Liquid rock.

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GRAPE: Nebbiolo REGION: Valtellina COUNTRY: Italy AVE PRICE: $30

I’ve been off of reds lately and finding it a bit frustrating. Especially since I’ve been cooking a lot of gamey meats: elk, venison, and boar. But I knew I was missing a liquid partner. A couple of weeks ago I found myself on the West Side of LA (boos, hollers & hisses) so I decided to drop in @winehousela. I dig their Italian section. It goes on forever the way an Italian wine section should. But in a world of uncertainty one thing does remain constant, my love for Northern Italian wines. Oh wait, nothing against my Sicilian ancestors. But for Christ’s sakes, Northern Italy has stolen my heart, at least for now. If I remember correctly, the 2005 Balgera Sassella retails for about $35. And according to McCrum’s website it spends a year in tank then 10 years in large barrels. This math doesn’t make much sense to me, but alas, I’m not a businessman. One sniff, one sip and you’ll see this is an extraordinary wine for the price in comparison to much of the rotten juice floating around at this price point. Don’t bore me with economic rationalizations of why one wine cost more than another. I’ve been experiencing too many wines both domestic and imports at a similar price point that are either pretty damn boring and some that taste like dirty dishwater. I guess my point is, that this is a wine that is worth every dime and more.

The Balgera is liquid rock. There is something special about the wines from this region. Maybe it’s the decomposed morainic rocks. The tannins are gentle. The fruit is finessed. The acid is fresh. It was delicious with my pan seared elk and vegetables cooked along with boar bacon. This juice will cause a similar experience to what your brain experiences while staring at an expressionistic painting. It will enhance the beauty wipe away the ugliness in front of you and set fire to your imagination.

WEB: OM Wines

Liquid rock.

Gamay!

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GRAPE: Gamay REGION: Morgon COUNTRY: France AVE PRICE: $35

Been in the goddamn mood for Gamay lately. So perfect on a lonely night. Perfect for filling holes in the head and heart. 2014 Domaine Foillard Morgon Beaujolais “Cuvée Corcelette”. Fresh and vibrant from 80 year old vines. Crispy edge, soft spices, rocky outlines. Wild berries. Delicious fun.

WEB: Domaine Foillard

Gamay!

Sparkle, sparkle!

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GRAPE: List Below REGION: Alt Penedès COUNTRY: Spain AVE PRICE: $32

Look what I found @winehousela on Sunday. I needed this. It’s plush. It’s fun. It’s a mine of minerals and salt. It’s liquid sex and complex as an intimate relationship. Delicious and crunchy Cava @cava.recaredo Terrers 2010 Brut Nature Gran Reserva.

Grapes:
54% Xarello
42% Macabeu
4% Parellada

@rosenthalwinemerchantfanclub thanks for the introduction.

WEB: Recaredo

Sparkle, sparkle!

I love the Finger Lakes.

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GRAPE: Cabernet Franc REGION: Finger Lakes COUNTRY: USA AVE PRICE: $20

I have a soft spot for New York State wines. Could be the Finger Lakes, could be Long Island, or even Hudson River. Over the years I’ve had my share of @ravineswine. The 2015 Cab Franc is good, a bit round and balanced, albeit a bit safe and maybe a bit rigid. This is a wine that’s done the RIGHT thing in life. It’s gone to college and gotten a good job. Has a proper hair cut and pays it’s bills on time. It has dinner with it’s family and goes to bed early. I’ll drink it again one day I’m sure, but I wish it would relax and run wild through the vineyard. Sometimes a boy just wants to have fun.

WEB: Ravines Wine Cellars

I love the Finger Lakes.