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“Wrongo Dongo” is what Bodegas Volver founder Rafael Cañizares would say when someone made a mistake, an inside joke that has broken out to the rest of the world. Rafael founded Volver in 2004 with the goal of reviving indigenous Spanish grapes and old vineyards. The vineyards that lend their grapes to Wrongo Dongo border the region of Alicante and are surrounded by mountains, all having been planted between 1977 to 1987. 

The 2018 growing season saw a return to rainy weather after years of drought. An ideal Spring led into a long, cool summer and wet autumn, causing wines to have elevated levels of acidity. What you expect to be a heavy, jammy wine shows surprising freshness and elegance on the palate. Aromas of ripe dark berries, spices and chocolate followed with flavors of raspberry, cherries, and red currants.

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The Alasia wines are the top cuvées produced by Araldica, chosen from some of the best vineyards around the Asti area of Piemonte. Araldica is Piemonte’s largest and most progressive co-operative. Led by winemaker/manager Claudio Manera, Araldica has been able to give many small grapegrowers access to the market without compromising quality. 

Their Cortese comes from the Monferatto hills south of Asti. The vineyards face southwest and lie between 250 and 400 meters in elevation where the soil is mostly clay and limestone. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel and then left on the lees for 3 months to add a little texture. Fresh green apples and grapefruit hit the nose, followed by honeysuckle, almonds, and minerality. A classic Cortese and a great wine with cream sauce.

Featured Red Wines

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De Conciliis is located in the relatively uncharted Cilento zone on the Campanian coast looking out toward the Mediterranean. Here Bruno DeConciliis specializes in full-bodied, fruit-forward wines from aglianico. In the relatively hot climate of the Cilento wines are a little more accessible when young than from neighboring Taurasi.

De Conciliis’ philosophy is one of complete harmony, with nature and all things. Located in one of Italy’s poorest areas, De Conciliis pays its workers a living wage and guarantees year-round employment. They transitioned his vineyards to organic practices and has been energy independent since installing solar panels in 2007. The ‘Bacio il Cielo’ is made from a blend of Aglianico and Primitivo and shows an incense bouquet of dark berries, forest floor, and savory spices. Hearty but soft, this wine is great with grilled red meat.

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Domaine des Escaravailles has been the property of the Ferran family for three generations. Founded in 1953 by Jean-Louis Ferran and his sons Daniel and Jean-Pierre, it is currently managed since 1999 by Jean-Louis’ grandson Gilles. The Domaine owes its name to both the ‘Occitan scarabée’ or scarab beetle — a local insect — and nickname for the Confraternity of Penitents in Avignon — a local religious organization. 

Escaravailles’ holdings spread across the Rhone Valley, predominantly in Rasteau, where all the vines are grown organically. ‘Les Sablières’ is a classic blend of Grenache and Syrah, with aromas of juicy red fruit, pepper, garrigue, and herbal tones. There is a sense of harmony in this wine, balancing lively fruit notes with more serious earthy flavors, good structure, and a pleasant finish.

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The village of Volpaia sits on a hilltop just north of the town of Radda in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. It was built in the 11th century as a fortified village on the Florence-Siena border, but is now just another idyllic Tuscan villa. One of the highest-elevation wineries in the Chianti area, Castello di Volpaia owns 46 hectares of vineyards, which are situated at 450 to 600 meters on the southern hillsides leading up to the village. 

 

While best known for their Chianti Classicos, the Citto represents an amazing value. “Citto” translates to “a young boy,” which describes this wine well as it’s made from younger vines and intended to be drunk young. A blend of Sangiovese from Chianti and a little Cabernet Sauvignon from Maremma, Citto is a generous, silky wine, displaying ripe fruit aromas with intense cherry and red berry flavors on the palate.

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Evolúció is a Hungarian Producer known especially for their wines from the Tokaj region, yet for this red wine they decided to cross the border to showcase Austria’s most famous red grape, Blaufränkisch. This grape, sometimes referred to as the Pinot Noir of Eastern Europe, is known for its bright, vibrant fruit, soft tannins, and lively acidity. 

The 2016 vintage provides physiological ripeness and with low alcohol. While light ruby in color, you’ll find hints of blueberry and spice on the nose that transform into fresh dark cherry and wild berry on the palate. Similar to Cru Beaujolais in style, Blaufränkisch can appeal to a wide variety of wine drinkers. And with minimal tannins and well-integrated acidity, this wine is excellent served with a slight chill on warm days.

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Shoofly was founded in 2003 and the winemaking team is led by one of Australia's best: Ben Riggs. As a native of McLaren Vale, he has been crafting some of the region's finest for more than two decades. 

 

The roster of grape growers he sources from is one of the most sought-after contact lists in the country. This Shiraz is sourced from a collection of top South Australian vineyards with robust flavors of dark berry and a lifted savory spiciness from the cooler sites.

 

On the nose, the 2017 Shiraz reveals aromas of bright sour cherry fruits and light Asian spices. The supple red fruits carry across to the clean, bright palate and give way to complex nutmeg, tamarind, earth and eucalypt notes. Built to be served with a grilled burger.

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Founded in 1994, Fortulla is located on the Tuscan coast just north of the famous village Castiglioncello in the IGT Terratico di Bibbiona. It’s a small, very high quality estate mostly planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Vermentino. The vineyards sit on cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean with exposure to the sun and persistent winds, which yield fruit with perfect phenolic ripeness, moderate sugar development, and fresh natural acidity. Total production is a mere 900 cases. 

 

The 2018 ‘Serpentino’ is a blend of 90% Vermentino and 10% Viognier, the name coming from the green rocks of the same name found only in this area. Although not a traditional duo, Vermentino and Viognier seem to be a natural pair, the Vermentino bringing high-toned minerality and citrus while the Viognier adds a subtle hint of tropical fruits and melon.

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A smaller estate based in Fuissé, Domaine Romanin is under the stewardship of the fifth generation of the Vervier Family. Their focus over the years has been to make terroir driven wines with traditional winemaking techniques, growing most of the grapes themselves and sourcing a small amount from fellow farmers nearby. 

 

Domaine Romanin produces on average 5,500 cases of wine per year, 1,500 of those being Mâcon-Villages in designation, the rest Pouilly-Fuissé. Their Mâcon-Villages is fermented using indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks, then left to sit for a few months after fermentation to add texture. A fresh and vibrant form of Chardonnay, this wine shows bright citrus and tree fruit flavors with a hint of brioche on the finish, avoiding any heavy oak usage in favor of natural fruitiness.

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Bric Cenciurio is the name of a small strip of hillside in the commune of Castellinaldo near Roero. Founded in 1990 when Franco Pittore joined his brother-in-law Carlo Sacchetto to purchase land in the Roero, the goal was single winery sourcing grapes from both Pittatore’s Barolo vineyards and from the Sacchetto family’s grapes in Magliano Alfieri. Carlo’s son Allesandro is now the head winemaker, crafting classically styled Piedmontese wines from Arneis, Barbera, and Nebbiolo d’Alba. 

The red wine from this area and nearby Barolo and Barbaresco get the lion’s share of attention, but the white wines from here are equally enticing and complex. The Arneis shows subtle layers of apricots, peaches, and jasmin at first, leading to vibrant acidity and minerality on the palate. Notice how the wine evolves as the glass warms over time; truly stunning.

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Te Henga is made with grapes from Marlborough but its heart is in West Auckland on the north island. This is where the earliest forms of New Zealand winemaking took place before migrating to the better suited climates to the south. The Te Henga label design is inspired by the way the wind whips through the marram grass and sculpts black contours into the iron sand along the beaches of West Auckland. 

The wine itself is classic Marlborough: made in a way to maintain freshness and vibrancy, highlighting fruit flavors with a crisp finish. Aromas of gooseberries and cut grass leap from the glass followed by tropical fruits. Herbal tones and flavors of red apples and melon follow on the palate, which leads into a refreshing finish.

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Giuliana Imports négociant project Subida was born from 18 years of experience working in the Spanish regions of Alicante and La Mancha. They only work with growers that farm organically, harvest by hand, and work with historically Spanish varietals. 

Subida wines are created with natural fermentation with a  focus on freshness, lighter extraction and balanced alcohol. The rosé is made from 100% Garnacha. The vineyards are located in the southeast of the province of Cuenca, in the municipality of Casas de Los Pinos, about 600-700 meters above sea level. 

The wine is produced by direct press rather than saignée which helps preserve the natural acidity of the grapes. Fresh, vibrant and dry with notes of cherry, strawberry, and rhubarb, backed by lively cherry and orange blossoms.