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Texier in the Upside-Down

Texier in the Upside-Down

LCBO AND U!!! ๐Ÿ‡โœจ Fall is coming and it is important that you warm up. ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ Itโ€™s me, Nicole. ๐Ÿ‘‹ I am re-adjusting to Canada and feeling caught between this place and the upside-down aka europe. ๐Ÿ”ฎ

This angel juice fits perfectly in the slide between that is our lives. Meet Eric Texier. ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽจ Texier is one of the first natural producers to hit Toronto several years ago, and is usually hoarded by sommeliers and not on store shelves! ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ‘ฆ This bottle - found at the Queenโ€™s Quay LCBO with utter delight - is pictured with one of our favourite doggos Pixel. โœ… The second picture is from Krysta drinking it last week at her restaurant cause goddammit we missed each other. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™‚ Texier had a chill starter job as a nuclear engineer (lol k) before tumbling in love with wine and buying a tiny parcel of land in Brezeme - a once โœจ super famous โœจ but neglected appellation in southern rhone. Texier single handedly dusted her off and made her ๐Ÿ”† radiate ๐Ÿ”† the light that was always within her farming biodynamically since 2001 and only adding a bit of sulphur at bottling. ๐Ÿ’ฏ This St Julien en St Alban is from a 70 year plot of Serine - a special clone of Syrah aka Shiraz. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ Like people, vines get better when theyโ€™re old. They make less but have the best stories and wardrobes and powerful wrinkles that represent all they have seen and done and hurt and loved and given up on and grasped with aplomb. ๐Ÿ This is big. Freshly cracked pepper, dark mulberry stew, graphite pencils and blood on leaves ๐Ÿ”ช but like if we are all wild animals and the blood sustains us or more likely we are sexy vampires and can I be Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers Left Alive ugh yes. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ What, you donโ€™t know what blood tastes like? We forgive you!! How about savoury liquorice and beef jerky on the road trip that is our lives. ๐Ÿธ At $44.95 she ainโ€™t cheap, but boy is she worth the ride. Cheaper Texier is on good wine lists everywhere and always a great idea. And our friend @thelivingvine imports these wild potions. We love the white! We love you! Are you all ready for our Halloween party this Tuesday at @montgomerys.restaurant?! #lcboandu#alwayscastingspells

I'll be Wachau-ng You

I'll be Wachau-ng You

Velvet Couches, Cold Nights, Reckless Abandon.

Velvet Couches, Cold Nights, Reckless Abandon.