Members of A.M. Wine Club enjoy three carefully selected wines from around the world each month. Each wine is hand-selected by proprietor Justin Abad to create a unique tasting experience and showcase some of our favorite wineries. The club will give you a chance to try new varietals and taste some of our personal favorites--not to mention, enjoy the convenience of letting us put everything together for you. Read more or sign up here.
April's Featured Wines
This month, Justin is pulling out all the stops with three of his all-time favorites.
(85% Hondaribbi Zuri, 15% Hondarrubi Belza, from the Basque coast of Northern Spain)
This Txakoli is one of the most unique expressions of Spanish wine that I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Light and crisp with lively acidity and notes of lime zest that remind one of a warm afternoon on a Mediterranean beach. Its subtle effervescence and low alcohol content (11%) make it perfect for a hot day on the porch. Enjoy this wine with oysters, clams, or any type of steamed shellfish and you won't be disappointed. In fact, I find it hard to imagine drinking anything else with pintxos (small plates) or as an aperitif. A seasonal favorite of mine that brings me back to the plazas of Spain, this wine will surely transport you to a place equally as inspirational and refreshing. VALE!
(A blend of Zin, Cabernet, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Petit Syrah from Napa Valley)
The "Porque No?" is A blend of some of the finest fruit from Julie Johnson, one of the most inspirational wine makers I have ever known. Johnson truly is a winemaker without pretense. The name of this wine, which translates to "Why Not," fits its style and attitude perfectly. Johnson has created a well-balanced expression of zinfandel-based wine that shows the right proportions of soft, round tannis, dark berry fruit, and spice. Delicious with anything grilled or carmalized, this wine will undoubtedly become a summer favorite. Just don't spoil it by trying to over-analyze it. "Porque No?" is meant to be enjoyed and celebrated without too much thought.
(100% unfiltered Gamay from Morgon, France)
One of the ten official Beaujolais Crus, and widely considered the most elegant from the region, this Gamay is one of the few expressions that can and should be aged for 5-10 years in bottle. Its floral nose gives way to notes of stone fruit and soft earth tones on the palate. Serve this beauty with a slight chill to allow the aroma, fruit, and structure to come together in a beautiful harmony. Pair it with light pork dishes, rich seafood dishes, or enjoy by itself, and you'll notice that this wine demonstrates that Beaujolais doesn't have to fit the flashy "Nouveau" style. Great Beaujolais shows elegance, complexity, and structure. The only problem with this amazing wine is that you'll never think of Gamay the same way again. (Whether that is actually a problem is up to.) Despite limited allocation each year, you can find this favorite on Justin's Cellar Page at Cashion's Eat Place.
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