Agnes Paquet, Bourgogne Chardonnay 2017Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Making a name for yourself in the wine world is hard no matter where you are based, but being located in Burgundy makes this nearly impossible without a famed family name to back you. Agnes did not have this. What she does have is hard work and a belief in what she is doing. To make things even more challenging, Pinot Noir is one of the most difficult grapes to grow, and the last few years the weather has been insanely unfair to the growers of Burgundy. Agnes, year after year, makes elegant and delicate wines with a real sense of place. The wines drink exactly as they should for the level of designation and village they represent. She also makes excellent Burgundy Chardonnay, Cremant de Bourgogne, and several Pet-Nats.
AM/FM, Santa Maria Valley 2015Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Matthew Kaner never planned a career in wine. All he really wanted was to be able to afford a few bottles of it, but his quest for extra cash drew him deeper into the hospitality industry. In 2010, Kaner opened Bar Covell, nixing the bottle list in lieu of conversation and education-based service. He also has explored winemaking; AM/FM is a partnership of sorts, between Matt Kaner and fabled Prequ’ile Winery of Santa Barbara’s Santa Maria Valley. Kaner has also been named Sommelier of the Year in 2013, and in Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40 Tastemakers 2019. Keep an eye this guy; he’s always moving!
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
Chateau Paloumey, Ailes de Paloumey 2015Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
The Chateau has a long history on the left bank of Bordeaux and is now owned by the Cazeneuve family who owns a few other properties in Bordeaux. The 34-hectare estate is located in the commune of Ludon, the southern point of the Medoc close to some other famed wineries. Being this far south on the bank gives a bit more warmth to the vineyards and allows for an incredible texture to develop in the fruit. The wine is aged in 30% new French oak for 12 months before bottling and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.
Cirelli, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018Regular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
Francesco Cirelli is a rising star in Abruzzo and has already gained a cult following with select sommeliers in big cities around the world. He pushes boundaries in Abruzzo, where conventional farming has been the norm. Spraying chemicals and overworking the earth is not what he is interested in. After Francesco finished school, he quickly realized he wanted to pursue his love for lamb viticulture and all things wine. He purchased the Estate in 2003 and viewed the grounds as a whole working farm. He now has a mixture of crops and animals he raises, and each element works with each other to make the overall farm function.
Donkey & Goat, The Gadabout 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup, Pic Saint Loup Tour de Pierres Rouge 2018Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
Variety: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre
Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup has quite the legend following it. In medieval times, there were three lords of the THIS WINE LOVES Languedoc entranced by the beauty of a princess. She vowed to give herself to the most gallant, Christian man. The lords traveled to Jerusalem on a crusade to defend the tomb of Christ; upon returning, they discovered the princess’ death. In their grief, they each retreated to nearby mountains, living their lives as hermits. “Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup” translates to a hermit dwelling; Saint Loup Peak was named for one of the princess’s suitors. The three Ravaille brothers now operate the winery, their family having lived in the Languedoc for over 1000 years. The emblem of three fish not only reiterates the story of the three suitors, but also the fraternal bond of the three brothers.
L'Archetipo, Salento Fiano 2018Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Fiano ( Orange Wine )
Since the 80’s Francesco Valentino began to convert his land to organic farming, but he came to find he wanted more from the vitality of his vineyards. In 2000 he implemented biodynamic farming. These practices are thanks to his studies on Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist/thinker who touched on endless fields of human endeavor, including biodynamic farming. After a few years of biodynamics, he realized there was still something further to be done. Francesco studied the works of Masanobu Fukuoka, a farmer/philosopher known as the father of modern day natural farming. At long last, he implemented sustainable agriculture, in which all synergies in his vineyard ecosystem were linked: the Synergistic Agriculture, a balanced ecosystem.
Monte Bernardi, Tzingarella 2017Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Colorino
The Monte Bernardi estate dates back to 1085. The property’s vineyards are situated in the hilly, southern-most region of Panzano, an area that has been acknowledged as one of the “Grand Cru” of Chianti Classico. Most of the vineyards are more than 40 years old. Before 1992, when the first wines were produced, the grapes were sold to neighboring farms. The Schmelzer family, originally from Michigan, purchased Monte Bernardi in 2003. As winemaker, Michael has invested “time, love and money in the vineyards, the winery and villa” (www.montebernardi.com). The property was certified biodynamic in 2004.
This medium-bodied wine is fruity and richly complex, with smooth tannins, fresh acidity, and a touch of Tuscan cherry accenting the Bordeaux-grape character of fresh cassis, blackberries and minerality as well as sweet spices from oak aging. Drink now or hold up to 10 years.
My Essential, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Founded by Master Sommelier Richard Betts in 2013, My Essential Wine Co. set out to create a line-up of approachable, yet refined and commendable wines for the everyday consumer. Richard believes that “wine is a grocery, not a luxury”. This philosophy can be felt in his wines, on the pallet and in your wallet. Richard has partnered with estates in Southern France and California to create wines with purpose and a sense of place at an incredibly approachable price point.
No Fine Print, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Self-described disruptors, the founders of No Fine Print manage bands for a living. And we don’t mean the kind of band you were in when you were a kid and made your mom crazy banging drums and twanging base in your garage. Co-founder Pat Corcoran helped put Chance The Rapper on the map. Music industry pal and co-founder Tim Smith has managed multiple platinum artists for nearly two decades including Skrillex and BloodPop. Keen to leverage their creative branding expertise from music into wine, they teamed up with sommelier Ryan Arnold (Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, Chicago) to apply Ryan’s diverse wine industry background into a clever – and irreverent? – new brand. Crush it. You will be grabbing one glass after another.
Presqu'ile Winery, Chardonnay 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
According to Matt Murphy, co-founder, and president of Presqui’le winery, the greatest wineries are multigenerational family endeavors. In fact, the family is very close and loves doing things together, including his sister Anna, the enologist. Anna and Matt both grew up around the family’s farm in Louisiana, which was the forerunner for their interest in winemaking. Dieter Cronje, winemaker for Presqu’ile, has quite the prestigious resumé. While on a mission to gain a more global perspective, he did an exchange program with the University of Bordeaux and traveled extensively through Burgundy and Champagne to gain more understanding of Pinot Noir. After working with Matt Murphy at the Ambullneo winery and sharing many late-night bottles of Burgundy, they realized they worked well together. Matt then decided that Dieter would be a great fit as winemaker for Presqu’ile.
Tenuta di Carleone, Meticcio 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Cabernet Franc and Merlot
Tenuta Carleone di Castiglioni was first mentioned in the year 1078 when monks first founded it in Chianti, named for the village of Castiglioni meaning “small castle.” The property is a romantic vision of wooded hills, rivers, and fertile plains. Nestled in between the hills are the Sangiovese vines and olive trees. Though the property was farmed for hundreds of years, it did not become the winery of Tenuta di Carleone until 2012. Karl Egger and Sean O’Callaghan both operate the winery with a clear vision, making Sangiovese in a classic way, though with Sean’s twist. Nothing is added to the wine, grappa, or cold-pressed olive oils. Keep an eye on their other Sangiovese expressions, Il Guercio, Uno, Chianti Classico, and their grappa of Sangiovese named “Zero.”