Meinklang, Gruner Veltliner 2021Regular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
Variety: Gruner Veltliner
Meinklang has taken the wine world by storm in the last few years due to the family's passion for making diverse products from the estate. Farming is at the core, with full bio-dynamic practices in place. The family has a full herd of Angus and Aubrac cattle, plus sheep. The farm believes in a full circle of life within the vineyards and farmland. The family has even achieved Demeter certification, one of the most difficult biodynamic certifications. The estate is located in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of National Park Neusiedlersee in Austria, just on the border of Hungary. The insane number of different wine labels produced shows the passion for creating wine with character and personality, with over 20 labels in production.
This wine is some of the best valued, quality wine on the market today. This Gruner shows itself in a playful manner oozing with minerality, lean green fruits, herbal and white pepper knows. It is quite the versatile pairing. It has a short aging in steel and spends a bit of time on its lees.
Iruai, Shasta-Cascade White 2022Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Savagnin, Grüner Veltliner, Chardonnay, Savagnin Rose Musqué and Riesling
Chad Hinds started out as a chef, entering the world of work during the great recession of 2008-09. As a diversifying strategy, he started learning more about wine, then quickly aligned his thinking around the connections between natural food and wine. Chad finished a degree in enology before deciding in 2013 to create a winery, which he calls Methode Sauvage (“wild method”), initially focusing on finding a voice for Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc because he loves the grapes of the Loire Valley. As Chad’s interests and capabilities have grown, so has the range of wines he is producing as a sort of wunderkind of natural wines. In true gypsy form, the winery has taken on a new name, which is now the identity of Iruai.
This wine takes an Alpine inspiration with roots in both the Trinity Alps of northern California and the Shasta-Cascade range of southern Oregon. Considered a mythical winegrowing region even still, it bears much resemblance to the French alpine whites that are textured and aromatic, yet acidic and linear.