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April 2022: Welcome to our Wine Share

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April 2022: Welcome to our Wine Share

Hey Stranger!

Welcome to the first month of the Stranger Wine Share! Our goal with this wine club is to build community and passion around wine made with respect to the earth and people who make it. We have a lot of exciting plans for the wine club program and are so appreciative of your support from the get go.

The April 2022 Standard “Stranger” Share


2018 Catherine & Pierre Breton, Bourgueil, Nuit d'Ivresse
If you’ve been in the store and looked up at our framed artwork, you’ll know that Catherine & Pierre Breton hold a special place in our hearts. Since 1985, the husband and wife duo have been making elegant and hoanest wines in the Loire Valley with great farming, expert winemaking, and an infectious jovial attitude. “Nuit d’Ivresse” was their first no sulfur wine and is 100% Cabernet Franc from Bourgueil. It translates to “night of drunkenness” and is exactly how this wine should be enjoyed. Pair with saucy barbecued or braised meats, tacos al pastor, thai beef salad, essentially anything fatty and herbal. 


NV, Pirouettes, Brutal de Claude Blanc
“Les Vins de Pirouettes” is a project by Christian Binner, a renowned Alsatian winemaker, that helps hardworking organic and biodynamic farmers, who would traditionally sell their grapes, make their own wine instead. The Brutal de Claude Blanc is a blend of multi-vintage Riesling and skin-macerated Sylvaner made in the cult “Brutal” concept - super low intervention and strict no sulfur philosophy. Pair with creamy mushroom pasta, fatty fish with beurre blanc sauce, or poutine.


The April 2022 Deluxe “Not a Stranger” Share:


2019 Domaine de La Loue, Savagnin Arbois Pupillin
We couldn’t resist kicking things off with a wine from the Jura. Catherine Hanoun, a protégé of Emmanuel Houillon and a darling of the Paris natural wine bar scene, makes lovable wines in the tiny hamlet of Port Lesney. She strives to maintain the purity of the fruit, adding nothing to her wines, and it shows - every glass feels as though you are in the cellar with her. The Savagnin has notes of honeysuckle, bruised apples, and mouth puckering salinity. Pair with marinated olives or seared scallops. 


2018 Fedellos Do Couto, Bastarda
Now we’re gonna create a bridge from the Jura to Ribeira Sacra with a wine made from Bastarda otherwise known as Trousseau (same grape, different name)! Like the Jura, Ribeira Sacra is known for its steep slopes and breathtaking views. Fedellos Do Couto is a project that takes abandoned farms  and converts them into organic vineyards. This Bastarda has an alpine freshness that evokes the Jura mountains but is grounded with ripe red fruit and a spicy floral aroma that brings us back to the Iberian peninsula. Pair with thinly-sliced cured meats and enjoy it outside at a nice Spring picnic.


2017 Domaine de Chassorney, Savigny-Les-Beaune “Les Gollardes”
Frédéric Cossard has nothing to do with the Jura and Spain (that we know of) but is an iconic Burgundian bon-vivant vigneron that we had to throw in the mix. Cossard is known for being a  1st gen winemaker who made it in one of the  most competitive wine regions - and without sulfur too! “Les Gollardes” is a joyful Pinot Noir that is a textbook expression of the Savigny terroir. A feasting wine to pair with Peking duck or any sort of roasted bird.


We hope you enjoy. Don’t be a Stranger and join our wine share here!