Eastern Standard (Boston MA)
A spontaneous combustion of pear magic. Refreshing, courageous, a good start/middle/end to any day. Even for non pear fans thanks to the gentle funk.
A blend of 5 pear types: Plant de Blanc, Muscadet, Tricotin, Avenelle & Poire de Grise
Unfiltered, just pears.
Wine & Cheese Cask (Somerville, MA)
Imported by: Rosenthal Wine Merchant
Winner of Medaille D’Or, Paris 2013
For only 14%, this vin jaune has decidedly strong weight to it and no flab. Toast, nuts, caramelled honey (is that a thing?) lingering acidity to balance, giving great mouthfeel. Not for the fainhearted.
A rare wine, made only the very best years, of Savagnin aged between 6-8 years in foudre before being aged further in bottle.
Yvonne’s (Boston, MA)
Imported by: Rare Wine Co.
The Queen is in good form, people. Classic co-operative Produttori deal Barbaresco offers a shining example of elegance, a ruby of Piedmont. Nearly herbaceous aromatics, surprisingly structured yet subtle. Climbs your mouth, builds energy the longer it’s open. Detailed.
Domaine Grand Guilhem “Fitou”, 2014
Imported & Sold by: Violette Wine Cellars (Brighton, MA)
A blend of indigenous vines in Languedoc, averaging around 60 years old: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre. Grown in the hot, dry sun on gentle slopes. From the oldest AOC in Languedoc (Corbieres), considered a royal wine of the 17th & 18th century.
Vermouth di Torino, “Rosso”, Alessio
Imported by: Anchor Distilling Co., Tempus Fugit Spirits
Banned by the church in the Dark Ages as it was considered a self-serving tonic that drew people away from religion as the keeper of knowledge. Considered a luxury wine. Originally created by Girolamo Ruscelli (alias Alessio Piemontese), this vermouth has made been modeled after his recipe and is one of my go-to when feeling sickly. Seamless concoction of herbs and roots, perfect all on its own. Way better than Echinacea.