How to order from our weekly wine list:
1. Send us the name and quantity of wine you would like to purchase by filling out the info at the bottom of the page.
2. We will send you an invoice within 48 hours as confirmation of your order; we ask that you pay the invoice upon receipt.
3. Once paid, we will add your order to the Collective order. When your order has arrived, we will email you one more time to arrange pickup or delivery–usually 2-3 days.
for the week of
OCTOBER 8-14, 2018
Domaine des Sanzay Saumur Brut -Loire, France
Chenin Blanc with a touch of Chardonnay
This fully sparkling Chenin Blanc, the white grape of the Saumur region in the Valley of the Loire River in France, shows flavors of quince, golden apple, and lemon, which are countered by a touch of smokiness and a mineral salinity. It wants to share steamed artichokes with herb butter, asparagus with (veg) hollandaise, mussels with lots of garlic, white wine, and butter, creamy mushroom soup, or
Domaine des Trois Toits Muscadet de Sevre et Maine “Tire surLie” 2016 – Loire Valley, France
Muscadet is the area in the Loire Valley which is famous for growing the Melon d’Bourgognegrape, the only allowable grape in a wine labeled Muscadet. Mineral, oyster shell, lemon–that’s the flavor profile of Muscadet, which is why oysters are the classic pairing. “Sur Lie” means the wine was aged on its lees,or expired yeasts, which offers a textured mouthfeel. The wine is crisp, however, with lingering stone and citrus characteristics.
MEDIUM to FULL WHITE
Sax, Grüner Veltliner Zwillingslauser 2016 – Kamptal, Austria
The Sax family has been in the Kamptal since 1660 and with young twin brothers Michael and Rudolph taking the reins,is in good hands. The Zwillingslauser (meaning rough house twins) is aged in stainless steel and is a fleshy and textural Gruner with creamy citrus and savory notes.
K.H. Schneider Riesling Trocken – Nahe, Germany
Trockenis German for dry. Yes, Riesling can be completely dry and this one is. It’s alsoflinty, with white pepper notes, and golden apple fruit. There’s lemontoo. and dried herbs, and mineral–there’s always clean, slatey mineral in good riesling. This wine undergoes spontaneous fermentation(means clean fruit and cellar) and is vinified in old oak barrels.
Château de Manissy, La Belle Etoile du Gard Rosé (2017) – Tavel, France
Syrah, Cinsault, and Bourboulenc
From a small plot rich in limestone, this very affordablebiodynamicRose has a little body with a driving mineral note. Biodynamic Tavel, the only place in the world dedicated solely to Rose’ production, is unheard of!
Heitlinger Pinot Meunier 2017 – Baden Germany
What is this French grape, used for blending with the classic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes in traditional Champagne, doing as a single varietal, chillable German red? It’s bizarre and delicious! There isntmuch complexity to this wine, but it’s full of crunchy juicy, tart red fruit, and acid. It tastes exactly like alcoholic cranberry juice and all the sweetness has turned to alcohol. It’s the perfect partner to anything you eat that needs a little tartness to balance some sweetness–butternut or pumpkin soup with a touch of brown sugar, roast turkey with sweet potatoes, or a plate of German sausage with caramelized apples.
MEDIUM to FULL-BODIED REDS
Domaine des Sanzay Saumur-Champigny 2016 – Loire, France
Cabernet Franc from Saumur-Champigny is usually darker-fruited than the red cherry Cab Francs of neighboring Chinon. Black cherry fruit, a little graphite from the right touch of oxidation, and damp earth make this such a good pick for the cooler season. It’s farmed sustainably and fermented naturally, meaning the cellar and fruit must be spotless. We’ll be drinking this all winter.
Domaine Faillenc Sainte Marie Corbieres Rouge 2016 – Corbieres, Southwest France
Syrah, Grenache & Cinsault
This customer favorite is rustic, hearty, earthy red with dark brambly fruit, gravelly minerality, and some savory herbs. Balanced acids and a little chewy tannin round it out. Back in the days before “Natural Wine” was a marketing category, we called this wine, ‘The Wild One.” That seems almost funny now, as the field of wild and weird wines has expanded to include wines unrecognizable as fermented grapes. To us, this wine represents the best qualities we can find–traditional farming without chemicals thus caring for the plant and land, minimal intervention in the cellar, authentic character and style, and affordability. This is the “style” we do best.
Bank Note Scotch – Highlands, Scotland
5-Year-Old Blended Scotch Whisky with 40% Highland Single Malt. Light and fresh aromas, a delicate sweetness, subtle spice, and a mellow finish. A customer favorite.
Del Maguey Vida Mezcal – Oaxaca, Mexico
Everyone’s favorite entry-level, single vineyard Mezcal is organic and hand-crafted, highly mixable, and “twice distilled, very slowly, in small wood-fired, riverside copper stills to flavor specifications. It has a nose of fruit aromatics, a hint of honey, vanilla and roast agave; the palate offers ginger, cinnamon, burnt sandalwood, banana, and tangerine, with a long, soft finish.”–the producer. It’s the best value, minimally processed Mezcal I have found in over a decade of buying booze. Organic farming.