Hogshead Hodgepodge!

Bill from Hogshead Wine Company is opening up a heavenly hodgepodge of wines from all over the the planet. Take a peek below. 

2014 Alcesti Isola di Profumi Bianco – Sicily, Italy ($16)
Gianfranco Palladino and family are making pure wines from local grapes in the Marsala region of Sicily with sustainable farming and harvesting all grapes by hand. The musts are fermented and the wines aged in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. This Catarratto and Grecanico blend is bright straw yellow color with hints of Mediterranean fresh fruits.
 
2014 Cellar Frisach ‘l’Abrunet’ Blanc – Catalonia, Spain ($19)
Located in the village of Corbera d’Ebre, Celler Frisach is a very small, family-run operation out of Tarragona. Their organic vineyards are actually located on Spanish Civil War battlefields (1936-1938) on soils that are essentially petrified sand dunes. This 100% Garnatxa Blanca is pale in color, rich in texture, with incredible minerality that’s hard to find in wines at this price point. Imagine this wine on your Thanksgiving table and/or a cheese plate with friends. this wine on your fall dinner table, because it’s robust enough to pair with rich fall fare. It’s fermented on its skins for 14 days, like a red wine, so it’s technically an “orange” wine. So cool!
 
2015 Zum Martin Sepp Zweigelt Rosé and Zweigelt Red – Vienna, Austria ($17)
Zum Martin Sepp is a small restaurant and inn located in Grinzing, a little town on the northern outskirts of Vienna. Michael and Freya Martin produce wine for the inn at Weingut Martinshof, their winery in the Weinvirtel. For generations, the region has supplied wine almost exclusively for the Viennese market, with little or none exported to other countries or even other parts of Austria. The Martins are dedicated, impassioned and make absolutely delicious wines. And they’re liter bottles! More wine, more smile.
 
2015 Bow and Arrow Gamay – Willamette Valley, Oregon ($26)
Bow and Arrow’s Gamay Noir is a dead ringer for a light style Gamay from Burgundy. Partners Scott and Dana Frank embarked on making their own wine in 2010 under the label of Bow and Arrow. The Gamay we just got in from them is perfect with turkey dinner, and competes with that Beaujolais you’ve been craving. Sharing a similar cool climate with Burgundy (where Beaujolais is) the Willamette Valley is actually situated along the 45th parallel, which runs through Burgundy! Soft red fruit flavors and an earthy and granite-based minerality are all well-integrated into a medium bodied and tart finish.