May Wine Picks

Sake Story Yuzu Liqueur, Nagasaki, Japan $33.99
This is a charming 7% abv fruit liqueur made from the Japanese citrus yuzu- which I love to describe as a pretty & higher-pitched lemon. It is not saccharine or syrup-esque, but very light, lifted, and versatile: a staple for your summer arsenal. Enjoy it chilled straight or on ice as an aperitif or perhaps in an experimental cocktail; I suggest nixing Lillet in favor of this yuzu liqueur for a slightly exotic twist on a Vesper Martini, or you can finish delicate raw seafood preparations such as crudos and ceviche, or even salads to compliment your favorite extra virgin olive oil for a fresh experience.
2021 Troon Vineyard Kubli Bench Rose, Applegate Valley, Oregon $23.99
This southern Oregon paragon located in the Siskiyou Mountains is a true champion of minimalist winemaking through means of biodynamics and regenerative organic practices (meaning they are leaving the land better than it was found before humans had their way with it). Aside from grapevines, Troon is home to a 100 acre biodiverse farm full of cider apples, a vegetable garden, bees, sheep, chickens, and plenty of wildlife. This fresh rose is a blend of Malbec, Tinta Roriz, & Counoise that would be delightful with grilled Halloumi garnished with honey & flowers.
 
2020 The Juice Asylum “Maggie Mae,” Tuscany, Italy $32.99
The Juice Asylum is the punk rock antithesis to what we understand the “Super Tuscan” identity to be. This particular bottling boasts 100% certified organic, biodynamic, and whole cluster Sangiovese fruit from 3 vineyards in Tuscany that sees 6 months of elevage in stainless steel tanks. “Maggie Mae” is the ultimate Tuscan red refresher full of wild blue fruit, red apple, hibiscus, and sweet soft herbs. You may have heard of the iconic Avignonesi wines- The Juice Asylum is made by the enigmatic Alessio Guidi at Avignonesi as the inspiration to “allow wine to have an experimental playground where the natural element is encouraged rather than denied and put into a facility (an Asylum, if you will) for correction.”
The wine is as equally racy as the label. Pair it up lightly chilled with panzanella, rosemary focaccia, or all of the above catching up with your crush.
250 cases made and imported by the unparalleled Vine St. Imports.