It's hard to live in DC and not feel the pressure building as we get closer to election day.
As the TV screens are overrun with white and orange hair, these bottles will help you remember that there’s something beyond this chaos.
These three bottles share a commonality. Yes, the makers are all younger, but they are deeply committed to their craft and understand the power of history. They aren’t twenty-somethings playing around with demijohns (no shade); they have studied, listened, and practiced. More akin to a young senator from Chicago than the current madness.
About the bottles:
Marie Rocher: Originally from Paris, Marie started making wine after a career in wine publishing. She moved to Montrichard in the Loire Valley and spent time with several winemakers, including Pascal and Moses at Capriades. 100% Sauvignon Blanc; seductive lycee and punchy acid.
Alexandre Giquel: He studied in Amboise for winemaking (like Marie Rocher) and then became an expert in training draft horses. Imported specifically for Domestique, these wines are full of promise and potential. This pet-nat is 100% Gamay simply pressed, fermentation in the tank, then bottled. Zero sulfur and clean as a whistle.
James Priest: I’ll let James speak for himself: “The Referend Bier Blendery practices the neglected art of waiting, of letting nature run its course, to produce a beer of depth and character inimitable through technological shortcuts or chemical interference.” Based in Pennington, New Jersey, this creative haven is producing some of the most interesting beverages in the US. The Wittgenstein is spontaneously fermented and brewed with calamansi oranges and chamomile.