Lammidia Rosato 2016

Winery: Lammidia [meaning an envy or bad eye in the Abruzzese dialect], was founded by childhood friends Marco Giuliani and David Dear. The winery is in Villa Celiera, a small village at 714 meters above sea level in the Abruzzo region of Italy. The 3 hectares of vines consist of Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Pecorino and Pinot Noir. Dedicated to organic and biodynamic methods, the duo is constantly experimenting and learning. “Study, comparison with other winemakers, tests, experiments, errors (many), synthesized by self-criticism and common sense, have led us to current results and a path of continuous improvement.” They have designed and built specific concrete containers for use in different processes of winemaking. In the cellar, they work with terracotta amphorae, along with steel and fiberglass containers.

Philosophy: Their slogan is: Uva e basta [100% Grape]. “In all transformation processes, from the earth, to the plant, to the grape, to the wine, we try to intervene as little as possible, preserving the natural evolution of nature.”

Winemaking: Organic and biodynamic methods. Grapes were left in contact with the skin for 12 days. Fermented and refined in cement.

Tasting Notes: Red with amber highlights in colour, with mercurial aromas of candied orange, fried sage, strawberry and Brothers Johnson funk. Wild strawberry, pomegranate and sour cherry are framed by good acidity and accented by a dry, savoury finish. Not your traditional rosé, each engaging, unique sip keeps you reaching for more.

100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Italy
Produced & Bottled by PE 5224 Villa Celiera
10.8% Alcohol
$26
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La Collina ‘Lunaris Secco’ Malvasia dell’Emilia IGT 2016

Winery: Located in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, Cooperative Agricola La Collina was founded in 1975 by 12 passionate young men “with ambitious visions aimed for something entirely new”. Organic and biodynamic principles have always been strictly followed throughout the entire farm. [including free-range animals, grains and vegetables; that they have a shop where they sell their produce, wines, honeys, breads, cheese and other products they make.] Enea Burani, one of the founders who leads the cooperative is renowned for his work with biodynamics in the region, along with his humanitarian accomplishments.

Winemaking: Certified organic and biodynamic. Grapes are from vines planted in 1984, in limestone and sand soil. Fermented in stainless steel with natural yeasts. One of the winery’s best sellers, ‘Lunaris Secco’ is their “answer to the cheap prosecco’s that are made industrially and are without taste and character!”

Tasting Notes: Gold in colour with aromas of orange blossom, apple and a hint of buttery brioche. Lively and fresh, with red apple, toast, and peppy bubbles. Honey and a squeeze of lemon on the dry, fruity finish. Crisp and easy drinking, yet with a creamy undercurrent, this is fantastic on its own or with unique flavours. [It was fantastic with an assortment of Italian cheeses.]

100% Malvasia di Candia
Emilia IGT
Italy
Estate Bottled by I.C.R.F 2165/RE IT
11% Alcohol
$19 [average price]
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Love the crystalline sediment!

Lammidia ‘Frekt’ Vino Bianco IGT 2016

Winery: Lammidia [meaning an envy or bad eye in the Abruzzese dialect], was founded by childhood friends Marco Giuliani and David Dear. The winery is in Villa Celiera, a small village at 714 meters above sea level in the Abruzzo region of Italy. The 3 hectares of vines consist of Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Pecorino and Pinot Noir. Dedicated to organic and biodynamic methods, the duo is constantly experimenting and learning. “Study, comparison with other winemakers, tests, experiments, errors (many), synthesized by self-criticism and common sense, have led us to current results and a path of continuous improvement.” They have designed and built specific concrete containers for use in different processes of winemaking. In the cellar, they work with terracotta amphorae, along with steel and fiberglass containers.

Philosophy: Their motto is: Uva e basta [100% Grape]. “In all transformation processes, from the earth, to the plant, to the grape, to the wine, we try to intervene as little as possible, preserving the natural evolution of nature.”

Winemaking: Organic and biodynamic methods. Grapes were left in contact with the skins for a week, then aged in 15 qt cement barrels. Unfiltered.

Tasting Notes: Amber/tangerine in colour with engaging aromas of grilled lemon, sweet summer hay, wildflowers, ginger and a nip of funk. Citrus driven, with lemon, orange blossom, a trace of bergamot topped with sea salt and a drizzle of honey. Bright acidity glosses ginger, lemon and touch of candied orange on the delightful finish. Unique and engaging, this is a lush, captivating sip.

100% Pecorino d’Abruzzo
Italy
Produced and Bottled by PE 5224 Villa Celiera
12% Alcohol
$26
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Domaine Dupeuble Père et Fils Beaujolais Nouveau 2017

Estate: Domaine Dupeuble is in the southern part of the Beaujolais region of eastern France. The estate has been making wine nearly continuously since 1512, and throughout that lengthy history, the name has only changed three times. The most recent name change was in 1919 when estate heiress Anna Asmaquer married Jules Dupeuble. Today their grandson Damien, along with his wife, brothers and their children, run the estate. Over the years, the family has incrementally been able to increase their property holdings, currently the estate consists of 100 hectares, 40% of which are vineyards. Their wines are renowned for their combination of high quality and reasonable price.

Winemaking: The family are committed to lutte raisonnée cultivation methods and therefore do not use any chemicals or synthetic products in the vineyards or during production. Grapes are harvested by hand and vinified without the use of sulphur, “wines are not chaptalized, filtered, or degassed and only natural yeasts are used for the fermentation”. Grapes for the Beaujolais Nouveau were sourced from vines 50-100 years old in a mixture of granite, clay and limestone soil. Fermented naturally (carbonic maceration) and aged in stainless steel, bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Notes: Transparent red violet in colour with aromas of black cherry, blueberry and a hint of violet. Fresh cherry, blueberry and raspberry are framed by bright acidity. A trace of forest floor and an overall elegant softness add to the delightful, lovely character. Finishing dry and fruity. Lovely on its own, easy to pair with a wide variety of dishes.

100% Gamay
Beaujolais Nouveau
France
Mis en Bouteille à la Propriété [Estate Bottled]
13% Alcohol
$12
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Francesco Cirelli Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC 2015

Estate: Pioneering winemaker and “rising star” of Abuzzo, Francesco Cirelli farms 22 hectares of certified organic land in the sandy hills of Colline Teramane near the village of Atri, 8kms from the Adriatic Sea. In addition to the vines, the estate includes olive trees, fig trees, garlic, spelt, wheat, barley, figs and geese, all farmed using organic, sustainable and biodynamic methods.

An innovator amongst clay amphora ageing, Cirelli designed his own amphora and had them custom built in Tuscany. The amphora “have special stainless steel seals on the top of them that assist in preventing oxidation and allow his wines to remain fresh and vibrant” yet still able to benefit from the neutral vinification clay amphora are renowned for.

Philosophy: “Producing artisan wines reflecting the terroir and the emotions of the artisan.”

Winemaking: Indigenous yeast fermentation of hand-harvested grapes. No fining, filtering or added sulphites. Vegan friendly.

Tasting Notes: Deep gold in colour with aromas of lemon, chalk minerals and a trace of nuts. Lemon, pear, apple, honey and warm summer earth are framed by bright acidity and a nutty finish. Soft, round and smooth, your glass will empty rather swiftly.

100% Trebbiano
Trebbiano d’Abruzzo
Italy
Estate Bottled by Francesco Cirelli az. Agri.
13% Alcohol
$28
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