Glinavos Paleokerisio Orange Wine, 2016
What to expect
Sight: Deep copper, honey colored with a brown tint
Smell: Highly aromatic; apple, butter, cinnamon & cloves
Taste: Semi-sweet & semi-sparkling. slightly tanninic. full bodied
Pairings: More flexible than you think! The enhanced tannins and acidity helps to pair with richer and fattier foods. Aged cheeses, fatty fishes and maybe certain meats like steak tartare.
For those who have not tried an ‘Orange Wine’ now is your chance. Truly a wine experience that must be had. Orange wine is a white wine made with white varietals fermented on the skins for an extended period of time. The skin contact provides the orange color as well as tannins, structure and body similar to a red wine. Traditionally, Orange wine is aged with the skins in clay pots that were buried for months and even years.
This lovely bottle is made from Debina, a native greek varietal and a small percentage of Vlahiko, a native red varietal. The first fermentation takes place in oak casks and a second fermentation is followed in closed tanks. The skins remain in contact with the juice the entire time. Everything in this wine is naturally occurring, including the CO2 and sweetness, there are no additives or any weird wine making practices.
We have received a lot of inquiries about ‘orange wine’, what is it? how weird does it get? This orange wine was one we all loved and couldn’t wait to share with our members. To answer a previous question: yes, orange wines can get very weird, very quickly but this one is approachable with a slight sweetness and a gentle sparkling quality. Hope you enjoy!
Cantina St. Pauls Schiava “Missianer” 2015
Alto Adige, Italy
What to expect
Sight: Pale ruby
Smell: Rose petal, cherry, strawberry – very feminine
Taste: Light body with low tannins, dry with sweet aromas
Pairings: Appetizer, cold cuts, cheese platter, speck, pasta dishes like Carbonara or Bolognese
Schiava is a traditional South Tyrolean grape greatly contributing to the local wine culture through its uncomplicated drinkability. Alto Adige is a small region in northern Italy with warm summers but cool nights and high elevation.
New quality parameters and modern production methods have ensured that Schiava’s popularity has continued to increase in recent years. The fermentation takes place under controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks and is aged for a short period in large oak barrels. In the small village of St. Pauls, with an elevation of about 1300ft, this grape finds perfect conditions to become an enjoyable, fruity and elegant red wine.
Summer is finally here and if you are looking for an alternative to Rosé or Sauvignon Blanc, Schiava is your wine. Low on the tannins, this wine is very smooth and easily pairs with most foods. Our favorite way to enjoy this slightly chilled in the backyard after a long day. We truly hope you have just as much fun, drinking this easy going red, than we do. Caution: content goes really fast!
Villadoria Barbaresco, 2014
Serralunga d’Alba, Italy
What to expect
Sight: Rustic red with an orange hue and light in color
Smell: Dried candied cherry, potpourri
Taste: Light to medium bodied, dry, round tannins
Pairings: Pasta dishes with meat sauces, braised dishes and game, matured cheeses
Barbaresco is the name/style of the wine that comes from the Langhe region in Piemonte, which is located in the Northwest corner of Italy. Nebbiolo is the grape varietal, a thin skinned grape that is classically known for a tannic punch and an acidic bite. Barbaresco is often referred to as the younger brother of Barolo; a more approachable and budget-conscious approach to Nebbiolo. Nebbiolo along with Barbera and Dolcetto, dominate the Piemonte region.
This delicious gem comes from the producer, Villadoria, a winery that makes both Barbaresco and Barolo. The Nebbiolo grapes are hand harvested and destemmed before fermentation in stainless steel tanks. It is then aged 26 months, including 9 months in medium sized oak barrels. Like Barolo, these wines need time to develop. But after four years of aging, this wine has come out soft, fruity and savory.
For the past month, we have been pouring a Dolcetto/Barbera blend from the same producer, it has been so popular that each week we have needed to order more and more! A more serious version from a style that tends to be really expensive. All of us were really impressed with the quality and price of this wine, thus making it a perfect wine club option. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did, over many bowls of pasta.