October 2019

Yummy and Organic

While Labor Day marks the end of summer, we all like to try and continue our healthy lifestyle for the Fall! In honor of  national organic month, we have listed some our favorite edibles that happen to be certified organic AND delicious:

Keen-Wah Decadence Coconut Almond (Box of 12), $34.95
This yummy protein bar was created to help you power through your day! Whether you’re working out or on-the-go, you will feel good eating these because you’re fueling your body with nothing but the best all-natural ingredients.  The bar is made from quinoa, which is nature’s answer to vegan and gluten-free protein.  And the taste?  Imagine the Almond Joy you loved as a kid made with healthy, organic ingredients.  We promise…the same nostalgic taste is still there. Also comes in other great flavors!

Lapostolle Chilean Wines

From the same liquor company that brought us Grand Marnier, comes the Lapostolle winery, a completely organic operation producing wines that are as delicious as they are environmentally friendly. Their grapes are raised 100% organically and even the packaging is environmentally conscious with the bottles being made from recycled glass and the labels and boxes coming from sustainable forests. It also makes the perfect eco-chic hostess gift.

Cascadian Farm Granola, $6.49
Once you have tried this granola, it’s easier leaving those breakfast pastries and calorie-rich bagels behind! Cascadian Farm’s pride themselves on being organic before organic was even trendy. Their mission is to keep your body healthy while also keeping the environment healthy. They have seven different yummy granola flavors that also make a delicious topper for your Greek yogurt in the morning.

Pom Acai Bar, $9.25
Satisfy your chocolate craving without the guilt! Gnosis offers an organic line of raw vegan chocolates that are not only tasty, but they have a holistic purpose behind them as well. The yummy Pomegrante Acai flavor featured here helps your body detox. These hand made chocolates are free of refined sugar, cholesterol, gluten, dairy and soy, making them a healthy option.

The Next Big Thing in Wine: La Follette

Interview by Anu Karwa

Ever fantasize about running a winery? Many do, but few ever take the risk. From bagpiper to vintner, Greg La Follette discusses the upcoming launch of his Sonoma County-based wine label La Follette.

Anu Karwa: You’re launching La Follette winery in September. What’s the focus of the winery?
Greg La Follette: The focus of La Follette Wines is crafting benchmark, cool-climate Pinot Noir.

AK: What wines are you introducing?
GL: We’re showcasing renowned parts of the vineyard in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain, and Mendocino AVAs with 3 vineyard-designate Pinot Noirs, a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, and 3 vineyard-designate Chardonnays, a wine produced from the grapes of a single vineyard.

AK: How would you describe your winemaking style?
GL: I would say it is intentionally wild. Practicing winemaking without a safety net. Taking risks and gambles in an effort to be true to the voice of the vineyard.

AK: What is mouthfeel, and why is it important to you?
GL: To me, mouthfeel is about pleasure. It’s what makes your tongue feel caressed when you sip a wine. A broad spectrum of descriptors can apply to mouthfeel, including “energy” and “nerve,” but what it comes down to is the pleasure your mouth experiences when drinking the wine.

AK: Does the reality of owning a vineyard match the fantasy?
GL: I am living the fantasy, and I wouldn’t change a thing. But it is a lot of work and requires the kind of tremendous support I get from my wife and kids. During harvest I am lucky if I get 1–2 hours of sleep a day. The day begins at midnight when you prepare to pick by sanitizing the bins. Then, you pick until 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. Then you head to the winery to taste all the fermenting wines and do punch downs until 9:00 a.m. or so. Sit down and have a bite to eat and a high-octane espresso. From 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., I’m looking at the chemistry and what’s happening in the cellar, then, from 11:00 or 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., I’m sorting grapes. The second round of punch downs goes until 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. Then, I’m tasting ferments again till 8:30 or 9:00 p.m. I am always in close communication with the wines. If I am lucky, I am in bed by 11:00 p.m. so I can get up an hour later and start it all over again. On days I am not picking, I can sometimes sleep until 4:00 or 4:30 a.m. There is no off-season for me really, not in this business and not when I love to travel to Australia to help out friends during their harvest.

AK: If you weren’t making wine, what would you be doing?
GL: Drinking it! I honestly cannot imagine doing anything other than what I am doing. It’s unfathomable to me at this time. When I was young, I pursued any number of things, from bagpiping to running a botanical garden. But now I can’t see any other path.

AK: You work with your 6 sons and daughters. Any challenges to running a family business?
GL: The kids have learned a great deal of discipline by being in a wine family. They haven’t always wanted to work as hard as I have asked them to. And when they’re teenagers, it’s not easy to be the dad that makes them come to the winery early in the morning after a school party or graduation. The biggest challenge is begging forgiveness for the time I am away from them.

AK: Is winemaking an art or science to you?
GL: It’s both. You can’t have one without the other. Nabokov stated, “There is no science without fancy and no art without fact.” Complexity in wine is not an accident. A truly artistic creation like wine is possible when scientific knowledge sets the stage for experimentation and intuition. When you partner with the land and interpret the voice of a certain parcel of earth, you have to be open to what it is saying . . . at that point, you forget the science. The letters are the science but the speech is the art.

AK: What’s your favorite wine in the launch of this line?
GL: It’s like asking me to pick my favorite kid, can’t be done! But I will say, whichever one my wife likes (the wine that is!).

AK: Biggest challenge in running your own winery?
GL: The real challenge is balancing the demands of being a wine family and being a good spouse and a good dad while spending so much time on the winemaking.

AK: Favorite part of your day?
GL: Being with my family, when my wife or some of my kids come to find me at the winery to say hello. Or, when the work is done and we sit down together and break bread.

The Man Behind the Wine: Greg La Follette
Greg’s route to winemaking began when he decided that playing the bagpipes wasn’t all that practical. After earning a masters in food science and technology at UC Davis, Greg learned winemaking at Beaulieu Vineyard, Kendal-Jackson, and Flowers before founding Tandem Wines in 2001. In 2009, he sold Tandem to Quivira Vineyards, and the new partners, Greg and Quivira-owner Pete Knight, developed La Follette to spotlight Greg’s unparalleled cool-climate vineyard resources and passion for Pinot Noir.

Anu’s Picks from La Follette:
Buy La Follette 2008 Van der Kamp Pinot Noir, $39.99, at lafollettewines.com
Buy La Follette 2008 Sangiacomo Chardonnay, $29.99, at lafollettewines.com

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Anu Karwa, Epicurean Contributing Editor

Anu Karwa has been called a no-nonsense walking 411 for a new generation of female wine drinkers and home entertainers since she launched Swirl Events, an in-home and corporate wine tasting events company with a fresh, hip spin. For anyone who thinks Perez Hilton should be required reading . . . Read more

Buy La Follette 2008 Sangiacomo Chardonnay

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Buy La Follette 2008 Sangiacomo Chardonnay, $29.99, at lafollettewines.com

  • Fermented in French oak barrels
  • Contains 14.1% alcohol
  • Tastes of yellow and green apple, mild spice, nectarine, cinnamon, and vanilla
  • Wine benefits from daily cool air from nearby San Pablo Bay
  • Perfect with creamy pasta and chicken dishes

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The Next Big Thing in Wine: La Follette
Interview by Anu Karwa

Buy La Follette 2008 Van der Kamp Pinot Noir

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Buy La Follette 2008 Van der Kamp Pinot Noir, $39.99, at lafollettewines.com

  • Aged 10 months in French oak barrels
  • Contains 15.1% alcohol
  • Tastes of dark fruit, caramel, wild cherry, and spice
  • Versatile wine; perfect with semi-hard cheeses like aged cheddar

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Interview by Anu Karwa

Buy Helfrich Pinot Gris Alsace France 2007

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Buy Helfrich Pinot Gris Alsace France 2007, $14, at wine.com

  • Easy to drink copious amounts of this wine with any type of buttery or creamy sauce
  • Grapes come from the Couronne d’Or association of local vineyards and winemakers
  • Vines have had maximum exposure to sun

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Buy Kluge Estate Albemarle Rosé 2009

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Buy Kluge Estate Albemarle Rosé 2009, $13, at klugeestate.com

  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve its freshness
  • Best served chilled at approximately 48°F
  • Similar to premium light claret from Bordeaux

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Drink Adventurously*

By Anu Karwa

Summer is special. It’s for adventure, for acting with abandon—witness appearing in public in the visual equivalent of a bra and underwear. There is no “winter romance,” and Sandra Dee didn’t belt out “Autumn Lovin’ ’’. So, I’m marking this the “Summer to Drink Wine Adventurously.”

This is not a challenge to drink yourself to oblivion. Instead, I challenge you to try wine from regions where you’ve never ventured or from grapes you’ve never tried, much less pronounced. Wouldn’t you say, “Count me in,” if someone declared they’re on a mission to drink adventurously? Wheels up for your summer wine adventure. Shop the story.

Learn about Wine: They Make Wine Where?
Surprisingly, wine is made in all 50 of the United States, and I’m not just talking Grandpa churning it out in the basement. With many worth trying, here are 2 to kick start your great American wine road trip:

Cheer on an Underdog: Great Summer Wines from France
I’ve never understood why wines from Alsace, France, aren’t more widely known and loved. The region’s Grand Cru wines, the crème de la crème, are roughly $25, a feat hard to replicate anywhere else in France. Two from a favorite Alsatian winery:

Can’t Pronounce It? Try It Anyway!
If you’re so over New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, try Txacoli. Pronounced chah-koh-lee, it is a little known grape from the Basque region of Spain with a slightly effervescent, fresh, lemon-lime taste. Spanish wines I love:

Italian Wine Grapes You’ve Never Heard Of
With thousands of native Italian grapes, why keep drinking Pinot Grigio? Vermentino and Arneis are both off-the-beaten-path and have more character. Vermentino is from the coast of Tuscany, away from the well-trod Chianti region. Arneis often shows much complexity. The Italian affair begins:

Love Prosecco Wine? You’ll Love This.
Not to sound like Amazon’s book-recommendation machine, but if you default to the ubiquitous Italian sparkler, Prosecco, give sparkling saké a whirl. It comes prettily housed in everything from elegant vase-like bottles to girly pink and baby blue colored flip-top cans. Let your saké adventure begin with these:

*But responsibly, of course

Anu Karwa, Epicurean Contributing Editor

Anu Karwa has been called a no-nonsense walking 411 for a new generation of female wine drinkers and home entertainers since she launched Swirl Events, an in-home and corporate wine tasting events company with a fresh, hip spin. For anyone who thinks Perez Hilton should be required reading, check out her wine blog, SwirlSavvy, where she creates mashups between celebs and wine reviews. Read more . . .

Buy Blue Sky Vineyard Chambourcin Reserve Illinois 2006

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Buy Blue Sky Vineyard Chambourcin Reserve Illinois 2006, $21, at blueskyvineyard.com

  • Winner of several wine competitions
  • Made exclusively from estate-grown Chambourcin in Illinois
  • Full-bodied dry red wine

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Buy Chikurin Hana Hou Hou Shu Sparkling

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Buy Chikurin Hana Hou Hou Shu Sparkling, $19, at sakayanyc.com

  • From the Chugoku Region of Japan
  • Made from Yamada Nishiki rice
  • Serve chilled

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Buy Vietti Arneis Roero Piedmont Italy 2008

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Buy Vietti Arneis Roero Piedmont Italy 2008, $23, at wallywine.com

  • Fresh and crisp layers of pear, hazelnut
  • Green apple notes
  • Savory finish that lingers.

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