Bichi 2018 Bichi Pet Mex

I am thrilled to carry three exciting wines from Mexico (yes they make wine, not just beer!). Noel Téllez works with a field blend from the San Antonio de la Minas vineyard in Baja at 1,066ft elevation close to the ocean of as yet unknown varieties. These are 69 year-old, gnarled vines that are farmed organically, without irrigation, and the grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed. The wine finishes fermentation in bottle with no SO2 added. I love that this pet-nat is left just slightly off-dry making it juicy and luscious on the palate with notes of red apple, fresh raspberry, and strawberry preserves. The perfect fall aperitif! Michelle DeWyngaert

  • 30 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Alsace

Barth 2017 Alsace Riesling Granite

Laurent Barth works with 4.5 hectares of vines based outside of Colmar where there is the highest concentration of Grand Cru vineyards in Alsace. Though this bottling is simply labeled Alsace, the fruit is actually from the steep, terraced slopes of the Grand Cru Schlossberg. The granite soils here show prominently in this Riesling, as the name suggests! Laurent farms using only organic compounds and employs biodynamic practices, and is extremely judicious with sulfur additions creating wines that are delicate and precise.

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Barth, Laurent 2012 Alsace Grand Cru Marckrain 500ml

Beautifully balanced off-dry Gewurztraminer from the Grand Cru Marckrain!

  • white off-dry
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Boxler 2017 Alsace Edelzwicker Reserve

Now here is an old friend, a fine throwback from the Robert Chadderon era (with a new name on the back label). Right out of the gate there are effusive aromatics: fresh cut apple, apple blossom, honeysuckle, honeydew, and salted lemon on the nose—believe me folks, this is some Edelzwicker! The mid-weight palate is racy and lithe, with enough concentration to belie its inconsequential “table wine” category. There’s plenty of brisk acidity and chalky mineral character to accompany the ripe orchard fruit flavors, with just a touch of cool herbaceousness to lend interest on a long, sapid, lip-smacking finish. Honestly, Edelzwicker is a bit of a forgotten category, but Albert Boxler makes the most compelling (and certainly delicious) examples I’ve ever drunk and theirs ages beautifully should you happen to forget a bottle or two in the cellar. Positively gorgeous and a near giddy treat that has me thinking of simpler Spring evenings. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 49 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 32 in stock
  • $23.99

  • white
  • 35 in stock
  • $19.99

Austria

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $29.99

Alzinger 2018 Wachau Steinertal Riesling Smaragd

The Riesling from Alzinger's Steinertal parcel often sells out the moment it arrives from Austria; the steep, higher reaches of the vineyard have a sparse layer of soil over the primary rock of Gföhler gneiss which lends itself well to growing Riesling with intense minerality and power. The vineyard is located at the end of two valleys, where cool air intensifies in the autumn, providing ideal diurnal range to preserve acidity, ripeness, and aromas in the grapes. Luckily for us, this year there's enough available to make it to the website! Vibrant energy, elegant structure, age-worthy concentration, these are the attributes that make this wine so sought after! 2018 reflects the warmth of the vintage with a touch more fruitiness on the palate. Apricot skin and stone on the nose, the palate is dense and very youthful with flavors of ripe peach, orange zest, tangerine juice and wildflowers. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $69.99

Alzinger 2019 Wachau Dürnstein Grüner Veltliner Federspiel

Sourced from vineyards around the town of Dürnstein, on more gravelly, sandy, alluvial soils in contrast to the more stony meager soils further up slope. The 2019 boasts an effusively floral nose: jonquils, lemon blossoms, sweet pea, and clover, with some notes of apple skin and wet stone. The palate is lithe and racy, even agile. There are bright acidity and stone notes, driving a distinctly sapid palate. You get the savory herbal notes walking hand in hand with the preserved lemon, tart apple, and underripe white peach culminating in a lingering, mouthwatering, and pleasingly bittersweet finish. The contrast between fruit and stone is compelling and this shows plenty of lively detail in each sip. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 54 in stock
  • $16.99

  • white
  • 40 in stock
  • $18.99

Jurtschitsch 2018 Kamptal Mon Blanc

A new arrival from Alwin and Stefanie Jurtschitsch in the Kamptal, 'Mon Blanc' is a blend of Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, Gelber Muskateller and Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) from the Loiserberg vineyard (cooler site, glimmerschiefer and loess, certified organic since 2009). About two weeks of skin contact, spontaneous fermentation in open-top wooden vats, aging is in 600L old oak barrel, the wine is unfined and unfiltered with a small amount of SO2 added only at bottling. High-tones of lemon zest and herbs with peaches on the nose, the wine is refreshing and tart with just a hint of texture framing white florals, lemon juice, apricot and chamomile. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 35 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Nikolaihof 2017 Wachau Grüner Veltliner Zwickl

Nikolaihof is the oldest winery in Austria, with the cellar dating back about 2,000 years. The Saahs family took the reins in 1894 and went biodynamic in the early 1970s. 'Zwickl' is a reference to the unfiltered beers of Germany (Zwickelbier), and this is the unfiltered version of the Nikolaihof Hefeabzug. Although it won't be quite as cloudy as its beer counterpart, the texture is present just enough to give depth and delight to the fresh floral, peachy, and pollen notes. Serve with spring vegetable salads, asparagus tart, roasted chicken and herbed new potatoes. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Biodynamic

Nikolaihof 2017 Wachau Riesling Vom Stein Federspiel

Not that we're counting, but Nikolaihof is the oldest wine estate in Austria, with over 2000 years of history under its belt (in the Saahs family since 1894). If you ever find yourself in the Wachau, please do pay them a visit, it feels like a proper pilgrimage site; from Roman crypt cellar, to still-functional baumpresse, to the beautiful, linden tree-covered tasting courtyard—the estate is absolutely magical. Vom Stein is a parcel in the Silberbichl, in Mautern; soils here are a mix of loess, loam, and Danube gravel. Grapes spontaneously ferment and the wine ages for six months in large, oak casks. When tasted in June of 2018 the wine had a haunting mineral nose with herbaceous and stony qualities balancing the lush palate. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $54.99

Preisinger, Claus 2017 Burgenland Heideboden Red

50%   Zweigelt,   30%   Blaufrankisch,   20% Merlot fermented in open-top stainless steel tanks and then aged for 14 months in neutral small oak barrels.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Preisinger, Claus 2018 Burgenland Blaufrankisch Kalkstein

Named for the chalk and limestone rich soils of the preferred sites used for this 100% Blaufrankisch bottling. The grapes are handpicked, fermented in stainless steel, and then aged for 6 months in large neutral barrels.

  • red
  • 50 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Preisinger, Claus 2018 Burgenland Kalkundkiesel White

The name Kalkundkiesel designates the use of sites that are rich in chalk (kalk) and pebbles (kiesel). The blend is  60 % Weissburgunder, 30 % Grüner Veltliner, 10 % Chardonnay. The fermentation occurs with the skins, and then the wine is aged for 6 months in neutral oak barrels on the lees.

  • white
  • 54 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $34.99

Beaujolais

Chignard 2018 Fleurie Les Moriers

This Beaujolais comes from one of the best sites in Fleurie; 'Les Moriers,' which borders Moulin-à-Vent. The vines are now nearly 70 years old which creates incredible concentration of flavor in the grapes. The fermentation is very traditional with whole-clusters held in vats for a week before pressing creating brightness in the wine and highlighting the floral and fresh fruit aromas that Gamay from Fleurie is famous for, while maintaining the rich, tannic structure that you see from Moulin-à-Vent.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $25.99

Coquelet 2018 Morgon Cote de Py

As the step-son of Georges Descombes, Damien Coquelet certainly has had an excellent education when it comes to quality vini/viti-culture! He is now running his own operation,  farming 9 hectares in the Beaujolais region, which includes 4 hectares in the famed Morgon Cote du Py that go into this bottling. The vines are farmed organically and wines are made with no additions, save a scant amount of sulfur as necessary. The 2018 Morgon Cote de Py shows lovely aromas of raspberry, strawberry, citrus and rose, very pretty and lush. The palate shows a bit more depth and ripeness than the 2017, with sappy strawberry and black raspberry fruit  a bit of citrus and a more earthy character. The finish is refreshing, ripe and long with juicy berry fruit and firm acidity. Serve quite cool with chicken and white meats, grilled foods and charcuterie. Lovely wine. David Lillie

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2018 Morgon

Georges Descombes is one of the premiere vignerons in Beaujolais. His farming is certified organic and his winemaking is very traditional; using native yeasts, semi-carbonic maceration, and very little sulfur added at bottling.The 2018 Morgon showed beautifully, tasted with Georges in early February, a bit fuller and deeper than the Regnié and Brouilly, showing ripe aromas of raspberry and strawberry  with elegant strawbery liqueur, earth and minerals on the palate with terrific length. It's a gorgeous wine that should be served slightly chilled with just about anything - enjoy over the next three to five years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2018 Morgon Vieilles Vignes

Pretty young to be checking in on the old vines cuvée, but these are unusual times to say the least. Dark ruby, verging in purple robe. Dusty crushed blackberries, violets, and a brambly note on the nose. Nothing roasted or overripe here, despite the black fruit. The palate is mid-weight and has fine sap and vigor, with succulent ripeness and plenty of dry extract to buffer the firm—not stern—tannins. There’s good tension between the bright, ripe, concentrated fruit and the substantial mineral core. The finish is long and layered with good lift and fine persistence. There’s good structure here and while this has plenty of charm now, this ought to dazzle with 5-7 years in the cellar and beyond. And while the prices have crept up, this is a steal given its breed and rivals plenty of very good villages wines from my beloved Côte d’Or in character and complexity. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2018 Regnié Vieilles Vignes (Arrives 4/28)

The 2018 Regnié Vieilles Vignes was one of the stars in last winter's tasting showing gorgeous red and black raspberry aromas with earth, citrus and spice, really lovely. The palate is elegant and long with black cherry, prune and red fruit liqueur with earth and smoke, with underlying mineral, graphite flavors. The wine is beautifully balanced and fresh at 13 - 13.5% alcohol, powerful yet refined and delicate,  and will improve with a few years cellaring - but in such a nice place right now. This is an outstanding Beaujolais, simply delicious - serve cool with pork and lamb dishes, coq au vin, charcuterie, over the next ten years. EL


  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bordeaux Red

Coutet 2016 Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

Château Coutet in St. Emilion is comprised of a single plot, 13 hectares large. The soil is a mix of limestone, sand, and clay, and the vineyard is planted to 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. All vineyard work is done organically. In the cellar, juice is fermented in concrete, then 85% of the resulting wine is aged in 20% new French oak barrels. The rest is aged in concrete vats.  Aging lasts 18 months before bottling.

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $36.99

Peybonhomme 2017 Premières Côte de Blaye Cru Bourgeois

Biodynamic farming, native yeasts, wild fermentations, good value –all phrases not typically associated with Bordeaux. Yet, each year the Hubert family provides us with just that in their staple cuvee from the Côte de Blaye. The Cru Bourgeois is a blend of mostly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and a bit of Malbec. Generously aromatic  owing to the rich clay soils in which it is grown, there's ripe red fruit, black currant, and spice, with supple tannins and an undercurrent of chalky minerality. This is a great addition to the dinner table alongside grilled meat or sipped on its own.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $14.99

Brandy, Eau-de-Vie, Grappa

  • eau-de-vie
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

Pellehaut 1989 Armagnac Ténarèze Ugni Blanc

This Armagnac shows a vibrant orange color with hints of caramel. Tastes mature, but even after 30 years in cask there is a grippy quality and some citrus-toned fruit. This is an excellent introduction to vintage Armagnac and a fabulous value.  John Rankin

  • brandy
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $84.99

Burgundy White

Brocard, Julien 2017 Chablis 1er cru Vaudevey

Julien Brocard farms his 18 hectares biodynamically, using horsepower in the vineyards when possible. Grapes are hand-harvested and he's very hands-off in the cellar: using spontaneous native yeast fermentation, a mix of larger, wooden vats and foudre for aging, and lower levels of sulfur. Vau de Vey is a 1er Cru vineyard in a valley between the Côte de Léchet and the Vau-Ligneau. Slopes here can get very steep (too steep for horses), and there are lots of large chunks of limestone mixed within the soils. Eastern exposure and the location in the valley makes for a cooler site, fantastic for Chardonnay with a mineral finish. CB

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $52.99

  • Biodynamic

Brocard, Julien 2018 Chablis La Boissonneuse

La Boissonneuse vineyard makes up the bulk of Julien Brocard's holdings, at 11 of his 18 total hectares. This cuvée is sourced from 30-year-old biodynamically farmed vines, fermented with native yeasts, and aged in large foudre.

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

Based in the village of Savigny-lès-Beaune with vines in Corton and Pernand-Vergelesses, the estate has roots going back to 1834. Claude de Nicolay, along with her brother François de Nicolay, fashion pure, old-school, age-worthy Burgundy. The vineyard work has been organic since the 1980s and certified biodynamic since 2005 with vines replanted with massale selection. Yields are kept low to express the terroir of each vineyard. 

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $264.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chevrot 2017 Bourgogne Aligoté "Tilleuls"

From a .35 HA parcel of organically farmed 63-year-old vines just opposite of the property. The plot is farmed organically with the soils worked by horse, the fermentation is with native yeasts, and then aging occurs for one year on the lees in 350L oak barrels.

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $63.99

De Montille (Maison) 2016 Bourgogne Blanc

The domaine currently known as Domaine de Montille was established in the 1750s, with the de Montille family coming into the picture through marriage in 1863. Now the estate is headed by the current generation, siblings Alix and Étienne de Montille. Maison de Montille is a négociant project started in 2003, where they are sourcing grapes from trusted sources in a wider range of villages in Burgundy. The Bourgogne Blanc sees up to a year of aging in a mix of used barrel and stainless steel tank. CB

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic

Dureuil Celine & Vincent 2016 Bourgogne Blanc (Rully)

 Céline and Vincent Dureuil (of Dureuil-Jantial) make this lovey Bourgogne Blanc from 40 year-old organically tended vines in Rully. The soils are the classic clay/limestone of Burgundy, the wine ferments with wild yeasts and is aged in barrel, 20% new. The 2016 shows pretty aromas of apricot, white peach and citrus, floral and buttery. The palate is quite elegant with firm acidity under the supple stone fruits with almond and stone flavors, finishing with nice length of citrus, mineral and white fruits. This is an excellent value in a classy and versatile white Burgundy, as an aperitif, or served with fish and white meat dishes.  DL Practicing organic    From vines in the village of Rully    40+ year old vines    Clay and limestone    Indigenous yeast    Aged in barrel (20% new)

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Morey, Pierre 2017 Bourgogne Aligoté

Father and daughter team, Pierre and Anne Morey, run this domaine with all of their Meursault and surrounding vineyards certified organic and biodynamic since 1997. The Aligoté comes from two parcels in Les Vazelles and Les Chanterelles,  planted in 1957. The grapes are gently pressed and then settled for one to two days and then fermented and aged for a year in stainless steel tanks.

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Morey, Pierre 2017 Bourgogne Blanc

From multiple parcels in limestone clay soils (Les Millerands, En Monatine, Les Herbeux, Les Malpoiriers, per the importer). Biodynamically farmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts. There's a bit of reduction on opening—a splash decant helps it blow off, revealing a perfumed nose with aromas of honeysuckle, lemon blossom, citrus peel, ripe pear, and spice. The palate is bright and racy with notes of lemon curd, green apple, and wet stone. There’s a fine bit of the electricity, vibrancy, and precision of the 2016 vintage present and plenty of charm to this snappy Bourgogne. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $129.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $164.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $52.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $164.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $339.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $72.99

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $24.99

Champagne

Barbichon NV Champagne Brut Blanc de Noirs

From year to year there seem to be few greater values in Champagne than those of biodynamic grower Thomas Barbichon in Gyé-sur-Seine in the Aube. From his 9 HA domaine he produces wines of purity, elegance, and precision. The current disgorgement of his Blanc de Noirs is Pinot Noir-dominant. The robe has a faint peach hue. The nose offers a fine mélange of floral and red fruit aromas, hints of wet stone, orange oil, and toast. The palate is bright and racy, yet ample with crunchy minerality and a brisk, mouthwatering finish. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 20 in stock
  • no discount
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $134.99

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $124.99

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $114.99

  • white sparkling
  • 35 in stock
  • no discount
  • $46.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

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

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
  • 36 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 47 in stock
  • no discount
  • $52.99

Cote-de-Beaune

De Montille 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds

From a 1.51 ha parcel in the rocky soils of Taillepieds. Biodynamically farmed 100% whole cluster. Aged in 30% new oak barrels. The de Montille 2016 Volnay Taillepieds is one of the highlights in a vintage full of effusively floral and vibrantly precise Burgundies. The wine has a pale ruby robe. The nose is exuberantly scented with sweet aromas of wild roses, cherry blossom, and perfectly ripe wild cherry. The palate is incisively stony with the breathtakingly pure red fruits framed with mouthwatering acidity and a sapid mineral core. The rising finish is impressively persistent and offers that classic peacock's tail of after-aromas and flavors. The impression is one of energy and lift rather than density or mass, though this has the balance to age effortlessly. An exceptional Taillepieds and a perfect expression of the virtues of the excellent, if difficult vintage! Bravo to Etienne de Montille! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $114.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $48.99

Cote-de-Nuit

De Montille 2016 Vosne Romanée 1er Cru Malconsorts

From the top of the slope planted in shallow limestone soils. 66% whole cluster. 60% new oak. The 2016 Malconsorts has a deeply-pitched nose with extravagant red and dark berry fruit, spice, game, and sousbois. The tightly coiled palate offers pure wild fruit, sapid earth notes, and layers of spice, black tea, and dense plummy stone fruit flavors overlaying a firm ripe structure, leading to a long explosive finish. This is tightly wound today, but should sing with 10-12 years in the cellar. This is truly impressive and has a long life ahead. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $374.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Jane et Sylvain 2017 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain

Jane and Sylvain have done it again! Another beautiful Passetoutgrain, in 2017 from 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Gamay, grown in and around Gevrey-Chambertin, organically farmed and quite delicious! The 2017 shows a deep black/red color and very perfumed aromas of black raspberry and  strawberry liqueur with earth and violets. The palate is ripe and bright with deep morello cherry and blackberry, quite sapid and round. Really a refreshing and delicious wine, perfect for picnics and barbecues, served quite cool. This is a fantastic value and highly recommended.

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2017 Bourgogne Rouge

Jane et Sylvain: A refreshingly unpretentious name for a small organic estate in Gevrey-Chambertin. Their Bourgogne Rouge is from 20 to 30 year-old vines in a parcel that has never been chemically treated and always tended organically. The 2017 Bourgogne Rouge shows a brilliant red/black color with elegant, floral, tart cherry, raspberry, citrus and violet aromas. The palate shows the ripeness of 2017 with chalky strawberry and cherry fruit, earthy and very long, finishing with refreshing citrus, mineral flavors and red fruits. Serve this lovely Pinot Noir quite cool over the next five years - it's a delicious wine and a great value!

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $29.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $434.99

Trapet 2017 Marsannay Rouge

From the Grasses Têtes and Grand Poirier lieux-dits. 10-20% whole cluster fermentation. The 2017 Marsannay offers aromas of wild strawberry, Morello cherry, black tea, and cool herbs on the nose. The mid-weight palate is a touch brambly, with wild berry and spice notes vying with a distinct earthy character for attention. The finish is persistent and offers a burst of black fruit and an almost minty character at the end. This leans in the direction of freshness, rather than rusticity and should age wonderfully in the mid-term, say 4-6 years.

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Germany

Beurer, Jochen 2019 Württemberg Rosé

Saignée from Trollinger, Portugeiser, Spätburgunder and Zweigelt. The 2019 Beurer Württemberg Rosé has a deep pink robe. The nose offers a mélange of dark red fruits, hibiscus blossom, with a whiff of iodine. The mid-weight and savory palate balances ripe red fruit flavors, sour cherry, crushed strawberries, and watermelon with a distinctively umami character, adding a layer of depth and interest to the typical Summer thirst quencher. And while this doesn’t exactly display weight, it does offer plenty of vigor. This would make a fine pairing with Korean vegetable pancakes with plenty of scallions, a delight with heirloom tomato salad (once in season, of course), or zucchini crudo with excellent olive oil. John McIlwain

  • rosé
  • 33 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $37.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $25.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $25.99

Koch, Holger 2017 Baden Bickensohler Scheibenhardt Weissburgunder

Holger Koch makes some of the most elegant wines in the Baden region (located in southwest Germany). Working mostly with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc, he's been making wines with a singular finesse in a region where the co-op is king. The Scheibenhardt Weissburgunder is Pinot Blanc grown on a southwest-facing terrace (loess and volcanic soils) at 350 meters above sea level. Grapes are hand-harvested, ferment spontaneously, and the wine ages on the lees for seven months in a 1200L barrel. Flabby this is not—deeply mineral and floral on the nose, grass, apricot, apple blossom, the palate has a distinct saline cut and bright minerality to balance the radiant pear, green strawberry, and lemon zest with a delicate herbal bitterness. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white off-dry
  • 20 in stock
  • $31.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $499.99

Vollenweider 2019 Mosel Riesling Wolfer Goldgrube Kabinett

There's a touch of sponti on opening. But with a good amount of air a beautiful nose emerges, apple blossom, Meyer lemon peel, bee pollen dance with aromas of green tea and wet stone. There’s a touch of dissolved CO2 on the palate—you know, old school Mosel Riesling. The palate is distinctly stony, and I’d venture slaty. Piggybacking on all that stone are flavors of green apple skin, umeboshi, and quince, with all the lift and sparkling energy inherent in a Mosel Kabinett. Lifted and lithe, bright and brisk, this is lovely stuff. I’d give it a few years to knit the fruit, stone, and reductive elements, but this is lovely stuff and should age effortlessly. Vollenweider is a master of Pradikat wines (not to mention, a wonderful person) and any true Riesling lover should consider his wines for their cellar. I can’t wait to drink this with crab cakes, softshell crab, or a bowl of shrimp and Geechie Boy Mills grits. John McIlwain

  • white off-dry
  • 32 in stock
  • $27.99

Vollenweider 2019 Mosel Wolfer Goldgrube Rieslin Kabinett 1.5 L

There's a touch of sponti on opening. But with a good amount of air a beautiful nose emerges, apple blossom, Meyer lemon peel, bee pollen dance with aromas of green tea and wet stone. There’s a touch of dissolved CO2 on the palate—you know, old school Mosel Riesling. The palate is distinctly stony, and I’d venture slaty. Piggybacking on all that stone are flavors of green apple skin, umeboshi, and quince, with all the lift and sparkling energy inherent in a Mosel Kabinett. Lifted and lithe, bright and brisk, this is lovely stuff. I’d give it a few years to knit the fruit, stone, and reductive elements, but this is lovely stuff and should age effortlessly. Vollenweider is a master of Pradikat wines (not to mention, a wonderful person) and any true Riesling lover should consider his wines for their cellar. I can’t wait to drink this with crab cakes, softshell crab, or a bowl of shrimp and Geechie Boy Mills grits. John McIlwain

  • white off-dry
  • 5 in stock
  • $67.99

Gin

Cotswolds Dry Gin

A recent arrival to the US market! Named for the rural area outside of London in where the distillery is located, Cotswolds Gin went into production in 2014. Nine botanicals undergo 18-hour maceration in a base distillate of wheat and these include juniper, coriander, bay, fresh citrus peel, and black pepper, among others. It is beautifully aromatic – juniper heavy, with cool overtones of balsam, mint, rosemary, cucumber, and lime – but maintains a classic, dry profile on the palate with added lift seemingly from the fresh citrus peel. Green herbs and black pepper creep in on the finish. Very balanced and long, this makes a killer Martini, and it is also un-chillfiltered so it clouds up when cold! Tim Gagnon

  • gin
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $39.99

Italy Piedmont

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $199.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $139.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $179.99

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  • 9 in stock
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  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $189.99

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  • 12 in stock
  • $189.99

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  • 7 in stock
  • $79.99

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  • 11 in stock
  • $89.99

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  • 8 in stock
  • $69.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $79.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $23.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $449.99

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  • 4 in stock
  • $149.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $129.99

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  • 3 in stock
  • $119.99

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  • 3 in stock
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  • 26 in stock
  • $29.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $139.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $179.99

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  • 1 in stock
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  • 3 in stock
  • $159.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $249.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $59.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $84.99

Rovero 2017 Grignolino d'Asti

We mostly taste Grignolinos that are dark, heavy, very tannic, lacking the freshness and charm that “correct” Grignolino shows. I think Rovero’s is textbook: light colored, aromatic of flowers, tart red fruit, with light tannins, and crisp acidity – all of this adding-up to a wine that I’d call charming for it’s easy drinkability, but underpinned by enough structure to keep it interesting. This, btw, is a red wine that is delicious a bit chilled, and it’s very versatile at the table. JW

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $159.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

Italy Tuscany

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $29.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

Italy White

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

  • white
  • 33 in stock
  • $18.99

Montoni 2018 Sicilia IGT Grillo

Planted at over 700 meters – a high elevation that gives fruit with bright acidity, this is a stellar example of Grillo. The juice is fermented with skins for 3 days – enough to enrich the color and structure of the wine, but this is by no means an orange wine. It shows Grillo’s best (at 12.5° alcohol) with characteristic lemony herbs and mint, delicate floral notes, and firm salinity. The wine is fairy full-bodied, but remains lifted and bright. We drank some recently with grilled salmon (more than we originally intended since it was a school night - oh well - it was just too tasty), but it’s easy to imagine this working well with a big range of foods – or none. It’s a really delicious wine.  J Wolff

  • white
  • 37 in stock
  • $18.99

  • white fortified sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $24.99

Loire

Baudry 2016 Chinon Le Clos Guillot

Le Clos Guillot is a beautiful southeast-facing vineyard, just east of the town of Chinon, above the Clos de l'Olive and adjacent to Le Chêne Vert. The upper slope of the parcel is clay over limestone (the lower part has sand and gravel over the rock, which permits a tiny  production from franc de pied vines) and the vines are young, planted from 1993 to 2000. Fermentation in wooden cuves, 12 months of aging in two to five year-old barrels (most purchased in Burgundy and untreated with sulfur), 9 additional months in unlined cement vats. We have been buying this wine since its first production in 2000 – it's one of the most elegant and Burgundian of Chinons. In the low-yielding 2016 vintage Le Clos Guillot is particularly elegant and age-worthy, showing floral aromas of Italian plum, black cherry and blackberry. The palate is perfectly balanced, dense and deep but not fat with elegant chalky black fruit and mineral flavors that continue in the very long finish. A bottle opened a day before showed more complex, floral aromas, but a tighter palate - of course this wine can be enjoyed young but peak drinking will be 2027 - 2045+.  Given the reasonable price, this belongs in your cellar! (Normal case discounts apply) Another Bravo! to Matthieu and Bernard Baudry... David Lillie

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 32 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $36.99

Coulaine 2018 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

2018 is an excellent vintage for the Coulaine "Domaine" cuveé - the wine is an oustanding value in Chinon for current drinking. The estate is certified organic since 1997.  The vines average 25 years-old and come from a variety of parcels around the estate on clay/limestone and on sand/gravel soils, vinified to accentuate the fruit and youthful enjoyment. There is a cold maceration in concrete vats with minimal extraction, fermentation with wild yeasts and aging in both conrete vats and old barrels. Minimal SO2 is used. The wine shows a deep red/black color and lovely aromas of black raspberry and cassis. The palate is supple and ripe with deep red and black fruit flavors with earth and minerals and with terrific length. Serve this lovely wine cool with white meats, grilled pork and lamb, green vegetables, charcuterie and fresh goat chesses, drink within 2-3 years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 68 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $25.99

Deboutbertin 2015 Vin de France Pacotille

Wife and husband team, Stéphanie and Vincent Deboutbertin,  have been organically farming these 10 hectares of vines between Faye d'Anjou and Beaulieu sur Layon since 2012. This joyful team is committed to a non-interventionist philosophy by never adding or taking anything away for their wines; believing they are merely shepherding the grapes from vine to bottle. The Pacotille is 100% Chenin Blanc, directly pressed and aged in barrel. As this is a fully 'natural' wine, each vintage will show variation and embrace whatever funkiness arises!

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Domaine Aux Moines 2017 Savennieres Roche Aux Moines (Arrives 5/12

Domaine aux Moines is operated by an incredible mother/daughter (Monique & Tessa Laroche) team organically, and now with biodynamic practices as well, farming ~10 hectares of Chenin Blanc. The vineyards stand next to the famed 'Coulée de Serrant' on South-West facing hillsides of predominately schist soils. Since her arrival Tessa has been improving every detail to be able to make more precise, transparent, complex wines. The results are spectacular and she is now one of the best examples of Roche-aux-Moines, and of course also Savennières. 2017 though was a tough vintage, as the Domaine aux Moines lost more than 70% of the crop to the April frost. After a warm, dry summer, allowing for disease-free season, harvest happened very quickly as sugars were rising really fast. Thankfully all the vineyards are surrounding the cellar, less than 10 min drive in tractor. In a couple of days everything was harvested, pressed more carefully with a pneumatic press and champagne cycle as the skins were thick and could bring unwanted phenolic. Due to the yield and for not losing some barrels, all the wine was aged in barrel (Tessa has been changing a lot her barrels to work with light toast or vapor centered Atelier Centre France). Despite its concentration and having done its malo, 2017 is a remarkably fresh, mouthwatering wine with incredible tension. Full of lemon-verbena, tangerine zest, white pepper and salted almond, its shows more savory elements on the palate. A great success for the vintage, very precise despite its low sulfites (inferior at 30 ppm total), it is a wine to age or to enjoy with a roasted lobster with caramalized baby carrot, or  hazelnut crusted sweetbreads with confit parsnip. Pascaline Lepeltier

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Grange aux Belles 2019 Vin de France Le Vin de Jardin

Carbonic maceration of 100% Grolleau grown on black schist just south of Anjou in the Loire Valley. Like all of the Grange aux Belles wines, the "Vin de Jardin" is meant to be bright, juicy, and go down easy!

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé sparkling
  • 47 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $30.99

  • red
  • 32 in stock
  • $30.99

Luneau-Papin 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine "L" d'Or Granit Vallet

There's plenty to contemplate about this classic, but expressive Muscadet. This is the flagship wine for Domaine Luneau-Papin from their parcels of 45+ year old vines based on granite in the village of Vallet. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel and spends 9-11 months on the lees to enhance its weight and texture. Whether it's the effect of extended lees aging, or the way the Loire pulls ocean air across the vineyards, the aroma of sea spray and taste of salinity definitely carries through and lingers on your tongue. Notes of freshly cut herbs and juicy, green pear mingle with Meyer lemon zest and crushed river rocks. The acidity is a driving force, but it is by no means a sharp or thin wine.  There's still enough density and body to carry it.  Of course this would be an excellent pairing for white fish or oysters, but I also found it perfectly matched with a lemony risotto with spring peas and proscuitto! Michelle DeWyngaert             

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Luneau-Papin 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Vera Cruz

Vera Cruz is a new cuvée from Luneau-Papin, from 40 year-old vines on a terroir of schistes and gneiss "a deux micas" in Vallet, farmed with organic and biodynamic methods. A wine of terroir rather than fruit, even in the ripe 2018 vintage, the wine shows elegant aromas of pear, peach, grilled almond, stone and citrus. The palate is dense and very mineral, showing more flavor of earth than fruit, with a lovely finish of stone, minerals and white fruit, apricot and zesty lemon that coats the palate. Perfect now with fine oysters, grilled dorade, sole, cod and scallops with lemon. Or cellar - this wine should be very interesting in 5 to 15 years. Label inspired by Mondrian and the varied terroirs of Muscadet.

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Mosse 2017 Vin de France Le Rouchefer

The Mosse family is making superb natural wines in Anjou, and the 2017 Vin de France Rouchefer is a classic example. From a 1.6 ha parcel of massale selection vines in soils of clay and quartz over schistes, the wine is produced with minimal SO2 (total 20mg/l) and is aged in barrel. The  wine shows beautiful floral aromas of quince, pear, citrus and stone. The palate is full and elegant without being heavy, and the lovely fruit is backed by firm acidity and mineral flavors  - a real Chenin of terroir that will accompany a wide range of seafood and chicken dishes and mild cheeses. Serve cool, but not too cold, over the next ten to fifteen years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $28.99

Orieux, Stéphane 2016 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Cru Vallet

The 2016 Stephane Orieux (Bregeonnette) "Vallet" is from 40-year-old vines on mica schist soils. Hand harvested, then direct press into underground, glass-lined cement tanks where it fermented naturally with wild yeasts. 30 month sur-lie aging.  This is a beautiful Muscadet that has benefitted from the 30 months on the lees, showing classic aromas of lemon verbena, almond, anise, pear, white peach and stone, really lovely. The palate is round and supple but framed in the firm acidity normally present in 2016s, with vibrant citrus and mineral flavors underlying round white fruits, continuing in the long crisp and saline finish. This is lovely now served with sole, cod and haddock, but will accompany fuller flavored fish as well. Drink until 2030 and please serve in a large Bordeaux or Burgundy glass. David Lillie

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Gorges

We're ecstatic to have this superb new Muscadet from Pépière. The product of an exchange of juice with Fred Lailler at Domaine Bregeon (pressed at Bregeon), the wine undergoes a slow fermentation and is then aged 42 months on the lees. Marc Ollivier considers this his favorite of his bottlings right now, along with the Château-Thébaud. From Bregeon's vines on Gabbro with clay topsoil (in conversion to organic) the 2015 Gorges is a complex, dense and beautifully structured wine, with unique aromas showing almond, smoke and petrol notes in addition to stone, pear, quince and mushroom. The palate is dense and intensely mineral with ripe pear and quince, earth, almond, anise and citrus notes, with stone, lemon peel and white fruits lingering in the very long finish. Although vibrant and delicious now, we would recommend waiting for eight to ten years before opening for peak enjoyment. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Pinon 2018 Vouvray Sec

A beautiful Vouvray Sec from our friends Julien and  François Pinon, which rarely makes its way to the US. The 2018 is a bit riper than usual at 9 grams/liter RS,  with bright aromas of lemon zest, stone, quince and honeysuckle. There is very firm acidity on the palate with citrus, stone, pine, earth and bitter almond with terrific structure and length. This should ideally be decanted or opened in advance if drinking now, and will be lovely in 10 years, or 20 years...  David Lillie

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic

Plouzeau (Ch. de la Bonneliere) 2019 Chinon Rive Gauche Rosé

This large organic estate in Chinon produces a light and lovely rosé from Cabernet Franc vines grown on gravel and sandy soils in the "Rive Gauche" and "La Vienne" parcels. The 2019 shows a pale pink/salmon color and bright, slightly spicy and floral raspberry/strawberry aromas. The palate is very crisp and dry, but showing the ripeness of the vintage in the round, sappy fruit, with raspberry, melon and citrus peel flavors. It's light and refreshing and goes down easy - perfect for a hot summer day, and it's a great value!

  • rosé
  • 60 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

Raffault, Olga 2018 Chinon Les Barnabés

Domaine Olga Raffault produces this lovely Chinon from alluvial and gravel soils along the Loire and the Vienne - it's a beautifully fruited wine meant to be served cool and enjoyed with white meats and grilled foods. The 2018 "Barnabés" is a bit more supple and ripe than usual, really a delightful wine. The aromas are complex and ripe showing cassis, raspberry and red currant with hints of violet, citrus and black pepper. The palate is deep and supple with complex red and black fruits that continue in the smooth, refreshing finish. This is a beautiful "drink young" Chinon.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Raffault, Olga 2019 Chinon Rosé

The Olga Raffault Chinon rosé has gotten better and better over the past few years, perhaps it's their move to organic farming and the fine work of Sylvie Raffault and her husband Eric de la Vigerie. 100% Cabernet Franc, 10-hour maceration and slow wild-yeast fermentation. The 2019 is a carbon copy of the lovely 2018 -  round and ripe and simply delicious, quite crisp and refreshing showing lovely bright pink color, hints of raspberry and strawberry fruit, ripe but dry and balanced on the palate with a bit of peach and red berries in the finish with bright saline acidity. "Particulièrement gouleyant" it says on the label and we couldn't agree more! (PS - Those who enjoy the Bernard Baudry Chinon Rosé will love the Olga Raffault as well)

  • rosé
  • 66 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Roche Bleue 2018 Coteaux du Loir La Belle D'Aunis

The talented Sébastien Cornille is making some of the most beautiful wines in Jasnières and Coteaux du Loir - The 2018 "Belle d'Aunis" is 100% Pineau d'Aunis from old vines in clay with silex soils over limestone in the Coteaux du Loir; 15 day semi-carbonic maceration, slow pressing and assembly with the "jus de goutte" followed by aging in 3 to 4 year-old barrels. The wine shows a bright red/garnet color with elegant aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, cherry and rose petal with white pepper and earth. The palate shows chalky, sappy raspberry and tart cherry fruit, light but dense, elegant and long with earthy acidity lingering in the finish. Refreshing and delicious now, this should be quite interesting after three to five years in the cellar. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $36.99

Tue-Boeuf 2019 Touraine Vin Blanc

100% Sauvignon Blanc. The Vin Blanc is the starting point for Tue-Boeuf's whites. The fruit is sourced from farmer friends in the Cher Valley (the Puzelat home turf in the Touraine); the vines average about 20 years old and are organically farmed, on clay soils with varying degrees of sand, gravel, flint and quartz. As for all Tue Boeuf wines, the Vin Blanc fruit is hand-harvested, whole-cluster-pressed, fermented spontaneously with natural yeasts in tank and not racked until bottling. It is aged in stainless steel tank only. The Vin Blanc is the only Tue Boeuf to be fined and there is a small addition of SO2 (20mg/liter) before bottling. 2019 saw a 60% reduction in production due to May frost. Tasted with Thierry in January of 2020, the wine showed beautifully pure Sauvignon fruit, with hints of pear, fig and citrus, a round, supple mid-palate and a refreshing finish, really delicious and we really benefitting from the low level of SO2.

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2019 Cheverny Rouge

(60% Pinot Noir, 40% Gamay grown on sandy clay and flint soils over limestone in Cellettes, Chitenay and Fougères sur Bièvre, AOC Cheverny; 15-day whole cluster fermentation, aged in old barrels. Yields of 25 hl/ha, 14.5% alc in 2019.)  "The Gamay brings its freshness and red fruits, the Pinot Noir its silky texture and licorice notes with sometimes a touche 'fumé. Together, the two varieties design a red quite delicioius and precise, nuanced of prune and black cherry, a bit spicy depending on the vintage, always refreshing." (Villemade.net) This has become one of favorite values from the Loire Valley, always full of character and lovely bright fruits. Tasted last January, we found the 2019 to be beautifully perfumed and complex, with deep dark fruits and terrific length. Enjoy, serve a bit cool with just about anythng.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 37 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2019 Vin de France Bovin (Liter)

"1 Litre à boire d'une traite" - A bottle to drink in one go - We think the message makes things pretty clear: this is a fresh, fun bottle of Gamay that is dangerously easy to drink. Mineral, with spicy red fruits and well worth a light chill. A bovine beverage that's "Vachement Delicieux!" Tasted with Hervé last January, our notes contained one word: "Perfect!" EL

  • red
  • 68 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Misc. Europe

Bibineishvili 2017 Adjara Chkhaveri

Chkhaveri is an incredibly rare indigenous Georgian grape with a violet-pink hew, grown in the subtropical region of Adjara. The name of the bottling translates to "This is it!" which could either be an exclamation that this is just how this ancient variety should be made, or how I feel drinking this fascinating rosé. The juice spends four months on the skins in a gentle extraction which gives the wine powdery soft tannins on the palate. The nose is a rustic but pleasant mix of red apple skins, dried roses and herbs; it seems to speak to the forest-covered mountains from which is came. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $36.99

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

Nikalas Marani (Zurab Mgvdliashvili) 2018 Kakheti (Georgia) Budeshrui Saperavi Rose

The label says white wine, it pours into the glass like a red, yet is technically a rose! This wine is made from the free-run juice of Budeshuri, a clone of Saperavi (Georgia's most famous thick-skinned red grape) and when Zurab put it in qvevri, he didn't have enough to fill all the way, so he topped off with a small percentage of red wine. Zurab Mgvdliashvili, owner and winemaker of Nikalas Marani, is also the president of Georgia's Natural Wine Association, and has been farming a few hectares of vines in the Kakheti Valley without any chemicals, making his wine the in the traditional qvevri (large clay amphora dug into the earth) without the use of sulfur. This 2018 is quite wild, with deep red berry notes, wild tart cherry, ripe strawberry, strawberry seeds, ripe watermelon, red plum, as well as a slightly salty aspect, something akin to umeboshi (pickled Japanese plums). Very light tannins and high acidity, there is also a wild herbal edge, with some barnyardy and savory character. A fascinating wine, and very fun to drink. Oskar Kostecki

  • rosé
  • 25 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 27 in stock
  • $24.99

Misc. France

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $34.99

Domaine du Cros 2018 Marcillac Sang del Pais

 The Domaine du Cros vines lie at elevations as high as 450 meters on a few different hillsides that surround the village of Clairvaux, in the western Auvergne. Much of the vineyard is terraced and the soil is an iron rich clay known locally as “rougier” with outcroppings of limestone. The 2018 shows a deep red/purple color with vivid aromas of black fruits - cassis, black plum - with pepper, floral and mineral notes. The palate is bursting with fruit, supple and round, but remarkably fresh and bright as well, finishing with a deep and long melange of bright peppery black fruits and minerals. Serve this rather astonishing wine quite cool with grilled pork and lamb, charcuterie and full-flavored cheeses.

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Gourgonnier 2019 Les Baux de Provence Rosé

This is a consistently lovely Provençal rosé from a wonderful estate near Les Baux, certified organic for more than 30 years. (www.gourgonnier.com) Lovely aromas of berry fruits, peach and citrus. Refreshing, light-bodied palate with raspberry, citrus and mineral flavors finishing with crisp acidity. Showing well already, this should improve throughout the summer and will accompany a salade nicoise, chicken, lighter grilled meats.  

  • rosé
  • 51 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 14 in stock
  • $34.99

Lulu Vigneron (Ludwig Bindernagel) 2016 Côtes du Jura Pinot Noir

All of Ludwig Bindernagel’s wines are fermented naturally and see very little sulfur during the winemaking process. The strain of pinot noir used in this bottling is known as savagnin noir and is unique to the slopes of the Jura, though there are very few parcels of it left. The grapes were hand harvested from massale selected vines grafted to pre-phelloxera rootstock. The vineyards are planted on marl and calcareous soils. Its a rather rustic wine, with woodsy aromas of smoke and black cherry, and flavors of blackberry, cherry, dark flowers and a hint of roasted meat. Pair this pinot with roasts of white or red meat and starchy root vegetables. David Hatzopoulos 

  • red
  • 32 in stock
  • $32.99

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $35.99

Navarre 2017 Saint-Chinian Le Laouzil

Thierry Navarre's touchstone "Laouzil" is a blend of equal parts Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah from old vines planted on brown schist ("Laouzil" in the local dialect) soils in the rugged mountains of Roquebrun (Saint-Chinian). The grapes are de-stemmed and aged in neutral barrel before bottling with minimal sulfur. The 2017 has a beautiful robe of deep red/black. The nose shows decadent aromas of spiced plums, blackberry patch, sage, and deeper notes of espresso. The palate is creamy with fine powdery tannins. Perhaps a bit softer than the 2016, with less high-toned acidity, but wonderfully balanced and accessible for drinking now. Flavors of black fruits, peppercorn, and savory herbs cling to a core of dense minerals on the long, persistent finish. This is a fascinating wine of terroir that Thierry says will be perfect in 5 years (though it is delicious now). Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé sparkling
  • 24 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

Rimbert 2018 Saint-Chinian Les Travers de Marceau

 "Les Travers de Marceau" is a blend of 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Syrah, 25% Carignan, 15% Cinsault planted at the highest elevation in the Saint-Chinian AOC. This appellation is divided by its soil composition - in the north, the soils are rich in schist, in the south there is only heavy limestone and clay soils.  Jean-Marie Rimbert's vineyards are in Berlou, in the north western half of the AOC. This soil composition and high elevation give his much-beloved wines a light, early drinking quality. The nose offers complex, exotic aromas of dried apricot, tree bark, savory spices, and undercurrents of crushed blueberry and pomegranate. The palate is silky and dusted with mineral acidity. Flavors of dense blue fruit and umami spices give way to star-anise and hints of fennel on the finish. This pairs perfectly with saucisson, cassoulet, and goat cheeses.

  • red
  • 59 in stock
  • $16.99

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $37.99

Tissot 2018 Arbois D.D.

From Stéphane Tissot's Biodynamic vineyard in Arbois, named for Stéphane's father, Andre "DD" Tissot. This is a delicious blend of Trousseau, Poulsard, and Pinot Noir co-fermented in 2000L foudres. Serve slightly chilled and enjoy with a variety of cheeses, roasted chicken, or on its own!

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $39.99

Tissot NV Crémant du Jura Extra Brut

An abiding staff favorite from Stéphane Tissot's biodynamic estate in Arbois, this crémant is a blend of 55% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 10% Poulsard and Trousseau. The interplay between the dry, mineral complexity and rich generosity make this an incredible Champagne-alternative. Opulent aromas of raw honey and baked red apple lead to flavors of tangy yellow fruit, crisp apple, toasted almond, and quince on the persistent finish. A versatile wine that keeps getting better every time we open a bottle (which is often). Pair this with baked mac n' cheese, buttery biscuits, and - of course - turkey. Amanda Bowman

  • white sparkling
  • 19 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tissot NV Cremant du Jura Rose

The Crémant rosé from Stéphane Tissot’s biodynamic estate in Arbois is fantastically refined, structured, and fully-dry. This is a blend of directly-pressed Pinot Noir, Trousseau, and a bit of Poulsard. The robe shows a vibrant pink hue with orange flecks in the glass. The nose offers aromas of crushed raspberries, delicate quince, orange blossom, and ripe strawberries. The palate is lush and fruit-forward, yet dry with a fine mousse, minerals, and subtle notes of brown spice. We love this sparkler for its ability to strike a perfect balance between complexity and easy enjoyment. This is unequivocally the Champagne of beers of Crémant. Amanda Bowman

  • rosé sparkling
  • 18 in stock
  • no discount
  • $28.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tournelle 2018 Arbois Trousseau des Corvées

The Clairets make what we would consider "natural" wine, yet varietal character (and terroir) seem to shine through so vividly. This is classic Trousseau, with dark, velvety, flower petal notes on the nose, sweet, high-toned berry fruits, balanced by a hint of funk, and blackberry fruit and seeds. Les Corvées is high altitude vineyard on terroir of clay and limestone. Decant and serve lightly chilled. 

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $52.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Misc. Italy

  • red
  • 48 in stock
  • $15.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $16.99

Cornelissen, Frank 2018 Etna Munjabel Rosso

A blend of Nerello Mascalese grapes taken from each of Cornelissen's single vineyards; the vines are over 60 years old. 12,000 bottles produced.

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $259.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Cornelissen, Frank 2018 Etna Rosso (not Rosato!) Susucaru

85% Nerello Mascalese, with the balance Nerello Capuccio, Alicante Boushet, Minella, and Uva Francese - a blend more reflective of the old days on Mt. Etna than 100% Nerello Mascalese. From vines over 50 years old.

  • rosé
  • 42 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $42.99

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $26.99

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $22.99

  • red fortified medium-sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

  • rosé
  • 24 in stock
  • $24.99

  • rosé
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $55.99

  • red fortified medium-sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $24.99

Terre Sparse 2018 Erbaluce Diverso

The Terre Sparse farm is located in the north of Piedmont, in the the Caluso DOCG. This Erbaluce comes from a small .25 hectare parcel of 40 year old vines, farmed organically on morenic soils (old glacier deposits). The wine is fermented and aged on its lees in stainless steel, and spends 13 days in contact with the skins. Delicious and quite complex, it shows notes of ripe fuji apple, apricot, nectarine, peach fuzz, pithy lemon, underripe plum, mirabelle, white blossom, honeysuckle and wildflower honey. There's a bit of grip on the palate, with soft tannins and great acidity. Vibrant and quite fresh, this Erbaluce (as Ernest from Portovino puts it) isn't exactly glou-glou, there's too much texture and savory notes, but it "goes down easy after day of hard of work on the farm, or a day at the desk typing." Very enjoyable and an excellent addition to our orange wine contingent. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $49.99

Villa Calicantus 2018 Bardolino Chiar'otto Vino Rosato

A co-harvest of Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara, and Sangiovese from biodynamically farmed 53 year old, pergola-trained vines on the western shore of Lake Garda. Considered too atypical to be labeled under the Bardolino Chiaretto DOC, Daniele Deliani just labels this as a humble vino rosato, yet it was one of the more captivating ones we've discovered this year. Very energetic on the palate, with notes of wild strawberry, raspberry, grapefruit, grapefruit pith, and hints of an herbal character. The wine has good acidity, and a definite energy, with a shifting character; sometimes showing more the red fruit aspects, sometimes the slighty bitter and herbal. A thoroughly enjoyable and delicious wine that is very engaging on it's own or with a wide variety of food. Oskar Kostecki

  • rosé
  • 20 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Misc. Spirits

Amara Amaro D'Arancia Rossa Blood Orange Liqueur

I am completely smitten with this Amaro. The primary ingredient is blood orange from Sicily with the bitter, herbal components taking somewhat of a backseat, and the result is a brighter, more feminine, style of Amaro that is complex and delicious. It is floral, fruit-forward, mineral, and long with red berry fruits and herbs building on the finish. This is simply a fantastic after dinner drink. Tim Gagnon

  • bitter aperitif
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $35.99

Forthave Spirits Blue Gin 43%

A fuller-bodied style of American gin, the Forthave Blue Gin is creamy and viscous on the palate, with notes of citrus rind, juniper, aniseed, allspice, mint, pine, lavender, and a long, savory finish. A perfect choice for classic gin cocktails like a Negroni or Aviation, it also plays beautifully in a straightforward Martini. Make this your choice for an autumnal local gin! Oskar Kostecki

  • aperitif
  • 9 in stock
  • $37.99

  • liqueur
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • herb digestive
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

  • herb digestive
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $129.99

Portugal Table

  • white sparkling
  • 26 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

  • red sparkling
  • 26 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

Mouraz, Casa de 2015 Dão Branco

A delicious and curious white blend of Encruzado, Malvasia-Fina, Bical, Cerceal-Branco, Rabo-de-Ovelha, Fernão-Pires, Uva-Cão, Síria e outras... and probably a few other un-confirmed varieties. The idea for Sara and Dionisio, is to present a white that has all the character of the Dao: a field blend that can transport us to their home. It's textured, with almost a touch of almond skin, herbs and white flowers. Fermentation is in stainless steel after 1 day of skin contact. Aging on the lees for 8 months before bottling.Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Rhone

Banneret 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1.5 L

With a deeper robe than the limpid 2015—dark ruby, verging on purple. On the nose crushed strawberry, plum, black tea, and cassis aromas, giving way to garrigue, a faint hint of hoisin, and graphite. Warming, but no sense of torrefaction. Clearly southern, but with great flair on the nose. The mid-weight palate exhibits great counterpoint between ripe black fruits, savory Provençal herbs, and sapid, gamy flavors astride fine-grained, firm, supple tannins. There’s great energy here and not a little depth. This is succulent and satisfying and as much as I envision this with a warm, wintry daube, or cassoulet, nearly as much it has me craving grilled lamb and ratatouille on a balmy summer night as the cicadas hum. And while I find myself loving Domaine du Banneret every vintage, the 2016 is especially suave, soulful, and satisfying. While this displays pure fruit pleasure now, this will gain in dimension and sophistication with 7-10 years in the cellar and beyond. This is beautiful Châteauneuf-du-Pape. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $129.99

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $57.99

Charvin 2017 Côtes-du-Rhone Le Poutet

This is what I'd call 'Châteauneuf-du-Pape-on-a-budget'!  Domaine Charvin is a very traditional winemaker with only ~10 hectares of vines in the CdP appellation which he farms organically, and is considered one of the best in the region. The "Poutet" is a very similar blend to his CdP bottling with 81% Grenache, 7% Mourvèdre, 5% Carignan, and 7% Syrah from 40+ year-old vines grown on sandy soils with galets roulés. He ferments traditionally with all whole-cluster fruit and native yeasts. Perhaps less traditionally, the wine never sees any wood, fermented in concrete and then aged in vats.The nose is intense and savory with dried violets, plum, and a peppery spice, and the palate is clean, silky, and leaves you with the taste of dried herbs and crushed cherry. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos du Joncuas 2015 Gigondas

80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah, on Triassic clay/limestone soils, always farmed organically. Whole cluster fermentation in vat with 12 months aging in large old barrels. Although we love this beautifully old-fashioned, organic wine in every vintage, Dany and Carole Chastan have made perhaps their best wine ever in 2015! The wine shows deep aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate, prune, garrigue, musk and citrus, quite focused and elegant. The palate is pure, supple and balanced, even at 15% alcohol, with dense blackberry, tart cherry, red currant, spice, earth and minerals, with tart red fruits, minerals and citrus in the very long finish. This is a superb Gigondas that can be enjoyed immensely now with a steak, pork or lamb chops, Morrocan tagines and full-flavored cheeses. Cellar 10 to 15 years for a mature experience. This is a superb wine and a great value - thanks to Carole and Dany for their great farming and traditional winemaking!

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2016 Gigondas

80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah, on Triassic clay/limestone soils, always farmed organically. Whole cluster fermentation in vat with 12 months aging in large old barrels. The 2016 is another beautiful Gigondas from the Clos du Joncuas, perhaps with less fat and density than the 2015 but quite elegant and more Burgundian in style. The aromas sing of black cherry liqueur, licorice, black olive and garrigue; the palate is dense and focused with blackberry, cherry, black olive, bitter chocolate and earth with nice sappy length with firm acidity. Drinking well now, decant if possible, or hold for five years, then drink until about 2035.   David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2016 Séguret La Garancière

70% Grenache, with Carignan, Syrah and Mourvèdre, always farmed organically, hand harvested, whole-cluster wild yeast fermentation, aged in cement vat, un-fined, unfiltered. The 2016 shows a medium garnet/black color with aromas of red currant and blackberry liqueur, plum skin, spice and black pepper. The palate shows nice density of chocolately black fruits with berry liqueur and a sappy, chalky texture, with a bit of tannin in the firm finish. Serve with a pork stew, Morrocan tagine or grilled steak.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos du Joncuas 2016 Vacqueyras La Font de Papier

From 80% Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre, grown on gravelly limestone terraces, always farmed organically, whole-cluster fermention and aged in concrete vats.  Dany and Carole Chastan have made another superb Vacqueyras in 2016, a bit brighter than the opulent 2015 version, showing dark black/red color and bright aromas of  blackberry, black olive and licorice with plum skin, garrigue, violet and bitter chocolate.  This young wine is showing deep black fruits with firm acidity and terrific length with chalky mineral notes, earth, citrus and olive. This will be fantastic with grilled foods, stews and tagines and will develop nicely over the next 10 - 15 years. Highly recommended and a great value!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2018 Gigondas Rosé

This is a beautiful Gigondas Rosé from our organic friends at Clos du Joncuas. Pretty bright pink/orange color, aromas of raspberry, tart cherry, blood orange, peach skin and rose. Full palate with silky raspberry, peach, citrus  and mineral flavors and firm acidity, beatifully balanced and refreshing. Long finish with tart cherry, peach, earth, and citrusy acids. A bit riper and more expressive than the 2017, and still young – it should open up nicely over the next two years. It's elegant and delicious now and very food-friendly – serve with grilled fish and white meats, salade nicoise, vegetarian dishes and Provençal foods. A great rosé to enjoy all year-round!

  • rosé
  • 2 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2018 Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet

(From 60 to 70 year-old vines in "Le Planis," 80% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre) The 2018 Creve Coeur Sablet has all the elements we love in sothern Rhone wines: organic/biodynamic farming, old school fermentation in foudre and concrete, stem inclusion. Dark-toned, nearly heady aromatically, with black and blue fruits, lavender, blackberry, cherry pit and cocoa on the nose. Dense purple robe. Plum, cherry, blackberry, black pepper and garrique on the palate. Real sense of the structural elements from the stems and limestone soils. Pablo has lightened the extraction so the wine is well structured but with finer tannins than the 2016 and 2017. Good energy for the concentration with a fine core of minerality within. Fabulous with pan-roasted lambchops and sheep's milk cheese. Delicious now, but should gain in complexity with time in the bottle. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2018 Côtes du Rhône Villages Seguret

Pablo Hocht of Domaine de Creve Coeur has 3 hectares of 60+ year-old vines in Seguret on sandy limestone marl soils, 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. As with his lovely Sablet, the Seguret is certified biodynamic, fermented slowly with wild yeasts with the stems included. Aging is partly in one to five year-old barriques, partly in vat. In other words, great farming and old-fashioned winemaking, similar to that of the Gonons in Saint-Joseph. The 2018 Seguret shows a deep red/black color and aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry and plum, with earth, garrigue and cocoa - dark and rich but with good freshness. The palate is dense and round with a supple, grainy texture, a bit softer than the Sablet this year, with ripe blackberry and black plum liqueur, quite floral and showing the high percentage of Mourvedre, with hints of chocolate, citrus and provencal herbs. The finish is long with cool acidity and earthy black fruits. Serve this beautiful Seguret a bit cool after a decant of a few hours or cellar five to ten years. Great with stews and tagines, grilled meats and game.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2018 IGP des Collines Rhodanniennes Viognier 'Les Iris'

We love Condrieu, but Viognier from other regions can often be cloying and uninteresting. This example from the Grenier family in Chavanay, however, is elegant and outstanding. It comes from Viognier vines just south of the Condrieu AOC, always tended organically, certified since 2002, and Biodynamic since 2016. Like stepping into the sunshine, this wine is a bedazzlement of friut and floral tones. Yellow flowers, white blossom, honeysuckle, apricot, peach, canteloupe and underripe pineapple, with slight hints of almond, citrus and lemon peel all playing on the alluring nose of this wine. There is a unctuousness on the palate that is beautifully balanced by a lively acidity. The finish introduces a hint of fresh cut hay and that particular late summer evening light. A lovely Viognier and a great value! Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2018 Condrieu La Côte

The white wines of Philippe and Véronique Grenier at Domaine des Amphores have become particularly successful over the past few years, as their son Remi, now the winemaker at Chateau Grillet,  has been helping out. The vineyards have been farmed organically since their inception and are now certified biodynamic as well. The 2018 Condrieu "La Côte" has a delicate and compelling aroma of fresh pear, apricot skin, soft white flowers like baby's breath, and something that makes me think of moss growing on a wet stone. The palate is incredibly luscious and rounded with a slightly bitter almond skin on the finish. The richness of this full-bodied white will make it an excellent pair for more powerfully flavored dishes, but I also fully enjoyed it complimenting a creamy crab pizza with fresh herbs. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2018 Saint-Joseph Les Sept Lieus

(From young vines, planted in the 90's, always organic, and from parcels of old vines, converted to organic, in Chavanay, below Condrieu) Philippe and Veronique Grenier have always farmed organically and now they are certified Biodynamic as well, bringing the quality even higher at this wonderful small estate. 50% de-stemmed, aged 50% in vat, 50% in 2 to 10 year-old demi-muid and foudre.  The 2018 shows a deep red/black color with elegant floral blackberry, black raspberry and black olive aromas with hints of earth, citrus and coffee. The palate is balanced and well-structured with blackberry and black plum , finishing with black fruits, earth and firm tannins. With aeration the finish broadens with elegant black fruit liqueur, licorice and black olive. This lovely Saint-Joseph will accompany lamb shank, pork stews and grilled meats - decant if drinking now or cellar 5 to 8 years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $124.99

Pierre Andre 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 1.5 L

(Note: Pierre André 2016 Magnum Special Price is $108.99) We consider Domaine Pierre André to be one of the greatest estates in Châteuneuf-du-Pape. Organic since 1980 (one of the first in the AOC) and Biodynamic since 1992. The red is 90% Grenache with Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Vaccarèse, Counoise, Muscadin and Picpoul. Some parcels are over 100 years old, with the average vine age around 65 years. The 2016 is a beautiful glass of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, showing fresh, complex aromas of ripe blackberry with cherry, spice, rose, earth, tar, smoke and floral notes.  On the palate, the wine is perfectly structured, similar to the 2010, with deep blackberry and black cherry liqueur with spice, garrigue, earth and saline minerals. A great CDP for aging, this is delicious now in its vibrant youth, but will repay waiting for ten years and then enjoy until 2050! Very highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $135.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pierre Andre 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

(Note: The 2017 Pierrre Andre Rouge Special Price is $49.99) Tasted in Montpellier Jan. 2020: dark black/red color, very aromatic with red currant, strawberry, spice, earth; palate is round, dense, good acidity, deep black cherry, red currant, plum, earth, minerals; very  long but softer than the 2016, great finish. Delicious now or cellar 15 to 20 years. DL   "Full, dark red. The bouquet is promising, well varied already, with a beef stock, loganberry, deep black fruit presence. There is a shimmer of dusty heat from it. The palate is rich and rolling right from the start, engages very well with a flourishing length and spiced notes in the sparky, full finish. Lots of life blood here, a nourishing wine with genuine typicity, good vigour and cut. Not much more praise can be added. This lights my fuse, sure thing." DrinkRhone Oct 2018

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Richaud 2017 Cairanne Cuvee Sans Soufre

 The Richaud 2017 Cairanne is a gorgeous wine made from Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvedre, partly made with carbonic maceration, and this cuvee is made and bottled entirely without SO2. The color is inky black/red with lush aromas of black cherry, blackberry, prune and floral notes with  earth, licorice and dark chocolate. The palate shows lush, bright fruit - a beautiful and intense melange of black and red berries, round and deep, lifted by cool acidity and mineral flavors with fabulous length and purity of fruit.  Bravo to Marcel Richaud! Serve this lovely wine a bit cool with just about anything! Cellaring for ten years would be interesting as well... David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $214.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $229.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $57.99

  • red
  • 46 in stock
  • $22.99

Rum

Rum Fire Hampden Estate Jamaican Overpr 63% ABV

Our friends over at a fellow retailer sometimes just put "!!!!!!!!!" in product descriptions, and I'm tempted to copy them on this one, as there are almost no words to describe Rum Fire. Clocking in at a huge ester level (over 500 ppm) and bottled at 63%, it might rip your face off and kick you in the privates, but you know, you just might like it. Untamed and bombastic, this is funky rum at its finest, guaranteed to take you on a journey. A hate it or love it scenario. An angel-demon from bygone days shredding sweet and funky heavy wattage straight to your soul. I can't help myself, I'm utterly in love. Oskar Kostecki

  • rum
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

Sake

Akishika Shuzo Osaka Prefecture Black Moheji Junmai

There are a few examples of single-paddy rice sake that I know of (Isojiman perhaps being the most famous) but all are very expensive and very hard to find.It was very exciting for me get to taste this example from Akishika, and especially to compare it to the normal omachi rice bottling. A particular stand-out of the Yoigokochi Imports tasting, and a bottle I knew I had to get my hands on to explore further. This is made from omachi rice from a single paddy, farmed organically, that is milled to 60% and then aged for 4 years before release. In total,  308 kg of rice were brewed into 660 liters of sake. There is a remarkable citrus element to this, almost like dashi broth with yuzu peel. The nose also shows a hint of green melon, green  melon rind, fresh citrus, lemon zest, cantaloupe, some white blossom, but also a hint of caramel, cut hay, Parmesan rind, smokiness, cedar, and a general savory, woodsy note. The palate carries a lot of intensity, with all the complexity of the nose and a roundness and richness to the texture, as well as a very long finish. This sake is quite beguiling, occasionally being totally driven by its more savory and earthy tones, only for the next sip to introduce burst of fresh citrus and tropical fruit; truly something to take your time with. The bottle I opened felt a little tightly wound at first, and definitely started to open up as it approached room temperature, but was even better the next day. Paired this with a whole branzino, but given a second chance, would have gone for something slightly heartier, as this sake has so much flavor, umami, and oomph. Oskar Kostecki

  • Junmai
  • 16 in stock
  • $82.99

Akishika Shuzo Osaka Prefecture Omachi Junmai

The sake of Akishika Shuzo is very highly regarded, both in Japan and across the world, and due to the tiny production, these bottles are highly sought after. We're very happy to finally be able to offer you a few more sake from Akishika, starting with this wonderful Omachi junmai. Omachi rice is one of the oldest pure (not cross-bred) rice varieties in Japan, and has been used in sake brewing since at least the middle of the 19th century. It has been gaining in popularity in recent years and is prized for its more earthy expression, in contrast to the more fruity and floral Yamadanishiki. This example from Akishika comes from rice that the brewery grows themselves, and is bursting with the typical Akishika dryness, high acidity, and intensity on the palate. On the nose it opens with a hint of dashi, followed by lemon peel, under ripe apricot, a slight floral note, with some notes of cedar and something woodsy, something fibrous. The palate is where this sake really shines, bringing that mouthfilling intensity and sharpness (almost severeness; I wouldn't drink this without food) while maintaining the complexity of flavors and textures. Oskar Kostecki

  • Junmai
  • 15 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic

Izumibashi Junmai ginjo

Located just south of Tokyo in Kanagawa prefecture, Izumibashi is a sake brewery dedicated to their farming practices. While most producers buy their sake rice through a government controlled apparatus, and the ones that work with local farmers are few and far between; it is almost unheard of for a sake producer to also farm all of the rice they use. As a registered "Cultivation Brewery", Izumibashi oversees every aspect of the sake making, from growing the rice, to milling, to the brewing process. Their sake is hearty and deep, with the junmai ginjo expressing balance and poise, as well as great intensity. With notes of under-ripe melon, sugar snap peas, faint citrus, lemon and lemon peel, a gentle aroma of steamed and toasted rice, it carries great texture. Very dry, full-bodied, and becoming more expressive as it approaches room temperature, there is also a certain rocky minerality expressed on the long finish. There is a sharpness and directness to this sake, but it's also palate-filling and generous, and certainly delicious. Definitely one to try if you are looking to expand on the more classic junmai ginjo profile. OskarKostecki

  • Junmai
  • 4 in stock
  • $32.99

Kokken Tokubetsu Junmai 720ml

Another wonderful sake from Kokken, this Tokubetsu Junmai is make from 100% local Yume no Kaori rice, a specialty of the region. Polished to 60%, this is a very fresh and lively sake, with juicy fruit notes balanced by a hint of toasted rice and a slight savory edge. A bit softer on the palate than the Yamahi, this is very sessionable, and very delicious on its own. Oskar Kostecki

  • Junmai
  • 6 in stock
  • $22.99

Miyakobijin Hyogo Prefecture Yoigokochi Yuzu Sake

Yuzu sake: a perennial favorite of ours, especially when the weather starts to warm up.  Yuzu is a Japanese citrus, quite tart and slightly bitter, and present in both Japanese cooking, pastry, as well as alcoholic beverages. This beautiful example is made by Miyako Bijin, on the island of Awaji in the Seto Inland Sea, and is bursting with vibrant and tart citrus flavors, with just a small hint of sweetness to balance it out. Great on its own, we also like to mix it with sparkling water for a little bit of fizz. Oskar Kostecki

  • Junmai
  • 14 in stock
  • $27.99

  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Junmai
  • 2 in stock
  • $39.99

Terada Honke Chiba Prefecture Daigo no Shizuku Junmai Bodaimoto

The bodaimoto method is a precursor to modern-made sake, and originated in the Bodaisan Shoryakuji temple in Nara Prefecture in the 14th century, and indeed some bodaimoto sake still starts its life at this historic temple. Not to get too detailed, but the method basically goes like this: raw rice and steamed rice are mixed in a water bath, and left for a period of a few days. The water becomes imbued with lactic acid thanks to natural lactic acid bacteria, and after the rice is removed and steamed, that water is added to the steamed rice, the koji rice, as well as yeast to create the moto (fermentation starter). Lactic acid is very important in sake making, as it eradicates harmful bacteria and fungi, and creates the necessary pH for fermentation to go smoothly. This example by Terada Honke is made of table rice (Koshihikari, and Yukigesho) and only polished to 90%. A rough, rustic, and frankly very fun brew, it shows notes of sharp citrus, lemon, lime zest, corn husks, and toasted grain, balanced by a bit of sweetness. A very interesting, ancient style of sake. Oskar Kostecki


  • Junmai
  • 8 in stock
  • $32.99

Terada Honke Chiba Prefecture Kaikoshu Junmai

"Koshu", or aged sake is a very niche category, and quite polarizing. Yoram, one of the folks involved in Yoigokochi Sake Imports owns a bar in Kyoto which specializes in serving aged sake, some that is even long-aged after the bottle has been opened. I've never had the opportunity to experience Yoram's bar, but the friends who have gone have either raved about it, or found it very weird. Most sake professionals will tell you that sake should be consumed fresh, and there is no point aging it (sake has no tannins, no sulfur, and lower acidity than wine, the things commonly accepted as allowing wine to age). Undoubtedly aged sake is different, and the flavor profile changes so much, it's almost difficult to guess what the sake was when it was fresh. A lot of it can be very intense, something you would maybe have a glass of, but would find it difficult sharing a bottle between two people. This example by Terada Honke shows all the hallmarks of aged sake, yet also has a drinkability that (for me) belies its years. Made from organic Miyamanishiki & Koshihikari rice, this sake is then aged for 15 years at the brewery before release, and shows notes of caramel, cheese, smoke, cured meat, resin, oolong tea, chestnut honey, and a hint of bitterness, almost wormwood. Quite sherry-like on the nose, the palate also has a lushness and softness to it, with the textural quality of the sake melding beautifully with its flavors. Enjoy with cheese after a meal, or pair with robust foods, perhaps a dry-aged steak. Oskar Kostecki

  • Junmai
  • 7 in stock
  • $72.99

  • Organic

Terada Honke Chiba Prefecture Katori 90 Junmai

The Katori 90 from Terada Honke is a really interesting sake, made not of sake rice, but regular table rice (Koshihikari and Yukigesho) polished to a very minimal 90%. This leaves a lot of the rice flavor in the sake itself, since the theoretically "impure" outside of the rice hasn't been completely milled away. This minimal style of polishing is something we've been seeing more breweries experiment with, and the results can be fascinating, leading to very flavorful and forthright sake. Savory, slightly musty, with Terada Honke's hallmark high acidity, the Katori 90 shows notes of toasted grain, barley tea, slight cheese rind, citrus peel, a general woodsiness, and a hint of caramel and spice (Terada Honke sake are aged for about a year at the brewery before release, which would account for the caramel and spice notes). A great sake to drink at room temperature or slightly warmed. Oskar Kostecki

  • Junmai
  • 13 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Terada Honke Chiba Prefecture Katori 90 Junmai 1.8L

The same, but in big bottle!!!The Katori 90 from Terada Honke is a really interesting sake, made not of sake rice, but regular table rice (Koshihikari and Yukigesho) polished to a very minimal 90%. This leaves a lot of the rice flavor in the sake itself, since the theoretically "impure" outside of the rice hasn't been completely milled away. This minimal style of polishing is something we've been seeing more breweries experiment with, and the results can be fascinating, leading to very flavorful and forthright sake. Savory, slightly musty, with Terada Honke's hallmark high acidity, the Katori 90 shows notes of toasted grain, barley tea, slight cheese rind, citrus peel, a general woodsiness, and a hint of caramel and spice (Terada Honke sake are aged for about a year at the brewery before release, which would account for the caramel and spice notes). Oskar Kostecki

  • Junmai
  • 6 in stock
  • $62.99

Scotch Malts

  • scotch malt whisky
  • 6 in stock
  • $94.99

  • scotch malt whisky
  • 2 in stock
  • $194.99

South Africa

Johan Meyer 2017 South Africa Palmiet Chardonnay

I was so pleasantly surprised by the finesse and restraint in this Chardonnay!  Johan Meyer is part of the burgeoning natural wine movement in South Africa. He farms the Palmiet vineyard with a small team using only organic treatments. The Elgin region is one of the coolest in South Africa, partly because of its higher elevation, but also it receives more cloud cover, and has colder winters which lead to better conditions for elegant Chardonnays. The grapes are whole-bunch fermented and aged in 4th-use  French oak for 10 months. Richly aromatic white flowers, freshly picked yellow and green apple, a little sea salt. The palate has a beautiful, creamy texture with a touch of grip on the finish recalling the shale and bluestone soil of the vineyard. This would be an excellent pairing for buttery monkfish with fresh herbs and a splash from the bottle. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Mick Craven 2017 Stellenbosch Cinsaut

This is a beautiful light red from Mick and Jeanine Craven! The 2017 Cinsault comes from organically farmed 25 year-old bush vines on the Bottelary Hills in Stellenbosch. The grapes are destemmed to preserve their acidity, aged in neutral barrels and bottled unfined, unfiltered, with just a dash of sulfur. The nose is a lovely mix of crushed violet, graphite and red currant. The palate is light and fresh, with juicy red plum and currant, a little herbaceous and just a hint of tannin to give the finish some texture. Perfect with a chill and some grilled swordfish! Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mother Rock 2019 Swartland Liquid Skin Chenin Blanc

'Liquid Skin' is South African Chenin re-imagined. Johan Meyer, natural wine guru of South Africa, created a second line of wines, Mother Rock, to showcase the diverse terroir of the Southern Cape and play a little more with different techniques and grape varieties. This bottling is 100% bush vine Chenin Blanc  from the Kweperfontein Vineyard on the Paardeberg Mountain. This vineyard, which sits on decomposed granite and clay at 920ft elevation, has been dry-farmed since its planting in 1984, and farmed organically since 2014. The grapes are lightly foot-crushed whole cluster, and left with the stems and skins under a blanket of CO2 for eight weeks. It is then aged on the lees for a year in concrete eggs before bottling as is with no fining, filtering or SO2. I am very particular about skin-contact wines, in that they only appeal to me if they have something unique to say and drink cleanly. This wine is distinct, boldly aromatic of perfumed white flower, tangerine skin and juicy apricot. The texture is creamy and juicy, lightly textured and full of flavor without being cidery or funky. Michelle DeWyngaert  

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

South America

Viña Maitia 2018 Maule Valley Carignan Weon

This is an introduction to Chilean Carignan from David Marcel at Viña Maitia. Vines are about 70 years old, and the grapes are fermented in lagar, and aged in concrete. The aroma of fresh soil hits you first and a just a touch of barnyard followed by rich black plum, raspberry, and red apple skins. The palate is plush and juicy with soft, pleasant tannins making it easy to enjoy with or without food. The finish is distinctly stony and savory on this easy drinking medium-bodied wine. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Viña Maitia 2019 Maule Valley Pais Pipeño

"Pipeno" actually translates to barrel, but in this case it refers to an old tradition of making large barrels of juicy, quaffable wine for everyday drinking, and this wine is a perfect example. This wine is 80% Pais and 20% Carignane from 120-year-old vines. The Pais is destemmed with a traditional  zaranda, while the Carignan is left whole-cluster,  then both are fermented in concrete vats before bottling with small amount of sulfur.  I would describe this as a cheerful wine; full of juicy red fruits, tart cranberry, with hardly any tannin or extraction, and just enough body. Serve this chilled and happily enjoy a glass or two with or without food, but definitely with friends.  Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $10.99

  • Low Sulfur

Spain Fortified

Valdespino NV Jerez Fino Inocente 375ml

Valdespino’s Incocente is perhaps the world’s greatest value in Fino. The grapes are sourced from a single vineyard consisting of Jerez’s classic chalky soils. Unlike most Fino Sherry, which is typically only about 4 yeas old, because of the number of Criaderas in the Inocente Solera, the wine in this bottle is roughly ten years old. This, and the fact that the wine is femented by the ambient yeasts in casks, adds to the signature weight and richness of Inocente. This Fino is truly a study in flor, and has long, rich, yeasty flavors, and vibrant citrusy acidity.  JR

  • white flor fortified
  • 28 in stock
  • $12.99

  • white flor fortified
  • 30 in stock
  • $10.99

Spain Table

Adega do Vimbio 2017 "Vinos Ferales" O Acordo Vino Tinto

Martín Crusat  and his wife Patricia have been making wine form their own three parcels of vines in O Rosal in Rias Baixas since 2012, employing organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyard and a light touch in the cellar. The soils here are mainly clay, and the climate is very strongly influenced by the atlantic, commonly lending a salty, bright element to the wines. Mainly working with the local star, Albariño, the Crusats also have plots of Loureiro and Caiño Branco and purchase some young-vine Sousón (an indigenous red grape) from a neighbor to make this wine, a claret made from all of the previous mentioned varieties. O Acordo is deep red in the glass, with a nose of candied red fruits and red and purple flowers with a salty, sea air tinge. The palate is bright and fresh and very light: initially very acid-driven but opening over time to notes of raspberry and blackcherry, with plenty of clay-y minerality. There's no real tannins here, so this is a great wine to drink with very light foods or before dinner. I'd encourage you to give this a chill before opening, then leave it for 30 minutes to an hor to allow for the aromatics and the palate to truly come alive. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bengoetxe 2018 Getariako Txakolina

Iñaki and Rosa Maria Etxeberria produce Bengoetxe in the cool, very green Basque country on the border with France. The humid climate and the influence of the Atlantic Ocean yield wines with lots of bright acidity grown from native grapes (in this case, Hondarribi Zuri and a tiny bit of Gros Manseng). The Exeberrias pursue a lower-intervention and perhaps more serious style of Txakoli, harvesting by hand, fermenting with native yeasts, and resting for a full year on the lees in steel tanks before bottling without captured CO2. Bengoetxe is from vineyards from a slightly warmer site, and the wine shows rich citrus, smoke and herbs on the palate. 2018 was a hard vintage, and production was far lower than normal, but this is a beautiful wine that will be wonderfully satisfying with anything from the sea, or many vegetable dishes! Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 37 in stock
  • $19.99

Bodegas Akutain 2018 Rioja Alta

Juan Peñagaricano Akutain worked at CVNE and La Rioja Alta before planting his own vineyard in Rioja Alta in 1975. Ever since, he and his son, Jon Peñagaricano, have sought to produce classicly styled Rioja wines at a smaller scale, sourcing grapes from their own plots, which they work without chemicals and harvest by hand. Since 2015 they have produced this wine, a Cosecha (unaged) Rioja, fermenting Tempranillo and a little bit of Garnacha in fiberglass and resting the wine in the same container before bottling without fining or filtering. The 2018 shows the terroir of Rioja Alta without any distractions: it is a wine of pure fruit and earth. Notes of ripe cherry abound on the nose, interspersed with notes of green tobacco and earth. The palate follows, with similar pretty cherry quality and a long and broad clay-y minerality. This is a cosecha Rioja, without oak or long aging, and as a result it is much lighter than the wines that many think of as Rioja: it is perfectly suited to drinking with a slight chill into the summer. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 53 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Castellroig 2019 Penedès Rosat (Still) de Roselles

Marcel of Castellroig makes this still rosat from Ull de Llebre, or Tempranillo, with the same diligent and thoughtful work that he puts into his Cavas. The grapes are grown organically, hand harvested and given a very short maceration on their skins before  fermenting in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts. This year the Roselles is a pale salmon pink, with a beautiful and delicate nose of sea salt and fine red fruits. The palate is totally dry, with a core of chalky minerality and notes of strawberry and raspberry. A very joyful, very Mediterranean rosat! Ben Fletcher

  • rosé
  • 59 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic

Celler del Roure 2018 Valencia Cullerot Blanco

Celler del Roure is making very interesting wines  with local grape varieties in the Valencia area. Many of these old, indigenous varieties are largely forgotten and Cullerot highlights three of them (Verdil, Tortosina, and Merseguera) together with Pedro Ximénez, Macabeo, Malvasía,  and others. In addition to their focus on indigenous grape varieties, Celler del Roure is employing traditional vinifications methods: hand harvesting, fermenting with native yeasts in stone lagars, and aging in very old clay amphorae. Cullerot has a bit of skin contact, and is medium bodied with notes of stone fruit, tropical notes, apple skin, and clay-y minerality. A great, truly interesting, "almost-orange" skin contact white wine, for less than $20. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 33 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Celler del Roure 2018 Valencia Vermell

Vermell is a blend of Monastrell, Garnacha Tintorera and the unique local red grape Mandó, from Celler del Roure outside Valencia. The grapes are harvested by hand, destemmed, then fermented in stainless steel and stone lagar, before aging in very old amphorae in cellar of the centuries-old winery. The wine is medium bodied, with notes of red fruit and earth. The very old amphorae have a different effect than younger clay vessels - something on the finish that I've had trouble describing but find very nice.  A new favorite for me in the below twenty category, and a great introduction to the wines of Celler del Roure. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Celler Les Foes 2018 Castellon de la Plana Les Foes

Les Foes is whole cluster Garnacha from a 10 year old vineyard in Castellón, Valencia, planted, farmed and vinified by Roger Diaz, who is also a high school history teacher. Diaz farms his vines organically, with biodynamic treatments, and approaches winemaking in a very low-intervention style: fermentation is whole-cluster with natural yeasts in used barrels, and he never uses sulfur or other additives. When people think of Garnacha and Valencia they likely imagine a full-bodied, high alcohol wine, but this is fresh and bright with a joyous nose of earth, flowers and cherries and blackberries. On the palate it is truly refreshing and friendly, with soft notes of perfectly ripe strawberry, cherry, and spice. There's something special and beguiling about this bottle that kept me coming back for another sip over and over. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Dominio del Urogallo 2017 Asturias Fanfarria Tinto

Dominio del Urogallo is one project from Fran Asencio. Based in Asturias, on the northern Atlantic coast of Spain, Ascencio farms organically with biodynamic treatments and focuses on the local grape varieties of the region. This part of Asturias, between Oviedo and Lugo, is characterized by steep hils, soils of slate and quartz, and lush greenery. Fanfarria Tinto is mainly Mencia, with a smaller amount of the local Albarin Tinto. All harvesting is done by hand, fermentation is with indigenous yeasts, and no sulfur is added. The wine shows purple fruit and dark flowers on the nose, while the palate holds salted plum,  fresh green herbs, slate-y and earthy minerality, and delicate tannins. This seems different from the Mencia based wines of Bierzo or Ribeira Sacra, with a more gentle fruit note and a different minerality. A fascinating expression of Asturias, a region of Spain whose wines remain difficult to find in the United States! Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Envinate 2018 Tenerife Palo Blanco (Limit 2 per customer)

100% Listán Blanco from centenarian vines in the black volcanic soil of the Palo Blanco vineyard, in the Valle de la Orotava of northern Tenerife. This area is humid despite the substantial elevation (600m above sea level), and the vines are trained in the braided Cordon Trenzado method to promote airflow. All grapes are hand harvested and fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete before aging in a mix of foudre and used barrels for 10 months. Bottled without fining or filtering, and with only a touch of sulfur. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $16.99

La Araucaria (Dolores Cabrera Fernandez) 2017 Tenerife Paraje La Perdoma Tinto

All Listan Negro from Dolores Cabrera, a farmer/winemaker from Tenerife. Vines average around 100 years old, and unlike many of the Canary Island offerings, are from lower altitude sites, mostly on iron-rich red clay terroir. The new vintage from Dolores is a beautiful expression of Listán Negro, with less intense acidity or tartness than we typically find from high altitude vineyards. Light-to-medium bodied, with ripe red and purple fruit on the mid-palate and a elegant, finessed finish. An all-around delicious wine that should be explored by any Canary Island wine enthusiast.  Eben Lillie

With a year in bottle this wine is, I think, finally ready to show its true character. Truly volcanic and savory, with exuberant aromas of toasted black pepper, earth, smoke and cherry, the delicate but long and flavorful palate shows charred red and black raspberries and a meat-y quality. The finish is long and savory, with lots of volcanic spice. A great wien that has really come into its own in bottle! Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $18.99

La Araucaria (Dolores Cabrera Fernandez) 2019 Tenerife Valle de la Orotava

I love wine from the Canary Islands, and I've had some beautiful rosados made from Listan Negro. This is definitely my favorite, and the fullest and clearest expression that I've encountered of what a rosé made from that grape in volcanic soils can be. Totally alive and completely refreshing from the moment it leaves the bottle, this pours a translucent ruby that is simultaneously bright and fully of depth. The nose is macerated raspberries, a hint of violet, smoke and the faintest hint of sea salt, while the medium-bodied palate offers ripe raspberry, smoke, toasted black pepper and hints of  black cardamom that lead towards a exceptionally long finish characterized by raspberry liqeuer, clay-y minerality, and delicate black pepper notes.  Thank you, Dolores Cabrera, for this transportive rosado of terroir that sings of sun, sea, and volcanic soil! Ben Fletcher

  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

López de Heredia 2007 Rioja Tondonia Reserva

The Viña Tondonia, a more than 100 hectare assemblage of vineyards acquired by the estate in 1913, is situated on a large meander of the river Ebro. This is the largest vineyard owned and worked by the Lopez estate, and the grapes are used in the production of both white and red Reserva wines, and in exceptional years a small number of Gran Reserva bottles.  (Information from LopezdeHeredia.com)

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $54.99

López de Heredia 2011 Rioja Viña Cubillo Crianza

Cubillo, the Lopez de Heredia Crianza wine, could easily be classifed as a Reserva were it from another estate. It comes from the Viña Cubillas vineyard , which issituated on 40 hectares along the Ebro roughly four kilometers from Haro, at a slightly lower elevation than the El Bosque vineyard. The vineyard consists of two plots: "La Encina" and "La Monja." Both vineyards are planted exclusively with red grapes, and are used solely in the production of the Vina Cubillo bottling. (Information comes from the Lopez de Heredia website.)

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $31.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $29.99

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $22.99

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $27.99

Maestro Tejero, Alfredo 2017 Vinos de Madrid A dos tiempos

Alfredo Maestro Tejero makes  'A dos tiempos' from a vineyard of equal parts Garnacha and Tempranillo near Navalcarnero, just south west of Madrid. The grapes are hand harvested in two tries about three weeks apart, first the Garnacha then the Tempranillo, then destemmed and fermented in a stainless steel vat before resting for 6 months in neutral oak. Harvest, fermentation and bottling are done without any additives and without sulfur. The resulting wine is dense, medium to full bodied, and characterized by intense notes of red fruit, bitter herbs and earthy minerality. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 38 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Nanclares 2018 Rías Baixas Albariño Soverriba Viña del Mochuelo

Soverribas is consistently an exceptional expression of Albariño at the highest level, and the 2018 is exactly that. Citrus, briny sea air and fresh cut green herbs unite on the nose, and the palate answers with peach and rock salt around a core of long, intense stony acidity. From a single southwest-facing vineyard (called Paraje Manzaniña), the grapes are harvested in September, pressed whole cluster and fermented with native yeasts then rested on the lees in a very large old oak barrel for 11 months, with bâtonnage for the first three. Bottled without fining or filtering and with only a modest amount of sulfur. This was a bit tight, and could use either a year or two (or  maybe even longer?) or a lengthy decant. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 29 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Nanclares 2018 Rías Baixas Albariño Tinaja

La Tinaja de Aranzazu is Alberto and Silvia's wine made in Tinaja, the traditional amphorae used for hundreds of years in Spanish winemaking. The grapes come from the Paraje Mina vineyard (Alberto's home vineyard) and another old plot of vines on sandy granitic soils. The grapes were hand harvested and pressed whole cluster to ferment with their native yeasts in two tinajas, where the wine then rested for nine months on its lees, with weekly bâtonnage at the start. The tinajas impart a denser, richer texture to this wine, but the core is pure Albariño acidity, with salty, stone-fruit aromas and a long, dense palate. Like the other single-vineyard releases from Nanclares, this could probably use either a long decant or some time in bottle. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Oriol Artigas 2018 Alella La Rumbera 1.5 L

Oriol Artigas organically farms 7.5 hectares of very old vines in Alella, just north of Barcelona. His approach in the vineyard is  low-impact, influenced by biodynamics: he does not do much pruning, encourages the growth of supportive plants among the vines, and follows the lunar calendar. La Rumbera comes from a selection of vineyards of old-vine Pansa Blanca, which are hand-harvested together. The grapes are destemmed, crushed, and allowed to ferment with 20% skin inclusion in stainless steel. There's no use of additives or sulfur in Oriol's small, manually operated cellar. The resulting wines are full of character: influenced by the chalk soils and marine air, and showing a slight skinsy body, there's a tension between textural richness and mineral-driven freshness. The 2018 vintage shows a delicate touch, with the palate and the nose highlighting the salt, sea air, and chalky mineral character of Pansa Blanca, with just a touch of citrus.  Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Oriol Artigas 2018 Alella Bardissots Besavia

The grapes for Besavia come from an 80-year-old vineyard planted with at least 8 different grape varieties (white and red) on granitic sandy soils. The grapes are all harvested together, by hand, then fermented whole-cluster and left to macerate with the skins for 11 days before resting in stainless steel tank. The wine is bright red in the glass, with notes of violet, red fruits and fennel on the nose and a vibrant, intense palate of tart cranberry, sour cherry, salt, and granitic minerality. Tasting all of Oriol's 2018 wines together, this (from his collaboration with Pepe and Pilar) was one of the most impressive. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Oriol Artigas 2018 Alella Lloritu

Lloritu is a new wine from Oriol Artigas, named for a commonly eaten fish in the Mediterranean. The grapes for this wine come from an old vineyard located about 50 meters from the Mediterranean which was planted to Jaque, a fascinating hybrid grape also known as Black Spanish in the United States. According to Jancis Robinson, this variety can most likely trace its history back to French Huguenot colonies around the Savannah river, and an accidental crossing between the native American Vitis Aestivalis and the imported European Vitis vinifera. Once widespread in Europe (especially the south of France, where it still forms a part of the Cuvée des Vignes d'Antan) and the United States, it is now common only in Brazil. For Lloritu, Oriol harvests his Jaque grapes then macerates them for a single night on their skins before fermentation with natural yeasts and resting in stainless steel tank. The resulting wine has a beautiful bright pink translucent hue, and a nose of tart cherry, anise and fennel. The palate is light, fresh, and salty, with cherry and pomegranate notes around a mineral core. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Somoza 2016 Valdeorras Via XVIII

Valdeorras is better known for white wines from Godello than red wines, and the Somoza Godello has become something of a staple at Chambers Street the past few years, but this blend of red grapes from a large number of small parcels from Vina Somoza is a lifted, dense, and hedonistic red wine from the region. Winemaker Javier García Alonso macerated Mencía, Garnacha Tintorera, Mouratón, Merenzao, Gran Negro, and Brancellao grapes  together for a little more than a month in  open-topped neutral fermenters before pressing the juice into 400L and 500L barrels to rest on its lees over winter. The result is a spicy, dark fruited wine with notes of plum, blackberry and exotic spices on the nose, and a structured but delicate palate of mixed small berries (raspberry, blackcurrant, blackberry, blueberry) and bright minerality that finishes with long dense spiciness. The character of the Mencía certianly shines through, but the bright acid of Garnacha Tintorera and the delicate red fruit of Mouratón (Jura's Trousseau) are equally apparent. A beautiful wine that opens splendidly with air to reveal more and more length and surprising power. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $29.99

Tequila

  • tequila
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

  • tequila
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

United States Red

Analemma 2018 Columbia Gorge Pinot Noir Rosé "Alpine"

This is stunning, delicate rosé from the North-West Coast that showcases what the mountainous terroir  of Columbia Gorge has to offer. This bottle comes from the certified organic Oak Ridge Vineyard in Washington and is made with 100% Pinot Noir. The south-facing slopes at Oak Ridge sit at 1400ft elevation on prehistoric volcanic soils, which give this rosé its uniquely stony, mineral quality. The grapes are gently pressed whole-cluster and then fermented and aged in neutral barrels. A beautiful rose-gold color with aromas of fresh, beginning of summer cherries, strawberry patch, and crunchy rhubarb. On the palate this rosé has a medium to light weight with tart and fresh strawberry, pink grapefruit, wet stone, and salty rhubarb for days! Michelle DeWyngaert

  • rosé
  • 8 in stock
  • $26.99

Bloomer Creek 2019 Finger Lakes Half Moon Rosé

This is a rosé of terroir; intense and earthy. Bloomer Creek Vineyard is lovingly cared for by Kim and Debra Engle using organic methods, no herbicides, and no irrigation. The blend for 'Half Moon' is 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Cabernet Franc for that touch of herbal savoriness. The Pinot Noir spends six hours on the skins and is then blended with the Cabernet Franc. The juice is fermented in stainless steel and then bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with just a dash of SO2. 

  • rosé
  • 36 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Brick House 2017 Willamette Valley Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir Select

A native of Oregon, but thoroughly inspired by Burgundy, winemaker Doug Tunnell has been farming his 40 acre estate vineyard strictly organically for the last 25 years, and more recently certified Biodynamic. This bottling is a selection of barrels from various plots throughout his vineyard to get a true representation of the vintage each year. This years "Select" Pinot Noir has a beautiful nose of fresh roses, stems and all, red currant, raspberry, and juicy pomegranate. Indeed this is very Burgundian in style with just a bit more focus on the fruit. The wine is fresh and lively;  for me it conjures a crisp, fall, afternoon. Michelle DeWyngaert 

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Broc Cellars 2018 Love Red

It's easy to love this gulpable, peppery red blend from Broc Cellars! Chris Brockaway makes a wide range of California wine but the common denominators are that they must be made without additives (other than a small amount of SO2 as necessary), always fermented with indigenous yeasts, using grapes from vineyards that do not use synthetic chemicals (many of them certified organic), and of course they must be delicious. This years 'Love Red' is 77% Carignan from 70 year-old vines partially de-stemmed, 15% Valdiguié, and 8% Syrah, both whole-cluster. The wine is aged in neutral barrel and concrete and bottled with just a minimum of SO2. The nose is spicy with stewed black cherry, and on the palate lots of bright acidity, red currant, cherry juice, and just a little tannin to give it some grip with a bit of dried earth on the finish. Perfectly pleasant in every way. Michelle DeWyngaert

 

  • red
  • 39 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Broc Cellars 2019 Love Rose

Let's be honest, who doesn't love rosé? There is a lot to love about this plush, summery rosé from Broc Cellars. Chris Brockaway makes a wide range of California wine but the common denominators are that they must be made without additives (other than a small amount of SO2 as necessary), always fermented with indigenous yeasts, using grapes from vineyards that do not use synthetic chemicals (many of them certified organic), and of course they must be delicious. The blend comes from the Ricetti, Rosewood, and Wirth Ranch vineyards in Mendocino and Solano Country Green Valley and is 80% Valdigue, 14% Zinfandel, and 6% Trousseau. This year's rosé is a deep salmon color, bursting with notes of ripe, juicy strawberry and watermelon with a salty, savory finish and plenty of acidity that keeps this sunny Mendocino wine from becoming too fruity. Michelle DeWyngaert   

  • rosé
  • 38 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Dashe 2018 California Zinfandel Vineyard Select

This is the newest release of Dashe's Vineyard Select, meant to be a food-friendly, "bistro wine". The blend is 80% Zinfandel, 9% Teraldego, 5% Tannat, 3% Mourvedre, and 3% Petite Sirah. The fruit for this bottling is sourced from a variety of vineyards Sonoma County, Contra-Costa, and Clarkesburg  to create the perfect balance of ripeness and complexity. Each variety is fermented separately then aged for 14 months in 1-year-old French oak. Though I have not yet tasted this vintage, the Dashe wines have been a staple at Chambers Street for their consistently tasty Zinfandel. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Day Wines 2016 Willamette Valley Johan Vineyard Pinot Noir

A beautiful example of Pinot Noir from the Demeter certified Johan Vineyard in the Willamette Valley.  Exposed to cooling winds from the Van Duzer Corridor, it is the last picked of the Day Wines giving it a delicate freshness. The grapes are left 25% whole cluster during fermentation and then the juice is aged for 19 months in 15% new French oak, the rest neutral. This wine feels like Oregon to me. There is a perfect balance of richness and concentration to the flavor, while still showing enticing notes of fresh soil and dried herbs. The nose is a mix of fresh and stewed raspberry, rosemary, anise, and rose petals. The palate is plush with structured tannins that leaves me to believe that this will age nicely over the next several years. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • 5 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Edmunds St. John 2019 El Dorado County Bone-Jolly Rosé

A perennial favorite that we always wish there as more of, is this 100% Gamay from Edmunds  St. John. The rosé is sourced from the Witter's Vineyard which lies on volcanic clay-loam, and the Barsotti Ranch which is on sandy, decomposed granite. The Witter's fruit brings a more aromatic perfume and lushness to the blend, while the Barsotti fruit brings its signature minerality and structure with a hint of iron on the nose. The grapes were destemmed and pressed into stainless steel where it stayed on the lees for a couple of months before bottling. Consistently delicious year after year! Michelle DeWyngaert

  • rosé
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Eminence Road 2017 Finger Lakes Elizabeth's Vineyard Cabernet Franc

This is a juicy, incredibly drinkable expression of Cabernet Franc from the Finger Lakes! Sourced from Elizabeth's Vineyard on plots of thin loam over shale which gives the wine a lush, silky texture. The grapes are foot-stomped and then fermented whole cluster before being pressed and moved to old French oak barrels. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered after one year in old oak, and 10 months in steel, with just a small amount of SO2 added. On the nose are ripe blackberries, plum, and a bit of balsamic, and the on the palate are fresh and stewed raspberry, fresh rosemary, and soft soil. This wine will be excellent with burgers or wood-fired pizza slathered with tomato sauce! Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Low Sulfur

Ghostwriter 2016 Santa Cruz County Pinot Noir

This cuvée is meant to be an overview of what the Santa Cruz Mountains have to offer, and is sourced from three different vineyards: 40% Upper Block Amaya Ridge,  35% Aptos Creek, and 25% Smith Road. While the blend varies a little vintage to vintage, the wine shows consistency in its expression of classic Santa Cruz restraint. Fine cranberry fruit with a hint of some baking and savory spices, this Pinot is finely structured, with delicate tannins and a fine acid backbone. Open and inviting now, this wine will also benefit from a few years of cellaring. Excellent with roast chicken, lobster rolls, or miso-broth ramen, this will work just as well without food, as it is aromatic and mesmerizing as a standalone experience. 600 cases produced. Andrew Farquhar

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $57.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $44.99

United States White

Crowley 2018 Willamette Valley Chardonnay (Four Winds)

Humbly labeled as "Willamette" this wine is actually 100% from the Four Winds Vineyard. At ~800ft elevation on the McMinnville Coast, it is one of the highest and also one of the closest to the coast in the Willamette Valley. In true Crowley style, this wine is subtle, finessed, and perfectly representative of the terroir of this region. Though it is aged in 33% new oak, it is administered with a deft hand. On the nose the oak is barely perceptible. Instead you are enticed with notes of chamomile, lemon zest, and yellow apple skins. This vintage was cooler for Willamette which meant the grapes could be picked later giving the wine lots of brightness on the palate rounded out by the oak treatment and a silkiness that develops as the wine rises in temperature. Drink this with something that won't be too overwhelming to let the delicate flavors shine; like lemon butter-poached halibut, or a creamy primavera. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Eminence Road 2017 Seneca Lake Lamb's Quarter Vineyard - Char

I love the brightness and acidity that you get from shale and limestone bedrock of the Lamb's Vineyard in the Finger Lakes! The juice is fermented and aged in stainless steel to highlight these qualities and bottled with just a minimal amount of sulfur for preservation. The nose is a lovely mix of white flowers, green apple and lemon zest, and the palate is super fresh, a bit salty, and full of minerality. At just under 12% alcohol this Chardonnay is more reminiscent of Chablis than Sonoma, and would be just as great a pairing to shellfish and lighter fare. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Low Sulfur

End of Nowhere 2018 Clarksburg A Space Oddity

Winemaker Chris Walsh is able to source fruit from several high-quality, organically farmed vineyards in and around the Amador County area to make his low-intervention wines. The 'Space Oddity' is a refreshing bottling of Verdejo from the Heringer Vineyard in Clarksburg which is currently in conversion to organics. What makes this bottling so interesting is the blend of techniques used. One third of the grapes are fermented on the skins until dryness, 1/3 with the skins for just 12 hours, and 1/3 directly pressed which give this wine a beautiful texture on the palate. The nose is clean and herbaceous; a mix of sage and fresh grass with a bit of ocean breeze, and the palate is crisp and lemony with the sea breeze translated to a creamy, salty finish. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Eyrie Vineyards 2017 Dundee Hills Chardonnay

Though the Willamette Valley has been acclaimed for its Pinot Noir for quite some time now, there still aren't nearly enough people talking about how great the Chardonnay can be! Eyrie Vineyards has some of the oldest Chardonnay vines in the Willamette from their original vineyard site planted in 1964, which I believe brings so much depth and complexity to this ubiquitous grape. The bottling is comprised of about 80% fruit from the original vineyard, and the remaining 20% is from young vines from the Sisters Vineyard. The grapes are destemmed, fermented naturally, and aged for a year on the lees, without stirring, in ~90% neutral barrels with just a small percentage of new oak used. This wine is vibrant and refreshing with a persistent vein of minerality that speaks to the old vines of the Dundee Hills, and the nose is delicate with soft, white flower, peach skin, and fresh lemon. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic

Folk Machine 2019 Central Coast Jeanne d'Arc

This is the 10th iteration of the Jeanne d'Arc for Folk Machine; a bold, quirky skin-contact wine. The grapes now come from a vineyard on Merritt Island, a small island in the Sacramento River Delta, rich in fertile, loamy soils and subject to the cool winds and fog from the San Francisco Bay. This year's blend is 94% Chenin Blanc with 6% Marsanne for extra creaminess. The grapes are destemmed and fermented in open-top containers left with the skins for five weeks. The juice is then pressed and aged in neutral oak barrels before bottling unfined and unfiltered for a hazy orange glow! Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 49 in stock
  • $21.99

Spencer, Elizabeth 2018 Mendocino Sauvignon Blanc

An excellent, well-balanced example of California Sauvignon Blanc blended from three organically farmed vineyards in Mendocino. The fruit here is both fully ripe and surprisingly refreshing with notes of tropical fruit, pink grapefruit, and just a touch of soft, fresh herbs. This is a pleasant wine for drinking on it's own, but would be a great pairing for lighter proteins with a fruit chutney, or a vegetable quiche. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 52 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 68 in stock
  • $26.99

Whisky

  • rye whiskey
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $69.99

  • whiskey
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $249.99

  • whiskey
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99