Welcome to the April 6 Bottle Club from MYSA Natural Wine!
A note from our founder:
First of all, apologies for the club going out late this month! Our warehouse had part of their client portal go down and it messed with all of our orders. We really appreciate you being a part of our club and being patient with us!
Second, Hooray for fun spring wines this month and lots of Eastern Europe! Starting with the cider from Keltis, this thing is dope and WILD! PLEASE CHILL STANDING UP FOR SEVERAL DAYS AND OPEN VERY SLOWLY. It can explode (see our video, we opened it immediately on delivery and paid for it lol). It's worth the wait! Plavina is the great chillable red, Sfera is a gorgeous white, then we have a French red for your super food friendly pick. To cap it off, we have a rare Meinklang that will make you go WHOA!
Third, while we're talking about feedback, we heard you on wanting shorter videos SO, we have a new format we're starting to implement on some wines and I hope you enjoy! Again, if you have feedback my inbox is always open: firstname.lastname@example.org
-Holly, Founder - MYSA Natural Wine
- Plavina - Pomalo
- Premiers Pas - Domaine des 2 Anes
- Sfera - Bikicki
- Clear Skies Fear No Bolts - Kontozisis
- J15 - Meinklang
- Tuchek Bizeljsko Cider Pét-Nat - Keltis
- Wine Evaluation Sheet
Plavina - Pomalo
A chillable Dalmatian red with notes of dark fruits and spice, soft tannins and a grippy finish. Light and juicy Croatian wine perfect to sip while chilling at the beach.
Pairings: Pljeskavica Burger, Grilled Halloumi Salad, Beef Satay with Thai Peanut Sauce
Serving Temperature: 55°- 60°F
"The Begović cousins are two phenomenal winemakers from starkly different backgrounds - one based in the northeastern mountains of Slovenia, one based on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia — whom discovered their long-lost relation to each other over their mutual family lineage in the village of Kozice, Croatia. - Vinum USA
Premiers Pas - Domaine des 2 Anes
A dark ruby natural red wine with berry fruit flavors, hints of spice, fresh acidity, silky tannins, and a smooth jammy finish!
Pairings: Bacon-Barbecued Brisket Flat, Ground Turkey Pasta, Meatball Pizza
Serving Temperature: 55°- 60°F
About Domaine des 2 Anes
Magali Terrier, originally from the Beaujolais, worked in diverse wine-growing regions throughout France. In the late 1990’s, she began to seek out a terroir where she could freely express her passion for making extraordinary organic wine and that search led her to the Languedoc. Magali Terrier first set her eyes on Peyriac de mer, a diamond in the rough with a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea, and it was love at first sight. She started the 2 Anes winery in the year 2000, the same year Jenny & François was founded. -Jenny & Francois.
Sfera - Bikicki
Fruška Gora - Serbia
A well-structured Serbian red wine with rich dark and red fruit aromas, subtle floral notes, hints of spice, velvety tannins and intense berry finish.
Pairings: Chicken Adobo, Pork Taco, Smoked Salmon
Serving Instructions: 55°- 60°F
In winemaking styles, Djordje also had a long-established love for natural wines through his exposure of the natural wines of Oszkar Maurer. After a serendipitous placement next to Oszkar at a Serbian wine fair in 2013, they shared many ideas, and since then Maurer has been the consulting winemaker for Bikicki, helping Djordje to make minimal intervention wines exclusively fermented with native yeasts, and with only minimal amounts of sulfur additions prior to bottling. Macerations are short, orange wines 3-12 days, and in reds, 7-20 days. They focus on expression the pure Serbian fruit, that is delivered from the natural terroir of Fruška Gora. Djordje’s philosophy is of balance and elegance though for character, clarity and terroir – he emphasizes that they do not wish to make wines with heavy bret or VA, but balanced and clean natural wines. - Vinum USA
Clear Skies Fear No Bolts - Kontozisis
Thessaly - Greece
A no-intervention orange-dry Greek blend with crisp and refreshing stone fruit and berry aromas, floral and citrus notes, hints of spice and minerality.
Pairings: Lamb Chops, Spiced Roast Mackerel, Greek Lemon Chicken & Potatoes
Serving Instructions: 43°- 50°F
Kontozisis Organic Vineyards is an organic grower in Karditsa, a rural town in the region of Thessaly. Karditsa is known as the bicycle capital of Greece, and the homeland of the impressive Limniona red grape. The winery and vineyards are on the foothills of mount Agrafa, in two distinctive terroirs between Kanalia and Dafnospilia. Kontozisis has been practicing certified organic agriculture and organic vinification since 1991, one of the first to get such a certification in Greece. His long term commitment to organic practices shows his honest approach to sustainability. Having worked only with the local market of Karditsa, organic practices were something that was not appreciated, but Kontozisis insisted on farming without chemicals, and making honest, natural wines. The few loyal fans of Kontozisis wines in Karditsa were enough to keep going throughout the years, and eventually making them available to a market that fully embraced the authenticity in those wines; the big urban centers of the United States. Andreas Kontozisis and his partner Aphrodite Tousia are working passionately with the area’s indigenous red grape, Limniona, among others, for which they have developed proprietary vineyard techniques to get as much concentration as possible from the variety’s large grapes. All grapes are hand harvested and pruned from the low-yield (28 hectoliters / ha) estate-owned vineyards of 11 ha. Kontozisis uses no press (only free run wines) and no commercial yeasts.
J15 - Meinklang
Somlo - Hungary
Bright and expressive! This unique white grape, Juhfark, is native to Hungary. 4 days spent on the skins with no additives and no sulfur. The wine was aged for 24 months in large Hungarian barrels followed by 12 more months in bottle. Very aromatic with white floral, and green apple notes.
Pairings: Tapas, Tofu, Hungarian Cuisine
Serving Instructions: 43°- 50°F
Meinklang is a lively farm compromising the three typical fields of a Pannonian farmstead in East Austria south of capital town Vienna: wine-growing, fruits and agriculture. Each family-member is specialized in an aspect of farming. Unique is the estate owns Angus & Aubrac cattle herd. It`s the farms source for our own nutritious, organic fertilizer for lively soils in the vineyards and creates the closed circle in the biodynamic Demeter farming. Outstanding issues are the totally unpruned vines, called Â«graupertÂ» and the extended maturation in concrete egg-shaped containers. As well as the family initiated the first holistic Demeter brewery where we refine the ancient grain beer out of the old varieties called Einkorn and Emmer wheat. - From Zev Rovine
Tuchek Bizeljsko Cider Pét-Nat - Keltis
Bizeljsko - Slovenia
Video coming soon!
This cider is made from a blend of several Slovenian apple varietals fermented for 2 months. Very refreshing, bubbly, and dry!
Pairings: Chicken, Pork, Meaty Fish
Serving Instructions: 38°- 45°F
Keltis wines attest to the artisan’s approach in the vineyard and the cellar, they express their terroir, and contain minimum quantities of sulfites. A big share of our wines is unfiltered and that is why our wines carry inside them life and the potential for further development. Marl, which is the main rock of our terroir, provides our wine with minerality, especially felt in the macerated wines.As dictated by our philosophy, our work with wines is done at the time of the full moon, when the wine is at its peak and can fully express its potential. Since we only follow its development and do not monitor it artificially, the wine arrives on the market when it is ready and thus every vintage shows its character in its own moment. Vineyards of the Keltis wine cellar encompass 5 hectares of land and stretch over the south and south-western positions as well as northern slopes of the Bizeljsko area. Western winds blowing from neighboring Orlica take care of the ventilation and are our natural ally in the fight against diseases. Soil composition includes marl, sandstone with quartz binder, clay, Lithuanian limestone, and limestone with the application of chert. Vine varieties: autochthonous rumeni plavec (used in sparkling wines because it gives the wine freshness and character), cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, merlot, Pinot noir, ottonel muscat, Riesling, yellow muscat, pinot gris, and traminer. - Zev Rovine