Hippie Wine Six-Pack

Above: Savio, Ottavio, Alessandro, and Alessandra (first names only, please) of the Valli Unite cooperative and agriturismo in Piedmont.

Hippie Wine Six-Pack

Valli Unite 2009 Brut & Beast
Valli Unite 2009 Barbera Gaitu
Coturri NV Sandocino (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Syrah/Zinfandel)

two bottles each

$132 (plus shipping and handling if applicable)

Free delivery for San Diego and Los Angeles residents.

TO ORDER, SIMPLY SEND ME AN EMAIL BY CLICKING HERE.

There are so many great wines from Italy available today in the U.S. Nearly every week I taste with this or that importer or distributor and discover a wine that I didn’t know about. Such was the case when I tasted a few weeks ago with my friend Amy Atwood in Los Angeles, who always has killer wines in her bag. She turned me on to a biodynamic cooperative — a hippie commune, really — called Valli Unite. Here’s how the Valli Unite (united valleys) describe themselves:

    Nestled high up in the hills surrounded by green and fruit bearing trees, fields of vines and fruits, a center village consists of a cluster of stone and brick buildings covered with green — this is home base for 25 people who live and work together. Food, wine and labor is divided equally. Each has his/her own role, working the land, tending to the animals or cooking in the kitchen to sustain an alternative lifestyle that was originally designed by Ottavio as a way for himself a few other local farmers to survive in an industrializing world. After 30 years of commitment to the land, nature, and one another — Valli Unite is going strong…

And when you taste their wines, you taste the freshness and purity of fruit that only chemical-free winemaking (freed of the yoke of industrial winemaking) can deliver.

From the Valli Unite, I’ve included a gently sparkling white blend and a 100% Barbera, both of which knocked my socks off (two bottles each).

And I’ve also included a wine, a red blend (two bottles), that I really dug by Tony Coturri, an Italian-American and the father of Natural winemaking in California.

Above: Tracie P and I hung and picked grapes with Tony last year in Texas, where he comes to make wine with his friend Lewis Dickson. (Check out my write-up of Lewis and his wines here.)

The red thread of this transnational six-pack is the fact that all the wines are raised in chemical free environments by people who believe that real, wholesome delicious wines should be accessible to all (the average bottle price for this six-pack is $22).

Valli Unite 2009 Brut & Beast

A beautiful, fresh, gently sparkling white blend of Cortese with smaller amounts of Moscato, Favorita, Chasselas, and Timorasso. Tasting note: FRIGGIN’ DELICIOUS. A wine that I could drink every day.

Valli Unite 2009 Barbera Gaitu

Gorgeous Barbera with the bright, bright acidity that I look for in this grape. Juicy red fruit. Lip-smacking, wonderfully food-friendly wine. I’m actually putting some of this down in my cellar because I think it will get better with a year of age on it. Loved this wine.

Coturri NV Sandocino (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Syrah/Zinfandel)

The fact that Tony isn’t afraid to release a mixed-vintage red wine (in this case 08/09) is a sign that that commercial success and marketing considerations don’t shape the way he makes and sells his wine. I was blown away by the freshness in this wine combined with earthiness and lots of wonderful vegetal and savory flavors. This is probably going to be my favorite grilled meat pairing wine. Brooklyn-cut pork chop anyone?

Hippie Wine Six-Pack

Valli Unite 2009 Brut & Beast
Valli Unite 2009 Barbera Gaitu
Coturri NV Sandocino (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Syrah/Zinfandel)

two bottles each

$132 (plus shipping and handling if applicable)

Free delivery for San Diego and Los Angeles residents.

TO ORDER, SIMPLY SEND ME AN EMAIL BY CLICKING HERE.

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  2. jason

    my wine store in switzerland carries their wines.. they are great really value driven too!

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