February 2023 | Orange Club
Welcome to the February Orange Club from MYSA Natural Wine!
A note from our founder:
This month we have a LOT of heavy hitters, so great job being in the club :) We have 2 big names in Italian and Spanish wine that are typically out of reach for the club that I was able to secure just enough to get into this club! The Greek Doric is unlike anything you've had before with traditional winemaking methods from the region and the Altas is the best pricer performing orange we've seen in forever!
-Holly, Founder - MYSA Natural Wine
- White Doric - Doric
- Sammay Blanco - Oriol Artigas
- Orange Extremadura - Vegas Altas
- Moon - Do.t.e
- Wine Evaluation Sheet
White Doric - Doric
Roúmeli - Greece
A natural white wine that is stone fruit-forward, herbaceous with notes of white rose petals, and citrus with an earthy finish!
Pairings: Macaroni and Cheddar Cheese, Shrimp Dumplings, Southern-Style Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Serving Instructions: 49°- 55°
"Giorgos Balatsouras has been farming and vinifying rare local grapes, with organic certification, since 1998. His love for his birthplace, the village of Koniakos, which is very close to the ancient site of Delphi and the lake Mornou, shows in the honesty of the wines, which are made with the same methods that his family used for generations. This gives his wines a clearly traditional character." - Eklektikon
Sammay Blanco - Oriol Artigas
Catalonia - Spain
A pale amber natural orange wine with white stone fruit flavors, floral and earthy notes, and a nutty aftertaste!
Pairings: Baked Feta-Stuffed Calamari, Asparagus Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, Fritto Misto di Mare Food
Serving Instructions: 38°- 45°
About Oriol Artigas
Oriol began making wine casually, simply to be enjoyed amongst friends. But slowly he started to realize his calling, devoting himself to a career in winemaking full time in 2011. Oriol loved how it allowed him to showcase his homeland and roots, and how it allowed him to meet new people and discover the world. Since the official start of the project, Oriol has continued to grow each year, evolving and finding new ways to showcase the unique Alella terruño. His over-arching philosophy is to “cultivate the vineyards in the most natural and least interventionist way possible, to allow the grapes to express in the most intense way the landscape from which they come.” He works about 12 hectares in total, mostly of old vines. He allows vegetation to grow between the vines, prunes very little, and works the vineyards primarily along the lunar calendar. In the winery, fermentations are completely spontaneous, aging is primarily done in steel vats, and sulfur is never used at any point in his process. Oriol makes a wide variety of wines (sparkling, white, rosé, and red) the color of the wine being defined by which grapes grow in the vineyard. Ever restless, he is regularly adding to his repertoire of vineyards and wines, relying on the wisdom of the folks who originally planted these wild vineyards to make his cuvées. Each wine that Oriol produces has a beautiful refreshing texture with a subtle intensity of flavors - convivial Mediterranean wines with heart and soul. - Jose Pastor
Orange Extremadura - Vegas Altas
Extremadura - Spain
A lightly acidic deep orange natural wine that tastes like a strawberry puree, with notes of tangerine, good tannins, and a short metallic finish!
Pairings: Pad Thai, Roasted Squash, Sweet Potatoes
Serving Temperature: 54°- 57°
About Vegas Altas
Juan Sojo and Ángel Luis González started Cerro la Barca in 2003. The two met in oenology school and bonded over their desire to revive the reputation of their native Extremadura, in western Spain near the Portuguese border. While it’s history can be traced to 550 BCE, phylloxera and powdery mildew hit the region hard in the 19th century. Winemaking started a gradual revival after the Spanish Civil War and has been picking up steam ever since. The majority of the wine currently produced in the region is bulk Vino de Mesa (table wine). Cerro la Barca is in the Ribera del Guadiana region, which was awarded DO status in 1999. Extremadura (capitol Mérida) is broken up into two subregions, Càceres in the north and Badajoz in the south. The DO Ribera del Guadiana falls in both regions and is broken down into six heterogeneous subregions that vary in elevation from 250 to 800 meters above sea level. As a whole, the region has a dry continental climate with temperatures getting up to 100 degrees in the summer and down to freezing in the winter. With an average rainfall of 17 inches a year, summer drought is a challenge in the region, as is springtime frost.
Moon - Do.t.e
Tuscany - Italy
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A bright amber natural orange wine with tropical fruit flavors, floral notes, bright acidity a citrus finish
Pairings: Creamy Garlic Shrimp, Pad Thai, Indian Chicken Curry
Serving Temperature: 54°- 57°
"Do.t.e. (down to earth) is an experimental entity that seeks alternative answers in the management of contemporary viticulture. It’s taking one step back in order to go two steps forward. A return to agricultural origins that clearly defines the present and realistically imagines the future. It’s the desire to stand out with wines that spontaneously expresses their reason for being —beyond statutes and production regulations— based on the foundational principles of the entire project: health, ethics, everyday life... Today we produce small quantities of different wines, thanks to a better experience and evolving taste, all handmade and bottled with the same designation —Vino*— the least noble but the only one favorable to the creative process." - Filippo & Francesca
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!