Tastings This Week

Jura, Cahors and Etna with Jenny & Francois Selections

This Friday we'll be tasting 3 wines from one of our favorite importers of natural wines, Jenny & Francois Selections. First, a Chardonnay from the Arbois estate Domaine de la Tournelle. The Corvees sous Curon comes from a lieux dit of the same name that is farmed according to biodynamic and organic principles. It's done in the Burgundian style (barrels are topped up) with no new oak and minimal (if any) SO2 additions. Next, from the Southwest, comes a decidedly accessible style of Cahors. Giles Bley, the proprietor at Clos Siguier is adept at coaxing both silky tannin and accessible fruit from his 80 year old Malbec vines. Gorgeous and affordable as we head into the chillier months. Read More »

Waning Days of Summer: Wines for the Changing Seasons

Sure it's 80 and humid, but something in the air still tells us autumn is just around the corner. Here are 4 wines, not too heavy, not too light, all balanced and perfectly suited to these transitional temperatures: Read More »

Sunday Spirits: Contratto Vermouth

From a well-known sparkling wine producer in Piemonte comes a resurgence of their original vermouths, with recipes dating back to the 1890's. A base wine made from the Cortese grape variety is infused with 30-50 different types of organic herbs, roots and seeds, cold macerated, then fortified with Italian brandy. Whether blended in cocktails or splashed over ice and sipped solo, Contratto is a classic choice for any Vermouth aficionado. Read More »