What's Inside

Tasting notes, pairings, and more for all of the wines in your box are shown below. Scroll down to learn about each of the wines.

Reds

Vintage

2019

Region

DOP Cebreros

Grapes

100% Garnacha

Tasting Notes

Raspberry and wild strawberry, together with herb aromas like oregano and thyme. Soft and velvety in the mouth finishing with freshness and vibrancy and a lingering note of sweet herbs.

Pairings

Charcuterie plates, rotisserie chicken dinners, paella

Interesting Fact

For this project, Ruth & Ana sought out small parcels of old bush vines that otherwise would have remained abandoned and utilized their amazing-quality fruit. This project has also brought young people back to the winery and secured its future in a small way.

Shop La Garganta del Aguila here.

Vintage

2019

Region

Alicante

Grapes

100% Monastrell

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby in the glass with ripe cherries and blackberries on the nose. Cracked pepper and savory herbs play second fiddle to to a fresh and juicy palate of dark fruits.

Pairings

Pizza, sausage with spatzle

Interesting Facts

Bajel Pirata is Spanish for "Pirate Ship" - a whimsical reference to Alicante's status as a favorite seaside Spanish getaway!

Shop Bajel Pirata here.

Vintage

2019

Region

DO Ribera del Duero

Grapes

100% Tempranillo

Tasting Notes

Mature red fruits with a hint of spicy notes. Plum and morello cherry mingle with pie spices like cinnamon and clove, yet stay balanced and fresh without too much weight.

Pairings

Dal, French Onion soup, spicy pastas

Interesting Fact

This wine comes from 115 hectares planted with different clones of Tempranillo that are harvested and handled separately to respect the environment and express complexity in the grapes.

Shop Alegra Roble here.

Vinage

2020

Region

Lazio

Grapes

50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet, 20% Sangiovese

Tasting Notes

A typical Italian red in all of the best ways. Notes of sweet leather and tobacco are framed and enveloped by flavors of rich cocoa and ripe cherries and berries. The finish is smooth and soft with a slight sign of sweetness fleeting.

Pairings

Porchetta, guanciale pasta, BEC sandwiches

Interesting Fact

These grapes are hand picked and de-stemmed before a 12-18 hour maceration on skins to extract color and flavor. Then, 12 months of aging in large barrels helps soften the tannins and bring out the pure fruit notes.

Shop Lazio Rosso here.

Vintage

2017

Region

Abruzzo

Grapes

100% Montepulciano

Tasting Notes

Made from select vineyards planted with a clone of Montepulciano, this wine is complex in the best way. Ruby red with violet reflections and notes of oregano and boysenberry on the nose. The palate is full and rich yet held up by bright acidity, like a dark cherry that still has a hint of sour.

Pairings

Baked mac n cheese, black bean burgers, beef tacos

Interesting Fact

In order to allow the flavors of the wine to develop before an impatient consumer opens the bottle, all of the wines in this cuvee are aged for at least 36 months before being bottled. Imagine waiting 3 years to open a bottle!

Shop Rosso La Grondaia here.

Vintage

2017

Region

Piedmont

Grapes

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting Notes

The most well-known Nebbiolo region, and for good reason. Released 4 full years after harvest, 3 of those spent in oak, Barolo is a powerhouse of rich rose and anise aromas and mouth-drying tannins. The paradox is that all of this is contained within a seemingly light wine; coffee, vanilla, red cherry, potpourri, allspice, truffles, tar, liquorice and primordial Earth are all here. Oh, and tons and tons of enjoyable fruit on top of those gripping, addictive tannins. The King of Italy!

Pairings

Braised short ribs, anything with truffles, all white outfits

Interesting Fact

Barolo must be aged at least 4 years, of which 18 months must be in oak, before being released. This 2017 vintage is the newest release!

Shop Abrigo Barolo here.

Whites

Vinage

2020

Region

Terra Alta

Grapes

100% Grenache Blanc

Tasting Notes

Pale yellow color with peach tea and lime leaves on the nose. Some yellow melon and white flower notes lead into the lime popsicle and apricot palate swirling with flavors of raw honey, lemon Italian Ice and crushed salty seashells.

Pairings

Sushi, fried cod, cheese and sopressata pizza

Interesting Facts

This particular wine is left to rest for 3 to 4 months after fermentation. This time spent resting on lees will help the wine develop texture and richness and add a sort of backbone to the palate.

Shop Clot d'Encis here.

Vintage

2020

Region

Rueda

Grapes

100% Verdejo

Tasting Notes

A crispy, herbaceous and mineral-rich wine. Lively with crisp white peach and zesty lime notes all surrounding a clean core.

Pairings

Pasta salads, paella, caprese skewers, early evening walks.

Interesting Facts

Ruth and Ana, the two De Andres sisters, are polar opposites. Ruth is the winemaker. She studied chemistry and enology in Spain, while Ana is the project manager who runs the day to day operations.

Shop Alegra Verdejo here.

Vintage

2020

Region

Abruzzo

Grapes

100% Trebbiano

Tasting Notes

Pretty aromas of lemon, honeycomb wax and white plum blend with a hint of walnut skin on the nose. There's good breadth and richness to the medium-bodied palate, with juicy yellow fruit struck against taut acidity.

Pairings

Roasted vegetables, fish sandwiches, front porch talks

Interesting Facts

The hillside soils evolved on clayey marine sediments and have a good permeability to rainwater and a medium-textured clayey composition, characterized by a good limestone component and a rich minerality. These conditions are optimal for the cultivation of Trebbiano and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes of precious quality, so our vineyards of these grape varities are all located in our hillside estates.

Shop Santa Clara Trebbiano here.

Vintage

2020

Region

Lazio

Grapes

65% Trebbiano, 35% Malvasia

Tasting Notes

Intense and persistent with dried fruits, almonds, hazelnuts, acacia and lilies of the valley. More dried apricot and almond on the palate with a weight that's balanced by just enough fresh acidity.

Pairings

Almond croissant, chicken pho, green bean salad, hummus + crudite

Interesting Facts

Central Italy, and home to the ancient capital city of Rome and the Coliseum. Uniquely suited for wine thanks to their maritime climate and rich soil, but tourism is still a large part of the area and competes with vineyard space.

Shop Lazio Bianco here.

Rosé

Vintage

2020

Region

Abruzzo

Grapes

100% Montepulciano

Tasting Notes

Deep pink in color and super floral on the nose with red flowers and peach blossoms. The palate is dripping with pomegranate and currant flavors, deep yet tart, and finishes with that classic almond-meets-cherry floral note that only Italian wines can achieve.

Pairings

Kimchi Jjigae, BBQ chicken pizza, cured meats

Interesting Fact

Cerasuolo means "cherry" in Italian, and the wines made here tend to look like and taste like the delicious summer berry.

Shop Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo here.

Vinage

2020

Region

Gaillac

Grapes

60% Braucol, 40% Duras

Tasting Notes

Typical green strawberry and watermelon rind are framed by a unique salted caramel note. Crisp, elegant and sinfully refreshing.

Pairings

Prawn risotto, asparagus in Bernaise, Duck l'Orange

Interesting Fact

An energetic young woman and graduate oenologist, Aurélie Balaran follows in the footsteps of her father Jean-Marc, owner of the Escausses estate.

Shop L'Enclos Rosé here.