Green Spain Month at Bitto

From the cool and wet Northwest corner of Spain comes some amazing wines and history. Stretching from the Celtic corner to the Basque country, this area is steeped in history and home to grape varietals not found anywhere else in the world. The nearly extinct Godello, the Pinot Noir like Mencia, the rising rockstar Albarino and the geeky and unique Hondarabbis are found here. Don't worry if you haven't heard of these, that's why we're here to show them off! This cool climate is very different than the rest of Spain so any preconcieved notions of what to expect should be abandoned. All of these tend towards bracing acidity, expecially the Hondarabbi. 

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The white Txakolina, made from Hondarabbi Zuri is found occasionally out there but while most think its a single grape, its actually a name for the local grapes of the area which have been shown to be 3 different varietals with one being a North American hybrid?!? How it came here has yet to be discovered but it likely came just after phylloxera when all the European vineyards were destroyed and replanted. The red Txakoli is very rare, this grape Hondarabbi Beltza may be the father or the brother of Cabernet Franc but DNA hasn't found the true connection yet. Red Txakoli is something you have to try, it's unlike anything else and a fun experience for anyone into new wine experiences.

Check out the Youtube video we made explaining the countryside, history and specific wines that will be here. We'll also be featuring a special Spanish cheese platter through March as well so be sure to stop in this month to enjoy a trip to Spain with no Covid19 laden airports to transit through!


Orchard Wine Cellar Movers and Shakers This Week

  • Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    #1 Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    First lets say that this is Not ChocoVine. This wine is actually made with eighty five percent Merlot and than has natural chocolate cream added to the mix. This is the wine for anyone looking for sweet red or the chocolate lover at home. Great gift for the holidays.
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Armas de Guerra Rose

    #2 Armas de Guerra Rose

    My heavens! 50+ year old, organic Mencia vines from some of the highest vineyards in Bierzo. Subtle aromas of strawberry, pink grapefruit and white pepper play with clean river rock minerality touched by zesty key lime. Balance and finish are tied together with a vibrating acidity. Structured and executed like a world class ballerina doing flamenco. Sells out every year for good reason. Lighter than Provence, a different planet than White Zin. The only hard part is only opening one bottle at a time. (behind by 10 bottles)

  • Lamadrid malbec

    #3 Lamadrid malbec

    Approachable and packed with flavors of red, blue and black fruits, subtle black pepper and licorice. Smooth tannins with a lovely balance of acidity, yet slightly rustic, making this wine fun to drink. Although this is considered an "entry level" malbec, it still hails from a single vineyard estate. Outstanding quality at an outstanding price. (behind by 9 bottles)

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    #4 tip top old fashion

    (behind by 1 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • Farm to Table

    Farm to Table

    A fun and lighter style from the cool mountains of Victoria. Aromas of fresh strawberry, cherry jam flirt with notes of forest floor a touch of peppery oak. Lively cola and raspberry flavors with vibrant acidity. Darn good value too!

  • Porron Decanter

    Porron Decanter

    The porron wine pitcher is a festive way to serve wine. Either use as a decanter or just pick up the porron and tilt it so that a thin stream of wine pours directly into your mouth! It takes some skill, but it is fun at a party to see how well you and your friends master the technique. Each porron holds 1 liter, which is a perfect size to hold a bottle of wine.

  • Clos Mazurique

    Clos Mazurique

    Along the Loire river you'll find Saumur. Cab Franc dominates the red plantings and we can see a prime example with this bottle. Perfumed floral aromas, dark cherry, forest floor and mineral. Gorgeous mouthfeel and smooth tannic structure. Bright acidity making this wine an easy drinker.

  • Augier le singulier

    Augier le singulier

    Founded in 1643, Augier is the oldest producer of cognac in the world! This cognac in particular uses 100% Folle Blanche, providing unique characteristics. Aromatic, fruity notes with subtle nuances of caramel from oaking. Ridiculously smooth and delicious. It's no mystery why Augier have been in business for so long!