Misc. Europe

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $24.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $42.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $229.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $239.99

Mariam Losebidze 2015 Georgia Tavkveri

One of a very few Georgian wines made by a woman. You thought it was patriarchal in the West, but Mariam is smart and plenty strong and she’s had the advantage of working with John Wurdeman (Pheasant’s Tears) and the support that comes with knowing John.  I’ve tried a few Tavkveri and it certainly it worked well in warm August weather in Georgia. Light and fresh with some cranberry fruit, it makes me think of Schiava. Mariam’s Tavkveri is bit darker and more structured; the wine is macerated on the skins for two days and then half the skins are removed; the total fermentation is for 30 days in qvevri. One of my favorite reds of the trip. No SO2! Jamie Wolff    Refreshing and expressive, Mariam Iosebidze’s Tavkveri  leaps out of the glass with aromas of sandalwood incense, white pepper, and plenty of fresh red fruit.  Tart cranberries, green strawberries, and bay leaf swirl across the palate. This Georgian red displays great finesse and refreshing structure, with lively acidity and chewy tannins. A beautiful pairing with barbecued meats, curried chicken, or smoked charcuterie.  Andy Paynter  

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Meinklang 2014 Somlo H14 Hárslevelü

While the Meinklang winery and most of its vineyards sit on the Austrian side of the border, there is a small section of vines they work high on terraces surrounded by lava pillars from an extinct volcano in Somló, Hungary. Surrounded by the wild herbs and grasses of the countryside, they cultivate tiny amounts of the native Hungarian grape Hárslevelü. Dubbed ‘wedding night wine’ and drunk by emperors of the great Hapsburg dynasty for its purported effects on virility and the likelihood of male offspring, this is also, historical footnote aside, absolutely delicious to drink. Hárslevelü gives a succulent, spicy, and dense white wine with plenty of freshness and ripe stone fruit. A firm core of acidity and streaks of bright citrus balance the heady flavors and concentrated minerality. Another singular offering from the talented hands of the Michlits family that richly rewards wine lovers and geeks alike. Karina Mackow

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $23.99