Alex Villani on the Blue Moon

The Return of Blue Moon Fish, 2017!

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We're very happy that our friend Alex Villani of Blue Moon Fish has recovered from some health issues last fall and is back on the water! His boat, the Blue Moon, operates out of the Mattituck Inlet in Eastern Long Island and since 1988 he has been truckng his fish into the city, first to the Tribeca Greenmarket and then to Grand Army Plaza and Union Square. Not only does he sell the freshest fish in New York, but his prices are reasonable and his gruff good humor is an attribute as well. (Favorite story: A suspicous first-time customer asked Alex "How do I know this fish is fresh?" Alex answered, deadpan, "Fresh? Hell these are last week's fish, we just truck 'em back in." The assembled customers, knowing his fish to be impeccable, had a good laugh.) After a winter like this one, the return of Captain Alex is a true sign of Spring and a cause for joyous celebration - or at least a special bottle of fish-friendly wine. Our staff, all Blue Moon customers, have offered some of their favorite wine pairings for Alex's fish and a few recipes as well. We hope you will try a few, and here's the Blue Moon schedule (hopefully Mattituck Inlet has thawed out!): Saturday: Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn & Tribeca Greenmarket: Wednesday; Union Square. Hours approximately 8am till 2pm. 

Fillets: Bluefish (April - Nov.) Blackfish (March - Dec.) Codfish (Nov. - April) Flounder (all year) Fluke (all year) Herring (Nov. - April) Mackerel (Boston: Nov - May, Spanish: July - Sept.) Mahi Mahi (June - Sept.) Mako shark (June - Nov.) Monkfish (Sept. - May) Scallops (all year) Scrod (all year) Shad (March - April) Shark (dogfish) (June - Oct.) Skate (all year) Squid (all year) Striped Bass (July 1 - Dec. 15) Swordfish (June - Nov.) Tilefish (July - Sept.) Triggerfish (July - Sept.) Tuna (June - Nov.) Weakfish (sea trout) (April - Nov.).  Also: Clams, Conch, Lobster, Mussels, Oysters, Whole fish (wide selection) smoked and pickled fish, flounder roe.

Marc Ollivier of Domaine de la Pepiere with Alex

Minimus NV Experiment #17 48 Months Sparkling

Chad Stock's inspiration to make sparkling wine was Brut Nature Cava with long lees aging - a worthy fascination that should inform more new-world sparkling wine production! He has now released Experiment #17  (the same base wine as Experiment #10, disgorged after 24 months on the lees) this time disgorged after 48 months on the lees. Elegance and complexity are not guaranteed to increase with longer lees aging, but in this case the extra two years contributed great length and layers, harnessing the autolytic grit and glamour of our favorite long-aged Cavas. Creamy aromas of almond cake, agrumes, lavender honey, orange blossom, and yellow apple; the palate is dry, textured, long, and lovely, with gentle bubbles permeating the palate of yellow peach, Asian pear, meadow flowers and tea leaves, with gentle yeasty notes of bee pollen, chamomile, almond, brine, and a hint of bitter earth. This is dreamy wine, with enough breadth and complexity to compliment Captain Alex's smoked bluefish, shredded and tossed with herbs, lemon, and great olive oil, or a brunch of sliced smoked tuna with scrambled eggs. Ariana Rolich

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
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  • $32.99

Filipa Pato NV Bairrada Brut Rose "3B"

Bairrada, with its cooler maritime climate, has a long history of producing fresh and distinctive sparkling wines of quality from the native grapes of the region. Filipa Pato admirably keeps the tradition alive with her delicious and unpretentious brut rosé made from a blend of Bairrada’s signature noble red variety Baga and the tangy high acid white grape, Bical. Spicy and zesty with notes of bright citrus and red berries, this is a great (and affordable!) pairing for baked fish with paprika and Iberian olive oil or smoked fish brunch.

  • rosé
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2015 Jasnières Sec

100% Chenin Blanc, from 10 - 25 year-old vines on a slope of clay/silex soils on limestone, certified organic. Slow pressing of whole clusters; long fermentations, most in 4 to 6 year-old barriques, the younger vines in cuve inox; elevage in 6 year-old barrels. The Roche Bleue 2015 Jasnières shows pale bronze color with beautiful aromas of pear, lime-flower and peach with hints of stone, anise and citrus peel. The palate reveals almond, pear, stone and chalky minerals that continue in the very long, tart, very mineral finish. This is a crystalline, complex Jasnières that will benefit from decanting and should age well for ten to fifteen years. Serve now with shellfish, grilled fish, roast chicken and goat cheeses. Lovely wine! DL

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Rhys 2014 Anderson Valley Chardonnay

This Chardonnay comes from younger vines in Rhys' Anderson Valley Bearwallow Vineyard, and aged for 14 months in 20% new French oak barrels. Like a riper Chablis, there are notes of zesty lemon, white nectarine, and just-ripe peach. On the palate, lemon juice, lemon pith, and saline flavors with bright acidity and a tight mineral core.A perfect introduction to Rhys' stunning Chardonnays. Jonas Mendoza

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

La Bettigna 2015 Colli di Luni Vermentino

Bettigna Vermentino is a classic example of the grape from a region known for Vermentino (or is it known for Pigato?): the Colli di Luni straddling the border of Liguria and Tuscany. Fairly deep and golden in the glass, the nose is dense with ripe stone fruit and golden apples with subtle notes of honeysuckle and thyme and a whiff of zesty citrus.  Medium weight on the palate with real focus, the acidity and mineral tones of the wine make the fruit seem leaner but in a refreshing way with a saline and slightly bitter finish.  Fairly bracing by itself, the wine shines with food; it would suit flounder simply fried, skate with pesto, or any delicate fish quite well.  Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

La Stoppa 2012 IGT Emilia Ageno

La Stoppa’s Ageno cuveé is named for the original founder of the estate, Giancarlo Ageno, who planted the first vines here in the 19th century.  Those cuttings, originally all french varieties, have since been replaced by varieties indigenous to the region in a process that also saw the estate convert to organic agriculture beginning in the 1990s. While certainly not made with the french varieties planted 100 years ago, the Ageno Bianco is a stunning wine.  Primarily Malavasia di Candia Aromatica blended with Ortrugo and some Trebbiano, the wine is macerated for 30 days on the skins, rested for a year in a mix of stainless steel and old barrels followed by two years in bottle. The color is striking, showing deeply bronze and slightly turbid with some sediment, but still quite vibrant. The nose is, as you might expect from a grape called Aromatica, intense with deep ripe Cara Cara oranges, layers of baking spice and mid-bloom apple blossom with hints of honeycomb.  The palate is dense, and there is a nice balance of fine-grained tannin with refreshing acidity.  The wine is bone dry but not austere or astringent with very ripe citrus fruits, juicy yellow peaches and a long finish. Recently enjoyed with shrimp scampi, this wine would pair well with rich but not oily fish: think scallops seared in butter, monkfish torchon, or squid. Serve very slightly chilled and enjoy.  Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Suenen 2013 Base Champagne Oiry Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut

The 2013 vintage is the inaugural release of Aurelien Suenen's Grand Cru Oiry Blanc de Blancs. Wines from the village of Oiry are typically sold under the Cramant designation (we haven't been able to find another Champagne with this single village designation, as yet), so this is a fine opportunity to taste Oiry's distinctive, chalky terroir. Aurelien's parcels contain some very old Chardonnay vines which make for some pungently mineral, stony wines. The vins clairs are fermented partially in barrel, spend nine months on the lees, and are bottled with 1 g/l dosage. The 2013 is brisk,  briny, and fresh on the nose with aromas of citrus peel, quinine, and chalk dominating. The palate is chiseled, taut and very dry with racy acidity and an energetic driving finish. Suenen continues to grow with each vintage and this new line up of village designated Champagnes are particularly exciting. The 2013 is especially suited to seafood dishes such as fluke crudo, where the bright acidity sets off the sweetness of the fish, or as a bright foil to pan-roasted monkfish, or skate with brown butter and lemon. John McIlwain

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  • white sparkling
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Broc Cellars 2016 Central Coast Sparkling Chenin Blanc

Whole cluster pressed in stainless steel with four months in bottle before release, disgorged by hand with no dosage, this exciting pale straw chenin is yeasty and unfiltered, with a hint of chenin’s classic dry honey crystal character on the nose and great, drying acidity on the palate. Notes of chalk from the calcareous fossils that underlie the sandy topsoil in Shell Creek vineyard move through to a fine hint of spearmint on the finish. Great for a honey-glazed chicken or tagine with mint, or just relaxing with friends in a sweater on some rooftop on an autumn afternoon. Drew Farquhar

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  • white sparkling
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  • $31.99

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2014 Saar Herrenberg Riesling Sekt Brut

Made with grapes from a section of the Herrenberg, with more than 12 months spent on the lees in bottle, this Sekt is just asking to be popped for any occasion (A birthday! A Tuesday! Apéro!). Crisp and flinty, but also leesy on the nose, the palate is fresh and lively, with stone fruit, young ginger, fennel bulb, and a brisk minerality. Pair with a fried oyster po'boy or crab cakes! Cari Bernard

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  • white sparkling
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Dominique Lucas (Vignes de Paradis) 2015 Haut-Savoie Un P'tit Coin de Paradis

An exciting new arrival from Dominique Lucas! Just outside the small village of Ballaisons, on slopes overlooking Lake Geneva (on the French side of the border they call it Lac Léman), Dominique farms 7.5 hectares of certified organic (practicing biodynamic) vines planted in rich yellow marl and granite soils with a limestone base, and some silex stones on the surface. P’tit Coin de Paradis comes from a small parcel of 25-year-old Chasselas vines planted lower on the slope closer to Dominique’s house (his vines are separated into 27 parcels of different soil composition). The wine is vinified using only native yeasts and is raised in a combination of concrete eggs and neutral demi-muid barrels. This vintage captures the essence of Chasselas with a precise bouquet of lemon zest, tropical fruit, and mountain wildflower. The palate is wonderfully textured, and perfectly balanced with beautiful tension between an intense minerality, bright fruit, and a bracing acidity. Blue Moon Fish at the TriBeCa farmer’s market makes some of the best smoked bluefish I’ve ever had (and has beautiful seafood in general), and I’m thinking this would be fantastic with a simple tartine of bluefish, cultured butter, fresh radish, and a parsley garnish. Tim Gagnon

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  • $27.99

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Luneau-Papin 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le "L" d'Or Granit Vallet

2015 is another very good vintage for the Luneau-Papin "L" d'Or, lacking the crunch of the 2014 perhaps, but still a very stylish Muscadet for current drinking and medium-term aging as well.  The wine shows complex aromas including pear, citrus and exotic fruit with anise and herbs. The palate is crystalline and long with stone and white fruits, really delicious, with a nice bit of crisp, bitter acidity in the finish. A good candidate for aging, this is Luneau-Papin's only cuvee on a granite subsoil (granit a deux micas) having a different character than the granite soils in Clisson or Chateau Thebaud. Vintages going back to 1989 of the L  d'Or are superb now, but this  very young 2015 would be perfect today with a filet of sole. DL      

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  • white
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Pépière 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Les Gras Moutons

 Gras Moutons is a great parcel on gneiss with clay and amphibolite stones, giving a rounder, more aromatic wine than Pepiere's granite terroirs. Tasted in February, the Gras Moutons sampled from vat showed beautifully, very bright and lively with herbal, white fruit and citrus flavors and very firm acidity with good length. We're happy to report that 2015 is an excellent vintage for Gras Moutons, showing lovely aromas of lemon, almond, lime-flower, pear and dried herbs. The palate is less expressive now, showing stone and saline minerals with white fruits and herbal flavors, quite ripe but balanced with firm acidity. This is a lovely and very versatile wine - serve with anything from oysters to chicken. Delicious now, it will improve over the next five to eight years. DL

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  • white
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Grandes Vignes 2012 Anjou Varenne de Combre

The 2012 Varenne de Combre is a totally dry and crystalline Chenin, with great precision and a long mineral finish (thanks to the Schist soils). I happened to have an Anjou blanc that reminded me exactly of this one with a salt crusted whole bass in Catalonia, Spain not too long ago (I brought a bottle with me to share with a winemaker friend), and it couldn't have been a more perfect pairing. The minerality and acidity provide the cut and freshness, and the density of the wine can stand up to the richness of the fish.  Eben Lillie

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  • white
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  • $23.99

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Lunotte (Christophe Foucher) 2014 Vin de France Rossignoux

Christophe Foucher makes brilliant natural wines on his 5 hectare estate, La Lunotte, in Couffy,  on the southern bank of the Cher River, near St. Aignan, just a short distance from our friends at Clos Roche Blanche. Christophe grows Sauvignon Blanc, Menu Pineau, Cabernet Franc, Cot and Gamay, farmed with strict organic methods and vinified without sulfites or other additives and bottled by hand, unfiltered.  The 2014 Rossignoux is a lovely natural Sauvignon that needs aeration for an hour or two before tasting. The wine is an opaque gold color and shows yellow fruit aromas with herbal and leafy notes, stone, pear and white pepper. The palate is rich and dense with peach, ripe pear, stone and earthy flavors that develop nicely with time open. Serve this unusual and delicious wine with monkfish, chicken with mushrooms, full-flavored cheeses... Highly recommended for lovers of natural wines. DL    

This natural wine has some personality and its pairing should be made accordingly. Pair this wine with fun fish dishes, such as fish curry, seared snapper with Thai sauce, shrimp and corn risotto, and lobster with rosemary cream. Caroline Coursant

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $14.99

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Billaud-Simon 2014 Chablis

Billaud-Simon's 2014 is a classically styled Chablis. White flowers, ground oyster shells, and sea spray on the nose. Flinty, mineral with salty and citrus notes on the precisely detailed, layered palate. This is a fine Chablis to grace the table. Give this a touch of air and enjoy with a plate of Belon oysters, or better still, skate wings with brown butter and capers. John McIlwain

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  • white
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  • $30.99

Petit Domaine de Gimios 2015 Vin de Table Muscat Sec des Roumanis

Anne-Marie Lavaysse farms this tiny estate in the Minervois in Biodynamie (certified Demeter) and uses no copper sulfate in the vines and no sulfur-dioxide in vinification. This is a wild and beautiful wine made from Muscat planted on a high plateau with rich limestone soils. Intoxicatingly pretty on the nose with bold floral notes mingling with musky tropical melon, waxy citrus peel, and salty pineapple stalk. Beautifully textured, citrus, white pepper, green herbs, and luscious mango linger on the tongue with ample acidity for balance. This would be the perfect aperitif, or would be great with rich, spicy fish dishes. Tim Gagnon

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
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  • $29.99

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Bow & Arrow 2015 Eola-Amity Chenaie Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 1.5 L

From a single clone, this barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc has notes of pear and peach candy, with ripe and rich orchard fruit flavors and dried herb undertones. For those expecting lean-and-mean, cookie-cutter Sauvignon Blanc, they're bound to be disappointed by this wine's aromatic complexity and rich, leesy texture. We ran out of them in 750ml, but brought some back in magnums. Jonas Mendoza  

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $54.99

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Harm 2015 Wachau Grüner Veltliner Fio

Maria and Andreas Harm have around ten hectares spread between Kremstal and Wachau, with their 500-year-old cellar located on the Kremstal side. Andreas had been an organic viticulture consultant to other estates across Austria and was vineyard manager for his family estate when he and Maria were offered the chance to lease some choice vineyard parcels on Kellerberg and Hollerin in 2010. This was their chance to branch out into their own projects, the cellar came later in 2014. A contrast to the neighboring plots in the region, the Harm vineyards are home to a bevy of plants, animals, and insects thriving together. The 'FIO' stands for four-in-one: Grüner Veltliner from vines aging 10-30 years, from four different vineyards. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel, with lees contact until bottling. Rich and spicy young ginger takes the forefront, with juicy apple and pear, white flowers and lemon zest. A sprightly Grüner to pair with crisp snap pea salads, steamed artichokes, fresh soft cheeses, grilled flaky fish. Cari Bernard

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  • white
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  • $19.99

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Albamar 2015 Rias Baixas Albariño

Xurxo Alba’s entry level cuvée is made from grapes sourced from multiple sites with mainly sandy soil. The fruit from each parcel is vinified separately (some in stainless steel, some in barrels) gaining structure and complexity of flavor from six months spent on the fine lees. This is Albariño the way we love it: crisp, mineral, saline, with great texture and a long finish. Ideal on its own or paired with salty snacks, or better yet, any and all crustaceans and shellfish.  Eben Lillie

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  • white
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  • $19.99

  • Low Sulfur

Riviere, Olivier 2014 Rioja Jequitiba White

Olivier Riviere, a Frenchman in Spain,  makes clear and elegant Rioja wines from organic and biodynamically farmed fruit, Jequitiba is his white Rioja, composed of Viura, Malvasia, and Garnacha Blanca from 35-70 year old vines. Taut and silky, with Burgundian flare (Riviere studied biodynamics at Domaine Leroy before moving to Spain), subtle aromas of green apple blossom and cut green herbs, and flavors of tart, creamy citrus, tree fruit, and cool mint. I pine for a glass of this wine with a simple yet luxurious meal of Blue Moon's flounder a la meunière, prepared with butter, lemon, capers, and parsley. Ariana Rolich.

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
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Vega de Tera 2014 Rueda Verdejo

Balance, purity, and affordability combine in Vega de Tera's organically farmed Verdejo, the great white grape of Spain's Rueda region. Heady aromas of yellow flowers, stone fruit, white pepper, and green herbs, followed by refreshing flavors of crisp apricot, orange oil, lemonade, florals, and a hint of salt. There is earthy, mineral depth and definition in Vega de Tera that is rarely found in Verdejo under $15 (it's also fermented with native yeasts - another rarity for Verdejo in this price range!). I'd love to serve this wine with seared mackerel, garnished with vegetable sprouts and lemon, served over jade rice with Verdejo pan sauce. Ariana Rolich

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  • white
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  • $11.99

  • Organic
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RuBor Viticultores 2015 Sierra de Gredos Cebreros Chass! Chasselas

Eric Asimov included Chass! in his Thanksgiving lineup this year, noting that he would serve it with a cheese course or for wine fanatics, but cautioned that it is not for a general crowd. Given that most Chambers Street customers fall safely into the fanatic category, we feel confident in this recommendation! A fresh and pretty entree into the world of RuBor Viticultores, our good friends Ruben Diaz and Orly Lumbreras, this is 100% Chasselas from two small plots of 70+ year-old vines on decomposed granite soils in Cebreros, the heart of the Sierra de Gredos. With 3-4 days of skin contact, then raised entirely in stainless steel with occasional batonnage, this is a new experience of Chasselas. Bright and salty, textured and expressive, with subtle stone fruit, white grapefruit pith, orange blossom, beeswax, and crunchy minerals, with a tickle of tannin from time on the skins. An irresistible choice for adventurous apéritifs, poultry, and seafood! Ariana Rolich

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
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Gonzalez Byass NV Jerez Fino Tio Pepe En Rama (2016 bottlin

The annual release of González Byass' Tío Pepe Fino En Rama sherry is an eagerly anticipated event here at Chambers Street. Bone-dry, bright and lemony, delicate and buttery, layered with flavors of creamy, slightly bitter yeasts, buttered nuts, golden bread crusts, and brine of the salty sea - "Pure Flor Juice!" in the words of winemaker and master blender, Antonio Flores - this is the most potent yet nuanced expression of En Rama to date. Pair with Blue Moon's rustic, salty oysters and crunchy fried fish. Ariana Rolich

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  • white flor fortified
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  • $29.99

Agnanum 2015 Campania Falanghina Sabbia Vulcanica

Agnanum refers to the volcanic crater Agnano where Rafaelle Moccia grows Falanghina planted in steep terraces in the  formidable area of Campi Flegrei. To our fortune, Rafaelle embraces the task and manages to preserve the 60-200 year old vines grown in the ancient ash of western Naples. Hand harvested then slowly fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel, no sulfur added at bottling. The result of his dedication, and perhaps the cooling winds from the Tyrrhenian Sea, is a wine that is surprisingly light on its feet. Golden straw in the glass, white flowers and citrus on the nose, flavors of smoked tropical fruit and sea salt are balanced by layers of  lingering minerality. Pair with small squid tossed with grated lemon zest, fried in olive oil, garlic then seasoned with black pepper and parsley for your next Symposium!  Amanda Bowman

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  • white
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  • $16.99

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Villa Venti 2014 Forli IGT Bianco Serenaro

Famoso di Cesena, a native grape of Romagna, was first documented in 1437 but had all but disappeared by the early 1900s. In 2000 two old rows of vines were spotted in Mercato Saraceno (Forlì) and the owner knew it was Famoso. Today the grape is being revived by a group of winemakers who are convinced that the unique features of this grape variety should not be lost. Davide and Mauro at Villa Venti are growing Famoso on red clay and Messinian-age sand. Serenaro is fermented in stainless steel and aged six months on the lees then matured four months in bottle. No added yeasts and minimal sulfur is added. The result is a very aromatic wine with floral/lavender notes and hints of dried fruit. On the palate, it’s refreshing with citrus peel and nice minerality. Perfect with fish, fresh cheese and all'ascolana (fried stuffed olives). Christine Manula 

Just last night we opened a bottle of Serenaro at home - it had been a while (and I'm not sure my wife had never tasted it) - and it was stunning. We had seconds, and thirds, and then the rest - not usually the pattern since my exuberant glugging is usually balance by my wife's more modest consumption, but she loved the wine. And it was incredible with the clams I'd bought from Alex at Blue Moon - it was great to see them back at the market! I made risotto - Vialone Nano rice (about 1.5 cups), 2 dozen steamed and chopped clams, one clove of garlic, 1/2 chopped red onion, a TON of chopped parsley, and about a cup of cooked sweet corn. I sauteed the garlic and onion in olive oil with some Espelette pepper (ground, that is) and used the broth from the clams stretched with vegetable stock. The whole thing took 30 minutes and with the Serenaro it was... I think the technical term is killer. Welcome back Captain Alex!  Jamie Wolff

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Mayragues 2015 Gaillac Braucol Rosé

100% Braucol from the Geddes family, who have been working biodynamically since 1999. My father and I tasted this and the dialogue went a bit like this: DL: "mmm.. tart rasberries, red currant, even some cranberry..."  EL: "Jolly Rancher!" DL: "Nope" (but when was the last time he had a watermelon Jolly Rancher?)  DL: "Well we can all agree it tastes and smells like roses." EL (nodding): "That's for sure." Now I've had the bottle open for several hours and the fruit is opening up a bit, showing even some strawberry notes on the palate. Dry it is, but mostly on the finish, which is particularly mineral and sharp, to me a perfect complement to the intense bright red fruit encountered in the attack. The folks at Mayragues waited on this wine, their 2015, which had a production of only 1,800 bottles, as they wanted it to be harmonious and balanced. We're glad they did. It's a lot of fun and complexity in a bottle for only $13.99!  This would be great with some fish on the grill. Maybe it's a bit early to be thinking about grilling, but we're ready! Eben Lillie

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  • rosé
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  • $13.99

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Arnot-Roberts 2016 Clear Lake Rosé

Arnot-Roberts is always one of the first roses to arrive from California and, as such, our favorite harbinger of Spring! A blend of Touriga Nacional, Tempranillo, and Grenache (from Lake County, Amador, and Russian River Valley, respectively), full of breezy tropical guava, and passion fruit, fresh grapefruit, orange pith, bright acidity, and a touch of salt. A fun rose to pour all summer, particularly next to sauteed squid with olives, garlic and orange zest. Ariana Rolich

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  • rosé
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Tajinaste 2015 Tenerife Rosado

Agustín García Farrais is the third generation grower and meticulous force behind Tajinaste, located on the Canary Island of Tenerife in the highlands of the DO Valle de La Orotava. For his rosado, Agustín  uses Listán Negro grown at 600m.  The elevation along with the constant Atlantic trade winds help to amplify freshness. The 2015 rosado is a stand out at an incredibly good value. Tantalizing aromas of tart blackberries, red cherries and ashy minerals leap from the glass and lead to persistent flavors of lush strawberries, crisp rhubarb and textured with flinty minerals. This rose drinks like a light red and would make an excellent match for flavorful grilled or smoked fish from Blue Moon. Amanda Bowman

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  • rosé
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  • $12.99

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Sara i René Viticultor 2014 Priorat Partida Pedrer Rosado

It is hard to overstate how awesome Sara Perez and Rene Barbier Jr. are at making rosé! We fell in love with their "clarete" for Venus La Universal, a blend of red and white grapes from the Montsant, co-fermented and aged in very old barrels. Now we have the pleasure of receiving their first rosé from the Priorat: Partida Pedrer Rosat. These are rosé wines to dine with and dream about, with ample depth and elegance to negate any concerns about 14% alcohol rosé. An unusual blend of Garnacha and Monastrell from a single vineyard, fermented for 6 months and aged in 10+ year-old barrels for  9 months. Aromas of watermelon, choke cherries, cinnamon, slate, and rose petals wash onto the palate of raspberry and dark, wild herbs, spicy rose, and soft, rosey cherry. Never has a big rose from a hot region tasted so long, mineral, and cooling. I would love this wine with a curried fish dish or hearty steamed clams with chorizo, chard, and pink peppercorns. Ariana Rolich

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  • rosé
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  • $41.99

  • Organic
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Matías i Torres 2015 La Palma Tinto Negramoll

La Palma native Victoria Torres makes this supple, minerally red wine with her family's large Roman press of Canarian pine that dates back to the 1800s. Her Negramoll vines come from vineyards in both the fertile north of La Palma island at very high altitudes (up to 1400 meters), and in the warmer, lower southern zones, which combine for an alluring, layered fruit profile. Volcanic aromas of bitter ashen soil and funky fruit skin, with dusty black cherry, damson plum, roses, and lots of volcanic earth and salty minerals drive the light/medium palate. In the Canary Islands, fresh red wines are frequently consumed alongside fresh grilled fish with herbs. This is highly recommended! Ariana Rolich

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  • red
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  • Low Sulfur

Vino di Anna 2015 Vino da Tavola Palmento (Etna)

A luminous, almost ethereal blend of indigenous Sicilian varieties from the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna.  Palmento is the term for the traditional wine cellars of the region, with stone troughs for crushing grapes by foot. Winemakers Anna Martens and Eric Narioo honor the old methods with a blend of organically farmed Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, and Alicante as well as the native white grapes of the island Minella, Catarratto, and Insolia. Everything is crushed by foot from old bush vines with no fining or filtration and minimal sulfur at bottling. The result is a rush of pure, vibrant fruit as soon as you pop the cork: raspberries, cranberries, hints of juicy meyer lemon tumble into a bracing snap of acidity. A whiff of tannin reminds you (just barely) that this is still a red wine. It is also a fabulous solution to the "red wine with fish?" conundrum, especially with bolder, oily fish like mackerel or sardines. Grill up a few to enjoy with a baguette and a simple salad alongside a lightly chilled bottle the next time you're stumped for a seafood  pairing with red-only drinkers, and raise a toast to Captain Alex! Karina Mackow


This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after August 7th.

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  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur