If you didn’t know, South Africa is experiencing a wine renaissance. Young, fresh faced winemakers are changing what it means for a wine to be South African while making a case to the world that their wines can compete with the best of them. Our dude Pascal is a winemaker and importer of some of South Africa’s best pioneering winemakers and he’s gonna be here to blow your mind with them. As an added bonus to you, and a way for us all to have some much needed self care, we’ll also be pouring Philipponnat, perhaps the greatest Champagne house in all of the land, into your face. This is guaranteed to rule.
The Holidays are upon us and we’re in need of relief! That’s why we’re bringing in some our favorite people to pour two of our most comforting and XMAS dinner friendly wines. James from Mucci imports will be here pouring the whole line up from Glassier, Alto-Adige’s best and brightest new winemaker and the man that’s changing the winemaking game up there, while our man Vic will be in pushing Davis Family Vineyards, the Russian River Valley’s chillest dude. It will be one for the ages and the people will tell stories of this moment for generations to come!
We’ve been massive advocates for Andrew’s wines ever since this young winery first shipped its glorious Rose to Massachusetts. So it’s our privilege to have in the man himself to pour his fabulous wines for you. We’ll be pouring some of his newest offerings as well as their acclaimed Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay. These guys are the best in the west so you best come correct.
Giannoni Selections is bringing to MA some of the coolest, under the radar stuff from all over the Italian peninsula which is why we love having these dope women in to show off. Andrea is gonna be pouring esoterica from some of their coolest producers including some Magnums of I Clivi so get ready to get down.
One of our favorite people is going to be here to introduce you to some of the coolest wines you’ve never heard of. Brittany (our bud) and Olmstead (her company) bring in most of the hippest, trendiest, and most exciting wines being made by anyone anywhere and their selection makes us drool. Prepare to have your mind blows and your tastebuds satisfied!
We’re going all out with a massive line-up of premium rarities from France and Italy perfect for your Turkey feasts! Our friends from Ruby and Arborway Imports will be in house putting on the charm offensive and treating you to some of the best we’ve got in the store. Rare Valtellina? We’re pouring it. Chateau le Puy? We’re pouring it. Magnums of Burgundy? You better believe it! We’ll even have open possibly the best Sparkling wine made in Italy so if you’re not into drinking dope wine then you won’t want to come by.
You think you would have had all of the wines in Italy by now, but there's hundreds of thousands of producers out there. Thankfully, we have great distributors like Mucci Imports to help separate the wheat from the chaff, and he'll be in the store to taste us on fine wines from small Italian producers. Join us from 5 - 7 pm.
We're always super thrilled to have Stacey in town to lead us through her boutique portfolio of great grower producer wineries throughout Italy. Join us as we nervously cross the November threshold to taste some great wines from 5 - 7 pm.
Details to be announced as the date draws near
Our dood Vic Zelinsky will be back to introduce a brand new winery to the market, Eden Rift. These wines are made in the Cienega Valley right smack dab on the San Andreas Fault and boy are they ever delicious. You’d be smart to check this one out.
We’ll also have some more sick juice from one of Vic’s old favorites, Davis Family Vineyards so get ready to have your mind blown!
Is there a cooler man in the Boston wine scene then Casey Gruttadauria? We think not! He’ll be rolling by to pour amazing bottles of natural wine for the people. Best part, he’ll be bringing wines from the best producer in Savoie, Domaine des Ardoisieres to make your day and lift your spirit.
Oh, and ask Casey about his Ska band.
The wines of Brendan Tracey have just hit the market for the first time so we’re going to have our wine hipster buddy Christy in to put these wines in your face! New Jersey native turned Francophile ex-pat Brendan Tracey has been making natural wines in the Loire with a punk rock edge after falling in love and running away to France. The dude is the definition of cool and a leading face of the natural winemaking movement in France. We’ll be spinning punk discs and blowing your mind with natty juice from 5-7
Last time Andrea showed up she was pouring a 1997 old vine single vineyard Friulano from the best white wine maker in Italy and you probably missed out. Don’t make that mistake again because this woman is constantly bringing by crazy beautiful wines and she’ll be back on October 5th!
We’ve got our friend Jen in for the first time and we’re super stoked about it! She works for Hogshead, an awesome little distributor in town that happens to have the hippest, coolest, and most radical collection of new world wines. She’ll be pouring bottles from South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand and you’re gonna get your mind blown. Come have your expectations changed and get excited about the promise of the new world!
Join us from 5pm-7pm
We’ve got our favorite person in the wine world on deck to pour some of the coolest little Italian wines you’ve never heard of! Come meet Stacey and get to know the real Italy! She’ll have open bottles from across the Italian Peninsula made by real people that care about real wine. How do you say ‘glou gou’ in Italian….
Join us from 5pm-7pm.
Set your sights on some fine wines when Arik from Charles River Wine Company rolls in to taste us on some of his favorite wines. We'll have the full details as we draw closer to the event, so stay tuned!
Mucci Imports was the brainchild of two local brothers from Massachusetts, and the story could end there, if not for the fact that they're responsible for bringing in some of the finest Italian wines we've seen in Massachusetts. Join James as he leads us through some of his favorites from their portfolio, and revel in the Italian wonder. More details to be revealed as we draw closer to the event!
Frank from Carolina Wine and Spirits will be joining us to taste through some truly spectacular Corsican wines including the Corse Figari Rouge and Corse Figari Blanc from Clos Canarelli, simply one of the best Corsican Producers out there. Join us from 5-7 pm!
I'm awfully tempted to say that Carl is, the "real McCoy" but he's probably heard that phrase more than anyone should, since he's such a professional. He'll be with us on Friday from 5-7pm to taste out some spectacular wines from great small producers out of France. If you like Burgundy, this is the day to taste wine. Join us!
The Featured Wines:
Domaine du Clos des Rocs Pouilly-Loché Les 4 Saisons - $34.99
Two small parcels of 40-year vines, planted on noble clay and situated northwest of the hamlet of Loché, are the source of the grapes for this wine . Elevage is split evenly between steel cuve and neutral oak barrel. Intensely mineral with a bright acidity and fine aromatics, this “Loché” opens up early and is perhaps the most precocious of the various offerings from this appellation.
Domaine du Clos des Rocs Pouilly-Loché Clos des Rocs Monopole - $49.99
The signature wine of the estate, the enclosed 3ha parcel is located adjacent to the winery. The vines are 70 years old with an eastern exposition, and the soil is a mix of iron-rich red clay and limestone pebbles. The resulting wine is beautifully textured, with saline notes, prominent minerality and impeccable balance; the most complete wine of the domaine and an essential reference point for this worthy but relatively unknown appellation.
Jean et Sébastien Dauvissat, Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Vieilles Vignes - $59.99
This special cuvée is sourced from a parcel of about .70 hectare that is planted to vines of at least fifty years of age (and some in excess of sixty-five years). In our opinion, the quality and expansiveness of this wine frequently elevates it to Grand Cru level; there is remarkable concentration and length and an impeccable expression of the grand terroir of Chablis.
Domaine Thevenet & Fils Bourgogne Rouge Bussieres Les Clos - $24.99
The pinot noir for this wine is found in the village of Bussieres and is sourced from the lieu-dit « Les Clos ». The vines are south-facing at 350 feet above sea level on gently sloping hills that are principally composed of clay. The fruit tends to ripen early due to its excellent exposure. Pigeage and remontage are practiced during fermentation. This wine is marked by notes of black, ripe berries, often a touch “sauvage”.
Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot Chassagne Montrachet Rouge Mes Vieilles Vignes - $59.99
Pillot exploits over a hectare of vineyards planted in 1960 to Pinot Noir at the village level. This is a robust, cherry-flavored wine of strength and vigor. A simple, satisfying red from a village that should be more recognized for the high quality of its red wines, this being a prime example.
L'Amuse Signature Gouda - $29.99/lb
Bobo's Mountain Sugar Maple Syrup - $9.99/each
Peter's Yard Sourdough Crackers - $3.99/each
Rougie Duck & Pork Pate - $9.99/each
Michael from Mise Wines will be in the store to lead our merry band through some fantastic natural selections from Italy, naturally (yes, we already said that).
Stay tuned for more details, and join the fun on Friday from 5-7!
Stellar wines from stellar places. Rob's a star and the wines he brings are always a hit.
We're keeping the summer spirit with some light and easy wines, oh, and Champagne!
Come by to try out some Cava, Champagne Moutard Blanc de Noir, super fresh Grenache Blanc out of Spain, the mineral driven Picpoul (that's lip-stinger for those counting at home and a possible appearance of Spätburgunder from Germany (better known as Pinot Noir in these parts). Some may be from the road less traveled, but just like old Mr. Frost, you'll be glad you tried them. Variety makes all the difference.
Do you hear those bells? The bells of doom? No, it's crushable wine season. Arik will be in the store to feature some tasty fermented beverages that just say summer. More details to be announced
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It so happens that Friday is National Wine Day, and we couldn't celebrate without feteing one of our favorite American wine producers. Vic "The Legend" Zelinsky will be in to pour us on some of our Davis Family favorites, plus a wine that's new to our shelves and this side of the country. Stay tuned for more details to come!
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Casey from Ideal Wine & Spirits will be joining us on Friday. Usually when he's on stage you have to pay to see him, but Casey is a class act, and he'll be with us for free. We'll be pouring some of our favorite Frenchies.
While French wine may be considered bougie, Henri Bourgeois takes pride in making accessible and delicious wine in the Loire Valley. We've had their "Les Baronnes" Sancerre Blanc as our standard bearer for the classic French Sauvignon Blanc, and also carried their "Les Baronnes" Sancerre Rosé in years past. This time around, we've got their new kid on the Blanc.
Quincy is a small sub zone of the central Loire Valley, and they're also capable of making a darn good Sauvignon Blanc. Casey will have both of these quintessential French whites open for tasting.
And on the darker shade of pale, Casey's got an Orléans Rouge and a big beautiful Madiran.
The Orléans Rouge comes to us from Clos St. Fiacre, just south of the Loire River, and it's that great fresh summer red blend of Pinot Meunier (80%) and Pinot Noir (20%).
Madiran, however, is a whole different beast. This is your big brawny red meat barbecue wine. This particular bottle is made by Alain Brumont, a winemaker who brought the region of Madiran out of obscurity with Chateau Montus and this house, Chateau Bouscasse. Producing with strict biodynamic principles, this is a inky black and spicy Madiran with a blend of Tannat (65%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%), and Cabernet Franc (10%). Come join the fun with us Friday from 5-7.
It began as a hike in Central Otago, and ended up as a partnership dedicated to great wine from one of our favorite regions in New Zealand. Max, one of the founding members of Twelfth Night and Vela Wines, will be with us to pour some of the Twelfth Night line. Join us. If music be the food of love, play on,
As we learned while doing research on our Featured Wines of the Week, Otago had its real start as a region in 1861, when gold was found in the mountainsides. Within three years, New Zealand's population more than doubled, and Otago. Despite a couple of early entrepreneurs, it wasn't until over a century later that winemaking in Otago began in earnest.
Twelfth Night is a young project in a young wine country with a whole lot of promise. Founded in 2011, their principle Vela vineyard is in Central Otago overlooking the Pisa Mountain range, some 952 feet above sea-level. Here they make the grape that made Otago famous, Pinot Noir, as well as Gewurztraminer, and dry Riesling. We'll have pretty much their full line, including their beautiful Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Friday is International Sauvignon Blanc Day, and the Marlborough region of New Zealand is responsible for 77% of the overall wine production in New Zealand, and they account for 17% of all Sauvignon Blanc made in the region.
Come join us to celebrate!
Get a little more in touch with your sustainable side. Brittany from Olmstead Wine Company will be in the store with some great juice.
It's a mighty fine time for Austrian wine. We all know our Gruner Veltliner, the beloved "green" wine, but how many of you out there have had Zweigelt? Alright, alright, alright. We got a hip crowd out there.
When we think Austria, we almost immediately think of the Sound of Music, you know, Edelweiss, singing childen, a naval captain whose nowhere near water, a few brown paper packages tied up with string.?
Well we wouldn't be surprised if Julie Andrews called sparkling Zweigelt Rose as one of her favorite things, it's certainly one of ours.
Also featured will be other other favorite good weather type of wine, liters! Brittany will be pouring the Paul D. Gruner and Zweigelt liters, in addition to the Meinklang Sparkling Zweigelt and Meinklang's special Burgenland Red.
Fresh, fun, and with just the right amount of zing, Austria is helping us put the zing in Spring.
Join us from 5-7.
I Clivi with Giannoni Selections
Join our good wine friend Andrea through a selection of small Italian wine producers. Everything in the Giannoni portfolio is biodynamic and sustainable and, of course, super tasty.
This time around, Andrea's bringing along the fantastic wines of I Clivi
We pride ourselves on our Italian wine selection, and we were floored when we tried I Clivi for the first time. It's been a standard on our shelves ever since, and we're featuring four of their spectacular wines for our tasting, Ribolla Giala, Friulano, RBL, and Galea Rosso.
I Clivi finds its home in Friuli in the commune of Corno di Rosazzo, nestled into the northeast of Italy, about five kilometers from the Slovenian border. Led by two brothers,Ferdinando and Mario Zanusso, I Clivi tends to twelve hectares of old vines witha focus on indigenous varietals as well as the French Merlot, which made its way to the region over one hundred years ago.
Here, I Clivi, which takes its name from the slopes that dot the Friuli region, focuses on natural expression of their wines-- no new oak is ever used in the aging of the wines, only stainless steel vats- so that the clearest expression of the wine can shine through.
Ribolla Gialla is native to the Colli Orientali region of Italy, and neighboring Slovenia where it's called Rebula. Known for its rich structure and bracing acidity, this Ribolla Gialla sees 6 months on the lees, lending extra texture to the notes of apricot and tangerine.
Friulano is the other indigenous grape that is highly regarded in the Colli Orientali region, with more herbal undertones and notes of almonds on the finish. The I Clivi Friulano also sees 6 months on the lees, giving the wine a more fleshy fruit sensation.
The Galea Rosso, while made with the non-indigenous Merlot, is sourced from single vineyards that Ferdinando and Mario affectionately designate as Crus. Galea is one such vineyard, and the Merlot vines here go back about 70 years. The wine is certified organic, and sees about 10 months of aging in used oak barrels.
RBL wasn't the first wine we fell in love with (that honor falls on the Friulano), but it's sure a Bacco's store favorite now. Done in the "Brut Nature" style, there is only 1.6g/liter of sugar, but the wine is nevertheless marked by a nice body with fresh citrus.
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We can't tell you what living next to an active volcano for hundreds of years does to the human psyche, but we can tell you its a boon for the soil. We'll be tasting through wines of Sicily with Tim from Hangtime Wholesale Wine Company.
Tim will be pouring wines from three fantastic Sicilian producers: Gulfi, Pianogrillo, and I Custodi. All of these producers focus on natural wine making, and practice organic methods.
Some 77 kilometers west of the ancient city of Syracuse is where you'll find Pianogrillo, a fully organic certified producer whose wines will make up the majority of the tasting quartet. We'll be pouring their fresh Grillo and Curva Minore.
Grillo was once exclusively used for the production of Marsala, and is a crossing of the Catarratto and Moscato di Alessandria grapes that almost died out in the 1960s. Pianogrillo's Grillo has a superb salinity to it, making it a perfect accompaniment to your next dinner.
Curva Minore is a representative blend of Sicily's two most famous red varietals outside of Etna, Frappato and Nero d'Avola Notes of violet on the nose, and extremely well integrated tannins make this wine stand out, especially given Nero D'Avola's reputation for immensely dark fruit and notes of tobacco and pitch.
Just some 4 kilometers up the road from Pianogrillo is where we find Gulfi, and their Cerasuolo di Vittoria, a 100% Nero D"Avola vinified in a style similar to rosé. We think that Nero d'Avola is a fascinating grape, and when done well, it's up there with some of our favorite Italian varietals.
And then there is I Custodi's Ante (Enta spelled backwards) a white blend made up of varietals cultivated from the slopes of Etna itself. Largely Carricante, this Etna Bianco is bracing, with an elegant structure that underlies the richness of the volcanic soil.
Fitting of the largest island in the Mediterranean, we've opted for a tasting that exemplifies that island culture, even if not everything comes from Sicily directly. We're featuring Berkswell, a raw sheep's milk cheese that was drained in colanders, giving it a distinct UFO shape. Fragrant of richly roasted nuts, we feel this works perfectly with the Duck Rillettes from Rougie, and Castelvetrano Olives, which are indeed from Castelvetrano, Sicily. There will be a couple of other surprises, as always.
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We've decided to feature the other side of American wine, with apologies to Virginia. After all, good American wine doesn't have to come from California anymore. To that end, we're featuring both East and West Coast, with New York, Maryland, and Washington all getting their due
That's right, we did say Maryland. While doing the arduous job of tasting wine, we came across this spectacular Pét-Nat Pinot Gris from Old Westminster Winery. They started with the germ of an idea to reinvigorate their farm land in 2009 with the addition of grape vines, and by 2011 they were planting their first grape vines and were bottling the results just two years later in 2013.
What is “pét-nat”? It's the shorthand for pétillant-naturel, which has its humble beginnings before the introduction of the Champagne method, where secondary fermentation (where the bottles get their bubble) takes place inside the bottle is done without the addition of sugar. There's some confusion over whether pet-nats use yeast, but you can't have a sparkling wine without yeast. What pétillant-naturel requires is no commercial yeast, but only native, indigenous yeasts found in their cellars.
We're also super pumped to have Anthony Road, a winery located in Penn Yan, New York right on the shores of the Seneca Lake. Cabernet Franc and Riesling have flourished in the Finger Lakes, thanks to the relatively stable cool climate that is found there. It's no surprise then, that Austrian and German varietals fit right in. We're pouring a super fun blend of Cabernet Franc and Lemberger, as well as a Finger Lake classic, semi-dry Riesling.
Not to be outdone, we have two wines from Maison Bleue, their 2012 Metis and the 2012 Bourgeois. Located in Washington's Walla Walla Valley, which is part of Washington's larger (and more well-known) Columbia Valley, these two beautiful reds take their cues from Rhone style wines. The Metis is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre, while the Bourgeois is a singular expression of Grenache.
The ever tremendous Harbison from Jasper Hill will be part of our feature plate, along with its Vermont counterpart (and bloomy-rind approved)Blake Hill Raspberry Mostarda, Spiced Almonds from Treat Handmade out of Milwaukee, and Iowa's own La Quercia Prosciutto Americano. An All-American Plate.
Probably just David Bowie's "Young Americans" on repeat.