South America

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 51 in stock
  • $15.99

Herrera Alvarado 2018 Chile Valle Marga Marga 'Cuero de Vaca'

Sometimes people forget that culture and history play a big role in terroir, not just the location. This is exemplified in the wines of Arturo Herrera and Carolina Alvarado. Working out of a barebones winery with no electricity, their  commitment to the winemaking traditions of their ancestors is not only commendable, but rewarded with beautiful, ethereal wines that have not just a sense, but a declaration of place. They practice the traditional chilean technique of fermenting the grapes on taught cow hides and then pressing the juice through as a natural filter. You would expect this to give the wines an overwhelming barnyard quality but instead it leaves just a pleasant leathery aroma, and a savory quality to the wine. These old, own-rooted pinot noir vines display a lightness you only expect from cooler climates, and an enticing mix of dusty soil and crunchy red fruit. There is nothing added or subtracted from this wine, including SO2, so we do recommend that you drink this within a day of opening. Michelle DeWyngaert 

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Mendel 2018 Mendoza Semillon

This wine is for the lovers of rich, fuller-bodied whites. I love the concentrated flavors you get from these 60 year-old, ungrafted Semillon vines. Mendel farms without pesticides or fertilizers and uses 100% indigenous yeasts, and they are in the process of getting organic certification for this Altamira vineyard. The high elevation of the vineyard, at 3,600ft, helps maintain a nice freshness in the wine, balanced by the creamy texture of the Semillon and the 15% new French oak used in the élevage. The nose is a mix of dried apricot, Meyer lemon, and dry hay, and the palate shows off the terroir of Altamira with a stony, salty minerality. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pedro Parra y Familia 2017 Chile Valle del Itata Imaginador Cinsault

Pedro Parra is champion of terroir. After getting a PhD in the subject and consulting for some of biggest names in wine-making worldwide, he began this project with his family in their homeland, Itata, Chile.  The 'Imaginador' is a unique Cinsault from 70-80 year old head-trained vines, but because of the more than 200 year history of this vineyard, there are smatterings of Muscat, Semillon, Carignan, and País planted throughout that make their way into the blend. Pedro purposefully sought out pockets of granite for the vineyards he works with because of the structure it gives to the wines. The nose has a deep intensity of ripe red and black cherry and a touch of barnyard in the best way. The palate is fresh and focused, with the granite coming through clearly in the finish. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Low Sulfur

Tikal 2015 Mendoza Amorio Malbec

Tikal is a true labor of love for the Catena family of Mendoza, Argentina; an effort to create a thriving biodynamic winery paying homage to the ancient Mayan and Incan gods of the Sun and Earth in their design and in the blends of their wine. The 'Amorio' is 100% Malbec from ~44 year old, ungrafted vines in the Paraje Altamira region of the Uco Valley. The wine is fermented in concrete with native yeasts, aged in 60% new oak and then bottled unfined and unfiltered adding to the rich, unctuous texture of the wine. Displaying notes of stewed raspberry and plum layered with nutmeg and coffee grounds. This will be an excellent pairing for brisket, rack of lamb, and other intensely flavored dishes. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Ver Sacrum 2017 Los Chacayes Valle De Uco Garnacha

This is a juicy, 100% Garnacha from a single vineyard in the Valle de Uco of Argentina. Ver Sacrum is a collaboration that began in 2012 focusing on Rhone varietals with low-intervention approach to wine-making. Nothing is added, the grapes are mostly foot-stomped, no pump-overs, stirring, or filtration; just letting the grapes speak for themselves and the terroir of their Los Chacayes Vineyard. Roughly 25% whole cluster berries are used and then aged in half concrete eggs, and half used French barrels.Light-bodied with notes of  juicy red cherry and red apple, enjoy this with a chill! Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white
  • 32 in stock
  • $19.99

Viña Maitia 2018 Maule Valley Pais Pipeño

"Pipeno" actually translates to barrel, but in this case it refers to an old tradition of making large barrels of juicy, quaffable wine for everyday drinking, and this wine is a perfect example. This wine is 80% Pais and 20% Carignane from 120-year-old vines.  I would describe this as a cheerful wine; full of juicy red fruits, tart cranberry, hardly any tannin or extraction, and just enough body. Serve this chilled and happily enjoy a glass or two with or without food, but definitely with friends.  Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $10.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $24.99