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Manni Nössing Grüner Veltliner, Italy
The winemaking region of Alto-Adige is like a little Germany in northeast Italy. Most signs are in German and you’re more likely to see sauerkraut on a menu than tomatoes and basil. Here, Manni Nössing’s vineyards benefit from the steep mountain climate, making stunning Grüner Veltliner that perfectly represents its terroir. After being vinified in stainless steel tanks, the grapes stay eight months on the lees for added richness and texture. The result is this complex wine that balances body with lean Alpine minerality.
Red Hook Winery Twenty One: Twenty Four, New York
When you think of New York you might first consider what the Big Apple has to offer; great restaurants, shopping, museums etc, but you may not find yourself thinking of it as an up-and-coming wine growing region. Red Hook Winery was established in 2008 and aims at showing off New York state viticulture. He is able to do so with his team of winemakers out of California, Abe Schoener and Robert Foley. Splitting each lot of grapes in half for each wine maker to experiment, they continue to discover what New York means in liquid form, letting the juice tell the story. This Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend from the North Fork of Long Island is full of cracked pepper, raspberry, and clove aromas with a brambly fruit palate and long finish.