Browser’s Club Fall 2023
I’ve spent my entire career in the wine world. And a large part of that in the pursuit of knowledge of Italian wine and viticultural regions. So, I am so very pleased to offer, for the first time, a 100% Italian wine Browser’s Club offer. Not only are the wines some of my favorites from their areas, the producers are small, quality-first organizations where you can always taste the care in the finished products. As usual, the value for the club is unmatched in today’s inflation-driven market. We have held fast to our pricing structure and the wines punch well above their playing weight, if you will. We only have a limited number of club memberships available at any time. I cannot think of a better time to get in on the deal here and start drinking like a pro 😁
Without further ado, here are the wines.
Michael Housewright - CEO
Browsers Club Standard Pack - 4 reds - 1 white - 1 rosé
6 pack: $129.99 12 pack: $249.99
We start with the big boy first. Our finest DSR to date and really just singing now after resting in our cellar over the summer. This is a wine built to last, but is now drinking so beautifully that we had to send it out to you all.
The 2021 Rosso is the result of a near-perfect growing season. Our vines have matured and our viticulture is world-class. The resulting fruit is ripe with intense fruit flavors encapsulated by perfect acidity and subtle herbs that dance across the palate. This is a serious wine with potential for 15+ years of aging. Yet, it opens quickly and offers a lengthy and silky dose of that “yes this is what I want in a red wine.”
This beauty is drinking as well as ever. Wow, I would compare it any pink wine from Italy and bet on it to take the blue ribbon. This wine goes with life. My life anyway. Now, in our fourth vintage, this is the Rosato we long hoped we could produce. It is the most complete and beautifully balanced wine we have made from our Merlot plantings. This wine is one part Provence (in color and acidity) and one part Castelli Romani (for its ripeness and length on the palate). This wine is worth the wait, and more. Sadly, we only have 20 cases left for the year.
100% Grechetto di Todi and one of the most refreshing white wine styles from Italy. Cantina Roccafiore farms in the rolling hills of the Umbrian countryside near the town of Todi.The wine is dry, with a pleasing freshness, supported by minerality and persistence. The bouquet is of white flowers, with attractive notes of pink grapefruit and green apple.’ This Grechetto is made from the Grechetto di Todi clone, which is deeper, more concentrated and less rustic than other clones from the area. It is still hot in many places in the country. This wine is ideal for that.
I used to live and work in Puglia. And Nero di Troia was my wine of choice to drink with most all meals. And especially with the famous grilled meats of Pugllia’s renowned braccerie (their version of a BBQ joint where you pick your protein and they expertly grill it over hot olive wood fires). In fact, this wine is a second label produced by Rivera, a family-owned winery in northern Puglia, near the city of Andria and the remarkable Schwabian castle called Castel del Monte. While the Rivera family has only been bottling since the 1950’s, they’ve been practicing viticulture in the region since the 18th century, their estate has existed since at least the 12th. This is one of the coolest labels we have ever seen and the wine is just dynamite. It will transport you to the great Castel del Monte and make you feel like it’s all yours.
This is the first time we have offered another wine from our beloved region of Lazio (where we grow and make Due Santi). But this is really fun and comes from the indigenous variety Nero Buono. This kind of savory, midweight red is a very versatile table wine; the aromas and flavors here are distinctive, slightly herbal in a Cabernet Franc kind of way, and very drinkable. We think this wine would be fun to open early in a meal with apps and cheese and then follow with the Due Santi Rosso for a real contrast in styles and weight. Pro tip - this wine is amazing with fried things like the Roman supplí or meat-filled Ascolano Olives.
Staying in the south of Italy we head over to the region of Basilicata. The volcanic slopes of the volcano Monte Vulture provide ideal growing conditions for this meaty and delicious red wine. Sourcing grapes from four different vineyards, Gricos is THE barbecue wine. Made from younger vines, but nonetheless meaty and substantial, the wine is purposefully made to be more forward and drinkable. Shows plentiful crisp red fruit, mineral and floral aromas, with pepper and an undergrowth background. Drink with beef, lamb, cheeses or substantial pasta dishes. But mostly serve this with brisket and ribs. If the sauce is not super sweet all the better. This is pretty darn big.