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Highlights of the Month
Telmo Rodriguez “Al-Muvedre” 2016, Alicante, Spain
Young vineyard created by Telmo and Pablo after years of traveling through Spain. Their discovery? Many abandoned lands that have so much potential for wine making. Their solution? Get to work, revive these old bits of paradise and re-introduce local Spanish grapes to the world! What is amazing with these guys is that all of their vineyards are completely different. Regions, soils, grapes… you name it! They’ve worked extra hard to make sure that their wines have the best expression of the land where they’re from. Now, they have over 300 little plots across the country and they are working with more than 40 different types of native grapes! Oh and all that while using sustainable techniques and organic farming. Easy-peasy! This wine is beautiful introduction to what Mourvedre/Monastrell (it’s the same thing!) has to offer. Fermented in stainless steel and cement tank, the fruity character comes out giving us berry jam with black fruits, some botanicals and animal nuances (read leather/meat here).
Available in the Starter Box
Martin & Anna Arndorfer “Riesling Handcrafted” 2020, Kamptal, Austria
Who said that you cannot get into business with your friend? Well, thank God that Anna & Martin didn’t listen to these people because what they’re doing is amazing! Both come from families of winemakers but it is only after traveling the world together that they took over Martin’s vineyard. In their words: “Because of our experience that nature is the strongest force, we'd love to work with her. Because the knowledge that the soil is the most intelligent part we deal with, we‘ve decided to trust him. Because the beliefs that the plants nourish our soil, we let them grow.” Their approach to winemaking is really creative, taking inspiration from real artists. The result is an array of natural wines with a lot of personality. This is an unrefined and unfiltered Riesling that shows a hint of herbs, citrus, green apples and white pepper. It is mineral and pure while also being vibrant!
Available in the Treasure Box
Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot “La CinsO” 2018, Minervois, France
Don’t we all love a good collab? I’m always happy when I discover a winery that is founded by people who want to experiment and face new challenges. Anne, who’s now the 6th generation of winemaker in her family, and Jean-Paul are two winemakers from Burgundy who decided to go on a journey and start a vineyard in Minervois. New soils, new grapes, new weather… Not an easy move! Their vision? To focus on single variety wines showcasing the potential of Southern grapes instead of blending everything (common practice in that region). Hence why we have here a biodynamic 100% Cinsault. Supple and fresh like a Pinot Noir or Gamay. The vines are over 50 years old allowing the fruit to fully represent the terroir. You get floral notes mixed with fresh berries and a spiced finish. Something completely different from the other robust wines from Minervois.
Available in the Drinker Box
Fedellos do Couto “Cortezada” 2019, Riberia Sacra, Spain
Really really special something coming straight up from Galicia. When I say that it’s special, I mean they only produce 25,000 bottles a year. In total. And they have 6 labels… Curro Barreño, Jesús Olivares and Luis Taboada started this project in 2013 at Luis’ family manor which has been there for many generations. Nowadays, they are recognized as the most exciting producers of the region. I totally get why. Their naturally made wines are just so good! I have bought a few bottles to age but you can drink it now for sure. The “Corezada” is made of Mencia, a widely popular Spanish grape. The difference is that this one is majorly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean facing the steep slopes of the vineyard. The result is this subtle, elegant, floral and refined version of the varietal giving pepper, cherries and tobacco on the nose and a velvety, juicy, warm and bright mouth. Outstanding!
Available in the Treasure Box
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Sooooo, I’ve been working on a little project to replace my current packaging for #nicpicks. I couldn’t bare the thought of promoting sustainability and sending my wines in boxes (even if they were made from recycled cardboards), so I’ve created my own multipurpose eco-friendly tote bag which will now be use for all deliveries!
But that’s not all. To pimp it up, I’ve decided to collaborate with different artists to create an illustration that represents themselves and #nicpicks. For the first 100 bags, I brought from home a friend who designed labels for @vignobledelabauge and who conquered my eyes with her soft porn series! Her name: Aurore Juin.
Freelance illustrator, Aurore Juin left her beloved France to continue her journey in Montreal. After her illustration studies in Dawson College, she explored a ton of different mediums to express her sensuality and sensibility. Super introverted, ex-musician terrorised by the stage, she found her place with visual arts where she could be vulnerable without performing live.
She got noticed for her “Porn pour les romantiques” series where she tackled different themes like contacts, diversity and physical touch during the world pandemic. A lil naive, but not quite. A lil erotic, but not too much. What more do you want to showcase the sensuality of natural wines?
To check her work, go have a look at @aurorejuin_vic3roy_ on Instagram!