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Shelburne Vineyards Capsize Rosé and White Wine Cans – Free Tasting! FRI 5/18 3:30 – 6:30 pm

Shelburne Vineyards Capsize Rosé and White Wine Cans – Free Tasting! FRI 5/18 3:30 – 6:30 pm

When the sun is out and you need cool, refreshing cans o’ wine to accompany your outdoor fun, local winery Shelburne Vineyards has you covered!

Join rockstar winemaker Ethan Joseph on Friday, May 18 at the Beverage Warehouse for the Vermont launch of their brand-new CAPSIZE ROSÉ in cans! Grab your opportunity to taste this crispy fresh & fruity rosé for the first time, along with the smooth & refreshing cans of Capsize white blend.

Shelburne Vineyards - Capsize Rose cans - Beverage Warehouse tasting
Four cans of Capsize = 1 liter of wine for you and your friends!!
Ethan Joseph Winemaker at Shelburne Vineyards and Iapetus Wines
Ethan Joseph, Winemaker at Shelburne Vineyards and Iapetus Wines

Be sure to follow the adventures of Capsize wines on Instagram!

From www.shelburnevineyard.com/capsize:

We’re not knocking your candle-lit dinners or sliding into an Adirondack chair with your favorite bottle of wine on a warm summer night. Don’t get us wrong, we love those things too.

But we’re Vermonters, which means equal parts relaxing and roving. And it’s clear that your favorite bottle of wine isn’t following you to the top of Mt. Mansfield or rowing you out to the center of Lake Champlain.

Sustainably grown, damn good Vermont wine. Anywhere.

Where do Capsize Wines come from?

From the east bank of the Champlain Valley, on the sunny Shelburne slopes in the brave little state of Vermont. The grapes are grown and wines are crafted by the team at Shelburne Vineyard.

Why “Capsize”?

We’re a wine for people who live life adventurously, who head out to the wild like true Vermonters. We also know that any excursion isn’t much fun without a bit of controlled chaos. That’s why our motto is “If you flip the boat, the cans will float”. If you need a fun and refreshing break from your journey, we’ll be there.

Is wine in a can as good as wine in a bottle?

We believe it is. It should theoretically be more stable than wine in a bottle, because there is virtually no risk of the wine developing a fault due to the lack of oxygen exchange that a cork allows.

How should I drink it?

Whatever the situation allows. If hiking a ridge trail, glasses are going to weigh you down. If relaxing on your back porch, pour it out. It tastes great either way!

The wines taste best when served icy cold.

What sort of wine is it?

It is comprised of two Hybrid varietals: Louise Swenson and LaCrescent. Louise gives the wine it’s refreshing and bright characteristics. The LaCrescent gives it that distinct, delicious fruit aroma. All of the grapes that go into our wines are grown and hand-harvested in Vermont.

How much wine is in a can?

Each can is 250mL, which equals 8.5oz. That is almost two glasses of wine! Capsize is sold in 4-packs, and 4 cans equals 1 liter of wine. That is one and a third standard bottles!

Where can I get it?

Wherever Shelburne Vineyard wines are sold [like the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski, of course!].

60 Days of Rosé #09 | Wilde Farm | Native & Natural Dolcetto Rosé | Fox Hill Vineyard Mendocino

   

60 Days of Rosé #09 | Wilde Farm | Dolcetto Rosé | Fox Hill Vineyard Mendocino California | $19.99

Wilde Farm Dolcetto Rosé is lovingly made with natural yeast, no sulfites are added, and it is 100% delicious!

Only 70 cases of were made for the universe we exist in, so snag your bottle of this sumptuous stunner before they vanish!

wildefarmwines.com

 

The Winery:
Wilde Farm was a place long before it was a wine. Built in 1907 on the estate of Samuel Wilde, a successful coffee and spice trader, Wilde Farm began as a horse farm, with a generous kitchen garden of vegetables and herbs. It is of the Colonial Revival style popular at the time. The edifice itself is purposefully constructed, with hand-hewn floorboards, chestnut moldings, high, plastered ceilings and strong, honest lines. Much like its eponymous wine, the house was expertly crafted of honest materials and made to age gracefully. About twenty years ago, my wife and I took over custody of Wilde Farm. There we have raised three beautiful boys, in the only home they have ever known.

Wilde Farm makes wines from old vines and exceptional vineyards. Quantities are very small. Our wines are bright, balanced and made by hand. They emphasize a balance of acid and fruit. As an added bonus they age great.

Pax Mahle makes Wilde Farm wines. He has a light touch and a craftsman’s approach. Together, we work hard to ensure that Pax has the best materials available and that as a team we screw it up as little as possible. We source grapes from old vine, low yield sites, where soil, climate and honest farming practices allow for a full expression of the type of grape and the place the grapes come from. We only offer vineyard designated wines (so far).We pick when the grapes are ripe and ready. Yeasts are ambient, oak is neutral and fermentation happens at its own pace. We sometimes include stems in the primary fermentation, when it makes sense. We bottle our wines unfined and unfiltered. We sell them when we think they are delicious.

Winemaker’s notes:
Vibrant and fresh with a compelling depth of aroma of effusive cinnamon laced black red & blue fruits. The palate is loaded w/ fresh fruit, spice and a supple core of spicier fruit. Weighty and textural this is really delicious served w/ a chill.

  • Alcohol: 12.4%
  • pH: 3.48
  • Cases Produced: 70

Fox Hill Vineyard:
Wilde Farm Dolcetto comes exclusively from The Fox Hill vineyard, located just south of the town of Ukiah on the Talmage Bench. The soils are well-drained, with high concentrations of gravel and sandstone. Fig, apple and plum trees dot the grounds, as well as an acre of olive trees. The Dolcetto we source comes from the cooler, tree-shaded, north-west facing slopes. This wine goes through complete carbonic fermentation with native yeasts and is raised naturally for only 6 months in neutral french barrique with no sulfur added.

 

60 Days of Rosé | #07 | Kivelstadt Cellars | Twice Removed Rosé | Venturi Vineyard, Mendocino County | $17.99

 

60 Days of Rosé | #07 | Kivelstadt Cellars | Twice Removed Rosé | Venturi Vineyard, Mendocino County | $17.99

 

We have been utterly enchanted by the elegant wines lovingly ‘hand-and-foot-crafted’ by Kivelstadt Cellars.

We kicked off our snapping up of Kivelstadt Cellars wine with the craveable KC Labs Syrah.  Once we got that luscious syrah on our shelves, we said “We need more wine!” as we often do and asked for every drop available to us. 

Soon after us pushing the button on more Kivelstadt, Mother of Invention | White Rhone Blend, Old Wyves Tale | Carignane, and Native Son 2016 | Charbono established their shelf space within our popular ‘Natural & Native’ wine section.

When you think about the hundreds of thousands of places in the US to purchase wine… 876 cases Kivelstadt Cellars Twice Removed Rosé is incredibly rare (aside from being delicious!) so claim your bottle while you can.

 

From kivelstadtcellars.com

Overview –

 Kivelstadt Cellars | Twice Removed Rosé – Don’t I know you?

This blend of 60% Carignane and 40% Grenache is styled after its Provençale cousins from southern France. The grapes are harvested early, then lightly foot stomped and allowed to cold soak overnight to extract color and texture before the juice is pressed off and fermented in stainless steel. This bone-dry rosé possesses vibrant acidity, notes of strawberry and watermelon and a hint of kiwi on the finish.

Twice Removed feels like family.  Not like the family you know, more like distant cousins, back from adventures abroad.  Made straight from whole cluster pressed grapes, not with the extra juice destined for the drain.  Once you get to know this Rosé, you’ll feel like old friends.

  • Jordan Kivelstadt / Winemaker

 

Our Story –
Kivelstadt Cellars was founded for our love of amazing California vineyards. After leaving a career in consulting in his early twenties, Jordan Kivelstadt traveled the world making wine in California, Australia, Chile and Argentina.

In 2007, Jordan made 125 cases of Estate Syrah. He drew inspiration both from his winemaking experiences in the new world and his family’s passion for European cuisine, art and wine culture. Hence our focus became exploring the product of incredible California vineyards, with a nod toward the rich history and balance of the old world wines that came before us.

Since the inaugural 2007 vintage, our production has grown to 3,500 cases annually. We strive to create wines of intrigue that maintain a fun and approachable style and challenge the status quo of conventional California wines.

 

Overview –
Years ago Kivelstadt Cellars was only an idea, the idea that people deserve to drink wines with soul. These wines would come from vineyards with heritage , farmed with the utmost respect for nature , and fermented with low intervention . A combination of these ideals has evolved into a lifestyle. A lifestyle which vintage after vintage results in delicious wine’s which pay homage to California’s terroir. Doesn’t everyone love rose? When it’s made like this it i s the perfect thing to quench your afternoon thirst! Produced from grapes picked only for rose this elegant wine will go head to head with any bottle from Frances famed Provence.

 

Varieties –
Carignane ( 60 %) Grenache Noir ( 40 %)

Production –
876 Cases Vineyards: Venturi Vineyard, Mendocino County AVA

Analysis –
EtOH: 1 3 . 1 % pH: 3.35 TA: 6.2 g/L VA: .34 FSO2: 22 ppm ML : 10 0 %

 

Grape Details –
A little known fact is that Carignane doesn’t originate from Southern Frances Languedoc Roussillon, the region that made it famous. The grape actually evolved in North – East Spain’s Aragon region where it is know as Mazuelo. Carignane is vigorous, highly productive, late budding; mildew prone, late ripening and produces wines that are high in color, tannin, acid and flavor. All of these characteristics make it perfectly suited for Norther n California and extended life.

As these vines get older and older, their fruit gets more and more concentrated. Grenache Noir or Granacha Tinta in Spain is an ancient variety that has undergone many mutations effecting berry color (Blanc, Gris and Rouge can all be found). Grenache has long been thought to originate from Spain, but current DNA analysis has started a debate as to whether it originated in Spain or Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau. Grenache Noir is Frances Second most widely planted gr ape, which implicates its importance in Frances wine tradition. It is also the base of Southern Rhone Blends from famed regions such as Chauteauneuf-du-Pape. This relatively early budding, but late ripening grape is great for hot climates (such as California!).

Color is dependent on yield and can range from light and bright to dark and brooding. A fun Viticultural fact is that Grenache is highly resistant to eutypa die back, which explains it’s miraculous longevity.

 

Soils –
Venturi Vineyard is located just north of Ukiah, in the Calpella Valley, on predominantly Pinole gravelly loam soils. Containing a mixture of sandstone, shale and quartz, these deep, well – drained soils were formed from alluvial flows, depositing fist – sized stones along the way. Highly deficient in organic matter, the moderately acidic soil pH allows for optimal nutrient uptake to allow the vines to thrive. Pinole soils are some of the most sought after soil types in Mendocino County. Farming: Larry Venturi is a 3rd generation farmer tending to vines planted on his family’s historic site in Calpella (Ukiah), in Mendocino County. Planted in the late 1940’s, this nearly 70 year – old vineyard is still amazingly healthy and produc tive. The vines are head trained and have been dry farmed since inception. Farming is certified organic.

 

Vintage –
2017 was a tumultuous growing season to say the least. It was the first season in many years that had significant rainfall in the winter and spring. This provided a much needed respite from the years of drought that had plagued California. A very hot August kicked harvest off quickly, but September was relatively mild and cool. There was a devastating fire late in the season, which tore through vineyards and more importantly impacted the lives of many California.

 

 

Vinification –
The Grenache and Carignane were harvested on the same day from Venturi Vineyard. We foot stomped the grapes in the picking bins, put dry ice on top, wrapped the bins with shrink wrap and left the m to soak overnight. This enabled us to extra just a pit of color out of the grapes. We love our rose to be a dull pink to Salmon color. Next the fruit was pressed whole cluster and co – fermented in stainless steel tank. After primary fermentation ended , the wine is racked off of the lees and malo lactic fermentation is blocked.

 

Tasting Notes –
The wine is light and steely with a vain of acid all the way through. Aromas are punctuated by bright cranberry and savor herbs. By using grape varieties made fa mous in the Rhone we attain a mid palate that makes this perfect with light food or alone!

 

60 Days of Rosé | #06 | Famille Lafage Miraflors Rosé | France – Roussillon – Côtes Catalanes | $16.99

60 Days of Rosé | #06 | Famille Lafage Miraflors Rosé | France – Roussillon – Côtes Catalanes | $16.99

The pink ‘n pale Lafage Miraflors rosé in a frosted bottle will grab the attention of your eyes, and the flavor will grab the full attention of your palate.

We adore this French rosé for under $20.  Refreshing & bright, Miraflors can be enjoyed by itself or with some of your favorite spring/summer fare.

 

From europeancellars.com

Named after an old estate located in the heart of Domaine Lafage, Mas Miraflors, the Miraflors Rosé is sourced from old vines of Grenache Gris, nearing 80 years old, planted near the Mediterranean. Added to this is some Mourvedre that Jean-Marc planted here about 15 years ago. This a direct press rosé with the color coming from the skins of the pink Grenache Gris berries, and naturally, from the much darker Mourvedre. It is aged in tank for 4 months before bottling.

 

Famille Lafage Miraflors Rosé

  • Location | Roussillon, France
  • Appellation | Côtes Catalanes
  • Size / Elevation | 160 hectares / 50-400 meters
  • Variety | Mourvedre, Grenache Gris
  • Age of Vines | 15-75
  • Farming | Practicing organic
  • Soil | Alluvial gravel
  • Altitude | 15-25 meters
  • Fermentation | Hand harvested, direct press, fermented in tank
  • Aging | 4 months in tank

 

 

 For well over a decade we have worked with Jean-Marc Lafage at his estate in the Roussillon, and across the border in Spain where he consults on several projects. As good as his wines were, when we first met him, they only get better with each vintage. When we first made his acquaintance in Calatayud, he suggested we visit his estate in the Roussillon and the rest, as they say, is history.

Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage farm 160 hectares of vines located just south of the capital of French Catalonia, Perpignan. Some of their vineyards are situated a few kilometers from the Mediterranean while others can be found in the foothills of the Pyrenees. This range of sites allow them to make both refreshing whites as well as concentrated reds and, this being the Roussillon, some fortified wines as well. Benefiting from a warm, dry climate, the estate is farmed organically.

They grow primarily Grenache (Blanc, Gris & Noir), Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Marsanne, Roussanne and Chardonnay with a significant proportion of the vines well over 50 years old. The soil, as you near the coast is weathered, alluvial gravel while in the higher elevation sites it is predominantly schist. They harvest by hand and the winemaking is surprisingly uncomplicated with stainlesss steel for the fresher whites but mostly concrete tanks for the rest with a small amount of French oak demi-muids.

Named after an old estate located in the heart of Domaine Lafage, Mas Miraflors, the Miraflors Rosé is sourced from old vines of Grenache Gris, nearing 80 years old, planted near the Mediterranean.

Added to this is some Mourvedre that Jean-Marc planted here about 15 years ago. This a direct press rosé with the color coming from the skins of the pink Grenache Gris berries, and naturally, from the much darker Mourvedre. It is aged in tank for 4 months before bottling.

 

 

60 Days of Rosé | #05 | Forty Ounce Wines Rosé | Vin de France | $15.99 (compare at $17.99)

60 Days of Rosé | #05 | Forty Ounce Wines Rosé | Vin de France | $15.99 (compare at $17.99)

It’s okay to have fun, delicious wine!  Forty Ounce Wine Co. delivers just that with their distinctive packaging and crowd friendly wine.

Grab an easy drinking Forty Ounce Wine Co. Rosé the next time you’re going to a friends house and need a couple extra ounces to share – we’ve got plenty of brown paper bags for them.

From fortyouncewines.com

FORTY OUNCE ROSÉ

  • APPELLATION:  Vin De France Rose (Grapes from Muscadet and Touraine)
  • Grape VARIETALS:
    • 53% Gamay
    • 33% Merlot
    • 10% Cabernet Franc
    • 4% Pineau d’Aunis
  • ALCOHOL Content:  12.5%
  • FARMING PRACTICES
    We abide by sustainable growing practices and work the soils to increase biodiversity and aeration. We pay careful attention to the terroir to prevent the unsustainable use of pesticides.

 

 

60 Days of Rosé | #03 Swick Wines Rosé of Pinot Noir | $19.99

Swick Wines Rose of Pinot Noir 2017

60 Days of Rosé | #03 | Swick Wines | Willamette Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir | $19.99

Today, ladies and gentlemen, we would like to introduce you to an intriguing rosé that will expand your palette and your mind, revealing layers that you may not have realized a rosé could have! Swick Wines’ Rosé of Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley is as natural as a wine can be, made with grapes that are gently hand-harvested and direct pressed into concrete eggs. It sings with zingy black cherry and raspberry, but finishes extra dry and sharp, with fresh clean acidity. Crack a bottle with a friend and a wedge of salty cheese, and ponder deep thoughts!

Joe Swick, owner and winemaker

In addition to snagging Joe’s rosé each year from our friends at Vermont Wine Merchants as soon as it comes in, we carry Swick Wines Malbec in our natural wine section year-round! A deep and brooding Washington Malbec, this wine displays a subtle nose, with elegant dark fruit emerging from its gentlemanly reserve.

Joe Swick is a 5th generation Oregonian, born and raised in Portland. He got into the wine business working as a shipping/receiving clerk working at a specialty organic food store in Portland, where he was able to taste a lot of different wines and meet a lot of Oregonian winemakers. He worked his first harvest in 2003 in Oregon, and from then until 2012 he worked 15 different harvests, traveling all over the world as far as Tasmania, France, Portugal, and Italy. Joe returned to Oregon in 2013 to start Swick Wines in the Willamette Valley. He works only with sustainable or organically farmed vineyards that are not irrigated, from cooler climate locations. Many of the wines have zero sulfur added.

Joe’s wines tend to showcase the “fruit” aspect in a very subtle way, instead being more focused on minerality, salinity and freshness. Tannins are direct and firm without being harsh. Since Joe works with cold sites, alcohols are lower and acids are quite a bit higher than most wines from Oregon/Washington. Read more about Joe Swick’s dedication to natural winemaking in Willamette Week and Edible Portland.

ABOUT THE 2017 SWICK ROSÉ OF PINOT NOIR:

Total Production: 1,800 bottles

Appellation: Willamette Valley

Age of Vines: 20 years

Soil: Alluvial and Basalt

Yield: 2 tons per acre

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and destemmed. The grapes are direct pressed into concrete eggs where the wine ferments for about 8 months. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered, with a small addition of sulfur.