. The nose is a bit more brambly with pomegranate seeds and plump blueberries coming forward with a subtle spice and touch of damp earth. The palate is bold and forward with darker fruit dotting the tongue and ample acidity to keep it balanced. It finishes with a rush of berries and a meaty, savory streak which has me thinking that this would be great with Mediterranean-inspired lamb dishes. Tim Gagnon