This may come as a shock to none of you, but we don't do dry January. We are however, very supportive of your individual New Year's resolutions, especially if your resolution is to drink better wine. No matter what your goals are for 2023, we could all use a little lift to start the year and these wines help capture that spirit by showcasing a juicy, bright and sunny yet concentrated disposition. What better way to kick off your wine journey in 2023 than to explore delicousness from around the globe?
2020 Gönc Winery 'Canvas' Pét Nat Rosé - Stajerska, Slovenia
Impressions: A playful Pétillant Naturel that emphasizes Pinot Noir's red notes of underripe strawberries, watermelon, pop rocks and rose petal. The palate is vinous and lively with a crisp, frothy texture that ends dry with finishing notes of dried apricots and grapefruit pith.
2021 Zaccagnini 'Viterosa' Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore -Marche, Italy
Impressions: One of our favorite white wine productions zones in all of Italy, this Verdicchio is a perfect "winter white" that opens with notes of lemon peel, acacia, rosemary, sage and honey. The acidity is thriving and introduces a juicy/waxy texture that leans into a dry, herbal and salty finish with hints of gardenias and honeydew melon. Excels with shrimp and creamy vegetarian dishes.
2020 Fento 'O Estranxeiro' Ribeira Sacra Blanco - Galicia, Spain
Impressions: If you've never had a Godello based wine this is a superb introduction. Bright, mineral-forward with aromas of white peach, quince and lime zest. Fans of Chablis will rejoice, a gorgeous accompaniment to white fish, crab and vegetarian fare.
2021 Schaad Cellars, Pinot Meunier - Chehalem Mountains, Oregon
Impressions: Pinot Meunier is one of the 3 main varietals used in Champagne production and rarely do we come across it vinified as a still red, yet it has found a happy home here in our backyard. This is a bright and juicy wine showing gorgeous notes of black raspberreis, blueberry compote and baking spices. The palate is fresh and lively with a juicy/silky texture that finishes crisp and dry with a lovely chalky tannic bite.
2020 Domaine Colin 'Vieilles Vignes' Coteaux du Vendômois - Loire, France
Impressions: While we enjoy Pineau d'Aunis monovarietal wines, the addition of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc to this blend serves to perfectly add concentration and fruit while not getting in the way of Pineau d'Aunis' signature spice, thus creating a more complete experience. Pristine notes of strawberries, rhubarb and raspberry sit over earthy tones of pottery soil, bell pepper skin. and rose petal. The palate is juicy and velvety with a mineral-forward texture that finishes with a mild velvet tannic touch with savory notes of sandalwood and turmeric.
2019 Judith Beck 'Out' Red - Burgenland, Austria
Impressions: Judith Beck is one of our favorite, minimal interventionist producers in Austria. Her biodynamic wines always capture terroir brilliantly, and we find them to inspire countless pairing possibilites. A blend of Austria's main red grapes Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt, this is a bright and juicy wine with notes of fresh blackberries and blueberries that cover earthier notes of black & green peppercorns, violets and iron. It's juicy, malbec-link inkiness crescendos with a mild velvet-like tannic touch with lasting impressions of earth, pepper and smoke.