GW Wine Club/ August
Ummmm so it is really REALLY great to choose our favourite wine for you. Like, we knew it would be fun, but we didn’t anticipate how thrilling it would be to go to swoop the finest treasures in the land 4 u. We loved our August picks the most and yes, we will say this every month, because favourite children, but we are saying it this month because it’s true! Behold August’s packs.
FRESH + FUNKY
Bella Methode Ancestrale Rosé, Naramata, BC
Start with delicious bubbles c/o Wendy Rose and Jay Drysdale at BC darling Bella. Not only is Bella BC’s only sparkling specialist, they are also one of the oldest and best natural wineries in Canada. The Mariani Vineyard Gamay is an organically farmed, hand riddled, hand disgorged, zero dosage party bus of red fruits. Cranberry pop spice blast. Vivacious and confident. Your friend who wears tube tops.
Martha Stoumen Post Flirtation White, Contra Costa County, California
A few years ago, we would be hard pressed to find EVEN ONE California wine that we would allow our fun aunt to buy us at lunch; now the revolution that is New California - and the vibrant, low alcohol, balanced wines of place they represent - has landed. Top of the heap is Martha Stoumen. Her Post Flirtation wines capture the energy of true love. Share a pizza slice in bed with Roussanne. Keep old underwear at Colombard’s house. Trim the back hair of Marsanne. Examine that weird bump on Muscat Blanc’s toe. The flavour of the love we all deserve.
Envínate Albahra, Almansa, Spain
Envínate (aka “wine yourself”) is the project of four friends making profoundly pure and authentic wines from special parcels across Spain. Grapes are picked by hand, foot-trodden, fermented with wild yeast and aged in old oak with little sulphur. The results are some of Spain’s most coveted wines including this Albahra. Bramble-fruit, uplifting minerality and a wild spice that finishes long like the best meals of which this perfect red shall accompany. Also great for Netflix!
FANCY + FINE
A.A. Durrmann 2012 Riesling Grand Cru Wiebelsberg, Alsace, France
Some great things happened in 2012. ‘Call Me Maybe’ briefly defied our hatred of receiving calls (T-E-X-T U-S). Rihanna suggested Love was possible in a Hopeless Place and Fifty Shades of Grey problematically helped a generation of moms discover sex positivity (we hope?). Another great thing that happened, was the harvest of these Riesling grapes from the steep, south-facing, pink sandstone and clay hill of Wiebelsberg. These biodynamically farmed grapes were fermented without additives in the north-east tip of France and left to rest. Aged Riesling from a great place is a huge treat and mega special to share with you.
Tibouren Clos Cibonne, Cotes de Provence, France
Abandon all preconceptions of what rosé from Provence should taste like! Clos Cibonne in Côtes de Provence is no Whispering Angel. These grapes see organic farming practices, wild fermentation, and then it gets WEIRD: this Tibouren rosé is aged for a year in 100 year old oak, and like some of our favourite wines of the Jura it develops a thin layer of yeast which here is adorably called Fleurette. Say NON MERCI to the easy breezy delicate fruit and citrus of trendy Provençal rosé, and embrace a wine that is instead silky, salty and savoury like some of the world’s greatest whites.
Broc Valdiguié, Solano County, California
One of the first and best natural winemakers in California is Chris Brockway at Broc Cellars. Upon graduating from UC Davis in the early 2000s, he found himself drawn to the low-intervention wines of his French heroes. Well before it was cool, he ghosted big Cabs, oaky Chards and money to follow his dream of low intervention wines of place closer to home. Today he runs a small urban winery in Berkley focussed on organic and biodynamic wines made with natural ferment and no additions. One of our favourites is this Valdiguié, a grape long known as Napa Gamay for its light and vivacious profile. Dry-farmed, organically grown 65-year-old vines ferment carbonically to show the beauty and lightness that California can be. Just 308 cases made.
We hope you love these wines as much as we do. BRING ON PRE FALL.
xoxo N + K