The Absolutely Necessary Wine Guide for the Back To School SALE

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BACK TO SCHOOL WINE GUIDE – PDF version

THE BACK PACK
Permission slip signed? Great! The Back Pack is ready to take you onward, and most especially upwards. It is packed up with four wines that will transport you straight to the Alps, elevate your taste buds, gear you up for mountains of minerality and a thermos full of glacier milk.

  • Piero Brunet Blanc de Morgex / Prie Blanc / Valle d’Aosta, Italy 2017
  • Domaine des Ardoisieres ‘Cuvée Silice’ / Jacquère / Savoie, France 2018
  • Barmès-Buecher Cremant d’Alsace Brut Nature / Pinot Gris + Auxerrois / Alsace, France 2016
  • Pizzo Coca Rosso di Valtellina / Nebbiolo / Lombardia, Italy 2018

 

THE BOX OF CRAYONS
Wine comes in all different shades and the colors so often help you draw conclusions about what to expect on the palate. The Box of Crayons will help you distinguish Ruby from Garnet, Copper from Gold. Start thinking outside the lines and learn to wax poetic about the rainbow that is the wine world.

  • Mancini ‘Roncaglia’ Albanella / Marche, Italy 2018
  • Thibaud Boudignon Rosé / Cab Franc + Grolleau / Loire, France 2018
  • Jaimee Motley Mondeuse Rosé / California 2018
  • Reeve ‘Bosco’ Sangiovese / Dry Creek, California 2019
  • Sottimano ‘Maté’ Brachetto / Piedmont, Italy 2018
  • Marabino ‘Rosso di Contrada’ Nero d’Avola / Sicily, Italy 2018

 

THE CALCULATOR
Crunch the numbers, add it up and drink up the value. The Calculator is all the evidence you need to conclude that great wine does not need to cost you. The formula is simple after all, the vines are solar powered, there is no need for additions and honest wines such as these can push all the buttons required for satisfaction.

  • Mas d’Amile ‘Le Petitou’ / Grenache + Syrah + Carignan / Languedoc-Roussillon, France 2017
  • ZorZettig Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso / Friuli, Italy2018
  • Branger ‘Gras Moutons’ Muscadet / Melon / Loire, France 2018
  • Agostino Pavia Grignolino / Piedmont, Italy 2018

 

THE COMPOSITION BOOK
Notes to take, notes to taste, notes to play and notes to pass. There are simply a lot of notes in a wine. The Composition Book is designed for you to write up and maximize the expression of these wines. Terroir is the subject here and you’ll need both sides of the paper to complete the full report.

  • Štoka ‘Izbrani’ Teran / Kras, Slovenia 2018
  • Cenatiempo Biancolella / Campania, Italy 2018
  • Maccario Dringenberg Rossese di Dolceacqua / Liguria, Italy 2018
  • Domaine de la Bêche VV Morgon / Gamay / Beaujolais, France 2018

 

THE GLUE STICK
There are those special moments with special wines that simply stick in your mind and never let go. The Glue Stick is here to adhere those transcendent memories to your mental notecards for stronger recollection in the future. These wines are cement for the satisfaction side of your soul.

  • Marabino ‘Rosso di Contrada’ Nero d’Avola / Sicily, Italy 2016
  • Vestini Campagnolo Pallagrello Bianco / Campania, Italy 2018
  • Pere Mata ‘l’Ensamblatge’ Brut Nature Cava / Catalonia, Spain 2010
  • GD Vajra ‘N.S. Delle Neve’ Sparkling Rosato / Nebbiolo + Pinot / Piedmont, Italy NV

 

THE GRAPH PAPER
This is advanced Bubbles. Understanding the function of varietals and their parallel relationship with the specific soils is not a prerequisite, but will help you plot your enjoyment. The Graph Paper is a measured guideline to great sparkling wines and will help you engineer a fabulously linear level of enjoyment from you wines.

  • Champ Divin Crémant du Jura Rosé / Pinot + Chardonnay / Jura, France 2017
  • Ameztoi ‘Hijo de Rubentis’ Txakolina Rosé / Getariako Txakolina, Spain 2016
  • Francois Pinon Vouvray ‘Petillant’ / Chenin Blanc / Loire, France 2017
  • Barmès-Buecher Cremant d’Alsace Brut Nature / Pinot Gris + Auxerrois / Alsace, France 2016

 

THE HIGHLIGHTERS
Brighter styled wines have California producers looking to the future with stronger emphasis highlighting acidity and brilliant minerality. These Highlighters show that rebel grape varieties are a growing glowing focal point, and memorably delicious.

  • Tatomer ‘Kick-on Ranch’ Riesling / Santa Barbara, California 2018
  • Lioco Valdiguie / Healdsburg, California 2018
  • Jaimee Motley Mondeuse Rosé / Calaveras, California 2018
  • I Brand Cabernet Franc / Santa Cruz, California 2018

 

THE JUICY RED APPLE
Always take the opportunity to become the teacher’s pet. The Juicy Red Apple is here for those crossroad moments, when that well earned A might suddenly go completely pear shaped and somehow turn into C-. Simply pop one of these corks and take back control of your homeschool destiny (and your sanity).

  • Marabino ‘Rosso di Contrada’ Nero d’Avola / Sicily, Italy 2016
  • Piero Mancini ‘Falcale’ Cannonau / Sardegna, Italy 2018
  • Brezza Langhe Freisa / Piedmont, Italy 2018
  • Roccafiore ‘Melograno’ Sangiovese / Umbria, Italy 2017

 

THE LUNCH BOX
There is always so much to unpack when learning your taste preferences. The Lunch Box provides the best approach to a balanced palate by representing one wine from each of the four basic categories. These are no brown baggers, mind you, they’re made from healthy vines and packed with love and care.

  • Lavernette ‘Granit’ Blanc de Noirs / Gamay / Beaujolais, France NV
  • Maccario Dringenberg Rossese di Dolceacqua / Liguria, Italy 2018
  • Cenatiempo Biancolella / Campania, Italy 2018
  • Thibaud Boudignon Rosé / Cab Franc + Grolleau / Loire, France 2018

 

THE NO.2 PENCILS
Great red wines must have balance. If they are dense at their core, they must remain sharp in order to get the job done. The No.2 Pencils reliably provide a graphite mineral texture and an acute spice that encompasses the taste of precision. These four wines achieve these attributes without relying on wood for their flavor, but artistically expressing their native terroir and natural varietal character.

  • Marco Sara Schippettino / Friuli, Italy 2017
  • Agostino Pavia Grignolino / Piedmont, Italy 2018
  • Val del Prete ‘Serra dei Gatti’ Barbera / Piedmont, Italy 2018
  • Domaine de la Bêche VV Morgon / Gamay / Beaujolais 2018

 

THE PINK ERASER
The power of Pink is undeniable and its pursuit for perfection is perpetual. The Pink Eraser is designed to reach beyond those passing moments of flaw in life. Temporary lapses in quality that should not be looked upon as mistakes, per say, but as opportunities to fix the situation. So pour yourself a nice crisp glass of something vibrant in color and vivacious in spirit and re-make the future.

  • Thibaud Boudignon Rosé / Cab Franc + Grolleau / Loire, France 2018
  • Ameztoi ‘Hijo de Rubentis’ Txakolina Rosé / Getariako Txakolina, Spain 2016
  • Jaimee Motley Mondeuse Rosé / Calaveras, California 2018
  • Blue Ox ‘In the Mood For Love’ Sparkling Rosé / Carignan / Berkeley, California 2019

 

THE PROTRACTOR
These bubbles are beautifully round in the mouth, yet have got some serious angles. The Protractor is a mandatory tool in order to measure crisp acidity and sharp minerality in radians – the result leaves little doubt that these four wines are brimming with radiance

  • J-M Sélèque ‘Solessence’ Rosé / Chardonnay + Meunier + Pinot / Champagne, France NV
  • Stéphane Coquillette ‘Carte D’or’ / Pinot + Chardonnay / Champagne, France NV
  • Lavernette ‘Granit’ Blanc de Noirs / Gamay / Beaujolais, France NV
  • Francois Pinon Vouvray ‘Petillant’ / Chenin Blanc / Loire, France 2017

 

THE RULER
Be they under crown or cork, the popularity of Pét-Nats remains sky high. Atmospheric, one might say. The Ruler is here to help you navigate your delicious learning curve and measure this build up of excitement. Best part is that these bubbles don’t come with the same pressure that Champagne does, instead they’re to be enjoyed everyday, and with great ease.

  • Francois Pinon Vouvray ‘Petillant’ / Chenin Blanc / Loire, France 2017
  • Ser Sparkling Riesling / Santa Cruz, California 2016
  • Paltrinieri ‘Radice’ Lambrusco di Sorbara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy 2018
  • Idlewild ‘Flora & Fauna’ PétNat, Healdsburg, California 2019

 

THE SCENTED MARKERS
Brilliant in color and down write intoxicating in aromatics. Wafting specific scents, these four wines paint their pictures and coat the palette. The Scented Markers engage all of the senses at once and take the experience to another level of saturation. Go ahead… open em up and sniff away.

  • Arndorfer ‘Vorgeschmack’ / Riesling + Grüner / Niederösterreich, Austria 2018
  • Batič Malvazija / Malvasia / Vipava, Slovenia 2018
  • Sottimano ‘Maté’ Brachetto / Piedmont, Italy 2018
  • Valle del’Acate ‘Il Frappato’ / Frappato / Sicily, Italy 2018

 

THE SCISSORS
Pushing the envelope with California’s grape frontier and snipping out a space in your heart, these wines from unique varieties are the cutting edge fashion for years to come. The Scissors will help sharpen your palate and snip into your normal rotation of the same old boring juice.

  • Keep Counoise / El Dorado, California 2019
  • March St Laurent / Napa, California 2018
  • Gros Ventre Vermentino / El Dorado, California 2018
  • Front Porch Farms Grenache Blanc / Healdsburg, California 2018

 

THE TRAPPER KEEPER
Enjoying great Champagne is easy, but compartmentalizing everything you will need to develop your knowledge and grasp all that goes into these wines is another subject entirely. The Trapper Keeper is the key to opening the cage of comprehension and getting a grip on the expansive villages of information in order to become a premier connoisseur.

  • Sargent ‘Chemin des Chappes’ Blancs de Noirs / Meunier + Pinot / Vrgny, Champagne NV
  • Pierre Paillard ‘Les Parcelles XIV’ / Pinot + Chardonnay / Bouzy, Champagne NV
  • Vueve Fourny Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs / Chardonnay / Vertus, Champagne NV
  • Henriet-Bazin Rosé / Pinot Noir / Montagne de Reims, Champagne NV

 

THE WHITE OUT
Two regions known for their flawless precision in white wine production are represented here: Friuli and Campania. They achieved this A+ reputation by making certain to go back and double check with just how past generations did things. The White Out turns in wines with their best foot forward, transcendent in terroir, and varietally accurate in every way.

  • I Clivi Ribolla Gialla / Veneto, Italy 2018
  • Cenatiempo ‘Gran Tifeo’ Falanghina / Campania, Italy 2018
  • Aquila del Torre ‘At’ Sauvignon Blanc / Friuli, Italy 2018
  • Vadiaperte Coda di Volpe / Campania, Italy 2018