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Old Vine Champagne: Sebastien Girost Dure Peine

You've definitely heard of two of the major grapes of Champagne, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and you've probably heard of Pinot Meunier, the other one*. Most Champagne is a blend of the three, but there's a good chance you've had some pure Chardonnay or pure Pinot Noir from Champagne. Pure Pinot Meunier? It's a thing, more and more common lately, but far from the norm, and I bet most of you have not tried one yet. The first pure Pinot Meunier Champagne I tried was Egly-Ouriet'

A Tale of Two Lambruscos

Many of you will know the wine on the left. It is a popular sparkling wine chez C&C and we often tout it as a most versatile red wine. It has a few things going for it that make it such a friendly food wine: bubbles, low-ish abv (11%), and a touch of sweetness. It is easily one of Lambrusco's best wines, but then one must consider the wine on the right, which is a special selection from the same vineyard, and is only made in the best years. Both are made from the pampered vin

Organic Pink Pet-Nats

We've always got a bit of pink bubbly around, but we've recently received some irrestistible novelties, as well as new vintages of old faves. Each of these little beauties is made with organic grapes, some certified, others from vineyards practicing organic farming but not yet certified. Each is also a pét-nat, short for pétillant naturel, a wine made to be sparkling by the most ancient method, often called the méthode ancestrale. A pét-nat is made by bottling fermenting juic

Surprising Sparklers

We've always got a wide selection of bubbles at Craft and Cru, and we're always keen to introduce people to something new in the category. Folias de Baco UIVO Pinot Noir 'PT NAT' 2018 Most of you didn't get to try this last year. The local distributor sold out in 36 hours, and we sold our stash in about a week. With the 2018 vintage, we're determined to reach a wider audience, so we'll open a bottle for you on Saturday. It's a bit of an oddball: Pinot Noir grown in the Douro,

Portugal and Pato

The Pato family (daughter Filipa and father Luis, each owning their own vineyards) is gonna blow your mind with a couple weird and wonderful bottles, while a couple other Portugese wines provide a more familiar yet equally delicious contrast. Don't let your tastebuds miss out! Vadio Bairrada Branco 2017 A blend of 50% Cercial and 50% Bical, aged for eight months in old French oak, one might say this is made in "the international style", as it is super clean and fruity. We lik

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