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Dec 2018 - Wine Club Highlights

The Wine Club for Enlightened Drinking

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A blend of Loureiro, Godello, Trejadura and Albariño

Organic Angeleno Wine Company is an urban winery based in Los Angeles focused on wines from LA County grapes. For LA locals, it's a very exciting project! (In fact, they are the first urban winery to open in Los Angeles in over one hundred years, which is very exciting indeed! You can read more about this phenomenon in the LA Times ). Inspired by the crisp, refreshing whites of Gallicia, Spain, this is a blend of obscure varietals native to Gallicia but grown right here in LA County: Loureiro, Godello, Trejadura and Albariño. Farmed organically, fermented with native yeast and produced with minimal intervention, this shows peachy notes with citrus undertones and mouthwatering acidity. It's a perfect match for many foods, from the Mediterranean to south of the border, and is excellent with seafood.  Club price: 17.99 2017 LES APHILLANTHES COTES DU RHONE ROSE, RHONE VALLEY, FRANCE 50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 7% Mourvèdre, 3% Counoise Certified Organic/Certified Biodynamic Located northwest of Gigondas in the Southern Rhone, Domain Les Aphillanthes is a Biodivin-Certified Biodynamic and Ecocert-Certified organic estate that produces consistently terrific wines and is regarded by many as one of the best producers in the region.  This rose a blend of Grenache with Cinsault, Mourevedre and Counoise from vineyards dominated by the famous large stone pebbles that cover the region's clay-limestone soils. All the farming is done by hand with no machines or synthetic chemicals, the vineyards are plowed by horse. Fermented with native yeast, this delightful rose displays subtle raspberry, strawberry, rose and spice aromas and flavors, with wonderful freshness and lift. Recommended with grilled foods, roast chicken, vegetable dishes, and on its own. Club price: 14.39 2017 MOULIN DE GASSAC "GUILHEM" VIN DE PAYS D'HERAULT ROUGE LANGUEDOC, FRANCE 40% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 30% Carignan Organic This is the second label of Mas de Daumas Gassac, pioneering Languedoc producers. The vineyards are planted to Jurassic limestone slopes; arid and dry. A blend of 40% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 30% Carignan, the varietals are co-fermented together and the wine is aged six to seven months in stainless steel tank, yielding a complex red with blackberry and raspberry aromas and flavors accented savory herbs and cracked pepper. Pairs with just about anything and drinks great for a $10 wine – perfect for parties! Club price: 10.79 2017 LE BERGEY BORDEAUX ROUGE, FRANCE Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Organic/Biodynamic Le Bergey is the entry level label of Château L'Escart, located in the village of Saint-Loubès in Bordeaux, France. The Laurent family has been making wine for decades from their family estate.The believe that great wines start with great soil, and were an early adapter of Biodynamic viticulture and winemaking. This comes from their estate vineyards and is vinified traditionally, without the use of chemicals. Currant, cassis and mineral aromas and flavors lead to a medium bodied palate with fine tannins and nice length. At once elegant and drinkable. Club price: 12.59 2015 FORADORI TEROLDAGO VIGNETI DELLE DOLOMITI, TRENTINO ALTO-ADIGE, ITALY. 100% Teroldego. Organic/Biodynamic It is impossible to mention "Teroldego" and "great" today in the same sentence without mentioning Elisabetta Foradori. Teroldego is a red wine grape found primarily in the Trentino region of northern Italy. It had fallen victim to industrial planting and production in 20th century, but when Elisabetta inherited her father's estate in 1985, she made it her life's work to restore the Teroldego grape and the reputation of its wines to greatness. She spent the next four decades doing just this - researching, replanting and revitalizing; restoring genetic diversity to the vineyards and healing the soils through organic and Biodynamic viticultural practices. She succeeded...and sparked a revolution in the process. Not only is she considered one of the great winemakers in Italy today, she is also recognized as one of the pioneers of the global natural wine movement. In her capable hands, Teroldego comes alive, expressing a wide spectrum of aromas and flavors balanced by naturally high acidity. Brilliant red and black fruits intermix with earth and spice for a wine that begs for a rich, wintry meal. Club price: 25.19 2016 SOLMINER "NEBULLITE" SANTA YNEZ VALLEY SPARKLING RED WINE, SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA 100% Blaufränkisch Organic/Biodynamic Solminer is a small, husband and wife team wine grower-producer in Los Olivos, California, specializing in organic and Biodynamic wines from Austrian varietals. Unlike just about anything produced in California, this distinctive sparkling red wine is composed of 100% Blaufrankisch grown on the family's estate deLanda vineyard, which they farm Biodynamically by hand and will be Demeter Certified Biodynamic next year. Typically grown in the Austrian region of Burgenland near the Hungarian border, Blaufrankisch (German for "Blue Frankish" or blue, French-like grape) is beloved for its crunchy fruit and easy-drinking, food-friendly character. Though it is widely planted in Austria, U.S. plantings are very rare, and Biodynamically-farmed plantings rarer still! Fermented with native yeast, this red sparkler is bone dry with zero residual sugar. It offers a medley of blueberry, pomegranate and floral aromas and flavors with hints of spice and earth. Bright acidity keeps it balanced, with just a whisper of tannin giving dimension to the wine. Recommended with grilled veggies and various rustic chicken and meat dishes as well as those with exotic seasoning like lamb tagine or beef curry. Serve chilled and enjoy! Club price: 35.99

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