Welcome to the December 3 Bottle Club from MYSA Natural Wine! 

A note from our founder:

Happy Holidays Friends!

I had a blast putting together this month's wines and hope you love them! Speaking of blasts, make sure to let your bubbles rest, particularly Just Peachy, store it standing up and be VERY delicate when you open it! You'll see in my video that mine exploded on my (but I had no choice because I had to get these videos out ASAP!)

This group is so fun with amazing aged bubbles from Clos Lentiscus, a fun experimental wine from our friends at Old Westminster, and a delicious Spatburgunder that is one of my favorites to drink around the holidays!

Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Holly Berrigan - Founder, MYSA Natural Wine

  1. Pfalz Spätburgunder Trocken - Scheu
  2. Just Peachy - Old Westminster
  3. Brut Nature Méthode Traditionelle Rosé - Clos Lentiscus
  4. Rheinhessen Spätburgunder - Weingut Schmitt (some boxes)
  5. Wine Evaluation Sheet

Pfalz Spätburgunder Trocken - Scheu

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Pfalz - Germany

Description: 

Fruity and youthful Pinot Noir from southern Pfalz. Juicy with notes of dark and red fruit such as strawberries, blackberries, and cherries. A pleasant and smooth finish on the palate. 

Pairings: Oily Fish, Cheese Boards, Pizza

Serving Instructions: 48°- 52° 

About Scheu 

We want to produce wines that are not only good, but also wines that are fun with the second sip. Wines that are independent and individual, unique items that reflect the typicality of the vineyard. In other words, wines that uniquely reflect the natural conditions such as soil, microclimate and vintage. There are many good wines. Our wines are more, they are honest and authentic. - Scheu

Just Peachy - Old Westminster

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Maryland - USA

Description: 

A coral-colored and slightly effervescent wine made from 65% Albarino, 19% Pinot Gris, 7% barrel fermented peaches, 7% wild cider, 2% Chambourcin! Fresh aromas of peaches, floral, nectarines, and arugula. Super tasty till the last sip! Fruity notes of lemon, plum, and apricot. 

Pairings: Pulled Pork Sandwich, Cheeseboard, BBQ

Serving Instructions: 45°- 50° 

About Old Westminster

"The Baker family, established in 1985, didn’t always know they would spend their lives making wine together.

Jay & Virginia, founders of the family, always dreamed of working with their children and preserving their farm. In 2008, all three of their children – Drew, Lisa and Ashli – were away at college, and they found themselves empty nesters. It was time to either put their land to work, or move on.

Upon discovering that grapevines have an affinity for rocky soil, elevation, abundant sunshine and a steady year-round breeze – all characteristics of their land – the family explored the idea of planting a vineyard and starting a winery together.

Today, Jay & Virginia support their children in the family’s wine business. And, as you can imagine, they’re enjoying the view. Not just of the flourishing vineyard, but also of the energy and determination they see in Drew, Lisa and Ashli building this great thing together. They love their children’s synergy and their ambition to put Maryland wine on the world map.

Drew is Old Westminster’s vigneron. At age 22 he planted the first 7,600 grape vines on the family farm. Each year he travels the world studying his craft and honing his skills. Drew is an entrepreneur and a leader; he pours his energy into growing great American wines on the family’s Maryland farm. The second in line is Lisa (27), Old Westminster’s talented winemaker. Lisa, a chemist by education, has been crafting some of the best wines in Maryland since she was 23 years old; wines that are not only a pleasure to drink, but also reflect the region’s unique geologies and climate. Her experience making wine stretches from the hills of northern Maryland to Sonoma, California. She loves exercising her passion for science through the art of crafting delicious wines. Then to tie it all together, there’s Ashli, the youngest. She’s Old Westminster’s “people person”. She’s passionate about building an exceptional, wine-centered experience at the Tasting Room by sharing the stories of our wines, connecting visitors with their local farmers and making sure everyone leaves with a smile.

Drew, Lisa, and Ashli are young, smart and eager to jettison every negative stereotype ever leveled against Maryland wine, and replace them with wines of renown, forging a new reputation for wine in the Old Line State."

Brut Nature Méthode Traditionelle Rosé - Clos Lentiscus

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Penedes - Spain

Description:

Lively and powerful with pleasant bubbles. Super fresh with Mediterranean notes of ripe fruit. Paired great alongside seafood, appetizers, lean fish, or even as an aperitif. Bubbly and vibrant, filled with fruit. 

Pairings: Appetizers, Seafood, Lean Fish

Serving Instructions: 42°-48° 

About Clos Lentiscus 

Manel Arinyó (aka the bubble man) is making some of the most exciting sparkling wines—not just in Spain but in the world.

If you were to blindly taste Clos Lentiscus, it is a real probability that you’d think you were tasting grower Champagne. Pepe Raventós from Raventós i Blanc is a strong advocate that the Penedès terroir produces sparkling wines of profound mineral expression that can compete with the best in the world; Manel’s Clos Lentiscus cuvées greatly support Pepe’s case.

In 2001, Manel and his brother Joan returned to their family’s 14th century estate Can Ramon after the death of their father. Conventionally farming the land, their father sold the fruit instead of commercially selling wine. In the 19th and 20th centuries, Can Ramon had a successful history of selling wine to France and the American colonies (factors such as the Spanish Civil War, phylloxera and industrialization ultimately lead to its decline). Clos Lentiscus was created to recover the brilliance the estate once enjoyed and to continue the work of past generations.

Rheinhessen Spätburgunder - Weingut Schmitt

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Rheinhessen - Germany

Description: 

A juicy and medium-bodied Pinot Noir with tons of dark fruit, red currant, and hints of spicy notes. A pleasant and smooth finish on the palate. Fruit forward with dark cherry and cassis with hints of earth. 

Pairings: Oily Fish, Cheese Boards, Pizza

Serving Instructions: 50°- 55° 

About Weingut Schmitt  

"If Rheinhessen is at the epicenter of a new wave in German winemaking—one full of young energy that emphasizes high-quality, natural methods—then husband and wife Daniel and Bianka Schmitt are at the epicenter of Rheinhessen.

Rheinhessen is the largest wine growing region in Germany, and has been largely associated with bulk production. However, in recent years, the region’s reputation has begun to shift as a new generation of younger, more innovative growers are reducing yields and honing in on the largely undervalued terroir of this region. Bianka and Daniel epitomize this new wave of German winemakers, working hard to produce wines of the highest quality with as little intervention as possible."

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!