Wine Tasting in the shop Friday, 5-8PM (and one on Saturday too!)

Here’s what we’re tasting Friday:

Oyster River Winegrowers “Morphos” Petillant Naturel 2014, Maine
Oyster River is a nearly 100% self-sustaining farm in Warren, Maine. Brian Smith is the winemaker here, if you can call him a wine “maker”, since his approach is about as hands off as you can get. Fermentation is spontaneous, with native yeast, and lasts a long time in their cold winery; they only heat with wood from their farm, and they keep it chilly! Read more about the farm here. Sparkling wines and ciders here are unsulphured and bottled unfiltered.

Morphos is a natural sparkling wine that is a blend of grapes from the farm in Maine and select vineyards in NY. It’s bottled before fermentation is complete, and since it’s unfiltered, it’s cloudy, yeasty and “full of life”. Did we mention it’s cloudy? Really cloudy. You might want to gently swirl the bottle while you drink to incorporate the sediment–although it’s a pretty tasty experience to just toss back the glassful of hazy goodness too! Morphos has lots of green apple, loads of zesty acidity, and it’s wicked tart. Have it with oysters, of course! And soft cheeses too.

Kosovec Skrlet 2012, Moslavina, Croatia

Skrlet is a local varietal, indigenous to central Croatia, mostly in the wine producing region of Moslavina, where Ivan Kosovec’s small, organically farmed estate is located. Ivan is responsible for bringing attention back to this rare, hard to find grape (there are only 70 acres in the world planted to Skrlet). And apparently Ivan is a total badass. He clearcut the 3.5 hectare forest BY HAND, BY HIMSELF, dug up the earth to make sure the soil was pristine, then worked the winery for 6.5 years without electricity, running it on generators until the country could get him some juice for his juice! So yeah, Skrlet, another way to say labor of love. This is a bracing, refreshing wine, with lots of minerality, flowers, a light touch of honey and citrus on the finish. Fans of dry Riesling and Muscadet will find a lot to love here. Have it with seafood, salads, white meat, and anything in the briny, salty, citrusy family.

Dominique Piron “Coteaux Bourguignons” Gamay, 2013

Dominique Piron is a 14th generation winemaker based primarily out of Morgon, in Beaujolais. Here he brings us a one liter bottle of Gamay from the relatively newly minted “Coteaux Bourguignons” or, hills of Burgundy.

This is one big bottle of bad influence. It’s a floozy and a Lothario, all smooth moves and batting lashes…This is the wine that keeps you up well past your bedtime with its come-hither fruit and silky innuendos. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Schlossmuhlenhoff Dornfelder Trocken 2012, Rheinhessen, Germany

Another liter, this dry German red will slap some sense into you after all your exploits with your fabulous new French friend. Mein Gott im himmel, get a hold of yourself! This wine is solid; it’s hearty but light on its feet, a touch staid and serious, but sweet flowers on the nose woo & entice. It comes through in stand-up fashion on the palate: black currants, dried spices, and a snappy mineral edge…this Dornfelder is cool all the way through.

And Saturday, 3-5PM
Elsa Ladguie, daughter of Fronton producer Philippe Laduguie of Domaine de Saint-Guilhem, will be here to discuss the wines and give us the dirt on these big, rustic, earthy wines, and the cool backstory of how one French transplant to Providence finally got these wines into the states. Do yourself a favor: buy a big steak, or short ribs, and grab a bottle of one of the three wines we’ll have on hand (or one of each!). You won’t be disappointed!