Here we find ourselves again, home, sheltering in place, hopefully staying healthy and safe. I’ve been asking myself, what can we gain from all this? In a world of instant gratification, digital pictures, text messages, next day delivery, we have been all moving at the speed of light. Being forced to slow down gives us a chance to reevaluate what’s most important and to enjoy the little things in life that we can sometimes miss when moving too quickly. Like the nuance of a great glass of wine, a phone conversation with an old friend, rekindling lost creative outlets like painting and gardening, just being together with your family, not always on the move. We hope we all can relish in this and take parts of it into our future.
P. & E. Mullins
AVIVO 2018 Vermentino
The Bench Vineyard, Clements Hills California
Pretty excited to share with you this new addition to the bottle shop. Not only is this a single vineyard certified organic and biodynamic naturally made wine of the single Italian variety Vermentino, it is made by Ellie’s brother Daniel Fitzgerald. The Vermentino varietal originally from the coast of the Mediterranean, Northern Italy and Southern France (also known as Rolle). There is a lush history on the islands of Corsica and Sardina. It is known for its aromatic nose and bright fruit flavors. This fruit comes from the bench of the vineyard in Clements Hill which is an AVA of Lodi California, known for warm days and windy afternoons that is similar to the weather along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. In the glass it is a pale but bright yellow with a ting of green. The nose is full of floral, herbaceous and mineral components. The Palate is exciting with notes of apple, pears, key lime and sage. Its finish is long and refreshing. A great food pairing wine.
2019 Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris
Languedoc Corbieres AVA, France
We always look forward to the new release of this rosé and we are thrilled to share it with you. Renown wine importer Kermit Lynch has been importing these wines for over thirty years. He praises this rosé as “a crisp dry beauty that leaves you smacking your lips –the wine drinker’s applause.” This rosé is a direct press of 90% Grenache Gris, 5% Carignane and 5% Mourvèdre. In the glass it is a beautiful pale pink with a slight orange hue. The nose is reminiscent of white flowers and fraises du bois (little wild strawberries that I, Ellie used to find in the woods in Belgium growing up), the palate is juicy and crisp with minerality.
2017 La Cartuja
Priorat, Spain Priorat is in Northeastern Spain and the wine region there is among the most prestigious. Its volcanic soil lead to mineral driven reds. With all estate grown fruit and aged for only 6 months in French oak, La Cartuja is a bright ruby color is the glass. There are aromatics of dark berries, gravel and anise on the nose. The mouthfeel is juicy and round with blueberries, pepper and a long dry finish. We are proud to share with you this 70% Garnacha (Grenache) and 30% Mazuelo (Carignan) from Olé & Obrigado imports. They focus solely on importing Spanish and Portuguese wines, and in every state, they distribute to they have selected certain wines to promote with the proceeds of the sales going to a restaurant relief fund for hospitality workers in need. The contributions go to COVID-19 relief fund established by “Restaurant Workers Community Foundation” who have raised nearly $3 million since mid-March. So not only are you getting to enjoy a beautiful wine, by drinking it, you are directly assisting their efforts. We have more of these relief fund wines available and we’d love to share them with you.