Subject: Tasting Tonight: L'Acino, Cornelissen, Rayos Uva, Pimpine. Tomorrow in the shop: Farmer Willie's AND Selections de la Viña. Sneak peak at next week's Farmer Fizz Friday.

Weekly Tastings in the Shop: Wine, Fridays, 5PM-8PM ~ Beer, Saturdays, 3PM - 6PM
Liquor, When the Spirits Move Us. 
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We're still chugging through a slew of fantastic in-shop tastings, continuing tonight with a line-up of natural and biodynamic wines from Italy, Spain and France. With so many guest pourers lately, we've certainly been a bit spoiled, but it'll be fun to be back behind the table again. Not for long though, since tomorrow we have a special wine tasting with Alvaro from Selections de la Viña. He'll be in the shop for the 2nd time with more of his natural wines from Spain, which are very delicious, perfect as gifts, or on your holiday table for your own imbibing pleasure. 

Also in the shop tomorrow is Farmer Willie's with ginger beer cocktails made with Triple Eight Distillery's Hurricane Rum, from Nantucket. Sounds fun and blustery! 

Cheers!
Here's a sneak peak at next Friday's Farmer Fizz (plus one Burgundy) Tasting with Vineyard Road. It's all pure indulgence around here! 
Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5pm - 8pm
L’Acino IGP Calabria Bianco "Chora" 2014

L’Acino is the communal effort of three friends (a film director, a historian, and a lawyer – in previous lives) to express the possibilities of Calabrian terroir with grapes indigenous to the region, and winemaking true to nature.
The three friends started with one hectare of vines purchased from an old farmer in 2006; the property is right on the border of the Pollino national park, the largest natural park in Italy. As happens in nature, so happens in their vineyards: plantings are varied and diverse, creating a happy, healthy ecosystem. They then purchased a nearby 1.5 hectare parcel of the local red grape Magliocco (also in the shop, positively gluaggable). But they really wanted to get a parcel they could start from scratch, that had never had vines planted on it before. In 2007 they found a sandy plateau where they planted Magliocco and Mantonico from massale, much of it in franc de pied (on French rootstock). The Chora Bianco and Rosso come from this parcel.

The bianco is a blend of Mantonico, Guernaccia Bianca, Pecorello, and Greco Bianco. It’s lively, fresh, youthful, fruity and fun. Organic, wild yeast, minimal sulfur only at bottling.

Olivier Riviere Rayos Uva Rioja, 2015

Olivier Rivière was born and raised in Cognac, studied enology in Bordeaux (with an emphasis on biodynamic farming), and gained practical experience in Bordeaux and Burgundy. He had plans to set up a domaine in Fitou, in the Languedoc, but when those fell through, he went to consult in Spain instead.

Olivier rents, farms or owns vineyards in Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja, Rioja Alavesa and Arlanza. He first came to Spain in 2004 to help Telmo Rodriguez convert to biodynamics. In 2006 he started his own project, but because of the high cost of land in Rioja, he traded his farming abilities for access to grapes from the best sites he could find. In 2009 he joined Luis Arnedo at Bodegas Lacus and found a more permanent home to expand his repertoire of wines.

Rayos Uva is made from Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha (in some vintages), sourced from the sandy, gravelly and alluvial soils of Rioja Baja. It’s fermented whole berry with indigenous yeasts and aged for about 9 months in stainless steel, foudre and cement tanks. Olivier purchases these grapes from Bodegas Lacus, where he oversees the winemaking. Ramos Uva is vibrant, pure, ripe and fruity, with notes of flowers and citrus, and a long, silky finish.

Frank Cornelissen Rosso del Contadino 2015

Frank Cornelissen was a Belgian wine novice in the year 2000 when he landed on the side of a volcano in Sicily, and made a big splash in the natural wine world. Until then, Etna wines were mostly sold in bulk, and certainly weren’t being taken seriously. Cornelissen, along with Andrea Franchetti of Passopisciaro and Marc de Grazia of Tenuta delle Terre Nere, were newcomers bringing attention to the potential of Etna wines. Since then he’s evolved and learned from his sometimes combustible environment. He mixes the modern (gasp! fiberglass tanks!) with an unrivaled minimalist ethos; from the producers website: 

Our farming philosophy is based on our acceptance of the fact that man will never be able to understand nature's full complexity and interactions. We therefore choose to concentrate on observing and learning the movements of Mother Earth in her various energetic and cosmic passages and prefer to follow her indications as to what to do, instead of deciding and imposing ourselves. Consequently this has taken us to avoiding all possible interventions on the land we cultivate, including any treatments, whether chemical, organic, or biodynamic, as these are all a mere reflection of the inability of man to accept nature as she is and will be.

Cornelissen has 15 high-elevation hectares on the side of the mountain, 12 are planted to vine, 1 to olives. Biodiversity is key, and local fruit trees are interplanted with the vines, which probably keep the kept bees happy. New plantings are via selection massale, from pre-phylloxera vines. Yields are low.

Producer notes: Contadino is a field-blend of mostly Nerello Mascalese (85%) with other local varietals from all our old vine vineyards: Nerello Capuccio, Allicante Boushet, Minella nera, Uva Francesa and Minella bianco. Our Contadino expresses Etna as made in a traditional way of blending different varietals: fragrant, elegant, structured with personality.

Here's a recent Cornelissen article from the NY Times.  

Château Pimpine Bordeaux, Cotes de Francs, 2013

Château Pimpine is the second wine from Château Le Puy, a biodynamic property on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. Château Le Puy has been farming biodynamically since the early 1900s, so long that they don’t think it’s any big deal, it’s just the way they’ve always done things. Even so, they have all the certifications.

Pimpine, and Le Puy, are located in Saint-Cibard and share the same soils of clay, flint and limestone as many of Bordeaux’s most prized vines. The vineyards sit at 110 meters, on the same plateau as Saint-Emilion and Pomerol.

Jean-Pierre Amoreau and his son Pascal make the wine here and at Le Puy. The blend is mostly Merlot, with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Of course everything is done by hand, there are no added sulfites, sugars or yeasts during fermentation, and the wine is bottled unfiltered and unfined. The finished wine is rather traditional: balanced, elegant, herbal and fresh.

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EVENTS

Saturday, Dec. 10th
3-6pm

Farmer Willies introduces us to some holiday cocktails!

AND

6 - 8PM

Alvaro de la Viña joins us again with an assortment of natural Spanish wine from his portfolio, Selections de la Viña.

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Friday, Dec. 16th
5-8PM

Farmer Fizz Friday 
with Vineyard Road

Saturday, Dec. 17th
3 - 6PM

In place of our regular beer tasting, Laura Kanzler will be in the shop with a winter cocktail and a selection of spirits from the Origin Beverage portfolio. 
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NEW ARRIVALS
  bEer                   beer
This week Lizard of Koz came in from Founders. It's a stout brewed with blueberries, chocolate, and bourbon barrel aged vanilla. 

A fresh batch of Captains Daughter came in, and we have a few cans of Oskar Blues barrel-aged Ten Fidy left. 

We also got a limited amount of Allagash Émile, an ale aged in large barrels (foudres) from a Pineau des Charentes producer.
Saturday Beer Tasting
4pm-7pm
This week Farmer Willies will be pouring their ginger beer and using it in a dark and stormy made with Hurricane rum from Triple Eight Distillery. Yo ho ho!
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A little bit of history, and a little bit of love for Lo-Fi wines.

Four years ago, when Howard and I were still wine sales reps, and I was writing for my very brief and now defunct food & drink website called Rhode Palate, I wrote a little piece called Schlep of a Salesman. I’m thinking about that now because, back then, when we were friendly competitors with similar philosophies on wine, we spent a lot of time singing the praises of low-intervention, small-production wines. Little did we know that less than a year later we and our spouses would own a shop together, and that we would be able to line our shelves with EXACTLY the wines that we care about. And we care about these wines beyond the hype. When we choose these wines, and then when you choose these wines, we’re all supporting the small producer and his or her family, and we're doing our part (however small) to support winemaking traditions that could be lost in a world of industrialized production and mass-consumption. Some of these wines are extremely limited, and their place in the market can be fragile. If they’re not valued, if they’re treated just as a commodity–or worse–as an accessory, that only harms the small importer who went off the beaten path to bring this wine to us. And then it hurts the producer, who often toils for pennies. So it’s really important that these wines are understood and thoughtfully represented. The portfolios we support are ones that embody this movement toward real wine, made by real people, without pretense, and with regard for the environment. After being in the wine world for decades (yeah, we’re kind of old!) it’s really heartening to see so many people in Providence embracing these lo-fi wines. It sort of makes us miss being in sales; perhaps now the schlep would be a little bit easier!

Cheers! Thank you for shopping at Campus! 
Andrea
Campus Fine Wines, 127 Brook St, Providence, RI 02906, United States
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