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Wines of the Mediterranean

by Anthony Lynch

12-Bottle Sampler

Wines of the Mediterranean

$272.00 $341.00
Normally $341.00
SPECIAL SAMPLER PRICE $272.00
(a 20% discount)

This item does not take further discounts

Cultivation of the vine is thought to have originated in the south Caucasus, between the Black and Caspian Seas, before spreading south into Mesopotamia and to Egypt via the Fertile Crescent. Archaeological records point to a subsequent northward migration into Greece, before the ancient Greeks did us the enormous favor of introducing vitis vinifera to Italy, and ultimately France, via the port of Massalia (Marseille) in the 6th century BCE.
     Widespread as it may be today, the vine seems particularly well-adapted to its original heritage in the Mediterranean basin, where warm, arid conditions and bearably mild winters allow the plant to prosper and the crop to ripen on a regular basis. The wines reflect the warmth and generosity of the people who call these areas home—perhaps an effect of sunny climate on ripening fruit as well as the human psyche. They express a certain joyfulness, a joie de vivre that is often absent from the more austere wines of northern regions. And most importantly, they are a staple, an integral part of the local cultures and cuisines that have developed in these areas that so fortunately flank the sea.
     In the way of cuisine, it would make sense that they go hand-in-hand with other local products like olive oil, bountiful fresh produce, and dishes seasoned with herbs from the rocky, windswept hillsides. Through this tour of Mediterranean terroirs across southern France, coastal Italy, and the islands, we invite you to bask in sunshine, feel the sea’s invigorating freshness, and meet plenty of lovable characters along the way.



Sampler Includes:

2020 Corbières Rosé “Gris de Gris”  • Domaine de Fontsainte $18.00
2020 Côtes de Provence Rosé  • Clos Sainte Magdeleine $29.00
2020 Colline Savonesi Rosato “Pettirosso Allegro”  • Punta Crena $22.00
2020 Pays d’Oc Blanc  • Les Traverses de Fontanès $22.00
2020 Corse Calvi Blanc “E Prove”  • Domaine Maestracci $24.00
2020 Pic Saint Loup “Tour de Pierres”  • Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup $22.00
2019 Vittoria Calabrese  • Portelli $22.00
2019 Patrimonio Rouge “Cru des Agriate”  • Domaine Giacometti $26.00
2020 Cannonau di Sardegna “Riviera”  • Vigne Rada $32.00
2016 Eloro Nero d’Avola “Sciavè”  • Riofavara $35.00
2020 Terre Siciliane Carricante “Sciare Vive”  • Vigneti Vecchio $42.00
2019 Bandol Rouge  • Domaine de la Tour du Bon $47.00

$272.00 $341.00
Normally $341.00
SPECIAL SAMPLER PRICE $272.00
(a 20% discount)

Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch

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