Anthill Farms, Helluva Vineyard White 2020Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, & Gewürztraminer
Anthill Farms is a group of three friends who went against all the odds to start a winery in California. They didn’t have money saved nor were they born into the business. They were cellar rats, the guys moving hoses and cleaning floors, for some pretty significant wineries, Williams Selyem being the most influential. However, while still quite young, the three decided to pull together a tiny amount of cash and started making wine at a crushpad facility. Before long the wines had a cult following and we’ve been drinking them ever since. Many of Anthill’s wines only make it to a mailing list or restaurants; we are lucky to include their small production wines.
Helluva Vineyard is located in Boonville, Mendocino. The fruit comes from a small parcel and coferments all together. This unique blend is vinified as a white wine with something reminiscent of the Alpine style; it’s textural, racy, and concentrated with aromatics in full force.
Wild Nature Wines, Pinot Grigio 2020Regular price $15.00 Save $-15.00
Wild Nature is a winery located in both the Verona and Venice provinces. The project is one focused on terroir, a mindfulness for nature, particularly the animals that inhabit the vineyard sites. In addition to their organic practices, they are also firm believers in biodiversity in the vineyard, which the animals on each of their bottes reiterates. The winery has been pioneering organic farming since 1974 in northern Italy. Alongside their vineyards, you will find tree-lined banks, meadows, and ponds, encouraging the abundance of wildlife.
This is made from the Glera grape. The vines come from the lagoon near Venice. The soils are clay and calcareous. The wine goes through the Charmat method, which is tank fermented for 8 weeks. The second fermentation happens in the tank, thus different from the Champagne method.
Venica & Venica, Pinot Grigio Jesera 2020Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Pinot Grigio
Daniele Venica purchased the plot Ronco del Ceró where he first planted Sauvignon in 1930. Three generations later, great grandson Giampaolo has taken over the estate, a true testimony to the tradition of keeping winemaking in the family. Venica now has 40 hectares all within the DOC—Denomination of Controlled Origin—of Collio. Sons Gianni (agronomist), Giorgio (cellar master), and grandson Giampaolo oversee operations supplemented by help from several family members. They believe their traditions must be enhanced through continuous research and innovation, but a relationship with nature is of utmost importance.
In the flood of bad Pinot Grigio around the world, there are a few producers that still care about the quality of mainstream grapes. This wine always shows perfume and texture, something that is lacking from most of the wines of Friuli. The grapes undergo 4-8 hours of skin maceration, imparting the coppery color often associated with the wines of this region.
Tenuta Maccan, Pinot Grigio 2020Regular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
Varietal: Pinot Grigio
The Maccan family has sustained three generations of winemakers in Friuli Grave, a region located in the northeastern area of Italy. The owner, Stefano Maccan, sums up the family’s vision with this quote, “My family’s passion for farming grew inside me until it became something more than mere curiosity and turned into determination... the determination to finally produce my own family wine.” Even though the Maccan family had been making wine dating back to 1788, it wasn’t until 2012 that Tenuta Maccan was an established domain. The Maccan team pays homage to tradition while innovating with their organic and certified sustainable farming techniques.
This Pinot Grigio has a short skin maceration of 24-48 hours, which imparts a gentle amberish gold tone to the wine. The wine aged further on its lees in stainless steel tanks. It is floral and gently fruity while having a definitive richness, lending itself well to lighter fish and rice dishes.