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26Jun2020

Summertime, and the livin' is...and the livin' is

It's Friday! The Providence to Newport ferry starts up today, so now it's really summer. The wind in your hair and the salty ocean air might do a psyche good. As long as your mask doesn't fly off?

Here's a bunch of info on a bunch of things in no apparent order:

Jancis Robinson's email newsletter today links to an article on her site titled The Many Hues of Wine Talent. It's no secret that the liquor/wine industry has always been a male-dominated space where women have had to work twice as hard to crack the fabled ceiling. For people of color, multiply that by about a billion and we might begin to understand what it's like, although we'll never understand unless we live it. So it's great to see Jancis Robinson rallying her resources and using her platform for this endeavor. She highlights wine & travel writer Julia Coney, who has a write-up of the Netflix film Uncorked, which she says breaks new ground for black wine drinkers:

"...in a cinematic evolution that touches both realms, here is a movie that finally speaks to what many black wine consumers have been saying to themselves: I’m here buying wine, studying wine, and working in the wine industry — but I’m often ignored".

We're ashamed to say we haven't watched it yet!

We were interviewed last week by Motif magazine, mostly about our reasons for remaining curbside pick-up/delivery only, and how we've had to adapt, but also about other wine stuff...Thanks Motif!

Oh, hey, the threat of 100% tariffs is back (the 25% never left), this time on beer, gin, and vodka too...because apparently someone wants to finally put our economy in the grave...you really gotta ask whose side they're on. It doesn't feel like it's ours.

Speaking of graves, the Trump administration is again attempting to fully kill the Affordable Care Act...in the middle of a pandemic...because???

Anyway...we still have this one mag of Brunello we're hoping to sell in order to donate the full purchase price to Movement Ground Farm. We're currently at $1155!

Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2013 1.5L$180.00

Il Palazzone is a high altitude, 3 hectare property that produces a small amount (about 1,000 cases annually) of Brunello di Montalcino, and Rosso di Montalcino. It was purchased in 2000 by lawyer and CEO Richard Parsons, who for the most part kept a low-profile in regard to the wine. Parsons has a pretty hefty resumé (from being the first African American CEO of a major bank, to Rockefeller, to Time Warner, to Obama) and regularly makes Fortune magazine's annual list of the most powerful people in business. He is also an advocate for social and economic opportunities for under-represented communities, although his stance on admissions testing at elite NY high schools (he's for it) is a bit controversial...but this is about the wine!

Here are a bunch of really good reviews of this wine. We've had it, it really is really good. That's our review!

You can also donate directly.

Our staff member, Ali Carter, is still selling stickers to raise money for the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund.

Cheers! Thank you! Stay masked!

New Arrivals

Brand Electric Chardonnay Acid Test 2019 --back in stock!

There's never a lot of this, and it will probably be gone before we know it, so get it while it's hot! And while it's hot.

The family owned winery Brand in the Palatinate has been producing wines with an individual personality for five generations since 1891. In 2014 sons Daniel & Jonas took over the winery from their father Jürgen. They consistently focus on an ecological cultivation of the vineyards, “Working in nature and with nature” . 90% Chardonnay, 10% Riesling. Invigorating!

Last week we got a few new wines from Matthiasson that we forgot to put in the newsletter. We got the 2019 rosé, a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mouvèdre, and Counoise from the Windmill vineyard in the Dunnigan Hills, and Syrah grapes from the Hurley Vineyard in Napa Valley. And we got a selection of their second label Tendu, a line of wines meant to be reminiscent of those found in European bistros: light, balanced, easy-drinking, and food-friendly.
You can find most of our new beer (and wine too!) on our Instagram.

Cheers again!
 
Here's the Hospitality Employee Relief Fund if you are in a position to give to out of work service industry workers.

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