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Monthly Red
2016 Symington Family Estates ‘Altano’ Douro, Portugal

Altano is produced by the Symington family, known for their long and distinguished history of producing premium Vintage Ports in the Douro, under such labels as Graham's, Warre's, Dow's and Quinta do Vesuvio. As a natural extension of their interest in and dedication to making Port, the Symingtons began producing Douro DOC table wines seriously in 1999. Today seven members of the Symington family are involved in the business, personally managing all aspects of winemaking from the vineyard to the final bottling of the wines.The Douro red is made from traditional port grapes but fermented to dryness and then aged in a combination of American and French oak barrels. Deep in color, full-bodied, and silky on the palate with flavors of red fruits and spice, this wine is a fun alternative to Cabernet and Merlot.

Monthly White
2017 Vina Ventisquero ‘Yelcho’ Sauvignon Blanc, Chile


Vina Ventisquero’s mission statement is to “create modern, avant-garde, high-quality wines” in hopes of producing a great product while being environmentally sustainable. This is done through the use of cutting edge technology in the vineyard and winery to reduce waste and perform what they call “precision agriculture”. The Sauvignon Blanc comes from the sandy-clay soils in the Casablanca Valley, a region in Valparaiso Province. What sets this wine apart from most Sauvignon Blancs is that it’s aged 4 months on the lees, with battonage employed to increase volume, texture, and complexity, a winemaking practice usually reserved for higher-end wines. The wine shows a fresh bouquet, soft herbal notes complement citrus and tropical fruit scents of lime, grapefruit, pineapple, and pear. Very refreshing with a texture that makes it incredibly food friendly.

Featured Red Wines

2016 Foncalieu 'Bastide de Beauvert' Cotes-du-Rhone, France

Les Vignobles Foncalieu is a union of cooperatives anchored in the heart of Languedoc. Their territory stretches from the Corbières massif to the banks of the Mediterranean, from the Mistral- swept hillsides to the sun-caressed plains between Carcassonne and Béziers. The grapes for Bastide de Beauvert are grown primarily on the hillsides and terraces in the village of St. Victor la Coste where the soil is composed of limestone and river rocks. Wines from this area are known for their softness, body, and aromatic profile.  Bastide de Beauvert is a clean and pretty expression of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah. A deep garnet red with aromas of cherry, currant and strawberry. Dry and medium-bodied with hints of black pepper, cinnamon and licorice, the wine finishes smooth with well-rounded tannins.

2017 Vera de Estenas Bobal, Utiel-Requena, Spain

Established in 1919, Vera de Estenas is one of the oldest and most traditional bodegas in the Levante. Utiel-Requena is located west of Valencia city and is the largest wine region in the Valencia region on Spain's east coast. The region is mostly flat, dry and harsh and sits on a plateau 43 miles (70km) inland from the coast and approximately 2300 ft (700m) above sea level. Bobal, a native red-wine variety, dominates plantings in Utiel-Requena for both reds and rosés. The Bobal grape has a history of being used for blending, but with recent focus on the quality of farming and production it is possible to find outstanding red wines being made from 100% Bobal. The wine is medium-bodied and shows a mix of bright black and red fruits, spice, and minerals, while maintaining moderate alcohol and high acidity.

2017 Paride d'Angelo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Italy

Paride D’Angelo describes itself as “a young company that loves tradition.” The winery is brand-new, stateoftheart in almost every way, shaped like a crescent moon that’s 100 meters long and 20 meters high. But once you get past the wine making equipment in into the winemaking things become much more traditional. The ultimate goal is to make wine “as it once was”, full of life and unique to the place it was made. With that in mind fermentation is allowed to occur spontaneously without the addition of yeasts, and little to no sulphur is added depending on the vintage. The crushed Montepulciano juice is allowed to macerate on the skins for 3 months before being pressed off, creating a wine that is intense in character with elegant softness, velvety tannins, and long and fruity finish.

2017 Monte Bernardi, Ti Adoro (1 Liter), Italy

In 2003 Michael Schmelzer, who is American, moved to Italy with his family and purchased 10ha of organic vineyards in the “belly button of Chianti Classico” at Monte Bernardi. He now produces impressive, traditionally-styled Chiantis from his small-ish 130 acre estate. But like many winemakers Michael also wanted to make a table wine that could be enjoyed younger and at a lower price. Hence he created ‘Ti Adoro’, which is literally classified as a ‘vino da tavola’ but Michael likes to call it his ‘IGT Italia’ or a wine that celebrates Italian wines in all its forms. He sources organic Sangiovese from Tuscany, Nero d’Avola from Sicily, and Montepulciano from Marche and bottles it in a liter ‘fiasco’ bottle to emphasize that this is a wine to be shared with family and friends.

2016 Château Beauvillage, Medoc, Bordeaux

The Château Beauvillage is the product of three successive generations of passionate growers, totally devoted to their land. Since its creation in 1925, this estate has gone through an incredible development progressively multiplying its vineyard holdings. Also during that time they have modernized their facility in the constant pursuit of quality and purity of fruit. The soil here is slightly heavier in clay than the rest of Medoc so Merlot tends to do very well. The final blend each vintage is about 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon that is aged 12 to 24 months in new and one year old oak barrels. The wine is smooth but structured, with ample fruitiness and crisp acidity. Drinking beautifully now but could also age for a few years.

Featured White Wines

2018 Ornato Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie, Italy

This Pinot Grigio is grown at the foot of the remains of what was once the stunning villa of the della Scala family, one of the most influential families in Verona from the early 1200's to the late 1300's. The much admired ruler of Verona, Cangrande I della Scala, summered at this villa. He championed the works of Dante, Petrarch and Giotto and created beautiful architecture throughout the city. This label is a reproduction of the design taken from a fragment of the art that once covered the ceilings of the villa. In Italian, Ornato means ornate or adorned. This label celebrates the beautiful history of the area and the wine itself, which shows a bright, floral bouquet rich in pears and apricots.

2018 Grand Bateau Bordeaux Blanc, France

Dating back to the 1980’s, Grand Bateau is the fruit of the collaboration between Maison Barrière and Château Beychevelle. Together they source grapes from a variety of estates throughout Bordeaux to create wines that are indicative of the region but at a much lower price than your typical Bordeaux. Philippe Blanc, Château Beychevelle’s winemaker, guides the assemblage along with a team of oenologists. The blanc is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc in a modern facility that ensures a pure fruit expression. The wine is aged in a variety of oak barrels to add richness to the palate, and shows notes of exotic fruits, citrus, white flowers and a hint of vanilla. Crisp and refreshing but with depth rarely seen at this price.

2018 Château de Manissy Rosé La Belle Étoile, Vin de Pays du Gard

Made by Château de Manissy, La Belle Etoile is produced from grapes grown in the winemaker’s mother’s vineyard. Château de Manissy itself is actually owned by a order of missionaries, and although their rosés have had an excellent reputation for about a hundred years, the winery began to become stagnant at the beginning of the 21st century. In a fairly dramatic change of events, the winery hired a young winemaker named Florian André who quickly changed all the vineyards over to organic practices and is working on becoming biodynamically certified. La Belle Etoile is no exception. All the grapes are hand-harvested and fermentation happens with indigenous yeast. The result is a naturally light rosé with hints of watermelon and white strawberries.

2017 Monte del Fra 'Ca del Magro', Custoza Superiore, Italy

The Ca del Magro vineyard is over 40 years old and is around seven hectares in size. It lies in the beautiful hills of Custoza, a small hamlet in the commune of Sommacampagna near Valpolicella. Here they make a wine as complex as its blend, consisting of 40% Garganega, 20% Trebbiano, 15% Incrocio Manzoni, and 25% of several other varietals. The majority of the vines are grown high on pergolas which is very traditional for this area. You can walk through the vineyards shaded under the vines and grape clusters. After being fermented the blend is left to age briefly before bottling then slightly longer in bottle. The wine is deceptively full-bodied but with subtle flavors of wild flowers and golden apples. Great with sashimi and oysters, and perfect with roasted duck.

2016 Château de l'Oiselinière de la Ramée Muscadet

The House of Chéreau Carré occupies a special place in the Loire-Atlantique department of France. This family-owned property dates back to the 15th century and the vines here are some of the most prized in the region of the Sèvre-et-Maine. It is 10 hectares of 40 to 80-year-old vines facing Southeast, enclosed by the two rivers and surrounded by forests. Château l’Oiselinière translates to “owl’s nest,” which again is to delineate the special nature and location of these vines. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged 6 months on the lees and then 12 months in bottle. Citrus aromas of grapefruits and lemon skin on the show on the nose. The wine is very fresh in mouth with lemon tones, well balanced with white flower and exotic fruit at the end.