Brand: Vrac translates to “bulk” or “loose”, whilst ‘En Vrac’ translates to “bring your own bottle”. These phrases refer to the French practice of locals filling their own vessels with wine directly from the winery’s tanks. The producer intended to reflect that custom with VRAC, and crafted a simple, French countryside jug-style wine.
Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards in the Pays des Maures and the Pays de la Mediterranée, in the heart of Provence, southeastern France. “The juice is bled from the macerating fruit (“saignée” in French) at the perfect moment to optimize the color and flavor from the skins, and is left to ferment in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures for a long, cool fermentation.”
Tasting Notes: Pale coral-pink in colour with summery aromas of strawberry, raspberry and clean minerals. Tasting similar to the aromas, light and airy strawberry and raspberry along with a quick shake of white pepper harmonize with a tangy acidity. Clean minerality and a hint of citrus comprise the dry, zippy finish. Friendly and gluggable, easy to pair with summer dishes, consistently one of my fave “drink all summer” Rosés.
60% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 10% Tibouren
Vin de Pays de Mediterranée IGP
Bottled by Sas Savatier Selection
$9 or $20 3L box [4 bottles]
Estate: The Tasca d’Almerita family of estates consists of the Regaleali, Capofaro, and Whitaker estates. The Tasca family has farmed the Regaleali estate since 1837. Today the 8th generation of the family, Count Lucio Tasca, oversees all of the nearly 600 hectares of vineyards along with his sons, Giuseppe and Alberto. The family is committed to sustainability; they are behind the ‘SOStain’ programme, an organization that guides companies towards increasing their sustainability. The name of the wine reflects the “thousands of roses, brought in from all over the world”, that flourish throughout the Regaleali estate.
Philosophy: Passionate about eco-sustainability, the Regaleali estate is nearly completely self-sufficient; all of their food is grown on the estate and they are working toward a carbon neutral rating. Their goal of achieving eco-sustainability “is a self-regulated, pro-active scheme to reach our goals through positive actions both in the short term and in the mid-to-long term” that they achieve using “science, technology and organization”.
Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from the Santa Rosa vineyard at the Regaleali estate from vines planted in 1986. “Fermented in stainless steel tanks and partially macerated with the skins of Nero D’Avola.” Aged for 3 months in stainless steel tanks.
Tasting Notes: Copper pink in colour with aromas of strawberry, cherry and clean minerals. Tasting similar to the aromas, with red fruits and minerals culminating in citrus zest notes on the dry finish. Fresh and fruity with a zippy finish, this is a gluggable Rosé to enjoy all summer long.
100% Nerello Mascalese
Terre Siciliane IGT
Bottled by Conte Tasca d’Almerita SOC. AGR. a R.L.
Estate: Founded in 1812 by André Michel Pierlot, Laurent-Perrier is famously located at the center of 3 renowned Champagne vineyards: the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs. André Michel Pierlot was succeeded by his son who did not have any children. He left the estate to his cellar master, Eugène Laurent. Mathilde Emilie Perrier, Eugène Laurent’s widow, created the name Laurent-Perrier when she took over and expanded the business upon Eugène’s death. Her daughter was forced to sell the estate due to the economic crises of the Wars; it was purchased by to Marie-Louise Lanson de Nonancourt in 1939. Bernard de Nonancourt, her son, dedicated his life to the estate, transforming the small Champagne house into the acclaimed global brand it is today. After his death in 2010, his daughters, Alexandra Pereyre de Nonancourt and Stéphanie Meneux de Nonancourt continue on in his footsteps.
Philosophy: “Passion, creative boldness, free spirit and elegance through simplicity are the founding values of the House.”
Winemaking: “One of the few rosés still made by the saignée method. Held in an elegant bottle inspired by King Henri IV, it has been widely acknowledged for its consistent high quality for more that 40 years.” It is known as the most iconic rosé Champagne in the world.
Tasting Notes: Coral-pink in colour with aromas of fresh berries, honey on toast and clean minerals. Densely packed, fine bubbles buoy raspberry, strawberry and rose petal notes, whilst a chalky minerality highlights the dry, crisp finish. Fantastically effortless to drink, you will savour each elegant and well-balanced dry, fruity fizzy sip.
100% Pinot Noir
Estate: Located in Lugana, just south of Lake Garda in northern Italy, the Olivini estate is headed by siblings Giorgio, Giordana and Giovanni. They inherited their passion for the land and winemaking from their grandparents.
Philosophy: “Absolute respect for the inherent characteristics of the grapes, choosing the most appropriate methods of vinification with preparation of detailed plans for every single vine.”
* Chiaretto is the regional name for rosato wines in Lugana. The name translates to “little light one” and refers “to the pleasing color and lighter body” of the wines.
Tasting Notes: Pink-coral in colour with abundant aromas of candied rose, cherry, honeysuckle and hints of mint. Cherry, strawberry and candied flowers harmonize with minerals and savory rosemary on the dry finish. A spectacular balance between sweet fruit flavours and bright acidity, so lively and engaging each glass will empty rather swiftly.
Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Cold antipasti or creamy cheeses.
Blend of Groppello, Marzemino, Sangiovese and Barbera
Garda Classico Chiaretto DOC
Produced by Soc. Agricola Olivini
Estate: Jean-Baptiste de Clock preserves and continues on with his family’s winemaking traditions that began all the way back in 1679. Domaine Font-Mars is located in the Languedoc region of southern France. The limestone clay soils of the vineyards are known for their fossilized dinosaur eggs: “The dinosaurs, did not set on their eggs, but hid them in river-banks, and incubated them in heaps of fermenting vegetation, which gave off the required heat. It is in respect to this touching past, that we name property of FONT-MARS, the soil of dinosaurs.”
Winemaking: The 55 hectares of vineyards are sustainably farmed. The Syrah grapes are grown in vineyards with clay and chalk soils.
Tasting Notes: Super pale coral in colour with aromas of pink grapefruit and chalky minerals. Straightforward and pure with tart, wild raspberry and chalky minerals melding into a cleansing grapefruit finish. An edgy, tart gal that makes your mouth pucker.
Pays d’Oc IGP
Bottled by GFA Font-Mars
Enjoy now thru 2017