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Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5pm-8pm

Fausto Cellario with custom-label Barbera Frizzante

Fausto Cellario with custom-label Barbera Frizzante

This week, we just can’t get enough of a good thing! Our special Tuesday tasting with Piemonte producer Fausto Cellario and SelectioNaturel was a smashing success! But many of our Friday regulars were sad to miss this line-up, so we’re bringing it back tonight. Unfortunately, we can’t come close to Fausto’s charm and personal experience with the wines, but we’ll do our best. We may even break out a fake Italian accent, if that helps.

Fausto & Cinzia Cellario are 3rd generation winemakers in the village of Carru` on the western outskirts of the Langhe, in Piedmont, Italy. They only work with local, indigenous grapes & uphold local winemaking traditions both in the vineyard & the cellar. They have 30 hectares spread across 5 different vineyard sites, including some in Novello, Monforte, and Dogliani; they are considered to be Dolcetto specialists. Work here is organic & all the fermentations take place with indigenous yeasts. Sulfur is only added in tiny quantities at bottling, if necessary.

2014 Cellario Langhe Favorita

Favorita is an old white grape variety indigenous to Langhe & Roero. It is genetically identical to Pigato and Vermentino from Liguria. The grape does well in poor, sandy soils and makes for fresh, floral and fruity wines, sometimes with a touch of saltiness. The 2014 is a bit fuller and fruitier than the 2013, and is it possible we like it even more? Yes it is.

2014 Cellario Langhe Dolcetto

Cellario Dolcetto is fresh, bright & juicy, with pure, vibrant fruit, like plums and cherries. This is a wine for pizza, pasta & casual meals, but this happy little red could easily find a place on your holiday table. It has just the right balance of juiciness and acidity to be the foil to fatty fall/winter fare.

2014 Cellario Barbera Frizzante

This is the 2nd Barbera Frizzante we get to have in our shop, and we couldn’t be happier. Hey, we’re a place that stacks Grignolino – we got this! This dry, effervescent little red is a Lambrusco lovers dream; the light sparkling is the result of a refermentation in the bottle. If you want to look like you know what you’re doing, drink it chilled out of a mason jar, like Piedmontese old-timers and hipsters do.

2013 Barbera “Sabinot”

Barbera was once known as ‘the people’s wine’ of Piedmont, because of its versatility and its abundant production. It can make anything from light and spritzy wine (see above) to deep, dark, brooding wines, that need years of cellaring before they’re ready to drink. The grape ripens relatively late, but maintains high levels of refreshing acidity.

Sabinot is the name of an old plot of Barbera vines in Dogliani, and it’s here that they get the grapes for this wine. This is a little more serious than Cellario’s Dolcetto; it’s deeper, the flavors more concentrated, the tannins a bit more pronounced. It’s still plummy, and fruit-driven, but it’s like the older brother who’s seen some stuff, whereas the Dolcetto is still all wide-eyed and innocent. We love them both.

Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5-8PM

Éric Chevalier Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu Sur Lie 2012

This 25-hectare property sits upon rocky soils rich in granite, quartz, sand and silt. The fruit for this wine is hand-harvested from 6 hectares of 50-year-old vines, then fermented with native yeasts in underground glass-lined cement tanks. The wine is left on its lees and is never racked or filtered.

We love this wine for its stony, saline notes, as well as its texture & refreshing acidity. It’s pairs perfectly with oysters, of course, but is also a good match for all kinds of seafood, as well as poultry & salads.

Tremonti Barbera Frizzante 2012, Emilia Romagna

Cool things are happening here in the land of Lambrusco, and Tre Monti winery is at the forefront of those cool things. Only estate-grown grapes are vinified here. Winemaker Vittorio Navacchia believes in minimal intervention from the vine to the cellar. To that end, all of the vineyards are managed according the principles of sustainable viticulture, which mandates inter-row cover-cropping and the lowest possible use of chemicals. Tre Monti is in the process of transitioning to biodynamic farming.

The vines of the Tre Monti estates are planted in pebbly, sandy, clay soils giving the wines mineral depth and complexity. This Barbera is fizzy, dry, and fruity. Perfect for salami or other cured meats–and for getting the party started.

Carlin de Paolo Grignolino Piemonte 2013

Carlin de Paolo is a 4th generation family winery in Piedmont. The figure on the label is Carlin, son of great grandfather Paolo. Carlin is described as “an indefatigable worker, bent from the hard work carried out in the vineyards for many years. However he was always joyful, with his fist clenched as a sign of determination and always striding forward. The work of the soil, the love for the family, a life full of sacrifices, his trousers patched, and an open heart”. Aw, we wish we knew him!

Grignolino is a grape indigenous to Piedmont. This wine is so light in color it’s almost a rosé, but it packs a punch. It’s all tart cranberry, cherry and minerally earth mingling with a touch of orange zest. It’s got a little bit of a hard edge to it, but it’s not at all unpleasant. It’s vibrant acidity makes it a fantastic food pairing wine. We had it with chorizo, red beans and potatoes and it certainly did the trick!

Chateau Tire Pé “Diem” Bordeaux 2013

David and Hélène Barrault have been organically farming this small estate since 1997. This wine is 100% Merlot grown on clay and limestone. It’s hand-harvested, de-stemmed, cool fermented, and aged for 8-10 months in concrete before being bottled unfiltered. This vintage leads with iron, iodine & earthy notes but it fleshes out and brings on the soft fruit and elegant tannins on the finish. It’s a good cheap date wine, works with steak, chicken, pasta….it’s pretty versatile really!