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Sikelè Nero d'Avola

The Facts Producer: Cantina MarilinaRegion: SicilyVillage: NotoCountry: ItalyGrapes: Nero d’AvolaPrice: $19 In Brief Medium BodyEarthyFresh Black CherryTobaccoWild Herbs The Wine Haley calls Nero d’Avola “the grape of Sicily,” owing to its high volume of production on the island. “This wine definitely has tobacco and volcanic ash happening,” she said. “The fruit is dark, dark, dark. But still fresh.” Black cherry, red currant, and wild herbs lend vibrancy to the earthier tones in this wine. Pair this versatile wine with everything from pork tenderloin, to runny cheese or a BLT. The Story Marilina and Federica Paterno helm the 60-hectare estate after taking over for their father, Angelo, who purchased the land in 2000, calling it one of the best viticultural sites...

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Veronica Ortega 'Quite'

The Facts Producer: Veronica OrtegaRegion: BierzoCountry: SpainGrapes: MencíaPrice: $20 In Brief Medium BodyFruit DrivenVibrant Dark BerryWarm SpiceBlack Tea The Wine This wine is “very alive,” Kristie said. Deep, dark currant and blackberry fruit notes are warmed by aromatic spice and a black tea aroma reminiscent of Pinot Noir. Stone minerality and fresh acidity give structure and balance, keeping the wine light on its feet despite its fruit-driven core. Haley and Kristie say this is a perfect pairing with pizza or a hearty dinner of grilled sausage and vegetables. The Story “She is a spitfire,” Kristie said. “She’s a firecracker, which is a lot like her wine, actually.” The young winemaker learned her craft from the likes of Alvaro Palacios and...

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Parés Baltà 'Cosmic

The Facts Producer: Parés BaltàRegion: CataloniaAppellation: PenedèsCountry: SpainGrapes: Xarel-lo, Sauvignon BlancPrice: $20 In Brief Medium BodyAromaticRipe Orchard FruitWhite FlowersMineral The Wine “We started with this wine when we first opened,” Haley said. “There’s a hint of sweetness from the Xarel-lo, but it’s really mineral-driven.” Rich and ripe, the Cosmic still keeps it fresh with zippy minerality and a nose full of lush orchard fruit notes. Kristie and Haley suggest pairing this with any kind of smoked fish, from bagels and lox to bluefish pâté. The Story “This wine is fun for me, because [Parés Baltà] is really a man’s winery,” Haley said. “But this wine is made by the two vintners’ wives.” Penedès is best known as the home of...

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Sybille Kuntz Riesling Trocken

 The Facts Region: MoselCountry: Germany Grapes: RieslingPrice: $21 In Brief Lighter BodyRacyAromaticCitrus ZestGreen AppleMineral   The Wine “This is like the caffeine of wine,” Kristie said. “You can’t help but wake up when you drink it.” “It’s in-your face,” Haley said. “Like pop rocks on your tongue—a little spark plug of juicy deliciousness.” If that doesn’t make you want to pop the bottle, maybe the hints of effervescence, citrus zest, and ‘flinty’ finish can entice you. Kristie says you’ll love drinking this with fried chicken or charcuterie.   The Story Sybille Kuntz’s estate is one of the few in Europe to boast a female chairwoman and winemaker—a feat even more impressive considering Germany’s overwhelmingly male winemaking community. Leading one of...

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