Picture it: you're in the southeast "heel" of Italy's Puglia, and your face is warmed by the Mediterranean sun while the breeze smells faintly of salt from the Adriatic Sea. Here, the water isn't blue, it's azul, and the wine is just as important as the food (if not more so). The degrees don't even consider going negative, and the only thing on your itinerary is wine tours. Speak it into existence.
Our "First Dibs" bottle comes from much closer to home: Territorial is an urban winery based out of Eugene, OR. Normally a wine room exclusive, The Mongrel NV Red Blend is a rich and fascinating blend of Petit Sirah, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Mourvedre, and Riesling. The delivery of this exclusive wine has been delayed until January 14th, but it will be available to club members at the discounted price of $32.
Tormaresca neprica primitivo 2017
Zinfandel Lovers, Get In Here!
The areas surrounding Tormaresca in Italy's Apulia region are steeped in sociological and viticultural history. The area has been inhabited by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Normans (among others), and it was Emperor Frederick II that built the stronghold Castel del Monte, which is now a specific DOC of Puglian wine.
Primitivo (meaning roughly "early one") ripens early in the season, and it's a signature grape of the region. Its early developing sugars make it a juicy and generous red. Fruits like cherry and spiced plum are abundantly evident on the nose, with some earthy tannins providing body and structure. Try it with Margherita pizza, eggplant parmesan, or Gnocchi and ripe tomatoes.
Tormaresca Chardonnay 2018
Puglia: It's Not Just About The Reds
Tormaresca is located at roughly 1,000 feet above sea level in the countryside of Minervino Murge, and they are an important and long-lasting part of Antinori Wines. And while Puglia is more famous for its reds, Chardonnay has found a home in Puglia: the warm climate, cool breezes, and limestone subsoils have helped it thrive in a place where people wouldn't necessarily think of looking.
Do not expect the heavily oaked style of California: this is a stainless steel Chardonnay with crisp and zesty notes of citrus and green apple, though the warm temperatures do impart an additional, underlying tropical nature to the fruit. This would pair deliciously with fresh Orecchiete pasta, sea bass, or grilled vegetables.