Here’s the thing: wine should be delicious,
but it should also be fun.
Each bottle links to our online order reservation site through Bar Marco. All trasactions are completed upon pickup in store!
Olivier Lemasson Les Vins Contes, "Pow Blop Wizz"
grolleau and cabernet franc (2019) $38
Olivier LeMasson has earned clout as a beloved French natural winemaker with a cult following. His wines are wild, fun and funky and his wife Cécille draws all the wines' labels. The onomatopoeic name refers to the wine's effervescence but is also a reference to a lyric in the Serge Gainsbourg song Comic Strip. Fizzy and floral, this tart sparkling wine is a funky delight. We love the color, label design and the flavor. It’s one of our favorites to recommend for wine drinkers looking for something new and fun.
Musella, "Veronese Bianco Del Drago"
garganega and chardonnay (2018) $32
This vineyard and winery is located just outside Verona, Italy (of starcrossed lovers fame). The 1,000 acre estate is certified biodynamic. Olive and fruit trees grow intermixed with the vineyards, along the banks of a river. The dry, mineral white has notes of bayleaf, golden apple and a nice dose of salinity. Medium to medium plus in body. We think it would be excellent with salads and pork dishes. The producers suggest pairing with smoked seafood or anchovies on toast.
Craven, "Stellenbosch Cinsault"
cinsault (2020) $33
Craven Wines is run by husband-and-wife team, Mick and Jeanine Craven. They founded Craven Wines in 2011 after working in Sonoma and spending four years traveling the world and learning from other winemakers. After settling in South Africa, they began working directly with Rustenhof Vineyard, which dry farms bush vines for the Craven's wines. This cinsault shows some of the typical characteristics of it’s varietal: herbal, perfumed and juicy. However, it also has a savory edge and notes of dark red fruits, that we feel sets it deliciously apart. It spends 7 months in neutral oak after spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel. Unfined and unfiltered.
Visit our bottle shop inside Bar Marco, and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect wine from our rotating seasonal selection, whether it’s an old favorite or something new.
We know that the world of wine can feel intimidating and exclusive. At Nine O’Clock Wines, questions are encouraged and celebrated!
Wine is for everyone!
Tenuta di Tavignano, "Marche Il Pestifero Frizzante Bianco"
malvasia and sangiovese (2020) $28
The Tavignano estate is 230 hectares that overlooks the countryside of Cingoli, always known as the Balcony of Le Marche. It’s been restored through careful conservative restoration since 1975. In the 90s, the owners, Stefano Aymerich di Laconi and Beatrice Lucangeli decided to replant their vineyards and grow indigenious grape varietals, with a focus on verdicchio. This lightly sparkling verdicchio is everything you want when the flowers are starting to bloom. The nose is intensely floral with notes of honeysuckle and chamomile. The light bubble is accompanied by a chalky minerality (unfiltered lees contact) with fresh green apple notes and a hint of sea salt.
sauvignon blanc (2017) $34
Since the purchase of the estate in 1988, Johan Reyneke began the process of the conversion from conventional farming to organic practices and biodynamic principles. Reyneke wines was certified in 2007 by Debio (Norway) and IFOAM (Europe) and was the first farm in South Africa to achieve certification by Demeter International. This herbal, high acid white is perfect for warm weather days. Notes of fresh pineapple, fresh fennel, white peach and oyster shell give this wine a tropical fruit-forward body that’s balanced with minerality. This wine can age on your shelf for a year or two or be enjoyed immediately.
Sonoma, CA, USA
vermentino (2020) $40
Micah Joseph Wirth and Adrian Jewell Manspeaker made their first wine together, a single vineyard pinot noir, in a garage in 2006. They launched Joseph Jewell (a combination of their middle names) soon afterward and made a name for themselves making single vineyard pinot noirs. A bright, floral medium-bodied white with aromas of honeysuckle, white flowers, hay, almonds, beeswax and nutmeg.
Vine Ponto, "Khikhvi V Century"
khikhvi (2018) $35
This producer is on a mission to preserve and develop traditional Georgian winemaking techniques. Located in Telavi, Kakheti, Georgia, they work exclusively with native varietals such as kisi, mtsvane, rkatsiteli, khikhvi, saperavi and mukuzani. Their wines are made in kvevri, the traditional Georgian clay vessel buried in the ground. It stays in kvevri together with its own grapes and skin for six months and then it’s moved to Seguin Moreau oak barrels for further aging, where the maturing process continues for the next 9-14 months. This amber colored wine is an excellent introduction to Georgian wines. It’s honeyed, luxurious texture is balanced with tannic notes of black tea and is full of tropical mango and peach fruitiness.
La Gironda, "La Lippa"
barbera d'asti (2019) $28
La Gironda vineyard is in the heart of Monferrato, Piedmont, an area that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2015. This area is also known for it’s fantastic barberas. No chemical herbicides or synthetic products are used in the vineyards and every activity from pruning to harvesting is managed manually. During winemaking, minimal intervention and traditional techniques are used in the vineyard and cellar. This barbera strikes a compelling balance between tart flavors and silky textures. Fresh red fruits take the forefront in this lively young barbera and herbal notes of oregano cling to the finish.
For bottles from the Bar Marco cellar, inquire with us in store!
WHAT'S WINE FARE?
A global meeting of women working in natural wine! The conference will take place virtually May 21 to May 23 and features 16 panels with 90 wine professionals from ten US states, Europe and Asia.
In order to bring access and attention to the wine makers and distributors in a virtual tasting environment, we will carry 4 wines for you to purchase and enjoy.
Attending the panels costs between $20-$40 based on your capability. We’ll be attending and hope to see you in the shop and at the sessions! Wine drinkers, collectors, and professionals are invited! Women and non-binary participants are encouraged, but all are welcome.