June 2021 | Orange Club

Welcome to the June Orange Club from MYSA Natural Wine!

june 2021 orange club 

A note from our founder:

Welcome to the June 2021 Orange Club! We have a really fun mix of wines for you this month AND an amazing exclusive collab with Swick wines for our first MYSA wine called Darla. Our little mascot Dalahäst is named Darla so our lovely orange Riesling got the name in honor of her. In addition, for the orange wine club only we have an amazing comparison of orange Rieslings one from the US and 2020 while the other is ages from Germany, so definitely take advantage of tasting side-by-side. Our other wines are amazing examples of complex and slightly intense orange wines from Italy and Greece that I HIGHLY recommend planning your food around. Enjoy!

- Holly Berrigan, Founder, MYSA Natural Wine

  1. Darla - Swick Wines
  2. Vidiano ‘Amphora’ - Douloufakis
  3. Fra - Cantina Giardino
  4. Frau Ehrhard - Carl Ehrhard
  5. Wine Evaluation Sheet

Darla - Swick Wines

Oregon - USA

Description: 

Our exclusive Darla orange Riesling is a special collaboration with Swick Wines! Pure Riesling grown in Washington in the Columbia Valley at 1,600 feet elevation. 30 days spent on the skins followed by foot worked ferments and ageing in neutral French oak barrels for six months. Darla is the name of our Swedish dalahäst logo and she is honored to have a namesake as delicious as this one! On the nose, sweet and strong citrus notes such as lemon lime curd along with floral notes. On the palate, perfect grip and a perfect amount of acidity. Crisp and lean! Try with non spicy Asian Cuisine, nachos, or even chicken wings!

Pairings: Appetizers, Picnic Food, Grilled Chicken

Serving Instructions: 48°- 52° 

About Swick Wines

Joe Swick is a 5th generation Oregonian winemaker who captures the true taste of the Pacific Northwest through his wines. Joe sources his grapes from organic, biodynamic and sustainable vineyards in Oregon and Washington. After years of traveling and harvesting in various pockets of the world, such as Piedmont, Portugal, and Tasmania, Joe returned to Oregon to start his very own label in 2013. He embraces the minimal approach when making his wines such as using native yeasts, aging in old barrels and adding minimal sulphur during bottling—only when absolutely necessary. While Joe started out with a focus on making Oregon Pinot Noir, he now has explored many other grape varietals and experiments with different techniques during élevage. - Swick Wines 

Vidiano ‘Amphora’ - Douloufakis

Crete - Greece

Description: 

A compelling, rich, and clean orange wine produced in Greece. Aromas of apricot, peach, minerality, and herbs on the nose. Fermented and aged on skins in clay amphorae. Flavors of citrus and stone fruit combined with high acidity. 

Pairings: Grilled Fish, Mezze Platter, Seafood Pasta

Serving Temperature: 48°- 52° 

About Douloufakis

"Douloufakis Winery is widely recognized in Greece for its excellence in traditional winemaking but with a focus on the future. In 1930, Dimitris Douloufakis became one of the first winemakers in Crete to produce wines professionally in his traditional, old winery. A consistent award winner, Dimitris’s grandson, Nikolas, now runs the winery carrying on his grandfather’s traditional practices but with modern equipment in a new facility.

The privately owned vineyards are certified 100% organic and span over 70 acres reaching 1,800 feet elevation in Dafnes, a village close to Iraklio. This region has a long history in viticulture and also has been established as a Protected Designation of Origin for Liatiko wines.

In addition to the natural choice of Liatiko, Nikolas grows other indigenous varieties such as Kotsifali, Vilana, Vidiano, along with other international varieties such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay. - Diamond Imports"

Fra - Cantina Giardino

Campania - Italy

Description:

From 30-year-old vines planted 400 meters above sea level. Left on skins for four days followed by aging in a year in chestnut casks. A very vibrant orange with intense herb and citrus aromas. On the palate, fresh firm tannins with a long, salty finish. 

Pairings: Fried Food, Seafood, Cheese Plate

Serving Instructions: 48°- 52° 

About Cantina Giardino

 We are a winery that since 2003 has been producing wines commonly defined as ""natural"",
using grapes from native vines, from historic vineyards, in the heart of Irpinia, the
cradle of Aglianico, Fiano and Greco. Ours is a story of friendship, passion for wine and the desire to make a difference

Cantina Giardino was officially born in 2003, but five years earlier, thanks to the intuition of Antonio Di Gruttola, we had begun to make wine (experimenting) without resorting to biotechnology.
The idea was to be able to make a wine by spontaneous fermentation, without filtering, without clarifying and without the aid of sulphites.
 
Years of testing and research have confirmed that that could be the right way and resorting to ancient vines would have been the key to obtaining certainly more interesting wines.
 
The company was born thanks to the support of our historical friends who believed in the project and in the skills of Antonio, the only winemaker and technician of the group. - Cantina Giardino

Frau Ehrhard - Carl Ehrhard

Rheingau - Germany

Description: 

A dry orange Riesling from 40-year-old vines in quartzite soils. Spending 12 days on the skin followed by 18 months on lees. Delicate and soft yet rich and complex. This is a certified porch sipper for the summer! Funky with baked apple, lime, yeast, and a touch of earth on the finish. 

Pairings: Spicy Food, Cured Meat, Shellfish

Serving Instructions: 45°- 50° 

About Carl Ehrhard 

On some of the best grounds in Rüdhesheim sit ten acres of old vines tended by Carl and Petra Ehrhard. The winery was founded 150 years ago. Since 1998, the couple has tried to merge the traditional and the innovative: old vineyard management and modern winemaking equipment. Beautifully clean stainless steel tanks line the cellar next to old oak barrels. Riesling vines (90%) flourish among Pinot Noir (10%). The soils are mostly ancient slate soils crumbling down the steep slopes. During harvest, Carl pays special attention to the ripening of his grapes, picking in multiple passes and picking out those affected by Botrytis. In the cellar, fermentations are temperature-controlled, gentle and slow. With the whites, there is minimal filtration, to preserve natural residual sugars and bottled with little air contact. The reds ferment in open top vats, are aged in oak and are never filtered. - Savio Soares

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!