Even though we continue to operate through curbside pick-up only, we have a lot of exciting things planned this July. First off, we are offering a great deal on two wines under $25 (under $20 for Wine Club!). These wines include the 2014 Tempranillo and the 2013 Cabernet Franc (descriptions below). We highly recommend pairing them with our Smoked Brisket meal for the 4th of July. You can order this along with our other curbside lunch offerings online. In addition to Everyday Natural Wine and Smoked Brisket for 4th of July, we have Cherries coming in next week! We use these beautiful Colorado Cherries to make not only our Cherry Wine but also Cherry Pies! We will be offering these for curbside pick-up from the 10th through the 19th, but you can pre-order online starting today. We miss pouring wine for all of you and look forward to the moment we can do so again! Hopefully, sooner than later. We are hoping to have more information on opening our tasting room and patio later this month. We want to make sure we are doing the right thing; and at this time, we are operating on the side of caution. In the meantime, consider some of our curbside pick-up and shipping options below; and please let us know if you have any questions or comments on our wines!
NATURAL WINE UNDER $25? THAT’S RIGHT!
NO SULFITES | NO ADDITIVES | NO FILTERINGThere’s a reason it’s hard to find wine without sulfites or other additives… And that’s because it’s much harder to make wine naturally! Most commercial wines that fill store shelves are made in extremely large quantities, are harvested mechanically, acidified, sprayed with chemicals, and so on. In wine, it’s legal to use over 200 additives including everything from sulfur, to isinglass (a collagen derived from fish bladders), to genetically modified yeasts, to color and flavor enhancing extracts. All of these things are added to a wine to make it taste a certain way, year in and year out. Sadly, the only additive that a winery must disclose is sulfites; but even then, they do not tell you how much they are adding. It’s frustrating because without proper research, it’s impossible to know what you are putting into your body when drinking mass produced wines…
Making natural wine without sulfites is hard work. Even something as simple as getting into a barrel becomes an involved task. On the left, you’ll see Juan carefully topping off a barrel under argon so that oxygen does not get into the wine.Here at Balistreri, we NEVER add anything like this to our wine. Everything we do is completely natural and we never use sulfites or other additives. Making wine naturally like this requires much more attention to detail and hard work. If something goes wrong, we can’t just add chemicals to fix it… Instead, we have to be on top of our game and be sure that we are treating the grapes with the upmost care and respect. Making natural wine is hard work, and for this reason, it is a rarity. However, just because something is rare doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed! To celebrate natural wine, we are releasing two delicious wines from our cellar at affordable, everyday price points.