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The Liquori delle Sirene are a collection of bitters and liqueurs made by the lovely Elisa Carta, a trained sommelier and olive oil taster, and a passionate herbalist. All of her products were born on Lake Garda, and were inspired by its gardens, colors, sunsets, and aromas. Many of the botanicals come from here. The name Sirene is a tribute to one of the most beautiful bays in the lake, Baia delle Sirene (Bay of the Sirens), and its story. Liquori delle Sirene are the fruit of a long and passionate research, and the reworking of old family recipes for Italian liqueurs and elixirs. No chemicals or artificial coloring are used in any of Elisa’s products.
Made from 23 botanicals, most of them grown near Lake Garda and around the historic city of Verona; others cultivated and shipped from the south of Italy and some, like Chinese rhubarb root, from around the world. Botanicals include olive and lemon tree leaves, linden and acacia flowers, wild rose berries, sweet and bitter orange, absinthe, gentian and ginger. All infusions are done individually, blended according to Elisa’s recipe and then rested for a short time in small oak cask.
This can be enjoyed on the rocks with soda as an aperitivo; in a Negroni or Boulevardier; or it can also be enjoyed as you would an amaro, at the end of a meal as a traditional Italian digestivo. Other good pairings include ginger beer, bergamot, or grapefruit soda.

The grapes used for this Spanish Vermouth from the Priorat winery of Buil & Giné come from two different farmers and are grown organically. It is made using old recipes, in which different herbs are macerated for over a year in oak barrels, with proportions from their ancestor’s original recipe. To this herbal essence, white wine made from Macabeo, Pedro Ximénez and White Garnacha is added.
The vermut ages for a minimum of two years in old oak barrels, where it obtains the desired aromas and characteristic amber coloring. After one year in oak, a small amount of the “young” vermouth is added to the barrel of “old” vermouth”, where it rests for another year before being bottled.
Bottling is done in small quantities at a time. This ensures that the minimum age of the vermouth is two years but mixed with vermouth that is much older, similar to the “solera” system of Jerez.
" Ruddy orange in hue, this Catalonia vermouth offers earthy aromas. The deep, intriguing palate has plenty of bittersweet interplay, flitting between hints of melon and white floral freshness to orange peel and almond bitterness, accented with rosemary and vanilla. Complex and delicious."
96 Points, Wine Enthusiast, Top 100 Spirits

2020 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina (Spain, País Vasco, Getariako Txakolina) $24
Perhaps the finest bottling of this spritzy Spanish Basque white wine. Terrific acid paired with brisk grapefruit and green apple. This is lean, elegant, and thirst-quenching. Excellent with oysters, sushi or tempura.

Saint Cosme Little James' Basket Press (France, Vin de France)

100% Grenache made using the solera method, bottling ½ the barrel and topping it up annually since 1998.
Lots of juicy red fruit, bright vibrancy with a dash of power, length, and structure. Aromas and flavors of cherries, strawberry compote, and gingerbread round this wine out.
Ideal with stews, braises, and grilled anything.

2018 Domaine de la Janasse Côtes du Rhône Reserve
(France, Southern Rhône)

A blend of 55% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Carignan and 5% each Cinsault and Mourvèdre from vineyards adjoining the Sabon's Châteauneuf-du-Pape holdings. With its seductive scents of black cherries and raspberries and a smooth, supple mouth-feel, it offers a lovely, medium to full-bodied introduction to the estate's style.

2019 Dominique Piron Beaujolais-Villages (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais)
We love this top value daily-drinking Beaujolais; a phenomenal value.
There's lovely depth and intensity here. A terrific red from a 14th generation estate.

2018 Reale Costa d'Amalfi Cardamone
(Italy, Campania, Costa d'Amalfi)

Ah, the Amalfi Coast. It's something we've really missed these last number of months. But good news: We've received this outstanding wine from there.
Named after the district where the vineyards are found, Cardamone is made of 80% Per' E Palummo (the local name for Piedirosso) and 20% Tintore di Tramonti, a local grape known for its very dark color. The grapes come from very old vines, planted on their own roots* between 70 and 120 years ago
The wine is deep appetizing dark purple-red with violet glints. In aroma and flavor the wine is plummy, spicy (especially black pepper), chewy, and very long; it shows very attractive fresh fruit flavors . In a word: fabulous.

2018 Domaine Robert Chevillon Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)
2018 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains
(France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits)

Robert Chevillon is a benchmark producer in Nuits St. Georges and his wines are sought after world-wide.
The first one offers a glorious bouquet of brambly red fruit with hints of spice and forest floor notes.
The bouquet on the second wine offers up superb purity and nascent complexity, wafting from the glass in a mix of red and black cherries, bonfire, earth tones and cocoa.
This is a very serious Pinot that will need decanting or cellar time.
So enjoy his Bourgogne while you're waiting.

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Renegade Wines
417 Santa Barbara Street Suite A-6
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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