April 2024

April 2024

1. Gota Prunus Private Selection Dai Branco 

Portuguese reds are all the rage because they're easy drinking and always a hit with mixed company. Prunus red is a charming, small production Touriga Nacional, Jaen (Mencia), and Tinto Roriz. Spends 6 months in mostly American new oak. Medium bodied, a nice soft tannic grip, and a deep berry/cherry note that extends into a lengthy finish. Serve room temperature or slightly cooler for maximum enjoyment! 

  • Producer: Gota
  • Region: Vinho Verde, Portugal
  • Varieties: Jaen (Mencia), Tinto Roriz (Tempranillo), Alfrocheiro Preto, Touriga Nacional
  • Alcohol: 11.5%


2. Il Poggio "Nuvole sul Poggio" Gavi

The family business revolves around a serene and collaborative environment at Il Poggio di Gavi, where the essence of hospitality and simplicity flourishes under their care. The resort is managed by the sister, Alessandra, while the daughter, Giorgia, assists in the cellar, and the husband, Angelo, oversees the vineyards and woods. Together, they cultivate an atmosphere of warmth and ease, making guests feel as comfortable as if they were in their own homes. Their welcoming approach is not veiled in complexity; the joy of hosting guests is palpable and sincere.

Il Poggio di Gavi stands out as an extraordinary place, a blend of beauty and simplicity, where the harmony between nature and human craftsmanship creates an immediate sense of belonging. This unique charm, recognized by the family, is now extended to guests, inviting them to experience the allure and fall in love with the place just as they have.

Dedication is poured into every aspect of the business, from the wine resort and cellar to the vineyards, ensuring a memorable wine tasting experience. The family's passion for the hills, the local lifestyle, and Gavi wine - a symbol of Italian white wine excellence internationally - is infectious. Gavi wine, in particular, serves as a spokesperson for the land's identity, eloquently narrating the soil's story, the vines, the grapes, and a commitment to natural practices without the use of chemicals.

By allowing the wine to express itself and its origins naturally, the family demonstrates their respect for tradition and the environment, inviting guests and connoisseurs alike to understand and appreciate the essence of Il Poggio di Gavi through its most genuine and eloquent ambassador: its wine.

  • Producer: Il Poggio 
  • Region: Gavi DOCG, Piedmont, Italy
  • Varieties: 100% Cortese
  • Alcohol: 12%


3. Orange Cirelli la Collina Biologica

Winemaker Francesco Cirelli strives to bring out as much as he can of the peculiarity of his region, the season’s harvest and even his own sentiments in the wine he produces. His belief is that the wine has to reflect its place of origin and its creator.

His wines speak of his passion for wine making and awareness to maintain and safeguard the precious environment that is his livelihood. This is why all of their wines are organic, made without using chemical substances that may be harmful to the environment therefore to our own health. Cirelli's wines reflect his native land and the people who produce it.

Cirelli Farms, located in the Abruzzo region, cultivates 22 hectares of IMC*-certified organic farmland surrounded by hills, vineyards, and olive groves. The landscape, 8 kilometers from the sea, is complemented by preserved national parks and woods. Committed to organic farming laws, Cirelli emphasizes nature's laws, incorporating crop rotation, nutrient cycling, and natural fertilization through animal grazing. Their production cycle includes wheat, barley, spelt, and alfalfa in the first year, followed by vegetable crops in the second year, and sunflowers in the third and fourth years. This sustainable approach produces high-quality wine, olive oil, fruits, vegetables, and meat.

100% Trebbiano with 20 days of skin contact, fermented in terra cotta amphorae. An approachable orange wine with lemons, florals, mint, & wet rock notes.

  • Producer: Francesco Cirelli
  • Region: Abruzzo, Italy
  • Varieties: 100% Trebbiano
  • Alcohol: 11%


4.  Mateus Nicolau de Almeida "O Tinto Perfeito" Clarete


O Tinto Perfeito means the Perfect Red Wine! It's so easy to drink and food friendly. A classic field blend Clarete from the Duoro, made of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, and about 15% Malvasia Fina. Red-fruited, spicy, earthy and complex, with beautiful aromatics and acidity brought on by the Malvasia. Chill or also OK to enjoy slightly cooler than room temp! Pop and share! 

  • Producer: Mateus Nicolau de Almeida
  • Region: Douro, Portugal
  • Varieties: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tempranillo, Malvasia Fina
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
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