2022 Rosell Mir ‘Terra Crua’ orange... $48Barcelona, Spain
This orange gem is as clean and mesmerizing as a missionary at their first strip club with notes of white flowers, papaya, pineapple, and facial concealer. Cheers to “Stars” in Bend, Oregon, my first strip club when I was young and excitable! No, I didn’t work there but that was only because my dancing skills are enthusiastic but unfortunately not considered sexually appealing by the general public. ANYWAY, this is a skin contact wine (aka. orange wine) has a balance that everyone can enjoy!
2021 Domaine de la combe ‘Zeste’ (skin contact/orange) ... $48Loire Valley, France
This elegant orange wine is like George Clooney, it's traditional and timeless at the same time. Speaking of hot men, the winemaker makes me want skin contact from more than just the grapes! He’s in his early 30’s and claims his passion is to “experiment and push boundaries” and I say “don’t threaten me with a good time”! Now that we’ve addressed the important things, let’s talk about the wine. This yummy and intoxicating French gem is juicy, full, and ripe with notes of melon, apple, honeyed citrus, anise, and roasted almond.
La Dive Orange... $34Friuli, Italy
A nose of gasoline, Florida oranges, being in Miami Beach with sunscreen in a thong, and subtle white flower notes. Has a palate of unsweetened dark chocolate with sea salt and burnt orange rind.
La Dive Rosé... $35vacqueyras, france
Light and bright with notes of wet sidewalk after a spring rain, unripe strawberry, crushed sea shells and a hint of salinity. Think of it as "springtime flavored water" with the important addition of alcohol!
jp. bourgeois Freak of Nature Rosé ... $46La Mancha, Spain
The ‘freak of nature’ also prides itself on its unfiltered-ness (new word) and says “shake” all over the bottle. Chill it, shake it like a polaroid picture (thank you Outkast), and enjoy the notes of strawberry yogurt, beach blanket, grapefruit and a fruity and playful finish making this the perfect rosé to replace a meal with in a pinch!
RAM Cellars Malbec ... $50Columbia Valley, Wa
Vivian is committed not only to making exceptional minimal-intervention wines, but also to human rights and diversity in our industry. As a trans woman, she is vocal about LGBTQ rights but also chooses to employ a variety of Queer folks for her close knit team. If that isn’t enough, she also purchases much of her grapes from one of the US’s few (there’s not enough!) black-owned vineyards, Canyon's Gate Vineyard in Washington. Did I mention the wine is great?! Well it is! With notes of with notes of raspberries, black licorice, marmalade, and warm spice- clove with a slight spicy palate that has bright live tannins that aren’t too grippy.
Sean Best Revealed Syrah... $40Santa Ynez Valley, California
Blue fruit, slightly spicy, tree clippings, vanilla bean, with a velvety and yet meaty finish. This wine coats your tongue like a sexy secret. If you're looking for something that resembles a full bodied California or Washington Syrah, this one is for you!
Vino de la sierra de gredos ‘4mono’ GR-10... $48Castilla y León, Spain
4 Monos means “4 monkeys” and refers to four friends and lovers of wine native to the region of Madrid. This “gang of four” randomly met while hiking in the Gredos mountains and decided to make natural wine together. The GR-10 is named after the walking trail they met on which is one of the famous walking trails of the Iberian Peninsula, linking Lisbon to Valencia. While this story makes me want to go hiking in Europe, this wine makes me want to have a delicious meal with an old lover while we enjoy sensual flirtation and stuff ourselves (with food) to ignore the sexual tension. This delicious red has aromas of black licorice, strawberry, plum, bubble gum, with a gripping dry palate with hints of cedar.
Jacob Martin Zinfandel... $48Applegate Valley, Oregon
This rustic and slightly spicy zinfandel is sexy with notes of unripe raspberry, peppered beef jerky, and winter citrus. This is a great wine to pair with food!
2017 Chiesa Manascarda Nebbiolo d’ Alba ... $65Piedmont, Italy
Here's the thing about Barolo, wine bros LOVE IT despite not knowing what grape is in it (it’s Nebbiolo- like this wine). This Piedmont treasure might not specifically be from the small region of Barolo but it’s from the area around it and, in a blind taste test, I would challenge any somm to figure out that it’s not Barolo. And, because there’s a wine bro deep inside me (figuratively but sometimes literally) I thought we’d bring this fancy-ass Barolo-resembling-red-wine to you! It has classic Barolo notes of tar, rose petals, dark cherry, dried green herbs, with a high acid palate that’s perfect for food without being too tannic.
Cutter Cascadia Ashes to Ashes Dolcetto ... $47Columbia Gorge AVA, Oregon
The nose of this versatile and very special red wine has notes of crushed coco nib, dried cherry, plum, a hint of paint for huffing with a savory, bright and tobacco-y palate. Pop the cork and blab it up with your besties!
2022 Mersel Wine ‘red velvet’ (chilled red)... $45Wadi Annoubine, Lebanon
While ‘red velvet’ might sound like the sexy name I used when I was a spy during the Cuban missile crisis, it’s also an amazingly delicious wine from Lebanon! Having worked at a winery in Lebanon before (don’t be impressed, I managed the tasting room for a private event- I didn’t make any wine) I can tell you that Lebanon is home to the oldest viticulture in the world. The Eurpeans love to talk about their wine history but Lebanon is Old Testament level ancient. When the Muslim influence came into the country, they did not chop down/murder wine vines like the US did during prohibition (eye roll). Instead, the leaves from the vines (especially Rhone varietals, such as this wine) were considered especially valuable for food (as you probably know, levantine cuisine is fond of wrapping savory delicacies in grape leaves) meaning that the vines were maintained despite the fruit not being used to produce alcohol. When most of the Middle East stopped producing alcohol, European countries became the center of wine production. That said, this old vine wine tastes fresh because of its low intervention. In contrast, it doesn’t taste ancient but instead is very fresh with notes of blueberries, salted cocoa nibs, ripe nectarines, and quinine. Yum!
Syncline ‘Subduction’ Red... $35Columbia Valley, Wa
Did you know Syncline moved to native yeast ferment as well as adopting other natural wine practices? I guess they’ve been doing this before the natural wine got trendy but didn’t tell anyone about it! Either way, I’m impressed with a result that is both sustainable and ‘classic’ in style. You’ll love it with notes of fresh fruit, apricots, peaches, cracked white paper, plum, and soft tannins that don’t grip the palette but will make you want to snack!