Join us Friday from 6-8 at the wine store to try our wine of the week, Lavradores de Feitoria Douro Tinto 2009!
The Douro Valley in Portugal has been the most perpetually undervalued wine region in the world. Until last month, when the NY Times fawned that it “has so much going in its favor, it’s almost ridiculous.” In that tasting column, a wine from one of our favorite producers, Lavradores de Feitoria, at $12, beat comparable wines priced up to $81 (though it’s been on our shelves at $11.75, a whole five nickels less than the NY Times suggested price).
It turns out that the Douro may kind of be like your favorite undiscovered NYC neighborhood or restaurant – a victim of favorable press. When we called up to reorder the 2009 Lavradores de Feitoria Tinto, we were told it sold out long before expected thanks to the Times endorsement, leaving us with only 5 cases of the 2009 vintage. To savor the “exotic flavors of wild herbs, anise and fruit with dusty tannins” of the Lavradores Tinto from a vintage the Times praised as yielding particularly “ripe, fruity” wines, act fast!
We are thrilled to have 3 cases of Calabretta Etna Rosso 2002 ($27), ‘Best of Tasting’ in the New York Times wine column on volcanic reds from Sicily coming into the store Wednesday.
Described by the Times as “Lively, energetic and pure, with deep, rich fruit and mineral flavors, mellowed by age and underscored with a touch of funk,” we were surprised that the winery’s current release is 10 years old! As Eric Asimov pointed out, it is the rare winery these days that offers the “costly service of aging wine for years before release” but that the benefits in this case include how “time in the bottle can soften tannins and mellow the sometimes aggressive acidity.” The ability to age likely stems from the winery’s longtime roots in Sicily. Massimiliano and Massimo Calabretta are the lastest caretakers of the vines that have been in the family for generations.
To reserve your bottle of the Calabretta Etna Rosso 2002 ($27, $22.95 in mixed or solid cases), call us at (718) 797-9463. We deliver via van in Manhattan and Brooklyn, by bike locally in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill and can ship outside NYC.
For the next 2 days in celebration of Valentine’s we’ll be opening some sparkling wines. From 6-8pm today, you can sample Gruet Brut Rose NV ($17.50), a sparkling pink wine from New Mexico but made in the true champagne tradition using secondary fermentation. From 6-8pm tomorrow, try Delamotte Blanc de Blancs Brut NV ($55), the french champagne that was chosen as the Best of Tasting in the NY Times round up of champagnes.
The Annex and Provisions have tons of treats at every price point for Valentine’s. From butter cookie conversation hearts at Annex to Lobsters and oysters (special order by 4:30pm tonight!) at Provisions and cheese to accompany champagne at Fort Cheese, you’ll find everything you need to celebrate.
Curious about ‘natural’ wines? Female winemaker Noella Morantin’s ‘La Boudinerie’ 2010 ($21.00) shines as an example from the Loire Valley. From the Gamay grape, this delightful red entwines wild, natural flavors and ample acidity. We got the last 14 cases on closeout and are happy to pass the savings on to you! With a heart and flowers on the label, this would make a great Valentine’s Day wine.
What a way to say goodbye to 2011! We just got a call letting us know we’ll have 20 cases of the New York Times’s ‘Best of Tasting’ Blanc de Blancs Champagne, Delamotte Brut NV ($55) (“wonderfully elegant and fresh, with finesse and understated complexity”) in stock just in time for New Year’s. You can order online and we deliver in Brooklyn and Manhattan (and in our local area can get you your wine in 30 minutes or less).
We’ve received 3 cases and 7 bottles of the “Best Value” Pierre Moncuit Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut NV champagne from the NY Times writeup of blanc de blanc champagnes. Described as “chalky and herbal with fine, clear, lingering citrus and fruit flavors,” this delicate champagne is perfect to greet guests with, serve at your holiday dinner or uncork on New Year’s. Supply is extremely limited, we got the last bottles available in NYC.