May 2021 Wines of the Month


This month we found some incredible wines to usher in the warm weather.  Approach each wine with an open mind.  You may not like a wine, but understand what it is about that wine that disagreed with you.  They all can’t be gems, but the idea is to get a better understanding of your palate, understanding where these wines come from and forming a more well rounded vocabulary of how to describe wines.

Let’s get into the back!!


The Rose

  • Ananto Rose from Utiel-Requena, Spain

100% Bobal made using the traditional saignée method where the juice is bled off after brief skin contact.  The grapes are from organic & vegan vineyards, where the limestone-infused clay soils are perfect for growing.  Floral, strawberry notes in the nose. Good acidity and a pleasant mineral backbone make this wine very appealing and super food-friendly wine.


The Whites:

  • Chateau de la Vrillere Muscadet Sevre Et Maine Loire Valley, France

Often confused with ‘moscato” although they are nothing alike nor is there any relation,  Muscadet is actually the name of the region within the Pays Nantais.  The grape is called melon de Bourgogne which produces absolutely beautiful light and dry white wines perfectly paired with oysters!!  

  • Steinig Gruner Veltliner Niederösterreich, Austria

When we have the opportunity to include a Gruner in the bag, you can bet that you’re getting a Gruner.  Straw color, aroma of lemon grass and green apple. Typical grüner veltliner with plenty of acidity, but with some minerality, green apple, and citrus.  LOVE IT!!!


The Reds:

  • Vinaceous Voodoo Moon Malbec Margaret River, Australia

When was the last time you had a Malbec from Australia? Malbec is a variety with huge potential in Australia.  This wine is dark, deep purple in color and has a brooding and perfumed bouquet. The palate is rich, layered and textured - really fills the mouth with its immense power and weight, but retains its finesse with long, soft integrated tannins.  I was surprised at how well this wine did over the years with still a lot of life left to show off.  

  • Eugenio de Almedia “EA” Red Blend Alentejano, Portugal

EA is a blend of Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira, Syrah and Castelao all fermented and aged in stainless steel. A deep garnet red with violet tones. Luscious fruit bouquet of ripe red currant, cherry, and blueberry complemented by subtle notes of vanilla and white pepper.    Excellent with grilled red meats such as steak, lamb, pork dishes, barbecue, or pasta with red sauce.  Love this wine for the price and quality.  

  • Lignum Red Blend from Terre Siciliane IGT

Last but not least, we have to say “good-bye” to this little wine that has been a staple on our shelves for the longest time.  Wines come and go, some don’t get reregistered for sale in CT by either the company or by the distributor.  Lignum is a blend of 40% Merlot – 30% Cabernet Sauvignon – 30% Shiraz, not necessarily indigenous varietals to Sicily.  

Aromas and flavors of plum jam, blueberry compote, rose petal, chocolate-cherry cookies, red licorice and vanilla with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, appealing, medium-length finish revealing notes of spice cake and charred oak with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor.   It’s a bold, balanced, juicy everyday red for the table, even better when paired up with hearty meals and equally delicious on its own.Try this soon before it goes away.

The regular price was $15. 

NOW on SALE for $12 or better yet, buy a case of 12 bottles before it goes bye-bye for only $120.


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