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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Ptujska Klet Pullus Pinot Grigio 2015

Winery: One of the largest and oldest cellars in Slovenia, Ptujska Klet is located in the steep, winegrowing hills surrounding the city of Ptu. The oldest town in Slovenia, winemaking dates back to at least 69 AD when it was the Roman town of Poetovio.

Philosophy: “We believe in our wines. We believe in Pullus. We know why :)”

Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from vineyards with layered gravel, clay and marl soil. An orange wine, with the white grapes being produced as if they were red, with maceration of crushed skins and seeds. Macerated for 72 hours with the skins, partial lees and aging with 10% neutral oak aging.

Tasting Notes: Pale copper in colour, highly aromatic with peach, melon, minerals and a touch of citrus. Lush peach, apricot and melon flavours in the nearly medium body culminate in a smooth dry finish, pink grapefruit and white pepper linger between each sip. Not your typical Pinot Grigio, this is lovely on its own or able to stand up to a wide variety of dishes.

Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Perfect for pasta, white meat and young cheeses.

100% Pinot Grigio
Štajerska
Slovenia
Produced and Bottled by Ptujska Klet
13% Alcohol
$14
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