• Ready for anything: local produce, fresh seafood or mixed grill. This wine assortment covers all of the bases. Light-to-medium, mineral driven whites and bright, fruity reds for any occasion. Includes 2 bottles of each. 6 whites and 6 reds. Schödl Grüner Veltliner 'Classic' 2018 Organic Refreshing and easy-drinking Grüner Veltliner. The wine shows a dazzling nose with notes of grapefruit, apple and spice. The lower alcohol and refreshing acidity make this wine a go-to drinking companion. Schödl Grüner Veltliner 'Loss+Lehm' 2018 Organic Deep loess and chalky clay soils are the base for this Grüner Veltliner. On the gentle slopes and plateaus of the Weinviertel grapes achieve a perfect balance between ripeness and acidity for this tight, spicy and fresh Grüner Veltliner. Sommerhausen Steinbach Silvaner VDP. Erste Lage 2018 Organic Silvaner is a grape everyone should get to know. Complex yet light on its feet with intense minerality. This wine is the hallmark of the estate, and the funky Bocksbeutel bottle is the hallmark of Franconia (Franken) where it has been a symbol of regional quality since the 1700’s. Sepp Moser Zweigelt 'Hedwighof' 2017 Biodynamic Just a couple of hundred meters away from Austria’s lowest point of altitude, on the banks of Lake Neusiedl, the Hedwighof vineyard’s high proportion of old vines, gravelly subsoil, and position atop an ancient seabed leads to bright and complex fruit flavors and lovely salinity. Zweigelt, a cross between St. Laurent and Blaufrankisch is Austria’s most plant red grape and yields wines that are bright, fruity and a little tart. Aldo Marenco Dogliani DOCG 'Suri' 2018 Organic Suri or “Southeast” in the local Piemontese dialect, represents a Dogliani vineyard’s ultimate orientation, which enables the Dolcetto grapes to catch optimal rays throughout the day and achieve perfect ripeness. Bright, fresh and youthful, this wine showcases the beautiful character achieved through aging in concrete. Schödl St. Laurent 'Dorflagen' – 2018 Organic Classic cool climate red wine sourced entirely from Schödl’s sandstone and chalky loess soils plots in Loidesthal and Blumenthal. St. Laurent hails from the Pinot family and is typically a deeper colored, beefier version of Pinot Noir. This wine was fermented in stainless steel to retain varietal freshness and then aged in large oak casks at a constant natural temperature.
  • These three easy drinking, organic and biodynamic wines are the perfect complements to your summer plans: beach, pool, park, boat or grill. It's no coincidence that all of these wines hail from Austria. I've found no other country whose wines offer better value than here. Includes 2 bottles of each. 2 whites and 4 reds.  Schödl Grüner Veltliner 'Classic' 2018 Organic Refreshing and easy-drinking Grüner Veltliner. The wine shows a dazzling nose with notes of grapefruit, apple and spice. The lower alcohol and refreshing acidity make this wine a go-to drinking companion. Sepp Moser Zweigelt 'Hedwighof' 2017 Biodynamic Just a couple of hundred meters away from Austria’s lowest point of altitude, on the banks of Lake Neusiedl, the Hedwighof vineyard’s high proportion of old vines, gravelly subsoil, and position atop an ancient seabed leads to bright and complex fruit flavors and lovely salinity. Zweigelt, a cross between St. Laurent and Blaufrankisch is Austria’s most plant red grape and yields wines that are bright, fruity and a little tart. Schödl St. Laurent 'Dorflagen' – 2018 Organic Classic cool climate red wine sourced entirely from Schödl’s sandstone and chalky loess soils plots in Loidesthal and Blumenthal. St. Laurent hails from the Pinot family and is typically a deeper colored, beefier version of Pinot Noir. This wine was fermented in stainless steel to retain varietal freshness and then aged in large oak casks at a constant natural temperature.
  • From serious to supple these reds from Piedmont and Alto Adige will take you on a varietal and geographical journey across Northern Italy.
    • Dornach ‘2’ Pinot Nero 2018: A stunner, this alpine Pinot Noir bursts with pleasure and personality. It’s elegant and lovely but don’t let the almost translucent hue fool you. This is serious wine from a top estate. Try it with a slight chill and quick decant. Biodynamic
    • In Der Eben Schiava ‘Sankt Anna’ 2016:  In Der Eben is perhaps the most picturesque winery I have visited. Their signature bottling is the Sankt Anna Schiava, named for the small church on the property where local winemakers still gather each year to pray for a good harvest. Schiava (or Vernatsch) grown in and close to the valleys is typically light and quaffable, this Schiava is quite different. Higher altitude and poorer soils create a much more complex wine, and so it spends two years in large oak casks and another year in bottle to coax out the best that this grape has to offer. Biodynamic
    • Aldo Marenco Dogliani ‘Suri’ 2018: Suri or “Southeast” in the local Piemontese dialect, represents a Dogliani vineyard’s ultimate orientation, which enables the Dolcetto grapes to catch optimal rays throughout the day and achieve perfect ripeness. Bright, fresh and youthful, this wine showcases the beautiful character achieved through aging in concrete. Still young and a bit nervy, I’m enjoying this one as much on Day 2 as Day 1. Organic
    • Aldo Marenco Dogliani Superiore ‘Parlapa’ 2016: Parlapa or “He Who Talks Too Much” – a phrase meant to intone the need to let the wine, not the person, do the talking, or perhaps an overly confident neighbor – is a bolder Dolcetto from lower yielding vineyards and aged for two years in large oak. The most complex Dolcetto I have tried. The result of 3 generations of Piemontese winemaking expertise. Organic
    • In Der Eben Freistil Red Wine NV: Freistil or Freestyle is a movement of young, forward-thinking  Alto Adige winemakers, Urban Plattner of In Der Eben among them. His Freistil is a red wine made of Merlot and Lagrein, two varieties that grow together across a half hectare vineyard on the farm. The result is a true South Tyrol field blend, with the Merlot’s soft, round character balancing the wild and crisp nature of Lagrein. Biodynamic
    • Aldo Marenco Barbera ‘Balin’ 2017: Balin or “Wandering Dreamer, Full of Ideas” is a wine that favors the adventurous spirit and represents the lovely Barbera grown on the estate. In a region where the Dolcetto grape is king, owner/winemaker Claudio Marenco does wonders with the Barbera here. Rich, juicy and built for long lunches over vitello tonnato, agnolotti del plin or whatever Italian food you fancy. Organic
  • As the weather begins to warm these bright whites from the Northern Latitudes deliver the refreshment you’re looking for.
    • Schödl Grüner Veltliner Classic 2018: Refreshing and easy-drinking Grüner Veltliner with notes of grapefruit, apple and spice. The lower alcohol and refreshing acidity make this wine a go-to drinking companion. Organic
    • Schödl Grüner Veltliner Löss+Lehm 2018: Showcasing the soil types in and around the Schodl’s vineyards, Löss+Lehm is a wine with great varietal snap and brightness, striking a perfect balance between ripeness and acidity. Organic
    • Sommerhausen Steinbach Scheurebe VDP.Erst Lage 2018: Pronounced SHOY reb beh. Imagine bone-dry Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc getting together. An incredibly unique and delicious wine that is a slam dunk on its own and shines with food, especially dishes with a bit of spice. Organic
    • Sommerhausen Steinbach Silvaner VDP.Erst Lage 2018: Silvaner is a grape everyone should get to know. Complex yet light on its feet and with intense minerality. This wine is the hallmark of the Sommerhausen estate, and the funky Bocksbeutel bottle is the hallmark of the Franconia (Franken) where it has been a symbol of regional quality since the 1700s. Organic
    • Sepp Moser Grüner Veltliner von den Terrassen 2018: Hailing from the Kremstal, one of Austria’s most renowned wine regions, the biodynamic beauty has some serious chops. Grown on the Kremstal’s famous terraced vineyards above the Danube, it possesses lovely weight and complexity that balances effortlessly with Grüner Veltliner’s trademark acidity and freshness. Biodynamic
    • Dornach ‘7’ Pinot Bianco 2017: This is the wine I tasted while traveling through the Dolomites that ignited the idea for Barrel Down Selections. If there were regenerative organic wines out there that were this good and not being widely imported to the US, I wanted in! The ‘7’ is single vineyard sourced and spends one year longer than the ‘1’ aging in large oak casks. Complex and ageable, the perfect complement to a hunk of Humboldt Fog cheese! Biodynamic
    EXTRA Credit: The German Wine Classification System is new (and confusing) to most people. The top wineries in Germany receive status as VDP Estates. Only 200 of the almost 20,000 German wineries have achieved this. Schloss Sommerhausen is one of them. Vineyards are then classified based on their quality and distinctiveness. Sommerhausen’s Steinbach vineyard where this Silvaner and Scheurebe are grown is a VDP.Erste Lage vineyard meaning it is “First Class”. The equivalent in France would be a wine labeled Premier Cru.
  • Wine: Steinbach Scheurebe VDP.Erste Lage 2018 Appellation: Sommerhauser Steinbach Variety: Scheurebe Vintage: 2018 Vine Age: 30 yrs Elevation: 200m Soil: Shell Limestone Yield: 5-6t/ha Vinification: Steel Aging: Steel Alcohol: 12.5% Description: Pronounced SHOY reb beh. Imagine dry Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc getting together. Aromatic and bone dry, this is an incredibly unique and delicious wine that is a slam dunk on its own and shines with food, including dishes with a bit of spice. Spectacular aroma, exciting minerality and breathtakingly refreshing.
  • Wine: Steinbach Alttenberg 1172 Grosses Gewachs Silvaner 2017 Appellation: Sommerhauser Steinbach Variety: Silvaner Vintage: 2017 Vine Age: 35 yrs Elevation: 180m Soil: Shell Limestone Yield: 4t/ha Vinification: Steel Aging: Steel Alcohol: 13% Description: A monumental Grosses Gewächs Slivaner. Sommerhausen’s celebrated Alttenberg is sourced from the most lauded parcel in the Steinbach vineyard, first documented in the year 1172. Exciting mouthfeel, dry and complex with loads of minerality and ripe fruit. Will age gracefully for at least a decade.
  • Wine: Steinbach Silvaner VDP.Erste Lage 2018 Appellation: Sommerhauser Steinbach Variety: Silvaner Vintage: 2018 Vine Age: 23-35 yrs Elevation: 140-200m Soil: Shell Limestone Yield: 5-6t/ha Vinification: Steel Aging: Steel Alcohol: 12.5% Description: Silvaner is a grape everyone should get to know. Complex yet light on its feet with intense minerality. This wine is the hallmark of the estate, and the funky Bocksbeutel bottle is the hallmark of Franconia (Franken) where it has been a symbol of regional quality since the 1700’s.
  • Wine: Hedwighof Appellation: Burgenland Variety: Gruner Veltliner Vintage: 2018 Vine Age: 7-48 yrs Elevation: 120m Soil: Humus, Gravel Yield: 7t/ha Vinification: Steel Aging: Steel Alcohol: 13% Description: Just a couple of hundred meters away from Austria’s lowest point of altitude, on the banks of Lake Neusiedl, the Hedwighof vineyard’s high proportion of old vines, gravelly subsoil, and position atop an ancient seabed leads to bright and complex fruit flavors and lovely salinity. Zweigelt, a cross between St. Laurent and Blaufrankisch is Austria's most plant red grape and yields wines that are bright, fruity and a little tart.
  • Wine: von den Terrassen Appellation: Kremstal DAC Variety: Grüner Veltliner Vintage: 2018 Vine Age: 7-48 yrs Elevation: 200-330m Soil: Loess, Conglomerate Yield: 7t/ha Vinification: Steel Aging: Steel Alcohol: 12.5% Description: Grüner is king in Kremstal, where 70% of the vineyards, mostly loess terraces, are planted to the variety. It is here along the Danube where significant temperature swings between day and night help the ripening process while maintaining wonderful acidity and aroma. The von den Terrassen (of the Terracces!) Grüner Veltliner possesses lovely weight and complexity that align perfectly with the variety's hallmark acidity and freshness.
  • Wine Name: von den Terrassen Appellation: Kremstal DAC Variety: Riesling Vine Age: 7-48 years Elevation: 200-330m Soil Type: Loess, Conglomerate Yield: 6t/ha Vinification: Steel Aging: Steel Alcohol: 12.5% Farming: Biodynamic Description: A lovely dry Riesling in the Austrian style. Greenish, yellow hue with fine stone fruit aromas. On the palate precise, persistent and mineral, vivid and fresh.
  • Wine Name: Ried Schnabel Appellation: Kremstal DAC Reserve Variety: Grüner Veltliner Vine Age: 7-48 years Elevation: 200-330m Soil Type: Loess, Conglomerate Rock Sub Soil Yield: 6t/ha Vinification: Large Oak Aging: Oak Alcohol: 14% Farming: Biodynamic Description: Ried (or ‘vineyard’) Schnabel is one of Kremstal’s most esteemed vineyards. Its basin shaped, south-facing terraces grow grapes with supreme intensity. Intensity that is harnessed and refined through the use of large oak during fermentation and aging. An ageworthy Grüner bursting with density and texture.
  • Wine Name: Ried Gebling Appellation: Kremstal DAC Reserve Variety: Grüner Veltliner Vine Age: 7-48 years Elevation: 200-330m Soil Type: Loess, Large Conglomerate Rock Sub Soil Yield: 6t/ha Vinification: Steel Aging: Steel Alcohol: 13% Farming: Biodynamic Description: Ried (or ‘vineyard’) Gebling is a single vineyard Grüner at once elegant with aromas of herbs and crisp apple and intense with tropical nuances and a dense, complex, mineral finish due to both the depth of fruit from this unique site and the longer maturation period of DAC Reserve wines.