June 2022 | Orange Club
Welcome to the June Orange Club from MYSA Natural Wine!
A note from our founder:
Summer has officially arrived and we have some great picks for these months! With 2 homegrown stunners from Margins and Two Shepherds bringing gorgeous color and lighter extraction for summer we then take you to Greece and Down Under for some Tangerine Dreams and an Amphora wine that will give you all the complex vibes!
-Holly Berrigan - Founder, MYSA Natural Wine
- Skin Contact Chenin - Margins
- Centime - Two Shepherds
- Tangerine Dream - SmallFry
- Roditis Amphora - Sant'Or
- Wine Evaluation Sheet
Skin Contact Chenin - Margins
Oregon - USA
Lighter, dry and acidic wine with a good dose of tannins. Punchy and frut forward, but not sweet. Earthy minerals and honey combine with fruity profiles of pineapple, melons and citrus.
Pairings: Shellfish, Spicy Foods, Lean Fish
Serving Instructions: 45°- 50°
"Margins produces low-intervention wines using grapes from underrepresented regions, vineyards, and varietals. We are part of the growing movement in California to make wines from vineyards farmed organically or in organic conversion using minimal additives during the winemaking process, thereby showcasing the vineyards the grapes came from.
Much like people living on the 'margins of society,' vineyards can be outcasts too. Most consumers of wine are only familiar with a handful of grape growing regions and types of wine. Margins draws attention to vineyards and varietals throughout northern and central California that find themselves on the margins without the recognition they deserve.
Part of the Margins mission over the last five years has been to work with small growers to transition their vineyards from conventional to organic farming by providing guidance as well as assurance that the grapes will have a home. We believe that if we worked solely with organic vineyards, we would not be using our role in the industry to its full potential to enact agricultural change. As of vintage 2021, all the vineyards Margins works with are farmed organically.
Margins is a winemaking endeavor of Megan Bell, a winemaker living and working in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Prior to settling on the central coast of California, Megan received her BS in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis in 2012 and apprenticed in wineries and vineyards in Napa, the Livermore Valley, the Willamette Valley, Central Otago (NZ), and the Loire Valley (France). - Margins"
Centime - Two Shepherds
California - USA
Grapes are fermented on the skins for 12 days and then aged in oak barrels for 10 months. A perfect introduction to Orange wines if you aren't a fan of oxidized wines! Citrusy orange, nectarines and cream.
Pairings: Pasta, Pork, Shellfish
Serving Temperature: 45°- 50°
About Two Shepherds
"Our philosophy is to embrace how wines were made for hundreds of years, before the introduction of chemicals and flavor manipulation. We guide our wines along, protect them from harm, and otherwise do not intervene. This old world style allows for the true expression of the variety, vintage and vineyard.
All of our wines are aged in neutral barrels that subtly enhance the wines' texture, but impart no oak flavors. Our wines are fermented naturally with native yeast, are aged on the lees, with minimal sulfur and are minimally racked.
We focus on Rhône and uncommon varieties, often from the only few acres available in California. While our total production is small, our offerings are vast. Nicknamed ‘insane master of small lots’, William crafts about 15 different wines each vintage, including some that are only 1 – 2 barrels.
These are old world, elegant wines focused on brightness, subtlety and texture. We hope you enjoy them. Cheers! - William & Karen"
Tangerine Dream - SmallFry
Barossa - Australia
Starts off mild and slightly sour on the palette, but ends savoury, A light, dry, floral and fruity combination. Orange, Apricot, Apple mixed with earthy honey notes.
Pairings: Pork, Shellfish, Poultry
Serving Instructions: 45°- 50°
"Smallfry wines is a partnership in business and life between Suzi Hilder and Wayne Ahrens. We are viticulturists bitten by the winemaking bug, the chance to turn our own fruit into wine is too good to pass up. That we are also foodies drives our winemaking down a certain path. Natural ferments, nil to minimal adjustment, old oak a soft hand in the cellar allows the vineyard to speak. The style is food friendly, Euro style, with a eye to balance and subtlety.
The essential component is great fruit, we are lucky enough to own two very special vineyards, one in Eden Valley and the other in Vine Vale in the valley floor. The Eden Valley vineyard has been established by us since 1994, while the Vine Vale block has been the Schlieb’s family seat for generations, with the last incumbent putting in 52 vintages before hanging up his snips.
I believe that when we look back on the last few years from some vantage point in the future, we will see that this is a time of great creativity, the emerging young turks will become the seasoned campaigners of the future. The Barossa is in good hands and we want to be a part of that.
As we go forward we hope to develop a brand we can be proud of. A business that takes its part in the fabric of the local community. Supports the Barossa and gives its customers something unique. Gives back to the traditions as we have benefited from them. -Smallfry"
Roditis Amphora - Sant'Or
Achaia - Greece
Vibrant bronze in color, intense minerality, strong acidity with aromas of honeycomb and orange peel. Citrus, tree fruit, and yeast notes! Shellfish, Crab, Lobster
Pairings: Pizza, Grilled Vegetables, Stinky Cheese
Serving Temperature: 48°- 52°
"Sant’Or wines is located outside the historical 3rd largest Greek city of Patra, and operated by a local grower, Panagiotis Dimitropoulos, who is cultivating his 4.5 ha of vineyards biodynamically, at an altitude of 600m, with no irrigation. Indigenous to the historical village of Santomeri is the rare white grape Santameriana, as well as the famous (for its sweet wines) red grape Mavrodafni (literally “black laurel”), revived through impressive dry vinifications. Panagiotis is the only grower cultivating the Santameriana grape, and one of very few making dry monovarietal Mavrodafni.
The vineyards came to Panagiotis through his father and generations of wine growers. His vision was to continue the family tradition as authentically as possible, and raise awareness on the local indigenous grapes. His vinifications are based on healthy and rigorous fruits through dry, biodynamic vinification, and wild fermented and naturally vinified wines, with experimentation of aging in various materials (clay amphoras, cement, old oak). -Eklektikon"
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!