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Wines from the New York Times Wine of the Times: "To Find the Best of Languedoc, Follow the Producer"

Wines from the New York Times Wine of the Times:
Our friend Mr. Eric Asimov has hit the nail on the head one more time. I say this every time, but I am super thrilled he has decided to focus on arguably the most underrated and misunderstood wine region in the world: Languedoc. In short, historically, this was the red headed step child of France––mass produced, overlooked, table wine. Unfortunately, this persisted for generations until the last decade or so where amazing wines have been coming out with lighting speed.

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Orange is the New Orange: 2 New Spanish Natural Orange Wines Sure to Make You Sing in the Bathtub!

Orange is the New Orange: 2 New Spanish Natural Orange Wines Sure to Make You Sing in the Bathtub!
The popularity of orange wines these days is astonishing. At once there was one in the store and it was hard to sell, now the average customer is coming in looking for it EVERY SINGLE DAY!  Good for us, isn't it? As we have a sick selection with loads of diversity within various price points.  Today we feature two new ones from Spain that are as diverse as diverse can be for orange wines which can vary and fluctuate from a bit oxidative with mild skin contact to cloudy to insanely weird and kombucha like. What have we got today?

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Sicily's Finest: 2017 Tenuta della Terre Nere

Sicily's Finest: 2017 Tenuta della Terre Nere
To be great in Sicily, one has to be aware of terroir and not succumb to cliches. One has to recognize differences above all else and be willing to take a punch. Here is the quick story of Tenuta Della Terre Nere:  On roughly 21 hectares, of which roughly half are uprooted and replanted, the rest between 40-50 years old, with 1.5 pre-phylloxera. Decades, centuries, millenniums and eons of volcanic eruptions have resulted in endless soil variations -- some much more dramatic than others. More importantly, the elevation at these vineyards is ridiculous, with drastic temperature variations.

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New Releases from Arnot Roberts: French Mind, California Heart!

New Releases from Arnot Roberts: French Mind, California Heart!
Frequent fans of this newsletter will recognize today's producer. Arnot Roberts is a Burgundy/Rhone lovers love in California. Seriously, it is shocking the number of customers who only buy Burgundy, Rhone and Barolo from me but find themselves drawn to this producer as both as a daily enjoyment and QPR wine. Additionally, these wines can age like a mother f$%^er. Stubborn, closed and bursting with life on their first opening. I have had some with a decade of age that barely scrape the surface. The Syrahs are American Cote Rotie, the Chards, Meursault; and the rest, just a hodgepodge of awesomeness. 

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