Wine Club #37: Lasagna Wine

Lasagna Wine

Lasagna - the ultimate comfort food that's as delicious as it is cozy. The obvious lasagna pair is wine - obviously - this allocation is all about wine that's perfect for sipping alongside your favorite cheesy, tomatoey pasta dish. They are the perfect balance of bold flavors and smooth tannins, making it the perfect partner for a hearty lasagna meal. But this allocation is so much more than lasagna as food, it's a state of mind - a feeling of warmth, comfort, and satisfaction that can only come from indulging in something truly delicious. It’s also about complexity, building flavors, cooking all damn day.  With lasagna wine by your side, you'll be transported to that happy place with every sip. We hope you enjoy this allocation, we hope you like lasagna, we hope you have a pair of sweatpants for ultimate enjoyment.

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Château Lestignac "Caravane" Cahors

Chateau Lestignac is a family Domaine first started in 1617. It was 17 hectares - but when Camille & Mathias Marquet took the helm in 2008 they paired it down to the best of the best vines. Now they work only 7 hectares of Merlot, Cabs Franc & Sauv, Semillon, Sauv Blanc, Muscadelle & Ugni Blanc, and they work the vines really thoughtfully. They started with organics straight away and they began to introduce biodynamic farming in 2011. So you can expect to find vines AND over 200 fruit trees, 80 chickens and 20 sheep, some cattle and a horse or two. All the parcels are worked by said horses, instead of tractors or other machines. Plus it sounds like they have a knock-your-socks-off floral cover-crop. The “caravane” is 100% merlot, hand-harvested and fermented with native yeast in stainless steel, half destemmed and half whole cluster. Bottled unfined, unfiltered with a touch of SO2. 

Mood: slow dance outside in nature

Domaine Bordes ''Les Narys" St Chinian Rouge

Philippe and Emma were sick of the city and wanted a change and winemaking called them out to 9 hectares in the Saint-Chinian AOP. They had been lifelong organic produce advocates so obviously they were going to farm organically - but they had never farmed a day in their lives so they got some books, made some farmer friends, made plenty of mistakes and made their first wine in 2001. By 2008 they were certified organic and they were one of only 15 organic producers in the area. Their estate is biodiverse and horse plowed! We love a horse. They practice biodynamics in the field and they do operate in the cellar according to the lunar calendar. “Les Narys” is a blend of grenache, syrah, carignan, and mourvèdre. The grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, and vinified separately in stainless steel tanks. Native yeast fermentation with 4-7 weeks of maceration. After blending, the wine is bottled unfiltered, unfined, with a very tiny amount of sulfur added.

Mood: a woman who knows what she wants

Cary Q Pink Lola

Cary Quintana  born and raised in Miami, Florida in a vibrant Cuban American community. Florida is also where she began her career in wine - with Vine Wine Shop & Tasting Loft. The shop was great but didn't quite satiate the wine thirst she had. In 2013 she headed west to California. She started the moment she arrived. She got her Winemaking Certification from the University of California, Davis and made her first vintage in 2014. All her wines are organically farmed and she practices minimal intervention. All of her wines are Grenache based and co-fermented. The Pink Lola is 100% Grenache from Shake Ridge Ranch in Amador County. Hand harvested and direct press. The wine ferments with native yeast before being bottled unfined, unfiltered, with a minimal addition of sulfur.

Mood: blue & white striped sling beach chair

Les Enfants Sauvages Che Chauvio" Cotes Catalanes Rouge

“Wild child full of grace” Les Enfants Sauvages is Nikolaus and Carolin and they named themselves after The Doors song “WIld Child” after they found themselves in the South of France and in love with biking, rock climbing, and being wild. They found a little land with so big sheep and a few vines and they decided - let’s try it! Like good Rudolf Steiner students they started converting to organic and biodynamic. It’s now been 20 years since their first vintage and they’ve got some things figured out. Che Chauvio is 50/50 Cinsault and Syrah. Hand harvested, the Syrah is pressed to tank and  the Cinsault is harvested at ripeness and added (whole-cluster) to the Syrah mid-fermentation - fermentation is always with native yeast. After 5 months in stainless steel the wine is bottled unfined, lightly filtered, with minimal addition of sulfur. 

Mood: dive bar simplicity

Bruno Dubois Saumur-Champigny "Rococo"

Bruno found himself in Saumur-Champigny in 2002. He immediately began to convert the vineyards to organics and has become a pioneer and a champion and maybe a little iconic for defending organics in the region. Obviously he took organics a bit further and became EcoCert and certified Demeter biodynamic in 2015. Bruno’s philosophy in the cellar is to produce wines with as little human interference as possible, native fermentation, no pumping, light extraction, no added sulfites. “Rococo” is a blend of 6 different parcels but 100% Cab Franc. Hand harvested and 3 week maceration in concrete then racked off gross lees and pressed to tank. Aged for 10 months in concrete before bottling unfined, lightly filtered. 

Mood: making pasta from scratch

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