Tonight, we are featuring another one of our smaller distributors that focuses on small-production and estate wines. They have a global portfolio that has been selectively built to showcase great quality and value. Built by three friends and colleagues, it is a passion project that is designed to bring high quality wines to the market in a way the respects the sophistication of the consumer and that benefits local businesses. They have only recently expanded into Virginia and so these wines are new to this side of the river!
- Rezabal Txakoli: Txakoli Rezabal winery is located in Zarautz in the “Getariako Txakolina” PDO and they use both traditional methods and the latest technology to preserve the characteristics of the grapes they have evolved to develop their unique character on the slopes of Zarautz and Getaria. Caressed by the sea breezes, the vineyards comprised of the two defining varieties of Txakoli, Hondarribi-Zuri and Hondarribi-beltza. Rezabel uses sustainable viticulture to preserve and protect the environment. This 100% Hondarribi-Zuri is a crystalline yellow with greenish flashes and fine bubbles. It has intense fresh citrus and green apple notes. It pairs great with olives, sardines, cured meats, shellfish, or any type of pinxtos.
- Channing Daughters Cabernet Franc Rosato: Channing Daughters grow a huge variety of grape varieties in vineyards in all three of the Long Island AVA’s – the North Fork of Long Island, The Hamptons, and Long Island. They are committed to quality with an intense focus on the care of their vines and the quality of their wine. All of the grapes are hand-picked, they do gentle whole cluster-pressing of white grapes, stomping by foot with punch-down by of red grapes, and gravity bottling. They are traditional and artisanal. Furthermore, they like to push the boundaries of what is possible from their grapes, cellar, and wine. They only produce 14,000 cases per year but spread it out across nearly 36 bottlings! Named one of the best American-made Roses by Departures, this is a crisp, medium-bodied rosato with great floral and fruit notes that is perfect with a wide range of foods. Try it with oysters, fresh cheese, or fried foods and you won’t be disappointed! 100% Cabernet Franc
- Domaine des Grande Fers Fleurie “Gamay Noir”: Situated in the heart of Fleurie, the Domaine des Grands Fers has been in Christian Bernard’s family since the turn of the last century. He owns a total of 10.3 hectares of Gamay planted on several different terroirs in the Cru. All are southeast facing slopes in the famous Madone terroir, les Garands and les Moriers. The classic Fleurie characteristics, including the wines’ floral perfume notes, are the result of the incredible soils of crushed and crystallized ancient red granite. Christian ferments all his different terroirs separately, using semi-carbonic whole cluster native yeast fermentation in cement tanks for 8-14 days. This wine was aged for six months in 30hl foudres and new and used Burgundy barrels. Being very careful in his selections, Christian blends only his best wines; the rest is sold on the bulk market. This wine is filtered but unfined. This 100% Gamay is a great food wine and it’s hard to pair it poorly … roast chicken, sausage, roast cod, fried calamari, soy-glazed salmon, soft cheese, aged cheese, garlic potatoes, fried onion rings, and more!
- Molino A Vento Nerello Mascalese: Molino a Vento is a line of wines produced by Tenute Orestiadi, whose vineyards lie in the heart of the Valle del Belice, in southwestern Sicily. It is a joint project between the Orestiadi Foundation for the Arts, which almost single-handedly rebuilt the region after an earthquake in 1968 erased 14 towns, and Cantina Ermes, a coop with 1200 members and 12,500 acres of vineyards. This wine is 100% Nerello Mascalese, a grape native to Sicily; it has intense aromas of wild berries with spicy notes and is elegant on the palate with good structure and balance. It pairs wonderfully with Bucatini alla amatriciana, grilled mushrooms, or a simple mozzarella pizza.