Farm to Bottega: al-FreshCo. and Farm to Glass!

Kale, Turnips, Beets...ever pick them up at your local Farmer's Market and can't quite put the perfect meal together?
This week for our Friday tasting we will be tasting a little bit more than wine! Join us as we bring 'farm to table' to you! Our friend Laurel of al FreshCo will be joining us to showcase how 'eating local' can be easy and even delivered right to your local wine shop (The Wine Bottega!). Come and taste some of her delicious meal kits and learn more about what al FreshCo is doing in Boston!

There is a great effort for sourcing local and organic food but we often find that people don't ask as many questions about their wine. Do you know where your wine came from?  How it was grown? Or what has been added to it? Farm to Glass is our monthly wine program modeled after a CSA share to bring you the same quality to your everyday wines. We will be pouring through some of our favorite selections from our Farm to Glass program. Come taste and learn more about how and why we choose these wines!

Oyster River Winegrowers, Morphos, Warren, Maine $15

Pet-nat from Maine? Oh's legit.  Obviously we struggle to find 'local' wines that fit into our repartee- but when you find a guy in Maine, using horse-drawn plowing, native yeasts, no chapitalization, and no addition of sulfur, and the wine is delicious- well then we've hit the jackpot.

Cantina Politi, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Le Marche, Italy $16

Verdicchio is a wonderful grape variety.  Like many of Italy's best wines, the material can often be very simple (trebbiano, sangiovese, montepulciano, etc) but in the hands of a capable and dedicated winemaker, the results can be much greater then the sum of the parts.  The world is awash in verdicchio, not to the extent of something like pinot grigio, but finding 'real' verdicchio is no easy task, and finding really good, natural verdicchio is a big task.  We were excited when this fresh vintage rolled in from a producer we've been following for the past couple vintages, Cantina Politi. They are based on the low-rolling hills of central Le Marche on Italy's eastern coast.  Here they specialize in verdicchio and this vintage they knocked it out of the park

Domaine de la Pepiere Cuvée Granite Rouge, Vin de Pays du Val de Loire, France $16

Marc Ollivier is possibly the most recognizable revolutionary in the whole of the Muscadet region.  His wines and winemaking have literally given rise to his cult status and have helped change people's minds about the humble and often disrespected wines of the Pays Nantais.  Since 1984 Marc has been leading the way for other winemakers in the region, extolling the virtues of each terroir, natural fermentation and experimenting with extended lees contact.  Marc was once on the path to becoming an office worker but his passion for fishing and the outdoors led him to viticulture school and eventually to the vines of melon in the Loire.  Today his estate consists of roughly 20 ha spread through some of the most unique soils of the region.  This is Marc's Cuvee Granite rouge.  A red wine made from a classic blend of cot (malbec), cabernet franc and merlot that is grown on Granite de Chateau Thebaud.  Flecked quartz is common in this vineyard and it adds to this wines austere mineral components yet helps achieve great ripeness in this very cool, northerly climate. A perennial Bottega favorite.

Az. Agr. Cirelli, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, Abruzzo, Italy $20

Organic Montepulciano d'Abruzzo from a Goose farmer! Franceso Cirelli is on just his fifth vintage from his fully functioning farm in central Abruzzo. A mere 5 acres are under vine on his near 60 acre property, most of which is natural preserve or otherwise dedicated to the geese that he raises. He is nearly as proud of his cured goose-breast prosciutto as he is of his refreshing wines. A true farmer at heart and in practice, the fruit of his labors is evident in these humble yet focused expressions of his classic Italian grape varieties. The Montepulciano is a true breath of fresh air. We often find montepulciano's to be a bit overdone; heavy handed fruit with low acidity. This, on the other hand is bright and snappy. Crisp red fruits
with a touch of hearty softness this is perfect for this time of year.

Fattoria Sardi Giustiniani "Villa Sardi Rosso", Colline Lucchesi, Tuscany, Italy$16

While you sip this wine, imagine yourself strolling through the unbelievably picturesque town of Lucca in Tuscany.  While not one of the famous hilltowns (a plus if your legs are not as fit as you might hope), Lucca is a tourist must see for its still intact Renaissance era city walls. This would be a perfect wine to take for a picnic in the parks dotted along the walls for an afternoon that takes you far away in time and place. The winemaker Matteo Giustiniani is as justifiably proud of his hometown as he is of his vines and his passion is palpable in the wines.  This little rosso is a blend along the lines of traditional Chianti with sangiovese, colorino and canaiolo taking the lead but also with a dash of aromatic moscato nero to give it an intoxicating nose of violets, spice and raspberries.

Night Shift Brewing, Annimal, Everett, MA $12

This tasting is the perfect venue to showoff our newest beer from our friends over at Night Shift. One of their newest bottle releases is the Annimal.  A dry and golden saison with accents of black pepper.  A new release of many to be featured from them as they increase their production!

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