Located just 1.5 hours south of Barcelona in the Alt Penedés region, Heretat Mont Rubi was purchased and refurbished in 1984 by the Peris family. Rather than sticking with the region's norm and producing sparkling wines, the Peris family set out to use all underutilized, indigenous still varietals to bring life and diversity to the Penedés wine region. The Mont Rubi Black is 100% garnacha that undergoes partial carbonic maceration and ferments in stainless steel tanks to insure a fresh, fruit-forward wine. With lots of bright wild-berry and plum notes upfront, drink Black with a smoky lentil stew this winter!
appellation: Bordeaux, France
varieties: merlot, cabernet franc
Les Tètes is a small wine project run collaboratively by 4 friends, Nicolas, Philippe, Baptiste, and Vivien. Based out of Loire Valley, the four friends also purchase a small quanity of Merlot and Cabernet Franc for their Bordeaux blends. Les Tètes focuses on bringing fresh and competitively-priced wines that are grown organically and fermented with native yeasts with only minimal sulfur added. The Bordeaux vineyards are all farmed biodynamically, hand harvested and left un-fined to insure a rich, terroir-driven Bordeaux with rich earthy qualities and spice. Drink the Lomer with braised lamb with white beans or with a juicy hamburger and roasted potatoes!
appellation: Marche, Italy
2015 Cantine Losito Primitivo
appellation: Puglia, Italy
2014 Heinrich Zweigelt
Gernot and Heike Heinrich founded their winery in 1990 with just one hectare, and have steadily grown to 90 hectares today. Heinrich converted to biodynamics in 2006 and is a member of Respekt, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture in Austria. Zweigelt, Austria's most widely planted red variety, is a cross between st. laurent and blaufrankish and was created in 1922 at the Federal Institute for Viticulture and Pomology in Klosterneuburg, Austria. Heinrich's fresh 100% zweigelt is bright, luscious and filled with layers of red cherries, fresh herbs and warm baking spice notes. This versatile variety can cut the richness of a hearty mushroom soup or pair perfectly with a roasted game bird with thyme and rosemary.
2017 Markowitsch Gruner Veltliner
appellation: Carnuntum, Austria
variety: gruner veltliner
Situated on the border of Austria and Slovakia in the Carnuntum wine region, Markowitsch vineyards take full advantage of the cooling effects of the Danube river as well as the consistent air flow passing between the Alps and the Carpathian Mountains. This advantageous environment coupled with a warm 2017 vintage resulted in a beautifully balanced gruner veltliner that retains bright acidity while still showing depth of fruit character. Bright green pear flavors balance out subtle Meyer lemon undertones for a slightly spritzy, clean wine that will stand up to hard cheese, smoked fish or wiener schnitzel!