Welcome to The Cork Club. I’ve partnered The Cellar d’Or in Ithaca, NY to deliver some of my favorite wines from the East right to your door. These aren’t bin ends or mass-produced, factory wine garbage. These are real wines, made by real people. These are the wines that I’m drinking myself and most excited about — from producers you’re probably not going to find anywhere else.
“Do you know Neu Cellars? They are from Michigan.”
That’s a text I got from the guys at The Cellar d’Or a month or so ago. The answer was no but that’s why we have search engines. A few minutes later, I decided to include two of their wines in the club for December.
Why would I pick two wines that I had never tasted? Well, this club has always been about exploration and trying new things. This shipment is the ultimate example of that. And, we had to make a quick decision. These are some of the smallest-production wines I’m aware of from any commercial winery and, yeah, I guess I decided to chase unicorns here.
I’ve since tasted the wines and I’m glad we included them. They are unique and delicious.
First is Neu Cellars 2019 “Splash” Riesling. The fruit was sourced from the Old Mission Peninsula AVA and 50% was direct pressed and 50% was foot trod and pressed. It was fermented in neutral oak over the course of two months. The resulting wine is brisk – even crunchy – with lean citrus flavors. Only 20 cases were made – which is why we were lucky to get some.
The other wine is one of the most appropriately named wines I’ve ever seen: Neu Cellars 2019 “Ripper.” Made with 90% Cayuga and 10% riesling, this sparkler absolutely rips with acidity, just-ripe green apple and pithy citrus. I love that it’s only 8.5% ABV too. Again, it’s super-small production – only 25 cases were made.
Happy holidays to each and every one of you and thank you for being club members this year. There is more deliciousness coming your way in 2021!