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Special Edition 2: The Party Pack 2019

Charles Dufour Bulles de Comptoir
2016
Orange Sanguine
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc
Champagne, France

The Bulles de Comptoir series is always a limited edition of wines for a specific year. It has become a kind of a collectible as the label is also different every year. For this year's rosé, which actually is more a kind of a hybrid orange-red wine, with its name pointing to the red chalk color. While most of the wine is from the 2016 harvest, it also has a mix of reserve wines from 2010 to 2015. This adds more complexity and some more refined notes. After 12 months in old barrels on the lees, it is bottled and left in the bottle for almost 2 years until it is disgorged, the process to get rid of all the dead yeast in the bottle. It has lots of herbal, nearly tea-ish aromas, mixed with some red apples and hibiscus. The gentle acidity and soft tannins make it perfect as a festive food wine. Have it with mushrooms and fish or only as an aperitif with some savory snacks. And please drink it from a wine glass.

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Judith Beck
2018
Koreaa
Muscat Ottonel, Grüner Veltliner, Scheurebe, Pinot Blanc, Neuburger, Welschriesling, Zweigelt
Burgenland, Austria

The grapes for this white wine come from a vineyard which is called "Fürstliches Prädium," meaning royal estate, but everybody just called it Korea. Nobody knows why it's called like this, but Judith decided to call her wine like this as well. With the fitting illustration, this is a field blend from a lot of different grape varieties. Before the pressing, the juice had four days of skin contact and then aged for six months in old barrels. What you get is a slightly orange wine with fantastic structure and freshness. As with most orange wines, you can pair it with many foods, but maybe try it with something middle eastern like hummus and ground lamb.

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Claus Preisinger
2017
Kalkundkiesel Rot
Blaufränkisch, Pinot Noir
Burgenland, Austria

Interestingly enough, the grapes for this come from a vineyard with all kinds of grapes, most of them red, but also about 20 percent are white grapes. With a short amount of maceration, this results in a very light juice, which is left to age in used oak barrels, after its fermentation finished in steel tanks. No sulfur was added to this wine, which means you get some proper natural flavors, including some smokiness. Its terrific juiciness comes with lots of red berries and violet flavors. Have this wine with pasta, or enjoy it for a proper dinner with some roasted meat.

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