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Spring Is Here (some places)!
This month’s wines are reaching out beyond
the typical spots with Bosnia, South Africa,
Canada, Chile and more!
The box includes refreshing reds to shake off
the winter chill, popular oranges, and crisp
whites and rosé that are perfect for
springtime fun.
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March 2024 - Orange Club

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Club Pick 1

A lighter orange with from chenin with notes of green apple, tropical citrus, white flowers, ginger and mineral accents on the note. It tastes fresh and expressive and is perfect with lighter foods or white pasta.

 

Chenin Blanc

Vintage:

  • 2021

ABV:

  • 11.8%

Funky Scale:

Mostly Funky

Style:

Glou Glou, Party, Hype Juice

Region: Swartland, South Africa

TESTALONGA is owned by Craig & Carla Hawkins. It was established in 2008 with the first wine being a four week Skin Macerated Chenin blanc. We currently rent 11ha of organically farmed vineyards all based on the granite soils of the Paardeberg, and 4 ha on the Sandstone soils of the Piketberg. In 2015 we purchased a farm on the slate soils of the northern mountains of the Swartland called Bandits Kloof. The first vineyards were planted in 2018 on Bandits Kloof, the focus of the farm being Mediterranean grape varieties We strive to make wine from grapes and nothing else.

Club Pick 2


A burst of sunshine in a glass! This unique Airen natural orange wine has juicy citrus fruit flavors, stone fruit aromas, tropical fruit notes, bright acidity, minimal tannins and a refreshing finish.

 

Airen

Orange, lemon, apricot, mango,honeysuckle, and pepper.

Vintage:

  • 2021

ABV:

  • 13%

Funky Scale:

Mostly Funky

Style:

Food Wine

Region: Castilla y León, Spain

Julien Hamou Lopez's grandfather wasn't your typical Ribera del Duero winemaker. After planting vines in Coruña del Conde in 1970, he spent the next 40 years working in French wine and barrel making. When he returned to Spain in 1990, he brought with him a wealth of experience and a deep respect for nature. This philosophy guided him as he transformed his family's 8 hectares into a unique biodiverse farm. Unlike many in the region using commercial methods, his goal was to create "living wines" that expressed the character of the grapes and the land. Julien took over the winery in 2013, following his father Alberto López Calvo's passing in 2012. Working alongside his wife Angelica and some cousins, Julien continues his grandfather's legacy. Their commitment to natural practices is evident in their vineyards. Remarkably, about 60% of their vines are over 100 years old, with the youngest being a respectable 23 years. This dedication to old vines and sustainable practices extends to the soil. They avoid chemical treatments altogether, opting for natural solutions like nettle, horsetail, and chamomile manure produced on their estate. This minimal intervention approach allows the grapes to develop a deep connection to their terroir, resulting in wines with exceptional character and a true reflection of place.

Club Pick 3


A liter of orange Italian catarratto wine with tropical fruit flavors, herb aromas, citrus notes and a saline finish!

Tasting Notes: Rainier cherry, cantaloupe and peach.

Pairing Suggestions: Ricotta Fritters, Couscous Alla Trapanese, Sfincione


Sicily, Italy

Type: Orange | Vintage: 2021 | Sulfur: Minimal | Varietal: Catarratto | Alcohol: 11% | Production: Organic, Biodynamic | Style: Glou Glou

Producer Profile

Flavia Rallo—a young wine producer of the fourth generation of the historic Rallo family is interpreting the values of her great grandfather—spreading the culture of good wine and quality products of their territory by completely dedicating themselves to the creation of native Sicilian wines. The passion for work, excellent intuition and commitment have led to the production of natural wines from certified organic fruit, unfiltered, and with very low sulphite contents. These wines, with their lively freshness, come from the historic vineyards owned by the Rallo family since 1860. They are located between Contrada Birgi and Paolini, a stone’s throw from the Riserva dello Stagnone and the historic Marsala salt pans. The presence of the sea contributes to the creation of soils rich in minerals and with high sapidity—characteristics that give life to unique wines with Sicilian flavors and aromas. They also work with vineyards on the northern slope of Mount Etna. The vines, between 20 and 30 years old, come from some of the best terroirs on the volcano: the North Slope of Mount Etna, in the Zottorinoto and Puntale Palino contrada of Solicchiata, a hamlet of Castiglione di Sicilia, at 950 meters (3116 feet) altitude and on sandy volcanic soils. The choice to work organically is an effective choice for the well-being of each individual but also for the planet, the sustainable choice is a direct vote for the health and hope of the generations to come. Their main objective is not to achieve high production levels, but to maintain and increase the levels of organic matter in the soils by completely eliminating the supply of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides to fight parasites (insects, mites, etc .) and pathogens (fungi, bacteria, viruses). Their organic production method therefore has a dual function: to respond to the demand from consumers for healthy and safe wines; on the other hand, to produce natural wines that contribute to environmental protection, animal welfare and rural development. - Minum

Catarratto

Rainier cherry, cantaloupe and peach.

Vintage:

  • 2021

ABV:

  • 11%

Funky Scale:

Mostly Classic

Style:

Glou Glou

Region: Sicily, Italy

Flavia Rallo—a young wine producer of the fourth generation of the historic Rallo family is interpreting the values of her great grandfather—spreading the culture of good wine and quality products of their territory by completely dedicating themselves to the creation of native Sicilian wines. The passion for work, excellent intuition and commitment have led to the production of natural wines from certified organic fruit, unfiltered, and with very low sulphite contents. These wines, with their lively freshness, come from the historic vineyards owned by the Rallo family since 1860. They are located between Contrada Birgi and Paolini, a stone’s throw from the Riserva dello Stagnone and the historic Marsala salt pans. The presence of the sea contributes to the creation of soils rich in minerals and with high sapidity—characteristics that give life to unique wines with Sicilian flavors and aromas. They also work with vineyards on the northern slope of Mount Etna. The vines, between 20 and 30 years old, come from some of the best terroirs on the volcano: the North Slope of Mount Etna, in the Zottorinoto and Puntale Palino contrada of Solicchiata, a hamlet of Castiglione di Sicilia, at 950 meters (3116 feet) altitude and on sandy volcanic soils. The choice to work organically is an effective choice for the well-being of each individual but also for the planet, the sustainable choice is a direct vote for the health and hope of the generations to come. Their main objective is not to achieve high production levels, but to maintain and increase the levels of organic matter in the soils by completely eliminating the supply of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides to fight parasites (insects, mites, etc .) and pathogens (fungi, bacteria, viruses). Their organic production method therefore has a dual function: to respond to the demand from consumers for healthy and safe wines; on the other hand, to produce natural wines that contribute to environmental protection, animal welfare and rural development. - Minum

Club Pick 4


Full of citrus fruit flavors - orange, grapefruit, and tangerine with a fun pop of red berries! Complex, lively, low tannins, and smooth on the palate with a long and refreshing citrus red fruit finish.

 

skin-contact clairette, direct press cinsault

Orange, grapefruit, cranberry, white flowers and pepper.

Vintage:

  • 2023

ABV:

  • 12.5%

Funky Scale:

Middle of the Road

Style:

Food Wine

Region: Languedoc, France

Olivier Cohen is a young winemaker from the Languedoc in the area behind Montpellier called the Hérault. His domaine is called Les Vignes d’Olivier and he makes an absolutely stunning rose wine as well as a number of interesting red wines. Olivier used to sell wine rather than make wine. He worked in Nice at the well-known natural wine bar La Part des Anges as well as nearby Vinivore. It was at these venues that he developed his passion for natural wine and he became determined to learn how to make his own. He travelled to Corsica to work with stellar winemaker Antoine Arena. This was followed by stints at Domaine Valette (a leading winemaker in the Maçon), Frederick Rivaton in Roussillon and finally with the legendary Thierry Allemand in Cornas. He finally started work in his own vineyard in 2013 in the Languedoc where he has several really interesting plots spread over different terroirs with different aspects. His rose is the wine that initially turned heads in France and New York, but now his red wines are also gaining respect throughout the natural wine world.