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TAMI’ Frappato (Sicily, Italy)

This wine comes to us from the young female winemaker Arianna Occhipinti. She created the TAMI project a few years ago to prove that Sicily can produce straightforward natural wine. The vines are farmed organically. The wine undergoes a short maceration/fermentation before resting 6 months in stainless steel.

Frappato is indigenous to Sicily. It can be vinified alone or blended with Sicily’s other indigenous red grape, Nero d’Avola, to produce Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG wines. Frappato generally has a perfumed strawberry nose, along with some subtle herbaceousness (reminiscent of the Sicilian landscape). TAMI Frappato has a sleek medium-bodied frame and lingering minerality at the finish. Chill for 30 minutes prior to serving. Pairs well with vegetarian, chicken, or lighter seafood dishes. Light, chillable – a perfect new red for Spring time!

Chȃteau Graville-Lacoste Graves Blanc (Bordeaux, France)

The Graville-Lacoste comes from Graves, Pessac Leognan in Bordeaux. The appellation takes its name from the deep layers of gravel and stone that form the soils. The owner and winemaker, Hervé, blends a high proportion of Sémillon (75{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22}) and a splash of Muscadelle (5{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22}) with Sauvignon Blanc (25{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22}) to create a rich, full mid-palate to complement the clean finish. He keeps the wines fresh by vinifying and aging for 6 months in stainless steel. This is a versatile white than pairs well with everything from chicken dishes to spicy Asian take out.

Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes Côte de Brouilly Cuvée des Ambassades (Beaujolais, France)

Our next red is from the commune Brouilly in Beaujolais and consists of 100{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22} Gamay. Beaujolais is no longer the sweet, bubble gum flavored plonk you may have encountered as ‘Nouveau’. These are serious, age-worthy reds that derive weightless power from granite rich soils and a cool Continental climate. Chavannes is family-owned property (since the mid 19th century!) that makes wine traditionally: fermentation in vats, after which the wine ages in neutral foudre. Look for raspberries, cherries, and sweet spice over a light-bodied mid-palette. Chill for half an hour before opening!

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