Do Bianchi fall dinner party six-pack

Hi everyone. Lots of news and info in this offering.

If you’d like to order a six-pack or any of the wines below,
please just send me an email by clicking here.

Do Bianchi now takes credit cards! I’ll miss the nice notes that you included in the checks you used to send me but this way is a lot easier.

I’m still offering six packs because it just makes more sense in terms of delivery, shipping, environmental friendliness, and economy (I can discount the wines more steeply this way). If you don’t want to get a six pack, please email me and let’s figure something out: I have a lot of fun wines in my warehouse right now and we can always put something together for you depending on your needs.

Lastly, on my recent trip to California, I was able to secure some interesting wines at interesting prices through some private collectors. At the end of this email, there are six wines that need no introduction at attractive prices. Please email me if you’re interested and I’ll put an order together for you. There will be many more offerings to come between now and Xmas, so stay tuned!

Thanks again to everyone for your support! 🙂

Do Bianchi Fall Dinner Party Six Pack 150

Vittorio Bera 2007 Arcese (Piedmont, Italy)
Domaine Vrignaud 2006 Chablis Fourchaume (Chablis, France)
Movia 2006 Ribolla (Collio-Brda, Slovenia)
Guy Breton 2007 Beaujolais Morgon (Beaujolais, France)
Occhipinti 2008 SP 68 Rosso di Vittoria (Sicily, Italy)
Henri Milan 2005 St-RĂ©my-de-Provence (Provence, France)

I truly love each and every wine in this month’s six pack offering and again I’ve put together a flight of 6 wines that could be served at a dinner party for 6, starting with something really light and refreshing, a white sparkler from Piedmont, and then moving up in weight through 2 more whites and 3 reds, ending with a meaty Chateauneuf-du-Pape style wine from Provence.

Again, the average bottle price is $25, which also makes this flight a great value for the quality.

Even though I have been digging all of these, there are two stars for me.

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Above: That’s Ales in his cellar.

The Movia Ribolla is one of my all-time favorite wines and is made on a 100% biodynamic estate in Slovenia. You may remember from the blog that my band Nous Non Plus played a gig there a year ago April. We had had a small hit in Slovenia thanks to a cellphone add and when winemaker Ales Kristiancic (pronounced ah-LESH kris-TEE-AHN-chich) found out I was part of it, he invited us to stay there and play a few gigs.

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Above: I took this photo of my band Nous Non Plus a year ago April in Lublijana, Slovenia. We had a small hit in Slovenia that year. I had never felt like a rockstar before but we were that day! Seriously…

The wine is made from 100% Ribolla grapes, a white variety that is grown in the transnational appellation of Collio-Brda that saddles the Friuli-Slovenia border. This is such a great example of a truly natural wine (even the natural wine police would agree). Ribolla can be made in different styles and this one has a heavier weight than most (that’s why I put it after the Chablis in the flight). It’s amazing to watch how the wine will change in the glass, revealing all kinds of crazy flavors and aromas.

The other star is the Guy Breton Beaujolais single-vineyard Morgon, one of the so-called “Cru Beaujolais” that are beginning to emerge as serious wine for serious wine lovers from an appellation known for Beaujolais Nouveau (a wine that I highly recommend you avoid, a calculated marketing campaign that delivers low-quality wine in a pretty package, but I won’t digress). This wine was one of the famous wine importer Kermit Lynch’s early discoveries in Beaujolais and it’s a great example of a very low sulfur wine. Sulfur is added to 99.99999999999% of the wine that is sold commercially in the world and there’s nothing wrong with it: the wine would be undrinkable without it. It’s when large amounts are added that the quality and healthiness of the wine are diminished. Guy Breton has long been one of the champions and pioneers of low sulfur: when you make wine in a natural style (and you take the time to allow the wine to stabilize on its own in the cellar), you don’t need to add a lot of sulfur — that’s the key.

This wine will surprise you with its structure and tannin but even at this young age it retains a beautiful lightness that I look for in wines. It’s berry flavors and super fresh aromas call out for grilled or roast meats. It’s just one of those, “man, this is so friggin’ good wines,” at least for me.

Just one other quick note (and there are brief notes and descriptions below) because I don’t want to bore you.

The last wine, the Henri Milan, is from a town called Les Baux de Provence in southern France. It’s about an hour south of the more famous appellation for red wine Châteauneuf du Pape. If you like rich Grenache from the latter, I think you like this wine: it’s 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cinsault, 5% Mourvèdre. It’s rich and yummy. Here’s a little map to show how close it is and indeed, you don’t think of Provence for this style of wine, but it produces some fantastic meaty, earthy reds like this.

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Vittorio Bera 2007 Arcese (Piedmont, Italy)

Made from Cortese, Favorita (Vermentino), and Arneis grapes, slightly sparkling, low in alcohol and 100% delicious (a perfect aperitif or great-your-guests wine).

Domaine Vrignaud 2006 Chablis Fourchaume (Chablis, France)

Gorgeous premier cru (first growth) Chablis, 100% Chardonnay, mineral-driven and elegant, a classic expression of traditional style Chablis. Showing beautiful right now.

Movia 2006 Ribolla (Collio-Brda, Slovenia)

See above. All I can say is that I managed to survive our lost weekend at the Movia estate! Seriuosly, great wines. One of my favorites.

Occhipinti 2008 SP 68 Rosso di Vittoria (Sicily, Italy)

Occhipinti is one of the coolest and hippest wines in the wine geek and natural wine scene right now. And everyone agrees it’s showing gorgeously. It’s a blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato, native grapes of Sicily, and is made in a totally natural style.

Guy Breton 2007 Beaujolais Morgon (Beaujolais, France)

See above. I’ve been talking every week with Kermit Lynch because I’m producing his listening party in Austin in November (he’s a singer and songwriter beyond his career as a legendary wine importer). This wine is one of his favorites, too.

Henri Milan 2005 St-RĂ©my-de-Provence (Provence, France)

See above. This wine blew me away when I tasted it for the first time last month and I managed to get some. If you like Châteauneuf-du-Pape…

Thanks for reading!

If you’d like to order a six-pack or any of the wines below,
please just send me an email by clicking here.

As promised, here are some higher end, iconic wines that I was able to procure through a private collector in California. The provenance is impeccable: the wines were bought on release and have remained in a temperature-controlled cellar since that time. I’ve tasted with the owner in her cellar and was thrilled when she offered to sell me some of her stash (there are others that will become available soon, as well). If you have a look around, you’ll see that the prices are more than competitive and the wines need no introduction. The 2005 Barbera from Mascarello is hard to find: this one is sourced from one of the vineyards where Nebbiolo is grown for Maria Teresa’s famed Barolo. “My father always planted Barbera alongside Nebbiolo, in rows that weren’t suited for Nebbiolo,” she told me when I tasted this wine with her in her cellar a year ago April. This Barbera is killer.

Gravner 2001 Breg 75
Gravner 2002 Breg 75
Gravner 2001 Ribolla Gialla 75
Gravner 2002 Ribolla Gialla 75

Bartolo Mascarello 2003 Barolo 89
Bartolo Mascarello 2005 Barbera Vigna San Lorenzo 36

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