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Wines We’re Drinking: Madloba

Skin contact can be a magical thing. Especially when it comes to a particular wine made in the most natural of ancient methods, in a tiny corner of France. That wine is MADLOBA, and it’s what we’re drinking this week.

Domaine des Miquettes | Madloba | $50.99

Let’s get one thing clear. Madloba could be called an orange, an amber, or a skin-contact wine. Yeah ok, I know – that doesn’t seem all that clear! The wine is *literally* a little hazy…and it’s in a category that seems to defy definition.

This beautiful golden liquid from Domaine des Miquettes is made from the white grape varietals Marsanne and Viognier. The deep copper color comes from the grape skins and seeds, which are left in contact with the pressed juice for an extended time (6 months!). The fermented juice is then aged a further 6 months in clay amphorae buried in the cool ground. This ancient winemaking technique produces a liquid gold with the texture, body and tannin of a light red wine plus the fruit and minerality of a white wine. Stylistically unique, with a savory, richly textured mouthfeel, this is a special bottle worth trying – especially if you’re new to skin-contact wines.

The name “Madloba” is Georgian, and it means “thanks”. If your New Year’s resolution is to expand your wine knowledge, or just to try new things, check this one out! You’ll thank yourself.

Madloba - Domaine des Miquettes Orange Wine
Photo by Paul Varricchione @varricc

In the glass, Madloba catches the light and glints like pennies; like the last rays of sunlight angling across a shadowed beach. It smells like an escape to a warm summer afternoon in a Mediterranean grove. You’re surrounded by nectarines, yellow plums, apricots and oranges, plus swirls of ginger, quince and almond blossom. The first sip startles your palate, flooding your tongue with tart orange pith, snapping your head up with snappy acidity that’s like a plunge into a cold pool after a sauna, leaving a lingering texture of fine chalk baked in the sun. As the wine warms slightly, the scent takes me back to early mornings in my mom’s garden, when I would wander through the flowers and stick my nose deep into the glowing orange-throated yellow “Charles Darwin” old English roses.

My husband, who is very particular about the wines he likes, couldn’t stop drinking this stuff. It’s a treat, but oh man…what a treat!

Terracotta amphorae at Domaine des Miquettes, These are tinajas, imported from Spain, but they are buried in the Georgian-style in a sand-filled pit near the domaine (image credit: vortexdugosier.blogspot.com)

Domaine des Miquettes was created by Paul Estève and Chrystelle Vareille in 2003 in Cheminas, a small village located on a high plateau in the northern Rhône. Paul and Chrystelle took over the farm from Paul’s family and turned one of the small farm buildings into a cramped and low-tech wine-making facility.  In total, the domaine consists of five hectares.

At an altitude of around 350 meters, the vineyards are planted on a steep hillside with soils of granite mixed with mica & schist and an east/southeast exposure. Both of the Domaine des Miquettes vineyards are certified as organic farms. The vineyard rows are worked throughout the year with either a tractor or horse drawn plough, which is used on the more difficult terrains.

All harvesting is done by hand and the fermentations occur with natural yeasts and little or no temperature adjustments. All of the wines are made sans soufre – without the addition of sulfur.

During a visit to the republic of Georgia years ago, Paul and Chrystelle were inspired to make wine in the ancient tradition, using clay amphorae buried in the earth. They built a “chai” dedicated to these buried clay jars, and use them for the vinification and maturation of the red and orange wines they call Madloba.

Oh! And the fun label? That comes from a trip to Georgia as well, when Paul got INTO an amphorae and had to be pulled out. He and Chrystelle have truly immersed themselves in making this style of wine, and I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been able to try their wine here in frozen Vermont this winter. If you come into the Bevie, ask for Kate or Jason and we’ll direct you to this orange gem!

Cheers & happy imbibing,                                                                                                                                     Kate

Read more about Domaine des Miquettes.

Learn more about skin-contact wines

Boyden Valley Winery | Free Tasting & Bottle Sale | MON 12/24 12:00-2:00 PM

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Boyden Valley Winery | Free Tasting & Bottle Sale | MON 12/24 12:00-2:00 PM

Our cozy friends at Boyden Valley Winery are coming over to do a tasting and we’re offering a special -10% tasting discount on their VT wine!

This is the perfect time to stock up for the holidays!

From classic table wines to fruit forward and dessert types, the Boyden family has a wine for any meal, celebration, or gift so stop in, sip, stock up, and save!

We look forward to seeing you here!


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Special Wine Cave Sale: 10% Off Everything!*

Until December 31, 2018, nearly every bottle* in our rare & vintage wine cave is on sale! Save 10% on incredible bottles from wineries including:                                                                                                            

  • Caymus
  • Opus One
  • Silver Oak
  • Stag’s Leap
  • Château Palmer
  • Château Mouton-Rothschild
  • Vieux Télégraphe
  • Gaja
  • Massolino
  • Vietti

…and many more! Visit our WINE CAVE LIST for a full inventory and regular price information. Buy this month and save 10% off the regular price!

*Some exceptions apply. Does not apply to Champagne / sparkling wine. Cannot be combined with regular 10% case discount.

Rare Wine Cave Sale

Champagne: All the Best Bubbles for your Celebrations!

At the Bevie we love bubbly! Our French Champagne selection is extensive and fully-stocked with in-demand bottles including Veuve Cliquot and Moet & Chandon, plus grower Champagne from small family-owned estates. Our prices are competitive, and this is a no-shenanigans list…we have these bottles in stock! Whether you want lightly-sweet fizzy rosé or Brut Nature (a.k.a zero dosage a.k.a no added-sugar) bubbles, we’ve got it.

Check out our full list of available Champagnes.

Vintage White Burgundy: 25% Off this November!

If you’re a fan of Grand Cru and Premier Cru white Burgundy, this is your lucky month! Until the end of November, these special wines from France are on sale for 25% off.

Last updated on: 11/23/2018

These coveted bottles have been slumbering safely in our wine cave, resting at a perfect 55 degrees and awaiting your corkscrew. White Burgundy (aka some of the best Chardonnay in the world) is lovely paired with soft cheeses, roast turkey & gravy, a juicy ham, or even a less “conventional” main course such as lobster (yum), making them the perfect occasion wines for your holiday table. They’re ready to pop and pour now – no need to cellar these babies!

The wines listed below are all 25% off the tag price from today until November 30, 2018. For some bottles, that’s a savings of over $75!! To take advantage of this limited sale, simply come into the Beverage Warehouse and let us know which bottle or bottles you’d like. We’ll retrieve them from the wine cave, and you’ll be good to go! You can also call us at 802-655-2620 or email info@beveragewarehousevt.com to reserve particular bottles.

Available quantities of each wine are noted below, and we’ll do our absolute best to update this list as bottles sell. There are only one of two bottles of some of the Grand Cru and single-vineyard bottlings, so reserve yours soon!

Vintage Jean-Marc Pillot Grand Cru and Premier Cru White Burgundy – 25% off this month!
  • Jean-Marc Pillot | Burgundy | Côte de Beaune – Chassagne-Montrachet | “Les Vergers” | Premier Cru | 2005 | Regular price $79.99 – on sale for $63.99  #3015 – 5 bottles

  • Jean-Marc Pillot | Burgundy | Côte de Beaune – Chassagne-Montrachet | “Les Caillerets” | Premier Cru | 2005 | Regular price $99.99 – on sale for $79.99  #3017 – 2 bottles
  • Jean-Marc Pillot | Burgundy | Côte de Beaune – Chevalier-Montrachet | Grand Cru | 2005 | Regular price $379.99 – on sale for $303.99 (save $76!) #3022 – 2 bottles
The beautiful vineyards of Burgundy, France

About Jean-Marc Pillot:

Jean-Marc Pillot is the fourth generation of his branch of the Pillot family to tend vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet. He joined his father, Jean, in 1985 to learn the craft of “vigneron”. After six years of working side-by-side, Jean-Marc assumed the direction of the domaine in 1991 with the assistance of his wife, Nadine, and his sister, Beatrice. Of course, his father, Jean, remains by his side rendering advice and valuable assistance in the vineyards (often while he is tending the garden in back of the chai!). Jean-Marc has instituted several changes at the estate, the most prominent of which is the construction of a new cave. Of equal importance, Jean-Marc expanded the amount of vineyards under cultivation and has made subtle modifications in vinification and elevage to place his own “mark” on this estate which now covers approximately fifteen hectares with an annual production of, more or less, 60,000 bottles.

The domaine is dominated by its production of white wines but there are important cuvées of red wine produced here as well. Vineyard holdings are spread throughout the village of Chassagne with subsidiary parcels in Puligny, Santenay, Meursault and Remigny (to the south). This breadth of real estate enables the Pillot family to produce a stunning range of wines that put on brilliant display the intricacies of terroir in this southern tier of the Cote de Beaune. The estate’s jewels are its premier crus blancs (Baudines, Chenevottes, Macherelles, Vergers, Morgeot, Caillerets, La Maltroie and Champs Gain) and premier cru rouges (Macherelles, Morgeot, Clos St.Jean), all within the boundaries of Chassagne Montrachet. 

The vines in most parcels are between 25 and 50 years old; in certain instances the vines are considerably older, reaching the 100 year mark in Clos Saint Jean and Clos Saint Marc (within the cru of Vergers). Traditional viticultural practices are used in the vineyards. Both Cordon de Royat and Guyot Simple pruning and training systems are employed. The spring and summer months are the time for intensive work in the vineyards to control the size and quality of the harvest, the work including de-budding and canopy control. The vineyards are plowed and no herbicides are used.

Harvest is manual. The white wines are almost all fermented and aged in barrel, with a regimen of 10% to 30% new oak (the degree depending on the structure and importance of the wine). The wines are aged on the fine lees for twelve months and then are racked out of barrel into stainless steel tanks to clarify and settle naturally for an additional six months. The extra aging avoids the necessity to cold stabilize the wine.

Maquam Wine Tasting & Bottle Sale | FRI 10/12 4:00-6:30 PM

FREE Maquam Wine Tasting & Bottle Sale | FRI 10/12 4:00-6:30 PM

Come by the Bevie, meet your VT-neighbor-maker, sample scrumptious wine, and get -10% off any bottle.

We are always delighted when Maquam comes over and brings their delicious, award winning fruited wines!


From maquamwine.com:

After 100 years and five generations, the family is legally producing wine in St. Albans, Vermont made with syrup from Fairfield, Vermont.

Located on 10 acres, at St. Albans Bay Vermont, this land has been in the Brook’s family since the 1600’s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. There is a mound of rock located on the land that contains chert, which the pre-historic Indians used to make their tools. Chert is a fine-grained silica-rich, sedimentary rock that may contain small fossils. The Paleo Indians used the chert for their stone tools and fire starting kits. Chert originating from our location has been found as far away as the Dakotas and Nova Scotia. This fossil rich piece of land is one of only a few sites of its type in North America.

Around seven acres is being dedicated to the production of fruit wines. The berries are grown along Maquam, St. Albans, and Lapans Bays along the shore of Lake Champlain, where the still water affords one of the longest growing seasons in the North East. The primary fruits grown on the property are blackcurrants and Haskap berries.


Maquam Pear Wine -

This award winning pear wine is fruit forward and highly aromatic with lingering tropical undertones. The pear continues on the palate with an exceptionally smooth and lingering finish. Its beautiful light golden color and layered, balanced body makes it a perfect appetizer wine to enjoy with friends.

Our pear wine matches perfectly with picnic fair, salads & sandwiches, Asian cuisine, fruity desserts, grilled chicken and mild cheeses (brie, Gouda etc.). It is also excellent on its own or as a spritzer. Serve chilled!


Maquam Black Currant Wine –

This full bodied award winning black currant wine is hugely aromatic and complex. This garnet hued beauty opens with notes of ripe wild berries and rich oak. Made with 100% estate grown fruit in the Green Mountains of Vermont and locally sourced Vermont Grade A maple syrup, this will be sure to please any discerning pallet. The ten months of French oak barrel aging adds layers of silky vanilla and caramel undertones.

Dry, yet silky and soft, pair it with a variety of foods including strong cheeses, game meat, pork & chicken, festive meals and even some light curries. Also, pairs well with light desserts.
The round jammy flavors of our black currant wine can be enjoyed on its own or as a spritzer. Serve chilled!


Maquam Blueberry and Pure Vermont Maple Syrup Wine –

This fragrant and well-structured blueberry and pure VT maple syrup wine was aged six months in oak barrels and made with Vermont pure maple syrup. It is off-dry, yet fresh tasting. It has notes of berries, vanilla and maple. Pair with any cheese, cream based dishes, white meats or enjoy it on its own or as a spritzer. Serve slightly chilled!