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Category: Staff Picks

Joe’s Pick: Lapalu Brouilly La Croix des Rameaux 2014

Jean-Claude Lapalu is a second generation grower turned winemaker who's mostly self-taught. He farms 30 acres of Gamay organically, partially biodynamically. His Brouilly La Croix des Rameaux comes from a one hectare parcel which is hand harvested, is mostly destemmed and undergoes partial carbonic maceration before being aged in neutral barriques for 10 months. On…

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Seth’s Pick: Tread Lightly Merlot Backsberg, South Africa 2014

  Backsberg is the first SA winery to achieve carbon neutral status, and is one of only three in the world that hold that position. In keeping with their commitment to the environment, they have released a new label, Tread Lightly, which is packaged in their new PET (polyethylene terephthalate, full biodegradability, low carbon footprint),…

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Amanda’s Pick: Nitída Semillion Durbanville, South Africa 2015

  Semillon is a grape most widely recognized as either a apricot/honey-like blending grape in Bordeaux Blanc or a rich, waxy textured Australian white. Planted in South African soil, it takes on an entirely different identity. This wine has one striking note that stood out to all of us upon tasting it - jalapeño. Not…

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Seth’s Pick: Iconic Wines ‘Heroine’ Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 2016

  Iconic Wines represent the new wave of Californian winemakers, where two friends interested in wine roll up their sleeves (and the dice), hire a great winemaker (Dan Petroski, Larkmead and Massican) to get them started and teach them how to go forward on their own. Now on their 6th vintage the two best friends…

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Seth’s Pick: Toro Albala, Don PX Gran Reserva 1987 (375ml)

Toro Albala was created in 1922 and it's original founder had the novel idea of making his sherry's with the idea of aging them for the future. Thus the foundation for their PX vintage program was installed in the very beginning, and they release older vintages at various times. The 1987 vintage is every thing…

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Joe’s Pick: Guiterrez Colosia Oloroso ‘Sangre y Trabajadero’ NV

  A lighter, versatile expression of an oloroso sherry the Sangre y Trabajadero is fortified to less than 19% alcohol and comes across as fresher on the palate. You'd be pleased to pair it alongside a typical umami dish like steak and mushrooms or something more casual like almonds and olives. It's deep amber to…

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Joe’s Pick: Ioppa Ghemme 2011

Consisting of *80%* Nebbiolo along with some Vespolina, this wine is made from organically grown fruit fermented in stainless steel and aged in Slovenian oak for 24 months before spending another 2 years in the bottle. This extended aging produces complexities and generous red fruit. On the nose, it boasts balsamic, floral and spiced notes.…

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Jen’s Pick: Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco 2014

In the hills of Piedmonte Italy is the region of Barbaresco. It is here that Nebbiolo reigns king. Founded in 1958 by a priest of the village of Barbaresco, the cooperative of Produttori was founded on the basis that by working together small growers could survive and thrive. The first three vintages were made in…

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Amanda’s Pick: Adelshiem Pinot Noir

As fall is upon us and as you retire your rose, you may have a craving for red but not quite ready for the heavy stuff. While top Burgundian pinot noirs can be extremely pricey, you might look towards the New World for your quality light reds. Oregon is an infant wine region by old…

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