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Mucho airén

Cool packaging is one way this company is trying to breathe new life to airén, the most planted grape variety in Spain. Pronounced eye-ren, this wine, from Second Story Selections, smelled faintly like honeysuckle, was crisp and fresh with a lime peel finish. It was long on the palate and a light lemon color. Not fancy, not complex, good summer drinking wine that should be on the shelf for $9.99. Continue reading

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One flight up

Second Story Selections bills itself as a boutique importer/distributor of “wines with the energy, depth and complexity that might come from artisanal practices such as organic/sustainable viticulture, small hands-on production and uncompromising commitment to balanced aroma and structure.”

Wines that “might come from …”? Second story’s portfolio makes a point of indicating which wines come from “sustainable” vineyards. This, however, is a term of art rather than science. Continue reading

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