Of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is the island closest to the African continent. The entire archipelago is of volcanic origin, having intermittently sprouted from below sea level over the last 20 million years or so. Viticulture here is an astonishing accomplishment, given the average annual rainfall of around 6″, complete lack of water in the subsoil, and up to 110°F dust-laden African winds. Workers dig holes (hoyos) in the volcanic sand to access soil nutrients and build stone walls around each vine to protect them from the incredibly harsh conditions, giving a visual effect to the vineyard that looks like it’s on another planet. Growing vines in the desert isn’t all bad news, though, as the island has never been hit by phylloxera, preventing the need for grafting onto American rootstock.
The cellar of Los Bermejos belonged to a prominent family for a few centuries before descending into almost complete inactivity near the turn of the millennium. New ownership reinvigorated viticultural activity and brought back international acclaim over the last fifteen years. Conversion to organics is nearly complete, and after a brief hiatus, the wines are once again available here in Massachusetts. This month we’re thrilled to offer both the still and sparkling versions of the local malvasia volcanica, and the red and rosé bottlings of listan negro, a grape with a surprising connection to the history of winemaking in the New World.
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For July’s featured winery we’re trekking up to the hills just above the northwestern Italian coastline. Davide Neri and his bother Alessandro began the conversion of their father’s vineyards to organic and biodynamic viticulture following a meeting with Claudio Icardi in the early nineties. Not much of these wines make it to our shores, and this is the first time we’ve had a white, red, and rosé all at the same time. All three are full of sun and life, and seemingly made with these lazy summer months in mind. They’re not picky about food, so plunk any of these down on the patio table with Mediterranean seafood dishes or just your average barbecue. Expert tip: chill the red!
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We sold out of the first Rose Sampler sooner than we thought we would, so we’ve released an all new version. All new wines from practically everywhere that makes rosé except Provence, because you’ve probably got those down. Click here to see the old one.
Sun’s out buns out, string up the Christmas lights on the patio, set the Pandora to Isley Brothers, everybody bring something to throw on the grill, set your alarm so you can call in sick tomorrow morning, summer is here! What do we want to drink? Beer! What else? Rosé! You’ll be pleased to know we’ve expedited your shopping experience and put together a six-pack of some of our favorite pink patio pounders. Better still, we’re offering said six-pack at a better-than-case-discount price of $77, leaving you still plenty of scratch to pile on the pilsners. Hop on over here to buy one now…