Welcome to the latest installment of the Streetcar Monthly Pass. If you’ve already purchased a pass, thank you! If you haven’t, you should check out this page to learn how it works. Below you’ll find some information about each of this month’s six Monthly Pass selections. On to the wines!
2018 Apostolos Thymiopoulos "Atma" White
appellation: Noussa, Greece
varieties: xinomavro, malagouzia
Committed to organic and biodynamic farming and working with indigenous grapes, Apostolos Thymiopoulous is one of the winemakers steering Greek wines towards an innovative future and global recognition. Atma is unique as it is one of very few blanc de noirs, a white wine from red grapes, made in Greece. The Xinomavro, a native red grape from Apostolos' biodynamic vineyards, delivers acidity and robust tannins and brings firm structure to the wine. Malagouzia, a once nearly extinct grape from the Fytia village of Naoussa, offers ripe tropical flavors of honeysuckle, pineapple and peach. Slightly savory with a saline tang and vibrant acidity, its light floral notes serve as a reminder that spring is right around the corner. Pair it with a chicken or seafood dish with a generous squeeze of lemon, or order a mezze plate from your favorite Middle Eastern or Greek restaurant.
2018 Antonio Caggiano "Bechar"
appellation: Fiano di Avellino (Campania), Italy
appellation: Alentejano, Portugal
After 15 years of making wine for other people, Spanish native Susana Esteban decided to strike out on her own and opened a winery in the Alentejo region of Portugal. Her vineyards are situated in the mountain range of São Mamede in Portalegre and from a mix of old and new vines she has created distinct wines that have garnered multiple honors from the industry (including 2012 Winemaker of the Year in Portugal, the only female winemaker to win so far). We’re featuring two of her “Aventura” wines this month. First up is the Tinto, made from 40% aragonez (aka tempranillo), 40% touriga nacional,10% trincadeira & 10% alicante bouschet grapes. A great nose on this wine, with lots of rich dark fruit and a nice long finish; it will play nice with a variety of beef dishes, lamb, middle eastern fare like Persian rice w/ barberries or a hard goat’s milk cheese. Next is the branco which is made from a trio of indigenous grapes (50% viosinho, 30% arinto, 20% roupeiro): fresh, full bodied, citric and mineral, this would go great with grilled fish, crab cakes, a lentil salad or maybe just by itself on one of those randomly warm spring days.
2019 Loacker "Falko Rosso"
appellation: Toscana, Italy
varieties: sangiovese, merlot, cabernet
organic, biodynamic, vegan
appellation: Gaillac, France