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Homework Wines

March's Featured Wines

Women in Winemaking

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Occhipinti Frappato 2014, Sicily, Italy, $40.99 (only $34.84 with GOGO discount
Best in Show

A truly outstanding Sicilian wine that is fresh and expressive in Occhipinti’s classic, non-interactionalist style. Expect fresh blueberries, and dried herbs with a crisp, complete finish.

Arianna started at age 16 in her uncle Giusto Occhipinti’s cellar–he being the proprietor of Vittoria’s most famous winery, COS–and loved it, enough to go to oenology school and to jump right into her own production. She began with a mere one hectare of abandoned vines attached to a family vacation house. Though university imparted technical knowledge of a sort, the main influence on her ways in vineyard and cellar was in fact her uncle, who raised his wines as well as his niece on organic viticulture, harvest by hand and native-yeast fermentations, none of which is typical of Sicily’s bulk-driven wine production.

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Stoller “Family Estate” Pinot Noir 2015, Dundee Hills, Oregon, $30.99 (only $26.34 with GOGO discount)

A ripe and fresh Pinot Noir from northwest Oregon. Aromas of preserved dark cherries and exotic spices lead the way on the nose, opening up to more delicate notes of raspberries. The palate pffers Bing cherries, vanilla, and sea salt.

Melissa Burr was raised in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, one of the best growing regions in the world for high quality Pinot Noir. After studying winemaking and fermentation science at OSU, she worked as a harvest hand at several local wineries and as production winemaker at Cooper Mountain before landing at Stoller in 2003, where she has been helming the cellar ever since.

Crios de Susana Balbo Rose of Malbec 2017, Mendoza, Argentina, $12.99 (only $11.04 with GOGO discount)
Best Bargain

A juicy delight of a rosé, ready for warm weather or cooler nights. Plump red fruits, violets and a nice kick of peppery spice allow this to please not only on its own, but with a wide variety of hearty dishes.

In a country dominated by male winemakers, Susana Balbo stands out not only for her gender, but for her incredible skill and experience. She has been making wine since she earned her enology degree in 1981, and she has probably produced a wider variety of wines than any other winemaker in Argentina. Susana was the first Argentine winemaker to be hired as a consultant to make wine outside of Argentina. She has made wine in Australia, California, Chile, France, Italy, South Africa, and Spain, and she spends a month each year in a different wine region of the world studying with local winemakers and growers.

Clos Centeilles “Carignissime de Centeilles” Carignan 2014, Minervois La Livinière, France, $21.99 (only 18.69 with GOGO discount)
Most Interesting

A very interesting and very enjoyable Carignan-based wine from southern France. Expect bright, fresh red raspberries, a slight earthy note, and a subtly accent of blood orange on a relatively light body.

los Centeilles is a wine estate with remarkable dedication to the forgotten. In 1990, owner and winemaker Patricia Boyer-Domergue adopted a plot of land at the base of the Montagne Noire in the southern wine appellation of Minervois. The land is peppered with centuries-old stone structures, complimented by the local, ancient varietals that Patricia tasks herself with reviving. Patricia’s dedication and care doesn’t end with her nurturing of forgotten vines, but continues through her entire winemaking process.

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