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09May2020
May 8th Newsletter

May 8th Newsletter

We know Rhode Island is officially "Testing the Water", but we are not yet willing to Rock the Boat. So we'll be staying curbside pick-up/delivery only for the foreseeable future, for your sake as well as ours. What has changed about this virus that would allow us to open our doors to the public now? Nothing, as far as we can tell. It's still exceedingly contagious, it sticks to surfaces, there's no vaccine, and no treatment. So: no thank you. But we understand the inconvenience of all of this, we get it if some of you are frustrated by our fortress; we would love nothing more than to let you in! It just doesn't make sense right now...honestly we have no idea when it will. Good thing you can shop from the convenience of home! And you are always welcome to call or email us with questions or for/with suggestions; we can stay connected through all this, even if it's not ideal. Just don't ask us to Zoom!

In the "things are still weird" department, May is exceptionally weird around here. We've grown accustomed to the frenzied pace of graduation parties and reunions, of the sounds and smells of our little neighborhood...of the BYOBs, and lines for coffee, bike shop scavenger hunts, street fairs, and sidewalk sales. Those things are suspended between two worlds, as memories and aspirations...We'll get back there, someday. Until we do, we need to make the most of the place we're at now. This is life, isn't it? And as the song that's been stuck in our heads for months now says, it's going by fast...

 

New Arrivals:

Bodegas Valdespino, Cádiz Vina Macharnudo Alto Blanco 2018. Valdespino is perhaps the most famous sherry producers in the world. This cask fermented, unfortified, Palomino Fino is from their oldest plot, first given to Don Valdespino in 1264. If you love sherry, but would like a daily white that clocks in at a mere 12% abv, this wine is for you! It's dry, briny, and mineral-driven, with snappy acidity, and a finish that is all toast and nuts. It cries out for oysters, and seafood in general.  Organic, Only 400 cases produced.

We took in a little bit (to start) of Olivier Lejeune Clos des Plantes Cab Franc and Chenin Blanc from Anjou. These are biodynamically farmed, minimal intervention, no sulfur wines from a young winemaker who earned his chops working at Felton Road in New Zealand before returning to France and acquiring these parcels located on the hill of Montbenault.

Olivier Lejeune Clos des Plantes Anjou Poiesis 2018
Olivier Lejeune Clos des Plantes Pelo Cabernet Franc 2018
Olivier Lejeune Clos des Plantes Whaka Pirpiri Mai 2018

Oh, remember Tsoin Tsoin? That's back! We just can't have enough Cab Franc in our lives...another new wine from Vinotas (Tsoin Tsoin importer) is L&C Poitout Bourgogne Blanc, an unoaked Chardonnay from Chablis.

Another wine we got a little bit of: Enfield Wine Co. (That's a NY Times article from 2018, hope it's not behind a paywall!).

Enfield Wine Co Chardonnay Citrine 2018
Enfield Wine Co Chardonnay Heron Lake Vineyard Wild Horse Valley 2018
Enfield Wine Co Pinot Noir Heron Lake Vineyard Wild Horse Valley 2018
Enfield Wine Co Cabernet Sauvigon North Coast 2018

Most of our new beer arrivals are getting posted to Instagram as they show up. Stay up to date there!
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