The list below is by no means our full inventory, but rather, is our menu of featured wines of the week, to help you select. When you call to order, we can discuss inventory not listed here, as well as guide you through our spirits.
***Denotes newly added wines for the week of January 19, 2021
KEY: (B) – Biodynamic, (O) – Organic, (V) – Vegan-friendly
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Red Wine $15 and under
***Hand Work Tempranillo 2019 – This is a single-varietal wine made from 100% Tempranillo. Smooth and just barely medium bodied, with ample plum, cherry, and blue fruit notes, and hints of earth and spice for balance. There is plenty of structure for a meal, and great, mouthwatering acidity. Super versatile for all types of cuisine–try it with salmon, pork, or your favorite burger set-up. Also great with a nice chill.
***Finca Montecastrillo 2018 – The farming is 100% biodynamic and the wine Demeter certified. Aged 80% in stainless steel and 20% in oak, this bold, dry red is deep and vibrant with dark, ripe fruit, herbs and minerality. Hints of cocoa and firm tannins make it a go-to choice for heartier fare as the weather cools. Think beef chili, lentil soups, pork chops and lamb.
Cento Cavalli Nero d’Avola 2018 – Fresh and ripe on the nose with hints of liquorice, the Cento Cavalli Nero d’Avola is a great value Sicilian red. On the palate this wine is full bodied with grainy tannins and a dark plum and chocolate character.
Malacari Montepulciano Rocca 2016 – A deep, lush wine with dark cherry, blackberry, coffee, pepper, spice and earth flavors. Great value!
Calea Nero d’Avola 2019 – The new vintage of this HWM favorite is back and as good as ever. Fresh red fruits, spice and great acid for lip-smacking, food friendly interest.
White & Rosé $15 and under
Scopa Pinot Grigio 2019 – Saline and bright and not sweet in the slightest. Delicious, lip-smacking and racy.
Broadbent Vinho Verde – This white shows floral fruit, lime, and green freshness on the nose and palate. Overall, it’s lightly effervescent with zippy acidity; you’ll want to have a plate of shellfish on hand when you open this wine.
Il Forte Gavi 2018 – 100% Cortese from Piedmont. Balanced, mineral and smooth textured with delicate hints of green apple, lemon and almonds.
Red $20 and under
***Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2018 – It can be argued that 2018 was the best quality year Paso Robles has ever experienced. The extra month of hang time (on average) allowed for some serious color and flavor development. Pronounced aromas of blackberry, plum, cedar, and toasted oak. A mélange of black fruits on the palate wrapped in a cherry pie filling core. Melting tannins leave the impression of bittersweet chocolate with a solid seam of acidity that suspends the flavors well into the finish. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot.
***CVNE Vina Real Crianza Rioja 2017 – NEW vintage (and new packaging)! Spicy black berries and red cherries on the nose with a touch of liquorice. The palate is fresh and juicy but with nice depth to the lingering finish and rounded tannins. A crowd-pleasing Rioja; perfect for sausage and mash or tomato-based pasta dishes.
Shebang! Red Thirteenth Cuvee – This is a delicious blend that is spicy and full bodied. It’s a fun wine that is perfect for everyday drinking but also has some serious pedigree. The base for Shebang! Comes from 100+ year-old vines from the Bedrock Vineyard.
Viña Zorzal Garnacha 2019 – A juicy and cheerful wine that goes well with paella or stewed chicken. This old-vine Garnacha offers red and dark fruits with a smoky minerality. Medium-bodied with a grippy finish. 100% Garnacha from over 100 year-old vines.
Powers Merlot 2016 – Dark toned fruit, with hints of vanilla and cedar. Fuller-bodied and lifted with medium tannins and a long, complex finish.
Poppy Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 – Berry, black cherry and currant flavors with hints of vanilla and mocha thanks to a year in small French oak barrels. Well-balanced, medium-full bodied and a smooth, easy finish.
António Lopes Ribeiro Vinho Tinto ‘Maresia 17’ – Light and quite dry with beautiful acidity. Aromas and flavors of wildflowers and wild strawberries. Perfect with roast pork, grilled sausage, pizza, and cheese. (O, V)
Vorspannhof Mayr Zweigelt 2017 – Liter sized, light, organic Austrian red. Dry, with berry fruit and a hint or smoky minerality. Great with a chill.
La Manarine Cotes du Rhone 2019 – A 100% Grenache Rosenthal classic. Plush, comforting, full-bodied wine that speaks of the garrigue of the region.
Bacchus ‘Ginger’s Cuvée’ Pinot Noir 2018 – Light-to-medium bodied and extremely fresh with expressive raspberry fruit, baking spice and a silky texture. (COMING BACK TUESDAY!)
Paulucci La Posta Malbec 2018 – Harmonious and expressive, clean and young, with good freshness, varietal aromas of violets and wild berries with just a spicy and smoky twist. This wine is very tasty and serious with a dry finish.
White, Rosé & Orange $20 and under
***Boden Funk Grauer Burgunder 2019 – A 20-hour maceration gives this wine its coconut hew, but it drinks like a white, rather than an orange. The minerality is bright and the fruit shows as subtle green melon. 100% Grauer Burgunder. (O)
Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc 2020 – It is fresh, zesty, juicy and full. Supple and succulent, offering a generous and juicy mix of passion fruit, Key lime and ruby grapefruit flavors. Expressive and strong on the finish, with touches of freshly grated ginger and green tea. This fruit-driven new world style wine is what people all come to love and expect of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Aransat’ Orange 2019 – Delicious skin-contact wine from Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio. Made in Friuli, Italy, this affordable orange wine offers subtle nutty, peach and savory tea notes.
Ferrando ‘La Torrazza’ Erbaluce 2019 – Green, flinty and fresh, this wine is bone dry, and mineral-driven with subtle notes of citrus rind, green apple skin, and a touch of white blossom and honey on the nose. A Rosenthal import from Piedmont, this wine is made of 100% sustainably grown erbaluce bianca grapes.
Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Blanc 2019 – Packed with bright, crisp, mineral Sauvignon Blanc fruit and a dollop of unoaked Chardonnay (as is required by law in this appellation of the Loire). Fantastic wine with or without food.
Collestefano Verdicchio 2019 – From Marche, on Italy’s Adriatic side, this wine is steely, racy, clean, bright, and organic, with notes of green apple, pear, lemon peel, and fresh lime zest. (V)
Weszeli ‘Langenlois’ Gruner Veltliner 2018 – It’s back! From Austria’s Kamptal region, organically grown, elegant and incredibly food-friendly, with chalky minerality and savory white pepper notes. (B, V)
Domaine de Grisy Bourgogne Blanc 2019 – Just barely medium-bodied, with subtly creamy apple/citrus notes, chalky minerality and lean acidity and a long, savory spiced finish.
Chateau La Rame Bordeaux Blanc 2019 – A crisp and clean blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon with mouth-filling fruit and minerality and a refreshing, easy, round finish.
Boundary Breaks Chardonnay 2019 – The Finger Lakes region has a climate similar to that of the Chablis region of France, providing Chardonnays from this area with a bracing acidity that give them a refreshing, clean quality.
Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay 2018 – Bodied and ripe with flavors of roasted apple, creamy lemon, and honey butter, with a streak of fresh acidity for a lively balance.
Red $30 and under
***Grapesmith & Crusher Pinot Noir 2016 – This wine is a blend of premium vineyards sites selected through-out the Willamette Valley. Seven day cold soak, with an additional 18 days of skin contact. Aged for 8 months in French Oak. Ripe cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry and mushroom.
***Hoch Hollenburger Rot NV- The Rot is light, joyous blend of 80% Zweigelt and 20% Blauer Portugieser; red grapes planted in a white soil, the famous Hollenburger conglomerate. Cherry and blueberry fruit with notable, pleasing tannins. (B)
***Franck Balthazar Côtes du Rhône 2019 – Lively, spicy and fresh, with earthy, peppery flavors. 70% Syrah, 30% Grenache from one of the Northern Rhone’s most exciting producers — dark-toned, expressive, pure fruit. Full-bodied, yet fresh and energetic, this step-up CDR goes down easy! Organic, practicing biodynamic, perfect with stews, braised meats & cheese.
***Clos des Fous ‘Subsollum’ Pinot Noir 2017 – Although this is a Chilean Pinot Noir, it’s delicate aromas of dark berries, woods, and earth are more reminscent of Burgundy. The energetic and finely-grained palate is balanced. A joy!
***Populis Reversée 2019 – Your favorite chillable red is back! A light red blend made in partnership with Les Lunes Wine. Super juicy and fruity on the palette, with just a touch of tannins, this wine pairs perfectly with lighter meats and richer fish. (V)
Carema Classico 2017 – Top quality Nebbiolo from the most northwestern region of Piedmont, Carema is a wine valued for its perfume and elegance, but it has the structure and acidity to age for decades. This shows the aromatic fireworks of floral, smoky, and a chocolatey nose is followed by delicate fruit and orange rind on the palate.
Pelle Menetou-Salon Rouge 2017 – This particular Pinot Noir has a citrus acidity and excellent structure. Perfect with goat’s cheese. On the palate, fresh and clean with bristling acidity. Complex, earthy, vegetal flavours with notes of plush red fruit. The finish is short and spicy. Try with pheasant served with creamed wild mushrooms!
Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino 2018 – Lively aromas of fresh cherry, redcurrant, red licorice, mint, and violet. Juicy, spicy flavors of red berries are very deep and pure. The palate is dry and medium bodied with a harmonious acidity. A declassified Brunello, this is a really outstanding Rosso di Montalcino. 100% Sangiovese.
Arnot Roberts Sonoma Coast Syrah 2018 – The perfect interplay of fruit density and energy, the 2018 is somehow rich and yet also light on its feet. A rush of blackberry, blueberry, black pepper, sage and mint builds in a racy, super-expressive Syrah that hits all the right notes.
Guímaro Vino Tinto 2018 – This un-oaked, Ribeira Sacra tinto is all about immediate pleasure with pure, lush red fruits, spices, and slate-laden minerality. A savory wine to pair with all kinds of foods, but especially spicy tapas or a roast pork. Practicing organic.
Domaine Brusset Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne Les Travers 2018 – A full-bodied blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% each Carignan and Mourvèdre, this wine offers silky tannins, and notes of blackcurrant, cherry and a dusting of cocoa, pepper and spice on the long finish.
David Trousselle Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune En Cre 2019 – Lifted and lacy with crunchy fruit and an unbeatable price point, this lovely Pinot Noir from Côtes de Beaune is the perfect crowd-pleaser for the holidays. Practicing organic.
Villa Sant’Anna Rosso di Montepulciano 2016 – Delicate aromas evoking underbrush, plum, new leather and blue flower shape the nose on this linear red. On the ethereal, graceful palate, bright acidity and agile tannins lightly support sour cherry, orange zest and star anise before a tangy finish.
Fronsac La Sacristie 2015 – As with most ‘Right Bank’ Bordelaise blends-this wine is made up of predominantly Merlot with a splash each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. This wine is a classic example of Right Bank work, embodying some elegant structural and earthy elements of a fine Saint-Emillion.
Calabretta Cala Cala Rosso – Cala Cala means “gulp gulp” in Sicilian dialect, apt for this organically grown blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccino from the slopes of Mount Etna. Hints of spicy cherries, licorice and clove with Etna’s peppery signature terrior.
Chateau Grand Corbin-Despagne Petit Corbin-Despagne, Saint-Emilion 2015 – Merlot and Cabernet Franc make up this claret, and it is a stunner for its freshness and bright, classic flavors. The nose is very expressive of red and black fruits. The tannins are smooth and the finish is tasty and refined.
Januik Columbia County Merlot 2017 – This multi-layered Merlot brings finesse and power to play, mixing black fruits with veins of coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of pepper. Small percentages of Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc add muscle, but Merlot is the star here, firm and persistent.
Idlewild Flora and Fauna Red 2019 – A light, bright expression of 60% Dolcetto, 35% Barbera and 5% Nebbiolo, this offers tones of wild strawberry and dark cherry, uplifted by tenacious acidity. It changes in the glass to show complexity and verve, with a splash of tannin on the finish.
Felsina ‘Berardenga’ Chianti Classico 2017 – 100% Sangiovese. Sumptuous and powerful with fresh, dark berry fruit. Balanced tannins and great structure.
COS Frapatto 2018 – Frapatto is often referred to as Sicily’s Beaujolais. Light and bright with layers of complexity. Think raspberries, orange peel and sweet and savory spices. Vegan-friendly.
Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero 2017 – Made from 100% Tempranillo grapes, this wine shows densely packed fruit flavors and a hint of cedar and spice, with a long, plush finish.
Wenzel Blaufränkisch 2018 – Medium-bodied, with great character. Flavors of juicy black raspberries and plums with hints of hibiscus and tarragon. Fine tannins, wildly elegant and drinkable.
White, Rosé & Orange $30 and under
***Bodegas Albamar Rias Baixas 2017 –Biodynamic, dry white from Spain’s coastal Rias Baixas appellation. Clean, energetic, no oak, with lots of salty-ocean goodness. A touch of supple body, yet light and lifted — the best Albarino tasted on memory! Native yeast fermentations, no filtering or fining, no additives, not even sulfur. Bring on the oysters!
Viteadovest Vurgo Bianco, Terre Siciliane IGP 2018 — Dark yellow-orange in the glass. Aromas of iron, dried hay, bruised apple and cedar are followed by flavors of dusty earth, lightly toasted nuts, iron, bruised apple and apricots. A blend of Catarratto and Grillo, this wine is light in tannins with a juicy acidity that makes for a clean finish.
Folias de Baco UIVO Curtido PT Nat 2020 – Sparkling “Orange” Pet Nat made of 100% Moscatel Galego Branco from Douro, Portugal. Vegan-friendly.
Zarate Albarino 2019 – A total stunner of an Albarino from a reference-point producer, this is a highly textural, mineral wine with a gravelly granitic mouth feel, overlaid with apple florals and grapefruit zing. Aromatics and texture are beautifully matched: pretty jasmine, elderflower, granny smith, lime zest and a zippy acidity.
La Croix St. Laurent Sancerre Blanc 2019 – A classy Sauvignon Blanc, with a bouquet of white flowers and exotic fruits; you may enjoy it now with something like an asparagus risotto, but this wine will also provide a pleasant surprise after a few years of bottle aging.
Pepiere Briords Muscadet 2019 – The 2019 Briords is stunningly pure in it’s minerality. They harvested early in the warm 2019 vintage and it shows in the wine’s bright and snappy personality. 100% Melon de Bourgogne.
Pojer E Sandri Chardonnay 2018 –Coming from high altitude vineyards, this wine is brimming with fresh and fragrant aromas of golden apple, musk, hay and flint with sharp tropical accents on the finish. Fresh, sapid, direct and clean on the palate, this Italian Chardonnay is intense and persistent.
Grosjean Petite Arvine Vigne Rovettaz Valle D’Aosta 2019 – Ripe peach and fennel notes are met with a salty, alpine-influenced finish that harnesses the mystical mint profile, snap and clarity of the high altitudes of the Valle d’Aosta.
Bruno Verdi Pinot Grigio Oltrepo Pavese 2019 – Verdi’s Pinot Grigio is a fine, elegant wine of great balance showing notes of pear and lemon, minerals, and a slightly smoky quality that adds to its complexity. It is fermented and aged without oak which leaves it light, refreshing and focused.
Clos Des Rocs Pouilly Loche Les 4 Saisons Blanc 2017 – This white burgundy comes from two parcels in the Maconnais that are both 40 years of age and sit on clay soils. The wine is clean, crisp, and expansive on the palate with an intense minerality, bright acidity and fine aromatics.
Domaine Brana ‘Ilori’ Les Jonquilles Blanc 2015 – The Irouleguy Blanc “Ilori” is a blend of 50% Gros Manseng and 50% Petit Courbu.
Pigato Riviera Ligure di Ponente “Majè” 2019 – The nose opens with intense floral aromas, enriched with hints of yellow peach, cedar and notes of Mediterranean scrub. On the palate it is savory, fresh and elegant. This wine is a perfect accompaniment to raw fish and seafood.
Umathum Rosa Rosé 2019 – Brilliant raspberry colored, Austrian rosé made from Blaufankisch, Sankt Laurent and Zweigelt with flavors of red berries, red currants and spice. Fine and smooth with a long finish.
Guímaro Ribeira Sacra Vino Blanco 2018 – This un-oaked Godello from Guímaro is fresh, aromatic, and wonderful to pair with any seafood dishes.
Pittnauer ‘Perfect Day’ 2019 – ‘Perfect Day’ is an orange wine for every occasion. The unique blend of separately fermented Chardonnay, Muscat, Gruner Veltliner, and Traminer creates a balanced, easy drinking, skin-contact white with just a touch of tannin to give it some structure. The palate is clean, like biting into a perfectly ripe nectarine with a touch of white grapefruit, lemon pith and savory, wet stone finish.
Domaine Pelle Menetou-Salon Morogues 2018 – A neighbor of Sancerre, from chalky soils. Crisp and fresh, with a fine core of fruit, and a long, complex and very classy finish. Vegan-friendly.
Kabaj Sivi Pinot 2016 – This orange wine from Goriska Brda, Slovenia, is made by Frenchman Jean-Michel Morel from Pinot Gris grapes. Complex, mineral and nutty with notes of stone fruit, brioche, tea and spice.
Chateau Brézé Arnaud Lambert Clos de Midi Saumur Blanc 2019 – Loire Valley Chenin Blanc. Sourced from the base of the chateau’s hill where it is the coolest. Racy yet with an elegant, silky texture. Notes of crisp pears, orange peel and herbs. Stunning.
Donnhoff Trocken Riesling 2019 – This completely dry, highly aromatic and elegant riesling shows plenty of green apple and pears layered with a crisp mineral finish.
Alzinger Durnstein Gruner Veltliner 2019 – Floral nose of lemon blossoms, sweet pea, clover, apple skin and wet stone. The palate is lithe and racy, even agile, with notes of preserved lemon, tart apple, and underripe white peach culminating in a lingering, mouthwatering, and pleasingly bittersweet finish.
Domaine Trapet Riesling Riquewihr 2016 – From biodynamically farmed vineyards in Alsatian villages of Riquewihr and Beblenheim, this zippy and fresh crowd-pleaser has floral and stony aromas with notes of lemon and a lovely, balanced minerality.
Los Bermejos Diego Seco 2018 – A high-acid, mineral driven Canary Island native variety. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. Organic, dry refreshing, briny and crisp.
Presqu’ile Chardonnay 2018 – Elegant, mineral, no-oak Chardonnay from Santa Barbara. Stone fruit, green apple, flavors. Complex, balanced and expressive.
Red Wine $30++
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2012 – The nose stands out for its fresh, spicy character, with hints of sweet cherries, red currants, ripe strawberries and notes of black pepper, sweet liquorice, nutmeg, coffee, mocha, and cinnamon. Intense and well-balanced, with a soft freshness, good structure, delicately elegant tannins and silky finish. ($42)
San Fereolo Dogliani 2012 – The Dolcetto here is sourced from parcels found in prime positions, as well as the oldest vines of the estate. Fresh mineral notes, mint, licorice and savory elements. ($38)
Chateau Simone Palette Rouge 2011 – Those of you who know Simone realize that the red, a tenacious but ultimately elegant wine, is an equal, rather than dominant, partner to their striking rosé. Like the rosé, it is a blend primarily of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Cinsault but there are pockets of old-growth vines of Syrah, Manosquin, Castet, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon and Muscat Noir that add to the stunning complexity of these wines. (B) ($50)
Ridge ‘East Bench’ Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2018 – ‘East Bench’ Zinfandel is one of the few 100% Zinfandels that Ridge makes. Raspberry, fig with notes of vanilla on the nose. Flavors of plum and black olive give way to well coated tannins and black olive in the lingering finish. ($35)
Laely Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 – Cassis expresses the base of the aroma followed by both ripe and dried cherries with some subtle cigar box notes. The palate is very supple and ripe with cherry vanilla, sweet black cherry, leather and light allspice. The finish is long and the wine responds very well to decanting. (B) ($34)
Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – Woody, herbal and elegantly structured, this wine is high-toned and freshly layered in bold red fruit. Given time in the barrel and the bottle, it shows its graceful edges and nuanced elegance with ease, finishing in dusty crushed rock. It vastly overdelivers on its price point. ($70)
Barbaresco ‘Rabajà – Bas’ Castello di Verduno 2016 – An intense, full-bodied, Piedmontese Nebbiolo rich in aromas of red-skinned fruits, new leather, withered flowers, eucalyptus, licorice, menthol, and dark spices. The savory palate is still young but already boasts succulent red cherry, crushed raspberry, star anise and clove while taut, refined tannins and bright acidity provide finesse and freshness. ($64)
Turley Old Vine Zinfandel 2018 – Savory herbs & spices like white pepper play first fiddle here, with the brambly red fruits not too far behind. Bright, pure, with excellent grip and texture from the granitic soils, the wine finishes with mouthwatering acidity and a feeling of freshness. May benefit from a light decanting. ($34)
Pierre Morey Monthelie Rouge 2017 – A dry, earthy, full bodied, rustic red by Pierre Morey, living legend of Burgundy and former winemaker and vineyard manager for the famed Domaine Leflaive. ($58)
Danilo Thomain Enfer D’Arvier Vallée D’Aoste 2018 – Rosenthal import made from the Petit Rouge grape. Compelling rusticity with wild berry fruit and lively freshness.
San Fereolo ‘Il Provinciale’ Langhe Nebbiolo 2015 – Nicoletta Bocca makes this biodynamic wine with Nebbiolo fruit from Serralunga d’Alba and Dogliani. Dry and intense, great character and terror. Deep, powerful and dark toned with grippy tannins.
Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo 2010 – Deep and nuanced with great freshness. Dusty red cherries, blood orange, nutmeg and spices.
Raul Perez La Poulosa Lomas de Valtuille Bierzo 2016 – From the Mencia grape varietal, generous, approachable and expressive with bramble fruits and lovely underlying acidity.
Nikalas Marani Budeshuri 2018 – Georgian, aged in qvevri (underground clay casks), made from a clone of the red Saperavi grape. Peppery and bright with strawberry and plum fruit flavors and just a little smoky barnyard. Great with a chill.
Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 – The little sister of Mount Eden. Black plum, dusty herbs, and wood spice with incredible structure and elegance. ($55)
Weingut Roterfaden Pinot Noir 2018 – Natural, small production, light, dry, Austrian Pinot Noir. Pure strawberry fruit with hints of white pepper.
Paolo Bea Rosso de Veo 2015 – Pure Sagrantino, from the highest point in Montefalco. Tannic and bold with layers and layers of interest and flavor–sandalwood spice, mineral-saturated depth, crunchy dark berries, and on and on, from the Bea family in Umbria. ($74)
White & Rosé Wine $30++
Weszeli Purus Reserve Gruner 2016 – Apple, grapefruit and lime lend aromatic strength as well as vivacious Riesling-like cut, with accents of hazelnut and moss adding allure en route to a persistent finish. 100% Grüner Veltliner (B, V)
Chateau Le Puy ‘Rose-Marie’ Rosé 2018 – The rare and delicious ‘Rose-Marie’ is a rosé in the style of Chateau Simone, offering transformative, age-worthy qualities that few rosés do. Le Puy is able to provide soft texture with bright, herb-tinged red fruits, and a powerful underlying sense of chalk. This wine will challenge one’s notion of what rosé can be in the best and most satisfying way imaginable. (B). ($64)
Domaine Pattes Loup ‘Vent d’Ange’ Chablis 2018 – Thomas Pico, the young, passionate winemaker of Pattes Loup, is producing very groundbreaking, rich and luscious Chablis from 55+ year old vines. Not your typical Chablis but amazing nonetheless, his wines exemplify the essence of Chablis with their racy, briny minerality, but are full of vitality and have textured density. ($50)
Domaine Vacheron Sancerre 2019 – Biodynamic, complex and elegant with fleshy white Sauvignon Blanc fruit and an intense steely texture. This entry-level wine from this producer is anything but. The wine will be ready to drink from 2020. (B)
Domaine du Clos Naudine Vouray Sec 2016 – Shows an expressive nose filled with chalky minerals and white pepper to start, later softening a little to reveal nuances of apple and pear. The palate feels correspondingly modern, reductive and tense, dry and bracing.
Domaine Bersan Chablis 2018 – Unoaked, bright and mineral driven, made from biodynamically farmed Chardonnay grapes. Crisp and mouthwatering.
Pavese Ermes Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle 2018 – Made from a grape called Prié Blanc, this wine comes from extremely high altitude, just minutes from the summit of Mont Blanc. Mountain flowers, rocky minerality, great acidity, layers of delicious interest.
Bisson Marea Cinque Terre 2018 – Made from a blend of traditional Ligurian varietals: Bosco, Vermentino and Albarola. Fuller-bodied thanks to lees aging and complex, with notes of spice, herbs and almonds and a briny finish.
Bubbly & Ciders under $30
Bisson Glera Frizzante – Ligurian Prosecco with tiny, elegant bubbles. Dry, easy and fresh.
Cirelli Anarchy NV Pet Nat – Made from 100% Trebbiano grapes grown organically, this pet-nat is one of the most exciting naturally sparkling wines of its kind. Medium body white wine, ripe white fruit on the nose, fine bubbles, refreshing palate with almond on the finish.
Pampaneo Ancestral Pet Nat 2019 – This sparkling Pet-Nat from Castilla – La Mancha is made with the Airen grape. It is refreshing, salty, and has notes of pineapple.
UIVO Curtido PT Nat 2020 – A sparkling version of the popular Curtido, the aromatics are a combination of fresh citrus fruits and herbal notes. The wine is delightfully complex on the palate, revealing different nuances as it opens up (due to skin contact).
Joao Pato (Duckman) ‘Maria Duck’ Pet Nat 2020 – This orange Pet Nat, rustic sparkler, was made from the Maria Gomes grape. It is very light and easy-drinking, showing notes of apple cider, apricot and orange with the right amount of funk.
Disco Nat Metal House 2019 – Wild Dolgo crabapples picked in 2019 from the Catskills were fermenting in demijohns next to wild ‘disco’ pears, bottled mid-fermentation and blended with a 2018 wild ferment of sustainably grown Cortland and Macs. This is the 2019 Disco Nat, only 60 cases produced and 7.6% abv. A lovely palate of wild crabapple with a delicate effervescence.
Leroy Metal House Cider 2017 – Kimberly Kae and Matt DeFrancisco have revitalized century-old apple groves in the Hudson Valley to craft small-production ciders. Leroy is a blend of holistically grown Idared, Goldrush, Jonamac and wilds, fermented in stainless and aged in applejack barrels. 8.50% abv.
Eric Bordelet’s “Poiré l’Authentique” Pear Cider – After a long, respected career as Chef Sommelier at michelin-starred restaurant l’Arpege in Paris, Eric Bordelet returned to his family’s windswept orchards in Normandy to embark on a new adventure as a cider producer. This profound, off-dry sparkling pear cider from Normandy comes from biodynamically farmed, 300-year-old trees.
Filipa Pato ‘3B” Método Tradicional Rosé NV – Organic, Portuguese bone dry bubbly made from the red-skinned grape Baga, and white Bical. Crisp minerality, salinity, and fresh red berry fruit.
Opera 02 Brut Lambrusco di Modena Lip smacking, sparkling Italian red with black cherry fruit, dry and savory. Serve chilled with salty snacks, cheese & meats and of course, pizza.
Chidaine Vendanges Montlouis sur Loire Brut Tradition – Crafted by Jacky Blot, a master of Loire Chenin Blanc, his ‘Brut Tradition’ is medium-bodied and dry. Bready nose of pear and apples with yellow, green, and white fruit on the palate and a creamy dry finish. 100% Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley. ($29)
Aubry Brut Champagne NV – This elegant wine offers a classic depth of minerality, light aromas of blossom, refreshing lemon zest and honey, and savory notes of toasted sourdough and cracked pepper. ($47)
Marie Courtin Resonance Champagne 2016 – A great value, this champagne is brisk & bright, precise, firm, mineral driven, with fine, small bubbles. Biodynamic, made from 100% Pinot Noir, this Extra Brut bottling shows bright apple, salinity & Macadamia nut aromas. ($68)
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne – Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé defines the entire rosé Champagne category. Composed of 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Meunier. Lacy in texture, with sleek acidity, this well-knit rosé Champagne offers delicate notes of roes petals, red berries and plums with notions of peach, dried flowers and blood orange. Flavorful on the medium-bodied palate and finely poised with bright acidity. Medium-long on the finish. ($85)
Chartogne Taillet Sainte Anne Brut Champagne NV – The NV Brut Cuvée Sainte Anne is an absolutely stunning Champagne for its complexity, value and soulfulness. Rich and creamy on the palate, with a beautifully focused, purity of flavor. The nose shows elements of oak spice, hazelnut, brioche, donut peach, apple butter, and clay minerality. The palate is moderate in weight with good acidity and a flavor set of peach, citrus, brioche toast with apple butter, and just there hazelnut. A blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier. ($86)