Join us tonight Friday, September 18 from 5-8pm in the Manhattan wine store and from 6pm-8pm in the Brooklyn wine stores as we taste our new direct import spanish wines. We are excited to offer red, white, rosé and cava under the Pierre Ronsard label from Penedès. The searing hot Catalan sun in this region makes old cabernet vines erupt with ripe cherry and blackberry notes and parellada and xarello grapes produce white wines fragrant with litchi fruit and apricots drizzled in floral honey and cava rich with aromas of orange peel and notes of apple and white peach on the palate. And they’re 100% organic!
Because we arranged the purchase directly with the winery, we are able to save on the charge a distributor would normally levy for sourcing wines. This allows us to offer these wines at a great price, making them excellent values. For more on how we got our hands on these direct import wines, check our previous post.
Greene GrapeCome Taste Our Newest Direct Import Wines!
If you ask our kids what they did on their summer vacation, they may speak of the searing heat in the back seat of a car on a trip from Barcelona to visit a winery deep in the sun-baked Penedès region of Spain. And of the delight upon arrival of being led by the winery’s owner high in the hills to a shaded forest. Of following a small creek down hills to a cliff where local boys dove off rocks and plunged into deep natural pools. Of finally finding a basin accessible by wading where they swam in deliciously cool water and quenched their thirst from a mountain spring.
The occasion of our trip to Penedès was to peek in on a direct import wine we are excited to welcome back. Four years ago during a trip to visit small wineries, we tasted the results of the hot Catalan sun on old cabernet, parellada and xarello vines. Reds erupting with ripe cherry and blackberry notes and whites fragrant with litchi fruit and apricots drizzled in floral honey. Because the wines were not yet available in New York, we negotiated a price without the additional markup of a distributor. When our estimated six month supply sold out within a month and we called to order more, the jig was up. A distributor had snapped the wines up and wanted his cut. Uncertain how to credibly explain to our customers a 30% increase in the price of the wine after just a month on the shelves, we reluctantly let the wines go.
So when one of the grandsons of the founder (and one of two brothers who now run the winery) paid us a visit in New York recently with samples of a label not yet available in New York, we were excited. The label had been his father’s labor of love appropriately named after his favorite romantic poet – Pierre Ronsard. Tasting the wines, we found the same delightful aromas and flavors we remembered from years ago. And, once again, we were able to bring the wines in direct, making them an excellent value. This time we’ve added their cava, rich with aromas of orange peel and notes of apple and white peach on the palate. Expected arrival date for the Ronsard white, red, rosé and cava is early fall.
Looking for a cocktail to wow your sweetie? Try St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and sparkling wine.
Making the cocktail is simple – pour 1 oz St. Germain into a champagne flute and fill the rest of the flute with the sparkling wine of your choice (try Vega Barcelona Cava Brut Reserva, also a great sparkler to drink alone). Stir, float half a strawberry as a garnish.
Making St. Germain liqueur is a little more complicated. Freshly-picked elderflowers, which only retain their aroma and flavor for 3 days, provide the essence of this liqueur. The ephemeral nature of these petite, white blossoms requires a coordinated group of flower pickers on bicycles in the foothills of the french alps to gather the floral base for this intriguing liqueur. Oh! The romance!
St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur (Manhattan) St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur (Broooklyn)