!!!$50 Wine Club!!!
Regular price $50.00
Here is what is included:
Strohmeier Schilcher Frizzante - Styrian natural wine OG Franz Strohmeier makes wine with nothing but grapes, love and time, including this fizzy version of the locally typical grape Blauer Wildbacher. Bright, light, gently sparkling (courtesy of secondary fermentation in bottle) basket
of biodynamic summer fruits.
Vinification Method: Hand harvested, first fermentation in stainless steel tank, no filtration. Secondary fermentation happens in bottle with added Champagne yeast. 20 mg/liter of sulfur is added to the wine in tank, and no sulfur added when the wine is disgorged.
Franz Strohmeier is a visionary natural winemaker, working in the Steiermark part of Styria, known as the “Green Heart” of Austria. Franz is a very philosophical winemaker – who is never contented to make wine like the establishments around him – always making the decisions that expresses his terroir in the most natural way. He is constantly tinkering with his 8-hectares of vines to find better and more natural methods. An example most recently, was his use of whey (the liquid part of milk produced in cheese production) to spray his grapes, instead of copper sulfate. He has some portion of his grapes growing wild, without pruning, that produce very small intensely flavored grapes. Franz does not subscribe to any certified biodynamic organization, although many of his methods sound biodynamic to us. If a malady strikes a vine, he often prefers to not treat it. Instead he prefers to forgo those vines, saying the vineyard as a whole gains in health from a little bit of sickness, showing how biodiversity is of chief concern. He makes wines that are like nothing else we have ever tasted, a true display of the unique terroir of this region. Franz makes sparkling wines with great finesse and stability, perfect for every day drinking and pairing with a wide variety of foods.
Vini Viti Vinci Bourgogne Coulanges la Vineuse - Coulanges la Vineuse is a little known appellation, even in France, and is thus an excellent source for Kikro to source very affordable grapes.
Varieties: Pinot Noir
Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and ferment in whole bunches, carbonic maceration. Elevage is in barrique, and the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered, with a small addition of sulfur.
Nicolas Vauthier, or Kikro as he is known by his friends, has been a big fan of natural wines; he has been on the forefront of promoting the wines he loves for many years. He had a long career working in wine, starting by actually attending enology school and working at wineries in Washington State as well as France, learning how to make very industrial wines. He then embarked on a career at retail wine in France, where he soon discovered the wines that would become his real passion. After that he helped open Aux Crieurs de Vins, a well-known and favorite natural wine bar in Troyes in nearby Champagne. Aux Crieurs was one of the first natural wine bars in France, and its status is still legendary today. He sold his interest in the wine bar and after a time working with Philippe Pacalet, he used his many years of experience tasting the best natural wines France had to offer, to start his own micro-negociant winery in 2009, in the spirit of other small Burgundian winemakers such as Pacalet.
Today Kikro works exclusively with the less desired appellations of Northern Burgundy, including Chitry, Irancy and Epineuil, working with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Aligoté. The reds are made entirely with whole bunches and carbonic maceration followed by brief elevage times for softening in barrique, like he learned working with Pacalet. The result is extremely quaffable and delicious pinot noir, with a lot of finesse.
In addition to the wines, you also will receive a code good through the month of April for 10% off all online and in-store purchases, a Spotify playlist thoughtfully created from us to you, FREE Thursday Wine Tastings for the month for you and a guest, and first dibs on allocated items if and when they are offered to us.