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Collectors Wine ClubRobert-Craig_Stick_Blend_2017_bottle_imageRobert Craig Winery
2017 “The Stick” Red Blend
Candlestick Ridge Vineyard
Napa Valley, California

BOLD WINE STYLE

This Cabernet Sauvignon blend is dense, powerful and beautifully concentrated. The nose is perfumed with luxurious  aromas of black currant, boysenberry, cedar box and Herbes de Provence. The intensely layered palate excites with cassis, plum, and graphite. It is rich and seductive with a velvety texture that finishes long and perfumed.

Analysis: 14.8% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
TA: 6.3 g/L
pH:
3.77
Maturation: 18 months in 70% new French oak
Appellation:
Howell Mountain AVA, Napa Valley, California
Winemaker: Jason Price
Critical Acclaim:
93 pts. JamesSuckling.com

VINTAGE:
The 2017 harvest was the first in the area following a 5 year drought. The soils and water table had been replenished and the vines took off early in the season and weather patterns were about normal until late August. In early September, heat spikes hit the valley and set record or near record temperatures. With plenty of water available most vineyards were heavily irrigated and the temperatures cooled in mid-September to more normal levels. The quantity of grapes was quite low, but quality looked to be excellent. A huge wildfire at the end of harvest threatened vines that still had fruit, but luckily the vast majority of grapes were already safely in the winery for the year.

TERROIR:
Just down the road from the estate, Candlestick Ridge is the northernmost vineyard in the Howell Mountain AVA and is slightly warmer than the summit ridge where the Winery Estate vineyard lies. Candlestick is influenced by warm air from Pope Valley to the east and is protected from the constant wind that hits the ridge line. The big subsurface boulders were removed during the replanting, leaving thin tufa soil on top of a rocky volcanic bedrock.


Collectors Wine ClubRobert_Craig_Winery_Howell_Zinfandel_2018_bottle_imageRobert Craig Winery
2018 Howell Mountain Zinfandel
Black Sears Vineyard
Napa Valley, California

BOLD WINE STYLE

True to the Howell Mountain, the 2018 vintage is beautifully clean and focused with boysenberry and bramble berry wrapped in a subtle pepper spice on the nose and palate. This Zinfandel is balanced and elegantly structured through the finish.

Analysis: 14.8% alcohol / volume
Varietal: Zinfandel
TA: 6.3 g/L
pH:
3.57
Maturation: 18 months in 60% new French oak
Appellation:
Howell Mountain AVA, Napa Valley, California
Winemaker: Jason Price

VINTAGE:
February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in the spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.

TERROIR:
Black Sears has “King of the Mountain” bragging rights on Howell Mountain – topping out at 2,400 feet, making it officially the highest vineyard on the mountain. The vineyard is located just past the gate of the Howell Mountain estate, and now the winery surrounds it – literally – having purchased the vineyard just on the other side of it as well. For 25 years, winemakers have clamored for the Zinfandel grown here: both biodynamic and organic, the site is dry farmed and the vines are pruned in the old world style with no trellising. Zinfandel thrives in the mountain’s well-drained, rocky, volcanic soils and moderate climate.

ROBERT CRAIG WINERY:
Bob Craig always had a passion for Napa Valley Mountain Cabernets, so naturally, he founded his eponymous winery on Howell Mountain with three of his friends from business school. In 2004, the team was joined by CEO Elton Slone, who later became a full partner in 2007.  After Bob’s retirement and departure from the wine business in 2012, Slone has continued to move the business forward with the other three founding partners. Today, the winery is still known for producing small-lot, site-expressive wines from high elevation vineyards. Robert Craig Winery consistently receives high scores and positive accolades from the wine press. Learn more about the winery here.



Hess Collection Allomi Cabernet SauvignonThe Hess Collection
2018 Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon
Allomi Vineyard

Napa Valley, California
375 ml (half bottle)

BOLD WINE STYLE

“The combination of steady heat and well-drained clay loam soils in our Allomi Vineyard allows fruit to ripen evenly, gaining welcomed complexity and layers of flavor. We consistently see beautiful yields from the Allomi Vineyard, and this vintage was no different. On the nose, this wine delivers delicious aromas of boysenberry, blackberry and elegant expressions of lavender alongside a touch of vanilla. Allomi Cabernet is concentrated upon entry with dense, but well-integrated tannins that provide a round, plush mouthfeel. Layers of juicy black fruit, notably black cherry and black plum, lead to elements of espresso supported by a subtle oak spice that adds to the personality of the wine and reminds us why this is one of our most popular Napa offerings.” – Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking

Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petite Sirah, 5% Malbec, 2% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot
TA: 0.58 gms/100ml
pH:
3.76

Harvested: October 8 – November 2, 2018
Maturation:
18 months in 27% new American oak
Appellation:
Napa Valley, California

Winemaker: Dave Guffy
Food Pairing: Chocolate Lave Cookie Recipe >

 

VINTAGE:
Budbreak began on schedule at the end of February, and Spring brought moderate temperatures that progressed into a warm Summer without any disruptive heat spikes. Steady, consistent growing conditions provided the perfect environment for the fruit to mature and develop. As the moderate, even temperatures continued into the Fall, harvest started slightly later than normal, and in some areas, extended long into the first week of November. With such lengthy hang time, the fruit matured consistently and was picked when it was at its peak, promising exceptional flavor in bottle.

VINEYARD:
A pioneer by nature, Donald Hess was determined to defy convention and pursue winemaking in the far reaches of the Napa Valley. In 1995, he sought out the Allomi Vineyard with a vision to uncover its potential. Once a dormant beauty, the Allomi Vineyard now gives life to luxury Napa Valley wines. The estate vineyard is located in the gently rolling hills of northeastern Napa Valley. The 210-acre vineyard is focused into 35 unique growing blocks with six different Cabernet clones that add diversity of flavors and complexity to this wine.

THE HESS COLLECTION WINES:
Though just 30 miles long and a few miles wide, Napa Valley is home to diverse micro-climates and soils uniquely suited to wine grape growing. It is considered one of the premier wine regions in the world. The Hess Collection wines are family owned, sustainably farmed and dedicated to reflecting a true sense of place. There wines are recognizable for their elegant, rich and complex flavors and a tradition of excellence. Learn more about the Hess story here >

Chocolate Lava Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Lava Cookie Recipe – pairs with Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon


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July Wine Club Pairing Recipe

Tasty crispy fried wedges of potato with fresh rosemaryDuck Fat Potatoes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3.54 lbs. potatoes, medium or large, Yukon Gold or Russet
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp semolina
  • 1.5 tsp kosher salt
  • 7 oz duck fat
  • 2 tsp rosemary, roughly chopped
  • sea salt flakes

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Peel the potatoes, then cut into 3 inch pieces.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F.

Par Boiling & Roughing up:

  • Add 1 tbsp salt and then the potatoes to a large pot of boiling water. Boil for 10 minutes.
  • Drain potatoes well.
  • After draining the potatoes well, return to the empty pot on the turned off stove and allow to “steam dry” for a few minutes.
  • Add 1.5 tsp salt and the semolina. Place lid on, then shake the pot up and down vigorously 5 to 7 times to rough up the surface.

Roasting:

  • Pour duck fat into heavy based metal roasting pan (not glass or ceramic).
  • Heat in oven for 5 to 7 minutes until it’s shimmering and very hot with little wisps of smoke.
  • Working quickly and carefully, remove pan from oven.
  • Transfer potatoes into the roasting pan (be careful), and turn to coat in fat. Then, arrange the potatoes cut face down.
  • Roast for 25 minutes. Turn potatoes, roast for another 15 minutes. Turn again, then roast for a final 10 to 15 minutes, or until deep golden and super crunchy.
  • Transfer to a warm serving bowl. Sprinkle with sea salt flakes and rosemary, serve immediately.

© Recipe courtesy of Nagi at RecipeTin Eats.

JULY WINE CLUB:

Bold wine Style logoKillermans Run Cabernet SauvignonKilikanoon
Killerman’s Run Cabernet Sauvignon
Clare Valley, South Australia

BOLD WINE STYLE

The aromas of blackberry, mocha, sage and French oak combine sweetly on the nose.  The classic cassis and herbaceous notes carry through from the nose onto the palate, beautifully supported by fine grained tannins. Velvety texture finishing with black pepper and exotic spice.

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Analysis:
14.0% alcohol / volume
Maturation: 16 months in new and seasoned French oak hogsheads
Winemaker: Peter Warr
Appellation: Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
Pairing Recommendations: Slow Cooked Beef Brisket with a side of duck fat potatoes and greens
Critical Acclaim:
91 pts JamesSuckling.com; 90 pts Wine Spectator; 90 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate

BACKGROUND:
Named after a legendary Clare Valley squatter, Killerman, who planted and tended vines on a paddock adjoining the Kilikanoon property. As legend has it, Killerman made his own wines in a galvanized iron lean-to.

WINEMAKING:
The grapes are sourced from the cool climate vineyards of the Clare Valley, South Australia. Hand-selected fruit parcels, maturation in new and older small French oak hogsheads for up to two years and attention to final blending has ensured a wine of great poise and balance.

ABOUT KILIKANOON:
Kilikanoon is a boutique Clare Valley winery founded in 1997 by Kevin Mitchell; it is known for producing regionally expressive, terroir-driven wines. The Kilikanoon property, featuring a circa 1860s stone cottage housing Kilikanoon’s tasting room, was originally settled by early English migrants who named it after a historic old mansion in Cornwall. When purchasing the historic property in 1997, the mature vineyards of Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache and Riesling that had been planted by Kevin’s father, Mort in the 1960s, became a part of Kilikanoon, and now form the heart of the estate vineyards. Learn more here.

© Information provided by Old Bridge Cellars.


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Kilikanoon Killerman’s Run Shiraz

grilled chicken wings on a wooden board

Lampe’s Chicken Wings with Sweet-and-Spicy Pantry Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

  • 16 chicken wings, with the two joints attached, tips removed
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup hot sauce
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon light brown sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Make a slash on the inside of the chicken wing joints without cutting through the bone and in a few other places. In a large, shallow baking dish, combine the ketchup with the mustard, hot sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar. Add the chicken wings and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Light a grill. Remove the chicken wings from the marinade (pantry sauce), leaving some of it on them, and reserve the remaining marinade. Grill the wings over a medium-hot fire, turning and basting them with the reserved marinade, until nicely charred and cooked through, about 30 minutes. Stop basting during the last 5 minutes of grilling and discard any remaining marinade. Serve the wings hot or at room temperature.

© Recipe courtesy of Ray Lampe on Food & Wine.

JULY WINE CLUB:

Mellow style logoKillermans-Run-Shiraz-bottle-webKilikanoon
Killerman’s Run Shiraz
Clare Valley, South Australia

MELLOW WINE STYLE

There are pronounced aromatics of dark fruits, sweet spices, and forest floor. The palate is welcoming with generous flavors of black cherry, dusted chocolate and plum. It evolves beautifully in the glass, a wonderfully textured wine that finishes on a savory note.

Varietal: Shiraz
Analysis:
14.5% alcohol / volume
Maturation: 15 months in new and seasoned French oak barriques
Winemaker: Peter Warr
Appellation: Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
Pairing Recommendations: Marinated pork spare ribs, BBQ chicken wings or pizza
Critical Acclaim:
91 pts. Wine Spectator; 90 pts. Wine Enthusiast

BACKGROUND:
Named after a legendary Clare Valley squatter, Killerman, who planted and tended vines on a paddock adjoining the Kilikanoon property. As legend has it, Killerman made his own wines in a galvanized iron lean-to.

WINEMAKING:
The Killerman’s Run Shiraz uses low yielding grapes from premium vineyards, hand-selected from exclusively Clare Valley vineyards. The grapes are then vinified by traditional winemaking methods and matured in small French barriques before careful blending and unfiltered bottling.

ABOUT KILIKANOON:
Kilikanoon is a boutique Clare Valley winery founded in 1997 by Kevin Mitchell; it is known for producing regionally expressive, terroir-driven wines. The Kilikanoon property, featuring a circa 1860s stone cottage housing Kilikanoon’s tasting room, was orginally settled by early English migrants who named it after a historic old mansion in Cornwall. When purchasing the historic property in 1997, Kevin Mitchell inherited 30 year old Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache and Riesling vineyards− many of which were planted by his father, Mort, in the 1960’s. Learn more here.

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Kilikanoon Killerman’s Run Riesling

Caesar salad on the tableCaesar Salad Supreme

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled, divided
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 5 anchovies or anchovy fillets, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 cups day-old bread, cubed
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mince 3 cloves of garlic and place in a small bowl. Add mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, anchovies, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard; mix well to combine. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Slice remaining 3 cloves of garlic into quarters and add to hot oil. Cook and stir until brown, then remove garlic from pan. Cook bread cubes in hot flavored oil, turning frequently, until lightly browned; transfer onto a plate and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place lettuce in a large bowl. Add dressing, remaining Parmesan cheese, and seasoned bread cubes; toss well to coat.

© Recipe courtesy of All Recipes.

JULY WINE CLUB:

Silky styleKillermans Run RieslingKilikanoon
Killerman’s Run Riesling
Clare Valley, South Australia

SILKY WINE STYLE

The nose of this Riesling is intensely aromatic with notes of lemon, lime, orange blossom, and the classic Riesling minerality. The palate is fresh and mouth watering with bright citrus, orange rind and crisp green apple. It has a tangy, dry finish making it a real pleasure to drink.

Varietal: Riesling
Analysis:
12.5% alcohol / volume
Maturation: Stainless Steel
Winemaker: Peter Warr
Appellation: Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
Pairing Recommendations: Fresh seafood such as oysters, scallops and shrimp; or, try with a fresh Caesar Salad.
Critical Acclaim: 93 pts. JamesSuckling.com

BACKGROUND:
Named after a legendary Clare Valley squatter, Killerman, who planted and tended vines on a paddock adjoining the Kilikanoon property. As legend has it, Killerman made his own wines in a galvanized iron lean-to.

WINEMAKING:
The Killerman’s Run Riesling is fermented at cool temperatures for 3 weeks with an aromatic yeast strain. The ferment was stopped prior to complete dryness to give the wine a hint of additional texture and roundness while still being nicely balanced by naturally retained, crisp acidity. This Riesling was made in a classic Clare Valley regional style primarily from carefully selected vineyards in the Watervale sub region.

ABOUT KILIKANOON:
Kilikanoon is a boutique Clare Valley winery founded in 1997 by Kevin Mitchell; it is known for producing regionally expressive, terroir-driven wines. The Kilikanoon property, featuring a circa 1860s stone cottage housing Kilikanoon’s tasting room, was orginally settled by early English migrants who named it after a historic old mansion in Cornwall. When purchasing the historic property in 1997, the mature vineyards of Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache and Riesling that had been planted by Kevin’s father, Mort in the 1960s, became a part of Kilikanoon, and now form the heart of the estate vineyards. Peter Warr joined the winery in late 2018 after traveling the world honing his craft. He is now responsible for carrying on Mort and Kevin’s legacy at this treasured and award winning estate. Kilikanoon is rated by US and Australian critics as one of Clare Valley’s outstanding wineries, producing bracingly intense and long-lived Rieslings, along with powerful, yet balanced Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. Learn more here.

© Information provided by Old Bridge Cellars.


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June Beer Club: Iowa

BeerClubLogoBlack_Stack_Fugazi_beerBlackStack Brewery
Fugazi
Italian-Style Pilsner
St. Paul, Minnesota

This Italian-Style Pilsner is dry-hopped adoringly with Czech Kazbek making it the real deal. A lively carb with soft lemon and heavy snap vibes.

Beer Style: Crisp & Clean
Style: Italian Style Pilsner
ABV: 4.8% alcohol / volume


It's Legal ThereBlackStack Brewery
It’s Legal There
Double IPA

St. Paul, Minnesota

No fruit was harmed in the making of this extremely fruit forward beer. Made with the “stickiest/ickiest” Michigan Chinook & Michigan Copper from Hop Heads Farms on a clean base of Briess Pils Malt. The name came with the saying, “Can you smell that? I’ve heard it’s legal here.”

Beer Style: Hoppy
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8.0% alcohol / volume


working-titleBlackStack Brewery
Working Title
Wheat Ale
St. Paul, Minnesota

This beer has gone many monikers since being one of the four beers on tap when BlackStack first opened. It is brewed with a touch of coriander & orange peel; and this time around it is fermented in a French Oak Foeder.

Beer Style: Fruity & Spicy
Style: Wheat Ale
ABV: 5.1% alcohol / volume

ABOUT BLACKSTACK BREWERY:
A family owned and operated brewery, the Johnston family have had a long love affair with great beer. In the 1990’s, Scott Johnson, the patriarch of the family, owned of All Saints Brands, Inc., a distribution company bringing European classic beers into Minnesota. Finally, in 2017, the entire family was able to launch BlackStack Brewing. Learn more about the their brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


Laser RaptorsAslin Beer Co.
Laser Raptors
Double IPA
Alexandria, Virginia

“When exploring the French alps, we came across something we did not know exists. While hiking, Joel screamed “That’s a Laser Raptor! I thought they went extinct thousands of years ago!”  Little did we know, this Raptor was friendly. He had been outcast decades ago and started his own brewery in Switzerland. After a few beers with this Raptor, we decided to do a collaboration and dedicate this beer after him! If you are wondering his name, it’s Jeff or El Jefe after a few beers.”  – Aslin Beer Co.

This Double IPA is brewed with Chinook, Simcoe and Mosaic hops.

Beer Style: Hoppy
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8.3% alcohol / volume

ABOUT ASLIN BEER CO.:
Founded in 2015 by Andrew Kelley and Kai Leszkowicz, Aslin Beer Co. comes from the family name, Aslin, the family that connected Andrew and Kai through marriage (they each married a daughter from the Aslin Family). Andrew had a background in finance, while Kai worked in public service. They bonded over a mutual interest of craft beer and home brewing. Learn more about their brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


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June Cheese Club: Iowa

Cheese ClubBeehive Queen Bee PorciniBeehive Cheese 
Queen Bee Porcini Cheddar
Uintah, Utah

The rind of this rich and creamy Utah cheddar is hand-rubbed with Porcini mushrooms, imparting an earthy, umami notes throughout the paste of the cheese. On the palate, you can expect all the creaminess of the Beehive Cheese’s award-winning Promontory cheddar to be combined with savory notes from the Porcini mushrooms.

world-cheese-awardProduction: Regalis Porcini mushrooms are pulverized into a fine power, rubbed on the rind of the cheese, and then aged. During the aging process, the earthy flavors permeate throughout the 20-pound wheel of cheese and marry beautifully with the natural sweetness of the cheddar.
The Gist: Aged for 6-8 months; Vegetarian Rennet; Cow’s Milk
Serving Recommendation: Salami, assortment of pickled/brined veggies or olives. It has superb melting capabilities, perfect for risotto or mac and cheese.
Awards:
Super Gold WCA 2021, 2022

WINE & CRAFT BEER PAIRINGS:
Pairs well with a Sangiovese or Pinot Noir, such as our June Wine Club – La Montage Pinot Noir. For beer, reach for an American Pale Ale.

WINESTYLES: Mellow
BEERSTYLES: Crisp and Clean


Beehive Cheese TeahiveBeehive Cheese
Teahive Cheddar
Uintah, Utah

This Utah cheddar rubbed with Earl Grey is a “feel good” cheese. The soothing qualities of tea and the relaxing properties of bergamot combine to produce a lovely cheese with rich fragrances of orange blossoms. On the palate, it is sweet and creamy. This Jersey cow’s milk cheese immediately delights the palate and the complexities of the tea-rubbed rind continue through the finish.

Silver World Cheese AwardThe Gist: Aged for 6-8months; Vegetarian rennet; Cow’s milk; Gluten-friendly product; Organic, non-GMO ingredients in the rub
Serving Recommendation: Pair with stone fruits, berries, charcuterie, toasted nuts, or top with honey or jam. This cheese is perfect on scones, baked into shortbread biscuits, or sliced on a sandwich.
Awards:

  • 1st ACS 2012
  • Silver WCA 2017, 2018, 2019
  • 2nd ACS 2015
  • 2nd IMPA 2018
  • 2nd British Empire Cheese Competition 2018

WINE & CRAFT BEER PAIRINGS:
Serve with a fruit forward red wine, or a Chardonnay, such as our June Wine Club – M by Martellotto Chardonnay. For beer, reach for a stout, mead or cider.

WINESTYLES: Fruity or Rich
BEERSTYLES: Malty & Sweet; Crisp & Clean or Fruity & Spicy

Bee Hive Cheese logoABOUT BEEHIVE CHEESE:
In 2005, Tim Welsh and his brother-in-law, Pat Ford, had a vision of opening a creamery in the mountains of Northern Utah. With no more than eight days of cheesemaking experience between the two of them when they first began, the two broke tradition without even realizing it. They enjoyed the freedom to experiment and created their own rules about what artisan cheese could be. With their families by their sides, they built a company grounded in independent thinking, connectedness, and authenticity. They partnered with some of the best cheese researchers and creameries the western U.S. had to offer. Today, Beehive Cheese continues to produce award-winning cheeses that bring family and friends together. Learn more about their story here.


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June Sweet Club Iowa

 

Sweet Wine ClubSan-Antonio_blackberry-orange-wineSan Antonio Fruit Farm Wines
Blackberry Orange
Piedmont, Italy

NECTAR WINE STYLE

The San Antonio Fruit Farm Blackberry-Orange wine is made with white moscato grapes that are harvested from the northern hillside vineyards in Piedmont, Italy, when the warm days and perfect nights bring them to optimal maturation.  Blackberry-orange juice is then blended to create a delicate yet rich flavor profile. This wonderfully light, fruity and sparkling beverage will complement any moment. Serve chilled with light snacks.

Varietals: Brachetto, Malvasia
Analysis:
6% alcohol / volume
TA: 4-6 g/L
pH: 3.15-3.60
Residual Sugar: 90 g/L
AVA: Piedmont, Italy
Natural Grape: 100%
Additional Facts: Vegan, Gluten Free, No Artificial Additives, Female Winemakers

WineStyles Wine and Cheese Pairing: Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section pair well with an aged cheese. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.


San-Antonio_Strawberry-Guava-wineSan Antonio Fruit Farm Wines
Strawberry Guava
Piedmont, Italy

NECTAR WINE STYLE

This semi-sweet Strawberry Guava Wine is handcrafted with White Moscato and Brachetto grapes that are harvested from the northern hillside vineyards in Piedmont, Italy. Strawberry-guava fruit juice is then blended to create a delicate and rich flavor profile. This wine is also perfect for any occasion as it is wonderfully light, fruity and sparkling.

Varietals: White Moscato, Brachetto
Analysis:
6% alcohol / volume
TA: 4-6 g/L
pH: 3.05-3.40
Residual Sugar: 90 g/L
AVA: Piedmont, Italy
Natural Grape: 100%
Additional Facts: Vegan, Gluten Free, No Artificial Additives, Female Winemakers

WineStyles Wine and Cheese Pairing: Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section pair well with a fresh, young, soft cheese – such as a Brie. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
For over a century, the Riboli family has family has been carrying out the tradition of creating best-selling wines in the market. Paula and Ivana – Italian female winemakers specializing in quality management and new product development at Riboli Family Wines – sought out to craft a new varietal with distinctive flavor profiles. San Antonio Fruit Farm is a new semi-sweet varietal with dual fruit-forward flavors. It was created for those looking to drink refreshing, low alcohol, natural fruit wines. 


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La Montagne Pinot Noir

Salmon with Citrus and Fennel Salt_Bella Cucina

© Photo by Bella Cucina

SAUTÉED SALMON WITH CITRUS & FENNEL SALT

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Season salmon with Bella Cucina Citrus & Fennel Savory Salt.
  2. In a large sauté pan, heat with Bella Cucina Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium heat. Add the seasoned salmon, skin side down, and cook until the skin is crisp and browned (do not move while cooking to allow the skin to caramelize).
  3. Turn salmon over and cook on the other side until done, about an additional 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove from pan onto plate or platter. Garnish with diced lemon and organic pea sprouts.

NOTE: Bella Cucina products available at select WineStyles locations.

© Recipe courtesy of Bella Cucina.

JUNE WINE CLUB:

Mellow style logoLa-Montagne-bottleLaMontagne
Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills, California

MELLOW WINE STYLE

This Pinot Noir has aromas of black and red cherries with subtle notes of olives, and leafy herbs. On the palate, it is rounded and elegant with exciting freshness. A pleasure to drink!

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Analysis: 14.3% alcohol / volume
Region:
Santa Rita Hills AVA
Vineyard: Kessler-Haak Vineyard

ABOUT THE VINEYARD:
Kessler-Haak, a 2.5-acre vineyard in Santa Rita Hills AVA, on California’s Central Coast of Santa Barbara is a privileged location perfect for producing some of the best Pinot Noirs in the new world. Close to the Pacific Ocean, the refreshing sea breeze cools the vineyards, while the sedimentary limestone soil, with patches of clay and sandy loam provide an ideal terroir for these grapes. This beautiful vineyard is managed with sustainable practices.

ABOUT LAMONTAGNE:
Kimberly Smith is the owner and winemaker of LaMontagne. She is a visionary and passionate business-woman with a tremendous love for Pinot Noir.  In 2006, she began to plot her dream with the help of her mentor and winemaker, Wes Hagen (named “One of the 100 Most Influential winemakers in the USA in 2013”, according to Decanter

Today, Kimberly works closely with her son, Alec, producing award-winning, sustainable, small lot Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from Sta. Rita Hills. Learn more about the winery here.


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M by Martellotto Chardonnay

Tagliatelle with Spring Peas_Bella Cucina

© Photo by Bella Cucina

TAGLIATELLE WITH SPRING PEAS AND PRESERVED LEMON CREAM

INGREDIENTS:

NOTE: Bella Cucina products available at select WineStyles locations

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl mix together the lemon cream, mascarpone cheese, olive oil, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  3. When the pasta is cooked, drain and add to the bowl with the lemon cream mixture.
  4. Toss with peas and serve, topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings.

© Recipe courtesy of Bella Cucina.

JUNE WINE CLUB:

Rich WineStylesM by Martellotto Chardonnay wine bottleM by Martellotto
Chardonnay
Santa Rita Hills, California

RICH WINE STYLE

“If you love baked apples, you’ll love this wine. I followed the Burgundian tradition to capture the youthful vivacity and acidity in the wine. The focus here is a purity of Chardonnay fruit expression. There is a moderately low alcohol, light oak influence and a pure fruity flavor of pineapple, Granny Smith Apples, and Honey Crisp Apples. The wine is just a delight to drink and share. Drink now and through 2027.” – Winemaker, Greg Mortellotto

Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard: Spear Vineyard
Fermentation: 100% barrel fermented
Aging: 100% French oak barrels for 6 months, with monthly lees stirring – oak barrels were mainly second and third use, allowing only a small amount of oak, toast and vanilla flavoring on this wine.
Production: Only 350 cases produced.

Winemaker, Greg Martellotto

Winemaker, Greg Martellotto

ABOUT MARTELLOTTO WINERY:
The Martellotto family roots trace back to a 17th century winery in Alberobello in Puglia, Italy. Over four centuries later, winemaker Greg Martellotto continues his family’s viticultural legacy, by making enticing, vibrant wines that speak to his own viticultural passion. From his ancestors’ traditional winemaking in Southern Italy, to his grandfather’s homemade wine during Prohibition, to production in an innovative warehouse facility shared with Barbieri Wine Co. and Lo-Fi wines, Martellotto Winery produces remarkable wines of consequence, consistency, value, and varietal expression. With each bottle, it is the Martellotto family’s desire to share extraordinary, artisanal wines. Learn more about the winery here.


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June Wine Club Pairing Recipe

Eggplant Caponata Pasta Sauce_Bella Cucina

© Photo by Bella Cucina

EGGPLANT CAPONATA PASTA SAUCE

INGREDIENTS:

NOTE: Bella Cucina products available at select WineStyles locations

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cut eggplant into small dice. Sprinkle with kosher salt and let drain in a colander for 10 minutes. Squeeze out any excess moisture and blot dry with a towel. ⁠
  2. In a large pan, heat the olive oil. Add the eggplant with the salt. Cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until the eggplant is cooked and lightly browned, almost crisped but not burned. Add the pasta sauce and pesto. Continue to cook, covered, over low heat for an additional 10-15 minutes. ⁠
  3. ⁠Toss with pasta and garnish with fresh basil leaves and toasted pine nuts. ⁠

© Recipe courtesy of Bella Cucina.

JUNE WINE CLUB:

Bold wine Style logoM-by-Martellotto-Grenache_bottleM by Martellotto
Grenache
Portico Hills Vineyard
Santa Barbara County, California

BOLD WINE STYLE

This Grenache is fresh and brilliant with dark blackberries and crushed black cherry fruit. It is exceptionally natural, but has a medium acidity and a fruit-focused approach that makes this wine “lip-smacking delicious”.  The wine is concentrated, but light on the mouth with an appealing finish that ultimately, leads to easy drinking.

Varietal: Grenache
Vineyard: Portico Hills Vineyard
Fermentation: Stainless steel tanks
Aging: Rested in mostly neutral French Oak for 15 months
Production: Only 525 cases produced

Greg Martellotto

Winemaker, Greg Martellotto

ABOUT THE WINEMAKER:
Greg Martellotto has been making wine since 2005. His path led him to winemaking experiences in Mexico, Italy, Napa Valley, Paso Robles, and Santa Barbara. He holds a degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and a Masters degree from the University of Texas. His global wine experience has provided opportunity to travel to most of the major winemaking regions of the world as both a buyers and a consumer, which informs his style. Equally important and unique among most winemakers, Greg’s experience as an importer and wine buyer provides insider’s access to the greatest wines and wineries in the world. In this capacity, he regularly tastes more than 400 wines per month— it’s safe to say, he knows great wine!

ABOUT MARTELLOTTO WINERY:
The Martellotto family roots trace back to 17th century winery in Alberobello in Puglia, Italy. Over four centuries later, winemaker Greg Martellotto continues his family’s viticultural legacy, by making enticing, vibrant wines what speak to his own viticultural passion. Since 2005, Martellotto Winery has produced unique and exciting wines designed to surprise and ignite discerning palates of wine lovers everywhere— Greg strays away from mass produced wines that are squeaky clean, uniform and less interesting. Greg starts with healthful and sustainably farmed grapes. Then, by combining creative fermentation techniques with artistic blending techniques before bottling, the Martellotto Winery is able to produce distinctive and delicious wines. Learn more here.


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