What's New in June

Strange Grapes

It is not our intention to bring in wines for the fact that they are made with grapes that are unpronounceable or strange to us. Our intention is clear: it is to present wines that are original and unique with a compelling flavor profile that makes them worth discovering. In adding to our extensive portfolio of whites wines (more than half of our offerings are whites) we have added two fascinating new wines. They are made from indigenous grape varieties most of us have little experience with but will help reshape our understanding of Spanish wine.

Viña Mein, Ribeiro 2007
We are extremely proud to represent one of the pioneers in Galician wine. I have followed this wine since its arrival to the US a long time ago. When the owner Javier Alén approached me with the opportunity to represent his property I didn’t hesitate. Javier Alén has been at the forefront of producing one of the most expressive wines of the region. Made with Treixadura, Godello, Loureira, Lado, Torrontes, Albariño, Albilla and Caiño. The 2007 is delicious and worth discovering.

Yunquera Albillo, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León 2007
So the grape here is Albillo. Raise your hand if you’ve had this grape before. I didn’t think so. It is a forgotten grape of the Ribera del Duero that once went into the reds to give them perfume and acidity. Today it produces a lovely aromatic wine akin to our Viura from Ostatu. Graceful and multilayered, this wine will thrill in its originality.

Sherry is the Umami

If umami in food represents the fifth flavor then Sherry is that extra component in a drink that adds to the whole to make it more than the sum of its parts.

Andalucian Gin y Tonica
1 oz Fino Sherry
Gin
Tonic Water
Fill highball glass with ice, add gin and tonic to your desired ratio. Top with shot of Fino Sherry and garnish with a slice of lime.