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Category: Staff Picks

Seth’s Pick: Marcel Deiss, Alsace Blanc 2015

When Connor asked me to pick my favorite Alsatian wine to write about that we carry, I found myself incredibly torn. Our Alsace section has three of my favorite producers from that region: Domaine Weinbach, Albert Boxler, and Marcel Deiss. How to choose? Falling back to the core of what drives me in my wine…

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Connor’s Pick: Vignoble du Rêveur ‘Vibrations’ Riesling 2013

First of all, let me clarify that this is a dry Riesling. For those of you who know the wines of Alsace, that statement may sound a bit redundant because Alsatian Riesling is traditionally vinified dry, with exceptions few and far between. This bright, high acid Riesling is an absolute steal at $22. The winery…

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Scott’s Pick: COS Terre Siciliane IGP Frappato 2015

When the heat spikes, we all embrace whites and rosés. That includes me. But, I tell you--I cannot give up red wine this time of year, which is kept in the house year-round. (Truth be told, I also drink rosé and white throughout the year). For my summer reds though, I want something chillable and a…

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Connor’s Pick: Ayunta Etna Bianco “Piante/Sparse” 2015

The wines of Mount Etna, the only continuously active volcano on the island, have been the first wave of bottles to put Sicily on the map for sommeliers and casual wine drinkers alike. Tenuta delle Terre Nere's entry level Etna Rosso along with their single vineyard bottlings are now both ubiquitous in New York City,…

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Connor’s Pick: Abbazia di Novacella Lagrein 2015

The name of above gives little away about this red wine. Lagrein? Is that the region or the grape? It is in fact the grape. Founded by an Augustinian order of monks in the quiet village of Novacella in 1142, the estate sits slightly north of its Lagrein vineyards outside the town of Bolzano in…

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Seth’s Pick: Soliste Narcisse 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Soliste is the word winemakers from Burgundy call their special barrel that they put aside for friends and family and this Californian wine is made with that same philosophy. Enlisting the winemaking talents of Ryan Zapaltas (Siduri, Zapaltas), Claude Keoberle started Soliste in 2005. Claude learned to make wine with the GREAT Henri Jayer as…

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Connor’s Pick: Xabregas Mad Men of Riesling Devolution 2015

The only thing mad about this wine is how easy it is to finish a bottle on a warm spring night. This Mount Barker winery clearly took inspiration from ancient wine making methods, as it utilizes both skin maceration and minimal intervention on this particular bottling. Naturally complex in flavor from their practices in the…

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Carlos’ Pick: Misfit Wine Company Cycle Buff Beauty 2015

What happens when you gather Some Young Punks, Adelina's Colin McBryde, Marquis Sauvage, and VSI's Ronnie Sanders and let them loose in the vinyards? Incredible wine made by a band of Misfits! This dark red creature has killer body.  She's smooth, yet round, supple, yet firm, and an all around great package. She's 90% Shiraz…

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Seth’s Pick: Scholium Project “The Prince in His Caves” 2015

The Prince is Abe Schoener's ode to a crazy reclusive wine-making Prince in Italy who, among other things,  destroyed his vineyards instead of seeing the Antinori Family get their hands on it when his daughter married their son. It is 100% Sauvignon Blanc that is aged on it's skins for at least 30 days (thus…

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Connor’s Pick: Monastero Suore Cistercensi “Coenobium” 2015

  How often can you say you're drinking wine made by the Sisters of a Cistercian order? If I hazarded a guess, I would say fairly rarely. I certainly don't, but this wine happens to be made by such an order at their monastery in the village of Vitorchiano, just outside Rome! Under the careful guidance of…

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