Summertime!

Summertime!

Summertime!

After a brutally long winter that never really seemed to want to let us go, summer has finally arrived in all its glory.  And, at least in the Northeast, glorious it is.  Warm but not too hot, with relatively low humidity so far, as of this writing (June 24th).  Let’s cross fingers and hope the word “muggy” is a thing of the past…

Welcome to NJ

Welcome to NJ

Of course, this doesn’t mean we’ve been hanging out by the pool or laying in the grass having picnics like you folks.  Well, OK, on weekends we do go to Central Park and have picnics, but we actually have been working very very hard to find new markets for our great producers.  In fact, as you can see above, we were picked up by a NJ wholesaler recently.  As part of the NY-NJ-CT local market, this is a huge opportunity since we only had 1 other distributor (with only 3 of our wineries) who covered that market.  This meant a huge population of folks was thirsty and dying for our fantastic small grower Organic and Biodynamic wines (yes, I will use flowery language, I am very biased in our favor as you can imagine – take everything with a grain of salt as I will shill shamelessly for our wineries).

Welcome to MA

Welcome to MA

We also just got picked up by a MA wholesaler, which is fantastic as this is a huge market too.  Boston and the Berkshires account for enormous volumes of wine, so I am pretty giddy right now.  Getting in with a new customer in summer in the wine business is pretty rare, so it validates my belief that we’re doing the right thing and bringing in the right products at the right prices.  As of this writing (man, I do like that phrase), we are now in 14 states around the country.

Not bad for a little import company that started with 2 states in November 2012…

Le Rosé

Le Rosé

While we’ve been pushing hard to get new wholesalers on board, we’ve also been bringing in new wines for them as well.  For example, our Jardin de Bagatelle Rosé has arrived, a beautiful crisp wine from Clos Bagatelle in the Languedoc.  For those of you who like technical details, this is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. The grapes for this wine come from the mountains around St Chinian, 50km from the Mediterranean, on soils rich in clay and limestone. Some of these vines are very old, especially the Cinsault which clocks in at over 50 years of age. After a manual harvest, the bunches are pressed and the juice co-fermented in stainless steel vessels. Six months after harvest, the wine is bottled with only a very gentle fining and filtration. The resulting wine is fresh and juicy, refreshing and surprisingly complex for a Rosé.

Tsoin Tsoin

Tsoin Tsoin

Another wine that just arrived and is kind of a geeky but fun little juicy drink is Laurent Herlin’s Tsoin Tsoin.  I wrote about Laurent previously, but here’s a little reminder of what this is all about: it’s an easy-drinking light red wine from 25-year old biodynamic Cabernet Franc vines in Bourgueil. After a manual harvest, they are carbonically macerated for 12 days, fermented using indigenous yeasts, and then quickly bottled. The result is a wine that tastes of light red fruits backed by a tangy mineral backbone ending in a long finish.

It’s happiness in a bottle.

Gourmands_Blanc_2013

Gourmands_Blanc_2013

Staying in the geek mold, Nicolas Lebrun’s biodynamic L’Enclos des Braves Gourmands Blanc is back in stock after literally flying out of the warehouse when it first arrived a few months back.  Kind of surprising, but then again not really.  It really is delicious.  This 50/50 blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Loin de L’Oeil comes from densely-planted vines that were planted in 1992 on a Southeast-facing slope of clay and limestone. Hand-harvested, the 2 varietals are co-fermented via indigenous yeasts in stainless steel and cement tanks, and the resulting wine allowed to rest for 5 months on its lees. The result is a white blend that is everything one can ask for: very aromatic and full of green apples, lemon pith, chalk, white flowers, on a medium to light frame that ends with bright acidity and a long finish. Serious but refreshing.

Busy Bee

So, dear friends, while you’re out lazing about the pool under the hot sun and relaxing away the days, please have a thought for us.  Better yet, have a glass of wine for us.  We will remain busy little bees, buzzing about helping folks get more of our great small grower Organic and Biodynamic wines.

God, I love this business.

Cheers!

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