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Domaine Simon Bize et Fils Savigny-les-Beaune Blanc 2010
Started in 1880 by Simon Bize, the domaine has been headed since 1972 by great-grandson Patrick Bize, who was mentored by some of the best in the biz: Aubert de Villaine, Henry Jayer, Jacques Seysses, the Marquis d’Angerville and Hubert de Montille. His father Simon believed in marketing his own wines and in cultivating relationships between winemaker and consumer. Due to his efforts, their wines developed a great following amongst restaurants and private customers. Patrick Bize has added to the vineyard holdings, which now total 22 hectares (53 acres). He picks late to ensure ripeness, and keeps yields well below what is authorized by the appellation. The wines of Bize are a well-kept secret amongst Burgundy enthusiasts, delivering quality and character with each vintage. Sadly, Patrick Bize passed away after a car accident at the end of 2013. He leaves behind truly beautiful wines that are meant to be shared and savored.
COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG 2008, Sicily
Azienda Agricola COS was founded by Giambattista (Titta) Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti and Cirino (Rino) Strano, three friends who wanted to recreate the work of their ancestors. In 1980 they became the youngest winemakers in Italy when they purchased Joseph Cilia’s old family winery. COS went on to put Cerasuolo di Vittoria on the map, literally; the region was awarded Sicily’s only DOCG status in 2005. COS works with indigenous grapes, farms biodynamically & produces some wines made in the ancient tradition of fermenting on the skins, in amphora, which are then buried underground.
Cerasuolo di Vittoria is 60% Nero d’avola & 40% Frappato from densely planted, low-yielding, high elevation vineyards. The wine is fermented in concrete and then aged for a minimum of 18-24 months.
Cerasuolo is Italian for cherry. This wine hints at dried cherries, forest floor, anise, truffles and smoke.
Quinta do Infantado Ruby Port
Quinta do Infantado is based in Pinhão, specifically in the subdistrict of Gontelho where the best Port vineyards are found. The estate has been owned by the Roseira family since the end of the 19th century and is now managed by brother and sister, João Roseira, vineyard manager/winemaker, and Catherine Roseira, Chief Executive. The vineyards (terraced, very steep and hard-soiled) are worked in traditional methods: the grapes are picked by hand and are foot-trodden. The winery aims for a medium-dry style – that is, there is less grape brandy or “aguardente” and less grape sugars.
Their basic Ruby and Tawny Ports are outstanding examples of elegance and richness, usually from a blend of 2-3 vintages. Their Ruby is dark, rich and plummy with excellent balance of fruit, acid and tannins without an overwhelming sugary or jammy flavor.