August 2021 | Orange Club
Welcome to the August Orange Club from MYSA Natural Wine!
A note from our founder:
This month we have some great wines from lesser known regions and a grape comparison across states that I think you'll really enjoy plus one that's quite out of left field!
This month has three different Gris grapes, which creates a Ramato wine, which is an orange wine made from the "gray" grapes! The Pinot Gris from Oregon and California are a great comparison of how light extracted versions of them can be completely different based on where they're grown.
Next we'll be in Hungary and South Africa with some great orange versions of the most traditional grapes you'll find there. Check them out below!
- Holly, founder MYSA Natural Wine
- Grenache Gris - FRAM
- Rosehaze - Purity Wine
- Where Ya PJ's At? - Maloof
- J15 - Meinklang
- Wine Evaluation Sheet
Western Cape - South AfricaDescription:
Savory and deep with raspberries, red fruits and hints of spice. Nice florals as well. Perfect winter wine or great with heavier foods or this wine can cellar for several years.
Pairings: Tapas, Fresh Seafood, Barbecue
Serving Temperature: 48°- 52°
Thinus started Fram as a personal passion project with the intention of creating a wine that radiates almost as much personality as the winemaker himself. He makes a promise to “always sail into unchartered waters, to Fullly search for whatever grapes lie behind the next hill, over the next horizon.” With Fram, Thinus throws safety out the door to turn risk into reward, and it is this confident, audacious and intuitive spirit that makes his wines worth it. And his tremendous amount of talent certainly helps, too. He grows his grapes from a farm northwest of Clanwilliam, to which he refers as the “Here be Dragons” area of the wine map, and creates a truly great wine. Thinus is embarking on an exciting journey with Fram, and as the founder, winemaker and sole employee of the business, he’s encouraging you to join him.
California - USADescription:
The Pinot Gris grapes are farmed organically and lightly tread by foot followed by being left on the skins for a few hours. The only ingredient in this wine is the grapes! Notes of ripe red fruit and earth on the palate paired with good acidity. A juicy and tart wine!
Pairings: Nachos, Burgers, Burritos
Serving Temperature: 48°- 52°
About Purity Wine
"At about this time, I was running a wine program for a local Italian restaurant. My employer asked that I look for a wine for a private label he wanted to incorporate into our beverage program. In doing this, and dealing with all the inherent legal regulations, I began to see a path towards production. I started reading everything I could about the science of wine and began asking every winemaker who came into the restaurant how they did what they did.
By 2012, I was searching out a winemaking space and getting licensed. 2013 was my first year as a winemaker, and ever since, I’ve tried to build on the previous year’s experiences. As of 2016 all of the fruit I source is grown organically. Since 2017 I've been taking on leases to farming vineyards in places such as Calaveras, Mendocino, and Contra Costa Counties with the goal of someday having my own more permanent piece of land. Also, as of 2017, I've moved into a warehouse space in Richmond, CA where I've created a collective of natural winemakers, roughly 14 of us to date.
In 2018 I converted the office space at the front of the winery into a bar, The Study. I did this at the urging of our neighbors so they could have a place to hang out, but also selfishly, so that I could buy the wine of other producers to continue learning about what's going on in the business, craft, and art of natural wine.
2021 marks my eighth vintage making wine, and my passion has only gotten more intense. The wines continue to evolve and I've had the great fortune of being able to present them at some wonderful natural wine fairs such as RAW, Brumiare, and Third Coast Soif. - Purity Wine"
Oregon - USADescription:
Technically an orange wine but you'll see it say "rose-ish" on the back because its fun like a rose, but came from Pinot Gris and Riesling!
Pairings: Summer Salads, Picnics, Asian Food
Serving Temperature: 48°- 52°
A true yin and yang team. One materials engineer grounded in hard science, one restaurant professional with a sensory aligned M.O. Two nerds with a penchant for good hospitality and properly fermented pizza dough.
Ross Maloof broke into the production side of the wine industry initially by traveling to Oregon to visit some friends, and ended up interning during harvest in the Willamette Valley. Prior to getting his first taste for winemaking, he worked for just over a decade in the Philadelphia dining scene, with a huge focus on beverage. Most notably, he worked as the beverage director and general manager for Vedge Restaurant group. Over a few years, Ross became increasingly bi-coastal, spending a little more time each vintage in the Willamette Valley, and producing his first wine in 2015.
Bee (Selman) is the indispensable full partner and co winemaker of Maloof Wines. She has brought an immeasurable amount of hard scientific knowledge and dedication to the project. Prior to playing with grapes, she worked for close to a decade as a materials science engineer within the aerospace industry. As a long-time lover of food and wine, Bee turned her scientific eye from rotorcraft to vinification during the 2016 harvest.
Together, in 2017 Ross & Bee decided to leave their respective careers on the East coast behind to go on a westward journey to be closer to the magic. Who knows what the future may hold!
Maloof Wines are proudly produced at the base of the Dundee Hills inside of Day Camp.
Somlo - HungaryDescription:
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. Sharp acidity with mild tannin and a touch of minerality.
Pairings: Tapas, Tofu, Hungarian Cuisine
Serving Instructions: 45°- 50°
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
Wine Evaluation Sheet
Want to have some fun evaluating and taking note on your wine? Check out our natural wine tasting sheets we made special for the club!