Alsace

Austria

Kögl 2020 Southern Styria Morillon

A lively, mineral expression of Morillon as the local Chardonnay is called hailing from the southernmost reaches of Styria right on the Slovenian border.  From extremely steep slopes composed of sandy limestone, the cool nights and terrain is very similar to Burgundy and excellent for Morillon.  From 35 year old vines showing good concentration, the wine spends 20 months on the lees in old barrels before bottling. Bright acidity and a faint whisp of smoky stones reveal citrus and green apple flavors. At an extremely elegant 12%abv, this is an excellent food wine and can pair with a wide variety of cuisines. Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Ott, Bernhard 2021 Wagram Grüner Veltliner Am Berg

Bernard Ott is a fourth generation winegrower in the region of Wagram in lower Austria. His family has been cultivating vines and making wine since 1889. When he took over from his father in 1995, he began to improve the family estate by converting to biodynamics and making positive changes in the cellar as well. Ott is considered an icon in the world of Austrian wines and is a major figure in the world of biodynamic winemaking.Am Berg is made from organic Gruner Veltliner grapes grown in loess soil.  The grapes are sourced from younger estate vines and purchased from growers in Feuersbrunn.  Natural fermentation in stainless steel, left on the fine lees until bottling in February. A delightfully zesty rendition, full of lip smacking minerality  with a profound wintergreen herbaceousness, leading to notes of lemon curd, green apple, white pepper and anise with a concentrated, long finish.  Bring on the Thai food! Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $22.99

Beaujolais

Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2021 Fleurie Cuvée Tardive

From eighty year-old vines on clay and granite soil in Alain Coudert's beautiful Clos de la Roliette, just over the border from Moulin-a-Vent. By "Tardive," Alain Coudert implies that one should wait for this wine to mature, in this case probably about 3 to 5 years, although those unable to wait will certainly enjoy drinking it now. Brighter and with a bit less alcohol than the previous 3 vintages, the 2021 is a classic "Tardive" to hold for a few years, then enjoy until 2035...

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

Descombes, Georges 2020 Morgon

Georges Descombes has created another superb Morgon in 2020 - not as bright perhaps as the 2014 (pictured) but with a similar balance of alcohol (13%), freshness and very ripe sappy fruit. The wine shows a bright, vivid red/black color with earth, violet and citrus notes mingling with lovely raspberry and blackberry aromas. The palate is ripe, silky and well-structured with fresh, velvety raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruit, with earth and mineral notes bringing texture and length to the sappy, lingering finish. This is a beautiful Morgon to serve cool with farm chicken, grilled pork and lamb, cow cheeses and charcuterie over the next  4 - 5 years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2020 Regnie

The 2020 Regnié from Geroges Descombes is a finely balanced wine, even in a warmer vintage, Ripe and generous fruit is offset with lively acidity and a vivid intensity on the palate that keeps this wine lifted and fresh. On the nose there are high-toned aromas of red and black currant, strawberry, raspberry, black cherry, rose, violets, and licorice. The palate has soft and finely integrated tannins and shows notes of strawberry and raspberry liqueur, blackberry, pomegranate, orange peel, baking spice and a granitic minerality, especially on the complex and satisfying finish. This is a very versatile wine, and I wouldn't hesitate to pair with a wide range of foods, from roast chicken and turkey to burgers or even a pork chop. I A joyful wine for all occasions.

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bordeaux Red

Chateau Micalet 2020 Haut Medoc

Chateau Micalet, with a few hectares in the commune of Lamarque was classified "Cru Artisan" by Feret in 1893.  Acquired by the Fedieu family in 1972 the estate was enlarged slightly, never using herbicides, and with a new generation the conversion to organic agriculture was started in 2006. The estate now has 10 hectares on deep beds of gravel, planted at 8,000 pieds/hectare; the normal blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot -  and 7% Petit Verdot,  a grape the Fedieus feel is particularly important. The grapes are harvested by hand and undergo a 3 to 4 week fermentation, the wine ages in barrique, 30% new. The nose on the Haut Medoc has dark plummy fruit, with hints of vanilla and baking spice. Young leather notes and dark gravel tones as well. A little floral with dark violets and roses. The palate has lush black cherry. Graphite and iron on the tongue give an earthy glimmer. Medium acid and soft tannin, but great density at its core. Drink up! David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Grolet 2020 Côtes de Bourg "Origines"

Chateau La Grolet has been certified organic and Biodynamic since 2000. Double Guyot pruning, spontaneous winter grass cover. Soil tillage during the spring, every other row ploughed. Treatments combining small quantities of Bordeaux mixture with herbal teas such as horsetail or nettle. The blend is 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet-Franc, 5% Malbec.  The Hubert family's great farming creates this sensational value Bordeaux which is truly a subtle, complex and profound wine. When young, it is dominated by red and black fruit aromas, then as the years pass, cocoa and mild tobacco notes combine with hints of spice and earth. Can be drunk young but is also a very good wine for laying down, recommended cellaring time: 5 - 10 years.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Burgundy White

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $41.99

Colin-Morey, Pierre-Yves 2011 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazees

The Embrazees vineyard is located just below Les Baudines and borders Santenay. Wines from Les Embrazees are fuller and fatter than those of Les Baudines which is cooler and more exposed to the wind. Embrazees has reddish soil from the clay and is full of small stones from the limestone and these qualities really come out in the wine. This wine illustrates the very meaning of terroir in Burgundy; you could use it as a textbook example of classic Chassagne terroir. It is rich, full-bodied, and full-flavored with a spine of acidity that comes out on the finish.  This is another lovely 2011 that is open now and will be good to drink while it puts on more weight with age.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $274.99

Domaine de l'Enclos 2020 Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy

From a parcel of 40 year-old vines, this is lovely, satisfying Chablis, with yellow fruit in the attack and mid-palate and forceful minerality in the finish. This has more cut and crispness than the very good 2019. This is a great candidate for mid-term aging (the 2016, backward upon release, grew into a beautiful swan with five years in the bottle).  Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $129.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $129.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $289.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $104.99

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $37.99

Champagne

Laherte Frères NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature

A staff favorite, this is the go-to Blanc de Blancs for a lean and food friendly Champagne. The nose is understated with notes of Meyer lemon, sage, and orange blossom. The palate offers a rush of freshness that carries aromas of white peaches, apricots through to a McIntosh apple finish.

  • white sparkling
  • 32 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic

Ponson NV (2017) Champagne Extra Brut La Petite Montagne 1er cru

A base vintage of 2017 here. There is still the red fruit that marks the Coulommes, but it's more focused and concentrated, leaning towards kirsch notes and there is plenty savory complexity, with fennel-y accents. The texture and bubbles feel finer. This is extremely elegant for the price.

  • white sparkling
  • 26 in stock
  • no discount
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $61.99

Cote-de-Beaune

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $234.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $234.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $139.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $74.99

Rapet, Père et Fils 2020 Bourgogne Rouge "En Bully"

The Rapet Bourgogne Rouge "En Bully" is from a tiny vineyard high on the back-side of Corton, at an altitude of 350 meters on the slope facing les Hautes-Côtes on the locality named La Grande Corvée de Bully. The soil here is limestone marl with a shallow top-layer, always giving a bright and pretty style of Pinot. The 2020 is just delicious, showing a vibrant red color and very floral aromas of ripe, crushed berries, rose petal and earth. The palate is lush and beautifully balanced with velvety cherry and raspberry fruit with mineral, earth and citrus notes that linger in the refreshing, sappy finish. Just a delightful red Burgundy - serve a bit cool and enjoy!

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $169.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $44.99

Cote-de-Nuit

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $48.99

Trapet 2020 Gevrey-Chambertin

"All that you really want from a village Gevrey." Neal Martin, Vinous

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $86.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Trapet 2020 Marsannay Rouge

"The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red-berry fruit on the entry, quite a peppery Marsannay with plenty of freshness on the sapid finish." Neal Martin, Vinous

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Germany

Beurer, Jochen 2021 Württemberg Riesling Chardonnay

The label for "In der Luft" says it all; "In the Air" in English, showing a photo of winemaker and BMX guru from Swabia, Jochen Beurer "flying" over a rally car  on his bike! An ethereal blend of Riesling with Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer, unfiltered with great lift and energy. The nose wafts clouds of lychee and green jalapeno whilst the palate shows flavors of juicy green melon and lime. A total blast of fantasy and fun, not taking itself seriously and meant to be shared with company. In the words of the most excellent Wayne's World: "Party on Garth!" Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Hofgut Worner 2020 Baden Steillage Riesling

Hailing from Baden only 12 miles due east of Strasbourg across the border amidst scenic rolling hills and half timbered houses, Worner crafts this intriguing blend of Riesling and Muller Thurgau as their entry level wine. Steillage (steep slope) is assembled from their various steep vineyard sites; as Matthias Worner explains "You know these are among the highest-elevation vineyards in Germany... and they all face east and west, none face south. " To put it in context,  these vineyards are around 400 meters (just over 1,300 feet) high. So they are not wildly high-altitude but it's a factor to consider; the general elevation of the Mosel seems to be around 100 or so meters - Piesport is at exactly 119 meters. Klausen, a small village at the top of the Piesporter Goldtröpfchen, sits at about 245 meters. In this context, 400 meters is not nothing. In addition to the altitude and exposure giving the wine it's vibrant energy, the blend contributes as well, The Muller Thurgau gives it a little more airy fullness without weight and the Riesling gives it zip and cut.Mountain meadow aromas with citrus and stony minerality on the crisp palate. A stunning  look at Baden white wine in a region known for it's Pinot Noir!  Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Koehler-Ruprecht 2019 Pfalz Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling Spätlese Trocken

Koehler-Ruprecht in the Pfalz makes wines much the same way they did over a century ago: no chemicals in the vineyards, no manipulation in the winery, with very long, slow fermentations in huge, old barrels. The Saumagen is an ultraditional expression of Pfalz dry Riesling: established as a vineyard in 1810, it was an ancient Roman limestone quarry. The Saumagen is the estate’s crown jewel: 4 hectares of chalky marl and limestone in the shape of a saumagen, the specialty sausage of the region! It produces wines that are simultaneously muscular yet graceful, extremely mineral and vibrant. Combine that with the showstopper 2019 vintage and a Spatlese (ripe) trocken (dry) style and you have the hallmark signature of a winter weight Riesling with all the bells and whistles , ready to give heavy hitter GGs (grand crus) from Von Winning and Muller Catoir a run for their money.Peking Duck anyone? Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • 10 in stock
  • $22.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $279.99

Schaefer, Willi 2019 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese #11

The 2019 Graacher Domprobst Auslese #11 is filigreed and racy for the pradikat, showing all the verve and brightness of the vintage. The nose shows a touch of sponti, but time in the glass reveals pretty aromas of pear skin, orange blossom, peach nectar, and cool mint leaves. There's a delicate honeyed sweetness that dances across the palate balanced by pitch-perfect acidity and waves of luscious stone fruit and citrus flavors with a subtle herbal undercurrent. Framing this is a zesty, mouthwatering stoniness leading to impeccable balance even at this young age. This is already lovely, but this will dazzle when mature in 8-10 years and for decades beyond. An emotionally gratifying wine! John McIlwain

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $104.99

Schaefer, Willi 2020 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5

The 2020 Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #5 comes mainly from the Gerdsgrub and Fergert sectors of the vineyard per Jean Fisch and David Rayer of Mosel Fine Wines. This displays more overt reduction on opening, with the smoky, flinty elements mingling with aromas of lemon oil, cherry blossom, and grapefruit peel. The palate is supple and creamy with lovely wild berry flavors and subtle spices radiating from a steely, stony core. There's excellent complexity here that will only gain from time in the cellar, but even now this seems like a master class in Spätlese Mosel Riesling--equal parts kaleidoscopic florals and a deep dive into geology. John McIlwain

  • white medium-sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

Glassware

  • Glasses - Wine
  • 22 in stock
  • $5.99

Italy Piedmont

  • red
  • 29 in stock
  • $24.99

Principiano, Ferdinando 2018 Barolo Serralunga

In 2018 all of the fruit that usually makes up Principiano's single-vineyard Barolo Boscaretto went into the Barolo Serralunga. The Boscaretto fruit sees some significant percentage of whole-cluster fermentation (in steel, with indigenous yeasts, with aging in botti). In conversation a few years ago Ferdinando was pondering dropping the single-vineyard bottlings (Boscaretto, and Ravera di Monforte) in favor of a single blended wine; if the 2018 Barolo di Serralunga is any guide, this is still a pretty fantastic idea.  My most recent two tastings have shown the wine to be very approachable; I think it has the stuff to mature for some years, but it is drinking beautifully now. It's very aromatic - classic young Nebbiolo, with some cherry, blood orange, balsam, delicately floral; the tannins are ripe and relatively gentle, and the whole come together as balanced and super elegant wine. As a highly experienced (and highly articulate) wine friend said, the 2018 is "stupid good". Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $57.99

Italy Tuscany

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $48.99

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $24.99

Italy White

  • white
  • 74 in stock
  • $10.99

La Marca di San Michele 2019 Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi DOC Superiore Capovolta

This wine is fresh and bright but has gained complexity with age to the point where it is competing with some of Italy’s best white wines. Aromatically fine and layered, with typical almond, a hint of white flowers, tarragon, fennel, and other green herbs it’s fairly full-bodied and shows no heat (at 13 degrees alcohol); the pleasing vinosity and richness is carried by quite pronounced saline mineralilty and lively hints of fresh lime. All in all this is a perfect moment for this lovely wine. Jamie WolffA truly fantastic wine. On the nose, there is a fresh nuttiness, accented by plush herbs, white blossoms, clementines and apricot. Flavors are generous, and the mouthfeel defies the wine's age. Lemons, orange pith, and zingy white minerals cling to an awesome, filling structure. Great acidity and a little tannin - you lick your gums after you sip it. Powerful wine, and an absolute stand-out at this price point.

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $27.99

Vignato 2019 Gambellara Classico El Gian

If you love Soave, this is the wine for you without paying the premium of the famous place name! Located about a 15 minute drive from Soave are the volcanic hills of Gambellara. Davide Vignato was the first winemaker to be certified organic and practicing biodynamic in this DOC.  Made from 100% Garganega, the same grape as Soave, "El Gian" is named after the winemaker’s father who planted the vines 25 years ago in these rolling hills using the traditional pergola system. The wine is made in stainless steel tanks and rests on the lees for five months before being bottled. Straw yellow in color, it has both fruity and floral aromas, good minerality and acidity, and is savory with a hint of spice and citrus. Perfect with a meaty white fish, chicken or even a quiche at brunch!

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Loire

Chateau Favray 2021 Pouilly-Fumé

Located in the north-east corner of Pouilly-Fumé we find Chateau Favray, an ancient farm with abandonned vineyards that was ressurected by Quentin David and family begining in 1981. The soils in this corner of the appellation are Oxfordian limestone of Villiers and hard grey limestone of Tonnerre with limestone pebbles and fossilzed shells and corals. The 2021 has great energy with bright grapefruit citrus, peach, white flowers and fresh cut grass on the nose. The palate is clean and focused with a mineral core and vibrant acidity giving a sense of power while still feeling light and pure. It's a wonderful value and would pair nicely with seafood or lighter vegetable dishes while being equally enjoyable on its own. Jeff DiLorenzo

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Chateau Favray 2021 Pouilly-Fumé "Tonnerre"

 The 2021  Pouilly-Fumé "Tonnerre" is from a unique terroir on hard grey linestone of Tonnerre, that gives a more structured and age-worthy wine. More textbook stylistically than the entry level Pouilly-Fume, The nose is less grassy and grapefruity and more mineral with a hint of mint. The palate is fuller and rounder while still exhibiting bright acidity and stony minerality. Drink this dense and vibrant Pouilly-Fumé over the next ten years. Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Grand Mont

 "Grand Mont" is one of the greatest sites in Benais - a high, south-facing slope on yellow Turonian limestone with shallow sandy clay soils, rich in mica. Wines from this vineyard are built to age and this rare bottling from Domaine de la Chevalerie is a beautiful example. They started to produce it in 2009, and they consider it their grande cuvée. The wine ages in a one-year-old barrel and several older barrels for 7 months, bottled unfined unfiltered. 2014 Loire reds are superb - it was not an easy vintage for the winemakers, but the results were often fabulous, especially at Chevalerie, with a perfect balance of ripe black and red fruits with firm earthy acidity. The 2014 "Grand Mont" shows a very dark black/purple color with elegant aromas of black raspberry and blackberry with violet, earth, dark chocolate, citrus and game.  The palate shows silky tannins and complex red and black fruits - beautifully balanced with bright acidity and mineral flavours. This is really elegant and Burgundian, very long and built to last, really a perfect Bourgueil that will become a profound mature wine in ten to fifteen years - then drink until 2045 and beyond. Open the day before if drinking now, paired with a confit rabbit with cardamon & juniper served with roasted celeriac, or a coq-au-vin. 100% Cabernet Franc. David Lillie / Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $109.99

Crochet, Daniel 2021 Sancerre Blanc

" Daniel Crochet has about 10 hectares of vines, a modest and manageable domaine. Of this, about 6 hectares of the vineyard are dedicated to Sauvignon Blanc, while a little less than 4 hectares are planted to Pinot Noir. The vines are in general located on the slopes around Bué, while some lie between Bué and Sancerre. The soils are a typical mix of Kimmeridgian terres blanches and Oxfordian caillottes. The work in the vineyards is organic. Daniel works the soil by plough, uses no herbicides or other synthetic chemicals, and he allows natural grass and other vegetation to grow around the vines and in the rows. He may apply a little organic compost, but that is the sum of the treatments he applies." winedoctor

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic

Grandes Vignes 2020 Vin de France 'Cabernet Breton' (Cab Franc)

Yum! This is a very gulpable Cab Franc from the folks at Domaine les Grandes Vignes. This has very little tannin, and a healthy amount of acidity and ripe red fruit, so it's a shoo-in for the chillable red category. There's nice density and richness, which can be missed with some Loire Valley natural wines  (always good to have a medium bodied option in that category). There's a little Cab Franc barnyardy funk on the nose, but just pure fruit on the palate, so it's an easy fit for the dinner table, even for less "adventurous" palates. Grapes are destemmed, see 6 days of maceration, and about 7 months in barrel and another 4-5 months in concrete. During a tasting at the domaine last February, I wrote: "Nice, classic, very Anjou, with dark fruit."  -EL

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Cuvée Deux Monts

From  70-80 year-old vines in "Petits Monts" and "Grand Monts" towards the top of the slope above Benais, facing roughly south-west, clay over Turonien limestone (tuffeau, craie micacée).  18-month élevage ; 40% in cuve inox, 20% in one new 400 liter barrel, 20% in one-year and 20% in two-year old barrels, assembled two months before bottling. This is the terroir giving the most elegant and age-worthy Bourgueils and 2018 is a magnificent vintage for this wine!  Tasted July 2022, the wine showed a deep red/black color and lush aromas of ripe cassis and black raspberry with hints of brown spice and oak. The palate is a lovely combination of ripe black fruits and bright acidity, dense and supple with graphite and saline minerals under the deep fruits in the very long finish. Forward enough to enjoy now, this will need time to unfold its mysteries and will be a very complex and beautiful mature wine, best to wait 5 years then drink until 2042 and beyond.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Landron, Jo 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le Fief du Breil

 Jo Landron's Fief du Breil is from a beautiful walled vineyard sloping towards the Sèvre, with clay, sand and quartz stones over a bedrock of orthogneiss. The vines average 40 to 50 years of age, the vineyard is certified organic and biodynamic and gives very low yields. In the dense and well-strctured 2017 vintage the wine was aged 30 months sur-lie. This beautiful Muscadet needs aeration or decanting, then shows aromas of grapefruit skin, pear, lime-flower, candied citrus and almond. The palate is perfectly balanced and intensely mineral - showing ripe white fruits, almond, anise and stone flavors with firm acidity and pronounced flavors of stone and saline mineral. This is a bit more forward than the granite and gabbro-based based wines - really superb as a young wine served with shellfish, grilled fish and white meats. As usual with great Muscadet it will age beautifully and pair with monkfish, lobster and aged goat cheeses. Very little was imported, don't miss it!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $22.99

Luneau-Papin 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le "L" d'Or Granit Vallet

2015 is another very good vintage for the Luneau-Papin "L" d'Or, lacking the crunch of the 2014 perhaps, but still a very stylish Muscadet for current drinking and medium-term aging as well.  The wine shows complex aromas including pear, citrus and exotic fruit with anise and herbs. The palate is crystalline and long with stone and white fruits, really delicious, with a nice bit of crisp, bitter acidity in the finish. A good candidate for aging, this is Luneau-Papin's only cuvee on a granite subsoil (granit a deux micas) having a different character than the granite soils in Clisson or Chateau Thebaud. Vintages going back to 1989 of the L  d'Or are superb now, but this  very young 2015 would be perfect today with a filet of sole. DL      

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Cru Château Thébaud

The Domaine de la Pépière Cru Communal Château Thébaud comes from old vines in vineyards with great terroir on slopes overlooking the river Maine. The granite here (Granite de Château Thébaud, oddly enough) is fissured and permeable by the vine roots which have access to water during dry spells and absorb micro-nutrients along the way.  2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014 here were among the best of the vintage in Muscadet and the 2017 will stand out as well due to the combination of density and minerality with the very firm acidity of this very good vintage year for Muscadet - those of you lucky enough to have the 2014 in your cellar understand just what a special wine  this is. Notes from Remi Branger: "For the Château Thébaud 2017 - we harvested on the 2nd of September and did a longer elevage - 3 and 1/2 years sur lie, and we bottled it in the spring of 2021. We had thought to do a 4 year elevage but we realized that the exchange between the lies and the wine was occuring faster than usual. We have a beautiful Château Thébaud with aromas of white flowers and a touch of white peach; on the palate the density and power arrive in the finish which is less structured than the 2014 but is more structured and brighter than the 2015."  The 2014 Château Thébaud is one of my favorite Muscadet, though it needs 5 more years to really open up, and the 2017 is not far behind - perhaps a bit more precocious, thus beautiful to drink now or to age for 20 years. David Lillie

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Roche Bleue 2021 Jasnières Sec

100% Chenin Blanc, from 10 - 25 year-old vines on a slope of clay/silex soils on limestone, certified organic. Slow pressing of whole clusters; long fermentations, most in 4 to 6 year-old barriques, the younger vines in cuve inox; elevage in 6 year-old barrels. More austere than the 2020 vintage, the 2021 Jasnières Sec from Sébastien Cornille  shows intriguing aromas of dried pear, pineapple, lime-flower, honey and stone. The palate is lean and mineral with citrus, dried apple and pear, wet stone and fines herbes. The finish is bone dry, mineral and long with firm acidity. Serve this scintillating Chenin Blanc with oysters, grilled and fried seafood, white meats and goat cheeses. Cellaring of five to ten years will reval a locely mature wine...  David Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Sansonnière (Mark Angéli) 2017 Vin de France La Lune 1.5L

 In 2017, another vintage badly hit by the frost, the estate lost 50% of their crop, giving wines with a lot of concentration. The vintage was quite sunny and relatively easy in terms of farming, harvest was early with good ripeness. Acidity stayed surprisingly good, balancing out the little residual sugar left. A lot of honey, quince and liquorice both on the nose, the palate has a serious structure, the acid back-bone being discreetly hidden behind the ripeness. A bottle to enjoy with a Moroccan vegetable tajine and or chicken masala. You can cellar it for 10 years. 8g RS, 35 ppm total of volcanic sulfur. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Misc. Europe

Bodrog Bormuhely 2017 Hungary Tokaj-Hegyalja Furmint

The Lapis Vineyard is near the town of Bodrogkeresztúr in Tokaj and looks down onto the Bodrog River and its floodplains. Despite being near to all of this moisture, botrytis only hits certain parts of the vineyard. The 1,8 ha that they farm is 155m up and in a breezy spot making dry wines possible. The soil is a mixture of rhyolite with strong brown clay soil and tufa.  If there were to be reclassification of the Tokaj vineyards, this would be a strong contender for a grand cru.  Fresh and botrytis free fruit  fermented in small used barrels. It’s all at once pure, bright and fresh, and dense with peach and lemon notes, a hint of petrol and an intense saline  minerality. The high acidity is balanced by the creamy mouthfeel from long lees and barrel ageing. An incredibly elegant and sumptuous wine fit for the Kings of yore that used to drink it, think fatty fish and fowl dishes,  creamy pastas and  full flavored cheeses. Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Heimann & Fiai Kekfrankos 2018 Szekszard Kekfrankos (Blaufränkisch)

Heimann and Fiai (Heimann and Sons) has been pioneering  bringing many clones of Kadarka (and some Kékfrankos ) back to life from the verge of extinction during Communism. Located near the southern border across from Serbia and Croatia on the Danube due south from Budapest, the region  was heralded for it's  wine since Roman times. Depopulated during the Ottoman occupation, families ventured back upon their departure at the end of the 17th century. Tax breaks were given to local growers to stimulate viticulture and encourage Swabian German settlers  to bring their winemaking expertise. The Heimann's are one of those original Swabian settlers and  have been making wine there since 1758!  Spontaneous fermentation, zero fining, coarsely filtered if at all, and a minimal use of SO2 at bottling. They are also aging wines in clay in addition to Hungarian oak and stainless steel.  The Birtok (estate) Kékfrankos is sourced from younger vines. Fermentation is in large wooden and stainless steel open vats  with 20-25 days of maceration, twice daily foot trodding and/or pumped over, then aged 8 months in used oak. With nearly twice as much maceration as Kadarka, there is far more texture and grip along with more fruit and earthiness. The 2018 is all earthy barnyard on the nose with plummy undertones. But the palate is surprisingly lithe on its feet with a low alcohol of 12%, lifted acidity and tannins with notes of herbaceousness and blackberries. A perfect food wine for heaps of goulash (veal stew), chicken paprikash (a spicy chicken stew) and pork shoulder. Giselle Hamburg

  • 5 in stock
  • $23.99

Misc. France

Domaine des Costes 2018 Pécharmant Cuvée Tradition

Purchased by the Dournel family in 1992, the Domaine des Costes in Pécharmant has been certified organic since 2007. Pécharmant is a small high-quality AOC within Bergerac, seldom seen in the US,  benefiting from hillside vineyards of gravel over iron-rich clay. The wines are made from Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon -  well-structured with dense fruit, the older vine cuvées age beautifully, and wine from younger vines such as the 2018 "Tradition" are full-bodied and quite delicious for drinking over 5 to 8 years.The 2018 is an earthy red/garnet color, with intriguing aromas of black raspberry, cassis, earth, roast meat and spice.The palate is dense and richly textured with deep red currant and cassis fruit, with tobacco and earth with a very firm mineral presence on the tongue and a very long finish of red currant, minerals and firm acidity. All this for $15.99! Bravo to the Dournel family for this beautiful big little wine... David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Jonc Blanc 2019 Vin de France Racine

Isabelle and Franck Pascal make this beautiful natural wine (formerly known as "Classik") from Cabernet and Merlot grown on their Biodynamic estate near Felines, in Bergerac. The wine is aged sur-lie 12 months in barrel, and is bottled without filtration or added sulfur. The color is a dark red/black; the wine needs air, so give this  a few hours open or a decant, then shows bright, vivid aromas of ripe cassis and boysenberry liqueur with earth, musk, violet and graphite. The palate is lush, ripe and vibrant with blackberry, cassis, prune, chocolate, earth, stone and licorice lifted by firm, cool acidity that continues in the long, bright and sapid finish. Wow, delicious! Serve with grilled pork or beef, a daube Provençal, strong cheeses and charcuterie or cellar for 5 to 8 years.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Laguerre 2021 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Blanc

The Laguerre EOS Blanc is from high-altitude vineyards in the Roussillon, on granite soils, approximately 65% Grenache Blanc and 35% Macabeu, harvested by hand into small baskets, with low yields, certified organic by Ecocert. Subtle, floral, pear, stone, citrus and herbal aromas with an elegant, round and balanced palate of citrus, white fruits, hay and stone with crisp acidity. Really an elegant, refreshing and unique wine that is a great aperitif and will accompany a full-flavoerd fish dish, chicken and white meats.  This is a beatifully made, real wine of terroir at an unbeatable price! David Lillie

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2021 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rouge

Eric Laguerre's "Eos Rouge" is an elegant blend of 80% Grenache from 40-year-old gobelet-trained vines, with some Carignan and Syrah from soils of decomposed granite, gneiss, and some veins of quartz. Like "Le Passage," the grapes are fermented in fiber tanks with native yeasts for about two weeks, then aged in concrete. The beautiful 2021 shows bright aromas of cherry, strawberry and black raspberry with hints of blueberry and musk from the Syrah, quite pretty and pure. The palate shows a potpourri of ripe red and black fruits, with earth, cocoa and spice in a refreshing frame of cool acidity and mineral flavors.  The high altitude and the primarily granite soils give Eric's wines a bright and vibrant character that makes them great pairings with a wide variety of foods - we loved it with a grilled burger from grass-fed beef, but grilled pork and chicken would be great as well.  This is one of the best values in the store - thanks to Eric and Corinne Laguerre for their great organic farming and delicious, affordable wines! David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2021 Vin de France Ribeyrenc

An almost extinct grape grown in the Languedoc, Ribeyrenc (Rivairenc) has been preserved mostly due to the work of Thierry Navarre and his father before him, planted on slopes of schist, exposure south-east.  It’s thin-skinned and yields a fresh and vibrant red wine with only 11.5% alcohol, and is possibly related to Cinsault.  The 2021 is simply delicious! The aromas are complex with red fruits, spice, herbs, tobacco, rose petal and tea-leaf. Low-alcohol and  light-bodied and a bit delicate with plum, red currant, spice and smoke on the palate, with a long finish - fresh, floral, and unlike anything else, really a lovely wine ! EL

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tissot 2018 Arbois Clos de la Tour de Curon Chard

Chardonnay from a single vineyard of massale vines planted in 2002, at 16,000 vines per hectare - Stephane says this is the "Montrachet" of the Jura!

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $174.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Misc. Spirits

  • fortified aperitif wine
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

Forthave Spirits NV Amaro Mithradates 750ml

Mithradates was credited with creating an ancient, wine-based amaro sometime in the first century BCE. Of course Daniel and friends at Forthave HAD to fully geek out and experiment with this ancient elixir and the result is their first wine-based Amaro, named after the original creator. From our friends at Forthave: "MITHRADATES VI is a vino amaro made with red wine from New York’s Finger Lakes region and aromatized with 34 unique botanicals. The grapes (Frontenac), harvested in 2021, were vinified and then fortified with various herbal extractions before resting in used bourbon casks and steel tanks. It is the second release of Forthave Spirits’ historical line, where ancient medicinal recipes are reinterpreted as digestivos. // For more info, email us or check out Forthave online.

  • bitter
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $52.99

New Zealand

Halcyon Days 2019 Hawke's Bay Gris-Noir

Lovers of savory, skin-contact wines rejoice!  Halcyon Days is a small winery in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand farming organically, hand-harvesting their fruit, using indigenous yeasts, no additions, and no filtration (all still pretty rare practices in this region). This blend of skin-contact Pinot Gris and rosé of Pinot Noir hits all the right notes. The Pinot Gris is destremmed and remains on the skins for two weeks with gentle extraction before blending with Pinot Noir rosé, then spends five months on the lees before bottling.  In the glass it has a beautiful coppery-orange color and on the nose notes of simmered apricot, red and golden beets, red apple skins, and dried orange peel. The palate is brisk and gently textured from the skin contact revealing additional notes of wildflower honey, quinine, and freshly turned soil. This earthy, compelling rosé that remains bright and refreshing. We found this to be the perfect pairing for pizza, but could stand up to anything barbequed, or simply enjoyed on it's own. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • rosé
  • 1 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Rhone

Balazu des Vaussières 2017 Vin de France Cuvée Hysope

For lovers of natural wines - The new Rouge from Balazu des Vaussieres is the Cuvée Hysope, recently bottled after a brief passage in wood, then four years aging in tank. It's from 50% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 20% Carignan and 10% Cinsault, grown primarily in Tavel with additional vines in Roquemaure, nearby. The wine needs 1 - 2 hours of aeration (after it's four years in vat) then shows lovely black cherry, plum, violet, citrus peel and earth. The palate shows firm acidity and a dense earthy texture with ripe cherry, red currant and licorice with herbal and citrus notes. The finish is long and complex with earthy red fruits, citrus and brown spice. This is a beautiful living wine which will be fun to taste over many days, recorked in the fridge. Ten years of cellaring should be interesting...

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Barou 2021 VdP Collines Rhodaniennes Marsanne "Rendez-Vous"

The Barou family family makes delicious wines, and grows cherries and apricots on their mixed-use organic estate in Charnas, in the northern section of the AOC Saint-Joseph. Their 2021 Vin de Pays Marsanne is a simply superb everyday wine! Light bronze/gold color.  This needs a few minutes to open up, then shows bright aromas of pear and peach, almond, lime-flower, lemon peel, smoke and hay, really quite pretty, and a little fresher than the 2020 at 13% alcohol. Ripe stone fruits on the palate, primarily peach and dried pear with lemon, spice and saline mineral flavors with refreshing acidity. Beautiful finish with white and yellow fruits and minerals. Serve this lovely wine as a superb aperitif or with chicken, full-flavored fish, mild cheeses and Asian foods. This is a unique and delicious wine and an extraordinary value - highly recommended! 

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

Charvin 2020 Côtes-du-Rhone Le Poutet

The Laurent Charvin "Le Poutet"  is made from average 50 year-old vines (some are 90 years-old!) of 80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Syrah and Carignan in vineyards that abut Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Maucoil in the northwest and Campovin and Boislauzon in the northeast. The soils are sandy clay/limestone with galets stones. The grapes undergo a 15 to 20-day whole bunch fermentation with daily pumping-overs, the wine then spends 18 months in concrete vat and is bottled unfined and unfiltered. The resulting wine is equal to many Châteauneuf-du-Pape, offering complex aromas of garrigue and spicy red fruits with the structure to evolve and drink well over ten to fifteen years. The lovely 2020 shows "a red robe; the nose carries a light essence of cooked plum fruit, strawberry jam, pepper, peony. It’s wide, will emerge and evolve well. The palate is close-knit, herbal-peppery, lined with red cherry, brisk fruits, cut in the tannins that still stand a little on the outside. Its frame is a bit skeletal, can amplify. There is rocky powder emphasis on the close, the length good. I like its gradual upping of the tempo, depth. It has interest, hidden corners, is not an open book. “It’s very fresh, always had foundation. 2019 is powerful, but 2020 bears jolis fruits, has true class, an identity,” Laurent Charvin."  drinkrhone.com

  • red
  • 34 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2020 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc

Thomas Finot, who is making fascinating wines in the Coteaux Grésivaudan in the Isère, makes a tiny quantity of Crôzes-Hermitage Blanc and Rouge.  This beautiful Crôzes Blanc is from 100% Marsanne grown on the family's 1.8 hectare parcel of old vines in Larnage on a hillside with granite and limestone subsoils under interesting soils of white clay (kaolin). It's a great terroir for Marsanne giving a wine that is ripe and concentrated but with a fabulous underlying stone and smoky character.  The wine shows a bright gold color with aromas of floral yellow fruits and almond. The palate is a fascinating blend of buttery apricot and citrus flavors with smoky stone and minerals, finishing with stone fruits and citrus lingering on the palate. Lovely wine and a great food pairing with full-flavored fish and poultry dishes, Asian cuisine.

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic

Sake

  • 3 in stock
  • $34.99

Kokken Yamahai Junmai 720ml

Made from 100% Miyamanishiki rice, this is a wonderful example of yamahai sake from Kokken, a renowned brewery from the south of Fukushima prefecture. While most sake is made by adding lactic acid to the moto (mash of rice and koji that is a "starter" for fermentation) the more time-consuming yamahai method allows ambient lactic acid bacteria to influence and  proliferate within the moto. While the population of lactic acid bacteria is building within the starter mash, it comes under the influence of other ambient yeasts and bacteria. Once commercial yeast is added and fermentation properly starts, those ambient yeasts and bacterias are quickly overtaken, but their influence remains in the finished sake, giving yamahai sake a distinctly savory, wild, and gamey character. An "old-school" way of making sake, yamahi is prized for its robust character and deep flavor. That being said, this example by Kokken is quite a delicate and easy-drinking yamahai, with a slight savory profile, a hint of fresh cut grass, nice citrus fruit on the palate, and a bit of a lactic quality. With good acidity and a slightly more robust mouthfeel, this is a wonderful food sake which will pair with a number of different dishes, but is also delicious on its own. Oskar Kostecki 

At the first sip, you instantly can taste more of the creamy texture of this sake than most are used to. However, its creaminess plays very well with the slightly sweet, fruit-forward taste you get on the tip of your tongue. Its subtle aromatics hide the lingering fruit in your mouth from every sip. Easy drinking whether its fridge cold or with a slight chill, Kokken Yamahai Junmai works as both a great sake to sip on while you relax or one to share with a group of friends. Louis Jones

  • Junmai
  • 2 in stock
  • $26.99

Spain Table

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $26.99

Bodegas Cota 45 2016 Agostado Cortado

Ramiro Ibanez is making very exciting wines in Sanlucar de Barrameda. This is his oxidative white wine, made with the ancient varieties Perruno (from Trebujena)  and Uva Rey and a small amount of Palomino Fino (from Arcos de la Frontera). Compare it to Palo Cortado sherries, but this is unfortified and the balance between biological and oxidative aging is a product of terroir in the bodega (cellar) and in the pago (vineyards). First, the hand harvested grapes are dried in the sun (this process, the aoleo, is traditional in Jerez but increasingly uncommon) then fermented with indigenous yeasts and pressed whole cluster into  very old 500L Botas. There, the wine rested for 26 months, four of them under flor. The resultant wine is full-bodied and oxidative in character, with aromas of salt, earth, white flowers, melon, citrus, and butter pastry. The palate is structured and intense, alive and powerful, showing a deep and intensely saline earthiness coupled to bright white floral notes, sweet spice, bright citrus and melon. This is the sort of wine that lingers vividly on the palate for minutes, transforming in expected and unexpected (but thoroughly pleasant) directions. As good with crackers, nuts and cheeses as it was with turkey this thanksgiving. Uniquely memorable and satisfying, I am in awe. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

Celler Tuets 2018 Penedes Garnatxa Blanca

A little digging in the crates of Selections de la Vina inventory revealed that they still had some 2018 Garnatxa Blanca from one of our favorite Spanish Catalan producers, Tuets. We promptly grabbed some and couldn't be happier with the density, length on the palate, and medium weight of this Mediterranean white. Easily paired with cheeses and snacks, but also full enough to hold up to cream based sauces and any form of poultry or fish.  -EL

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $189.99

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $23.99

Pedralonga 2021 Rias Baixas Albariño

From 7.5 ha of organic and biodynamically farmed vines, this Albarino is full of energy! Pedralonga means "big rock" in Gallego, which refers to the chunks of granite that protrude from the vineyard soils and create the textured, mineral core of the palate. With flavors of citrus, green apple, white flower, briny sea spray, and light herbs, the wine is delicious and bright.

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Raventós I Blanc 2020 Conca del Riu Anoia de Nit Reserva Rosé 375 ml

Pepe Raventós stepped outside of the Cava appellation in 2012 to create the Conca del Riu Anoia designation. The de Nit rosé was the first Conca wine and continues to sate and impress us with its lively expression of calcareous soils, rich with marine fossils. This is an incredibly versatile sparkler that has crisp, pretty stone fruit and light raspberry fruit with a gorgeous minerality.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $17.99

United States Red

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $549.99

United States White

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $18.99

Hope Well 2020 Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay

Mimi made no red wine at all in 2020 in the wake of the fires in Oregon and the whites were produced only after rain blew the smoke out to sea. She made just three barrels of the Chardonnay and it is a truly lovely wine. There is real weight and breadth in the mid-palate, full of white peach and Meyer lemon fruit and this is incredibly pleasurable today. But there is no shortage of acidity and freshness and so much detail in the long mineral-toned finish that if you want to put a bottle or two away, I have no doubt you will be richly rewarded. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $22.99

Whisky

Deadwood American Rye Whiskey 750ml

This is a great go-to rye whiskey for cocktails and super approachable. Dave Schmier of Redemption Whiskey makes this with a mash of ~96% rye, 4% malted barley from 2-3year old barrels.Bottled at 41.5% ABV.

  • rye whiskey
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99