Ampeleia, Rosato di Ampeleia 2019Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Carignano, Alicante Nero (Grenache)
Ampeleia was born only just in 2002 from the collaboration and friendship between some incredibly noteworthy icons—Elisabetta Foradori, Thomas Widmann, and Giovanni Podini. They created a place where they could not only develop an agricultural project but also fulfill a common dream.
The estate comprises different plots of land, each located far apart and on different altitude levels—their mission is to create variables in altitude, soil type and microclimatic conditions. Variety is the spice of life, at least Ampeleia, representing the project’s constant quality and willingness to discover. The grape varieties that have been planted are common to Mediterranean vineyards reflecting the tradition of growing multiple varieties in the same vineyard and harvesting them together at the same time. Today, the estate extends over three altitude levels and covers 35 hectares of vineyard.
Bonavita, Rosato Terre Siciliane 2019Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Nerello Mascalese
Imagine making wine on a large peninsula sticking out into the Mediterranean Sea. The region of Faro is just that, jutting out into the Strait of Messina. Even if you are Italian, this is a wine region very few people have ever heard of and rarely have the opportunity to taste, since only five wineries are located on the Peninsula. The explosive popularity of the wines of Mount Etna just to the south has taken the wine world by storm over the last few years. Now the wines from surrounding regions are gaining attention for their quality and personality. Giovanni Scarfone is the owner and winemaker for Bonavita. His focus is organic farming on the hill behind the main village of Faro. The high winds from the Strait of Messina protect the wines from the heat, and the end product is something extraordinary
Corzano e Paterno, Rose 2019Regular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
Wendel Gelpke, a Swiss architect, fell madly in love with these romantic hillsides. The Corzano property was purchased back in 1969, and then the neighboring property of Paterno in 1974. These hillsides are separated from the Chianti Classico subzone by the Via Cassia, a road that runs parallel to the river Pisa. Farming here has always been organic and her Sardinian sheep herd roams the rows to naturally fertilize the vines; talk about sustainability. As is classic for the area, the properties produce mainly Sangiovese. Wendel and the family own and operate the winery, and keep very occupied by making their own cheese and olive oil.
G.D. Vajra, Rosabella 2019Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir
The Vajra story is something quite magical. The family is not from noble descendants but is a family of hard-working, passionate, caring people. Their focus is on building something for their children, caring about the community, and cementing the stories of the regions’ past.
The G.D. Vajra winery was created in 1972 by Aldo and Milena Vaira, initially from vineyards planted by Aldo’s father in 1947. The winery was named for Aldo’s father, Giuseppe Domenico Vaira, because at the time Aldo was not old enough to establish the winery in his own name. The spelling of the family name (Vaira) is different from the label (Vajra) for this reason: in 1918 the “j” was eliminated from most Italian words, so the Vaira family changed their spelling. However, the design of the wine label looked like a “j” so they kept the original spelling for the winery. Today the family has 40 hectares under vine in Barolo and other surrounding appellations. Their prized holdings in Bricco delle Viole were planted in 1949 by Aldo’s grandfather. Milena and Aldo’s three children – Giuseppe, Francesca, and Isidoro – are all involved in the family winery operation situated in the village of Vergne.
Girolamo Russo, Rose 2018Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Nerello Mascalese
Giuseppe Russo left his native Sicily for a time, trained as a pianist and music teacher, and studied literature. But when his father, Girolamo, died, Giuseppe returned in 2005 to make “the best wines (I) can in this exceptional, often challenging but uniquely beautiful area.” Although the Russo family calls the area in and around Passopisciaro home, it is an interesting and dynamic place that is attracting winemakers from the all over the world. The Russos have 26 hectares of land, 15 planted to vineyards and the rest to olives and hazelnut groves. Their vineyards are on the north face of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna, in the north-eastern corner of Sicily.
La Bernarde, Rose Les Hauts Cotes de Provence 2019Regular price $17.00 Save $-17.00
Variety: Cinsault, Gernache, Mourvedre, Rolle, Syrah
A delightful rosé hailing from the region that defined it! Produced on a historic property in the village of Luc in the Côtes de Provence, the winemaking team from revered neighbors Commanderie de Peyrassol vinify a truly noble rosé. Farming is organic on this high altitude estate allowing for a beautifully balanced yet energetic wine layered with notes of strawberry, flowers, and white pepper.
Le Fraghe, Bardolino Chiaretto Rosato' Rodon' 2019Regular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
Variety: Corvina, Rondinella
As a young girl, Matilde Poggi, grew up around winemaking and hearing her parents talk about it. During October, she would go straight from school to the vineyards to help with the harvest. Her first harvest was in 1984, prior to that, the grapes were sold to another winery. Matilde is passionate about the surrounding terroir of valleys, rivers, winds from the north, and the mountainous areas that makes her wines uniquely their own. Her 3 daughters now help her run the winery. They have been certified organic since 2009.
Nicolas Gonin, Rose 2018Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Mondeuse, Pinot Noir, Gamay
Isère is a lesser-known area of the Savoie region of France, yields. south of Jura and west of the Alps. Before phylloxera ravaged France in the late 1880s, Isère boasted a whopping amount of vines. The region was then planted with hybrids, and due to lack of organization to form an AOC in WWII, viticulture practically disappeared. In enters Nicolas Gonin; after having worked for Domaine Tempier in Bandol, he found himself researching ampelography during his enological studies. Curiosity led to Nicolas spending time between both his Domaine and nursery where he traces the lineage of ancient grapes while trying to bring back the lost varieties of his region.
Proprieta Sperino, Rosato 2019Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
Variety: Nebbiolo, Vespolina, Croatina
Stated as “a courageous wine growing archaeology project, that speaks of passion. Proprieta Sperino is the realization of a dream: to restore the important tradition of Lessona wines by recovering the historic cellars to produce a wine with the greatest respect for local tradition.” This is the undertaking of famed winemaker, Paolo di Marchi, a pursuit that defines the second portion of his wine career. Paolo gained recognition at his Tuscan property, Isole e Olena, and now he wants to revive the Northern Piemonte site that has been in his family for years. This project was started in 1999 and now Paolo, with his son Luca, are producing classic wines from these incredible vineyards, which have a history dating back to the early 1800’s. It is exciting to see work going back into the region to make it great again.
Railsback Freres, Rose "Les Rascasses" Santa Ynez Valley 2019Regular price $29.00 Save $-29.00
Variety: Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre
Inspired by the famed Provence Rosé made by Domaine Tempier.
The story of two brothers: even while still in high school, Eric was already collecting bottles of prized top dollar Burgundy and Chablis, hiding them under his bed when he started college. Lyle’s quest for knowledge landed him in Austria where he met one of his most important friends in the industry, sommelier Rajat Parr. After a decade of restaurant work, Eric returned to Santa Barbara to start his own project, Lieu Dit, inspired by the Loire. Older brother Lyle had also worn many hats in the industry, ultimately landing a job for one of the most esteemed importers Kermit Lynch, leading regional sales. After leading separate lives for some time, the brothers both felt a calling to merge their two paths, which is how Railsback Frères came to be born.
Salvard, Rose Cheverny 2019Regular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
Five hardworking generations of the Delaille family have been working at Domaine du Salvard since 1898. The Domaine is located in the Cheverny appellation of the Loire River Valley, regionally adjacent to Vouvray and Sancerre. Gamay and Cabernet Franc are the focals for the fruity red and rosé wines of Salvard. Two brothers and their father manage the domaine, carrying on traditions established by their ancestors. They have introduced sustainable farming practices into the heritage of the vineyards. Importer Kermit Lynch was the first to discover the charm and value of Cheverny back in 1978. He took on Domaine du Salvard in 1992, a year before Cheverny was promoted to AOC wine law status. As always, Kermit is ahead of the curve.
Seehof, Pinot Noir Rose 2019Regular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
The area of Rheinhessen, tucked between Nahe, Pfaltz, and Rheingau regions, is so often misunderstood. This is mostly due to its production of Liebfraumilch, the sweet and cheap swill popularized after World War II, many considering “the armpit of German wine.” Bringing Rheinhessen out of its dark times has been a long uphill battle; Klaus Peter Keller is the primary factor of bringing about these changes. This brings us to the next “Keller,” a man by the name of Florian Fauth, who is coincidentally brother-in-law to Keller. Florian of Seehof is comfortable in his own skin, his wines sharing the same sentiments.
SUMMER ROSÉ 2020 2ND SET OF THE YEARRegular price $130.00 Save $-130.00
6 BOTTLES FOR $130
The second edition rosé set is a flirtier, fresher, more crushable version of our pink-hued friends. Rosé is a busy bee with split personalities. Her first persona is drinking like her white wine brethren—keeping it light with freshness and liveliness. When she strays from this, she’s staying true to her red wine roots—playing up structure and complexity. When she’s feeling both temperaments, she’s balanced and playful—herself. Rosé defies the odds, she’s meant for year-round drinking. We can testify to this firsthand.
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Thibaud Boudignon, Rosé de Loire 2019Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Cabernet Franc and Grolleau
Thibaud Boudignon is making some of the most exciting wines in the world today. Committed to strict organic practices, Boudignon calls upon his experience making wine in Burgundy and at the historic Chateau Soucherie to steer his own tiny property in the heart of Anjou and Savennieres to great heights. He has quickly become a darling of the Loire and beyond garnering the attention of top restaurants in Paris, NYC, and beyond. It is rare and tricky to find rockstars in the world these days as so much has been discovered—prices skyrocket to auction levels and only end up in Michelin-starred restaurants.