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Volume 4: The Action Bronson Didn't Know Edition

Frank Cornelissen
2017
Susucaru
Malvasia, Moscadella, Cattaratto, Nerello Mascalese
Sicily, Italy

The wine I picked made him a celebrity with a very different community. Action Bronson in his questionable effort to conquer natural wine chose Susucaru as his favorite wine of all times. Consequently, Susucaru was suddenly sold out everywhere and is to this day still very hard to find. Hopefully, you will taste the Etna minerality when trying this. It had ten days of skin contact and matured in epoxy tanks for a very pure taste. This is a very Jura-like wine, so have it with what you feel like, but it will be especially good with any kind of seafood.

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Domaine Glinavos
2016
Paleokerisio
Debina, Vlahiko
Ioannina, Greece

The Paleokerisio, which translates to "old-fashioned wine" is an exceptional project to resurrect a winemaking style which was very common in the Zitsa region. It is is a slightly sweet semi-sparkling orange wine, which is made with 12 days of skin contact from the white grape Debina and a little bit of the red grape Vlahiko. It smells and tastes almost like sweet apple cider, but reveals lots of honey, tropical aromas, and a slight bitterness. Should work beautifully with cheese before or after dinner.

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rennersistas
2017
Waiting for Tom Red
Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, St. Laurent
Burgenland, Austria

The name of the "Waiting for Tom" wine came from a story where people would always wait for Tom (Lubbe). It is a red blend with half Zweigelt, Sankt Laurent, and a little Blaufränkisch. Most of them were left for twelve days with their skins to ferment. Afterward, they spent eight months on their lees in used oak barrels before bottling. The result is as fantastic as it sounds and stylistically feels very French to me. With its nice acidity, I suggest trying this with a hearty pasta dish or some lamb chops.

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