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Volume 1: The First Edition

Bacchus Pet-Nat
Franconia, Germany

The Pet-Nat I chose for this Plain box is made with Bacchus, a weird German grape created by Peter Moria in 1933 as a cross between Riesling, Silvaner and Müller-Thurgau. It's a very fruity and easy to grow variety, perfectly suited for a Petillant Naturel, which is definitely more of a fun drink. If you don't know what a Pet-Nat is, it's basically a wine that was filled into bottles while the fermentation is still ongoing, so all the CO2 is kept in the bottle and will naturally carbonate the drink. Once you open this bottle it's very floral on the nose and I think of grapefruit when I drink it. You can actually make it into two drinks by actually opening it with all sediments settled and once you poured a couple glasses turn the bottle upside down to get all the stuff at the bottom into the wine. It adds complexity - and it is pretty much two drinks in one. Try it!

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Philip Lardot
Der Graf
Mosel, Germany

If you haven't had much natural wine this is probably one of less funky tasting ones. It's a very creamy and rich Riesling - the very opposite of some of the more dry and mineral-heavy whites from the Mosel Valley. The grapes come from the Piesporter Grafenberg, a typical grey slate soil. Due to some skin-contact of the grapes (20% ferment with skin for 10 days) it even has some slight herbal notes. I suggest you open this the day before you wanna drink it to make some of the oaky flavors more subtle.

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Alexander Koppitsch
Zweigelt Unfiltered
Burgenland, Austria

Before you open this bottle be sure to not shake it too much or otherwise let it rest for a bit. There is some sediment in there that is not necessarily good for the texture while drinking it. Zweigelt is a poster child of Austrian grapes rarely seen outside of Austria. This specific one smells like cassis and toasted wood. Once it's in the glass you get some spicy cherry notes.

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