Your Wine Personality Is: Green Goddess

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Namaste, girl--- you are invested in your body, your soul, and the planet...

You put your health first: you lead an active lifestyle and your medicine cabinet is stocked with natural supplements, probiotics, and essential oils. You love to meditate and you never travel anywhere without your yoga mat. Sustainability is one of your core values, and your friends admire your clean lifestyle.

You live for feel-good treats, but all those quinoa bowls and green juices have surely earned you the right to enjoy a nice glass of wine every now and then- just make sure it's biodynamic or organic!

We have 10 specially customized, sommelier-curated wine recommendations of delicious, eco-conscious wines selected just for you (ps- click the links to shop!):

Sparkling Wine: Laherte Freres Blanc De Blancs Brut Nature Champagne, $44

The Laherte Freres Blanc de Blancs is a blend of Chardonnay planted on the estate’s chalkiest soils. It is the ideal Champagne for an aperitif or oyster pairing as it is bright and racy with a long and persistent finish with aromas of smoke, slate, crushed rocks, lemon peel and white flowers. Certified Organic, Practicing Biodynamic, 100% delicious!

Light-Bodied White Wine: Alois Lageder Benefizium Porer Pinot Grigio 2015, $34.99

This wine from Italy’s Alto Adige appellation is Biodynamic, organic, and sustainable. It’s a Brilliant straw-yellow color with a green shimmer. Very aromatic, opulent, uplifted varietal aroma paired with pronounced mineral notes and elegant oak spice. Clean, full-bodied flavor, quite soft and creamy, refined and with a fresh finish.

Full-Bodied White Wine: Ciro Picariello Fiano di Avellino 2016, $23.99

This wine made from the Fiano grape is indigenous to Campania in Southern Italy, sourced from vineyards around the winery in Summonte as well as in Montefredane in the province of Avellino. The wine shows typical Fiano flavors, with notes of hay, white flowers, and flint. Powerful and mineral.

Aromatic White Wine: Santa Julia Plus Torrontes 2015, $10.99

This is an organic Argentinian white with aromas of rose, orange peel, white peaches, fruits salad, chamomile and aromatic herbs, with a fresh flavor and light body. On the palate, flavors of pink grapefruit, ripe peaches and pears make this this is a lovely, balanced wine.

Rosé Wine: Banshee Rose 2017, $18.97

This  rosé from California’s Central Coast is a blend of Grenache, Grenache Gris, Barbera, Syrah, and Pinot Noir from a biodynamic vineyard. Bright and aromatic, the aromas of white peach, citrus, and apricot blossom aromas unfold onto the palate with blood orange, rhubarb and pomegranate flavors. Lively acidity with great tension and verve with a chalky, saline quality.

Orange Wine: Pheasant's Tears Rkatsiteli 2015, $16.99

The 2015 vintage of this wine only has one month of skin contact, making it softer, less tannic and smoky than previous vintages that had a longer maceration period. Aged in qvevri, it's round, savory, and complex. Serve this one at cellar temperature.

Light-Bodied Red Wine: Red Car Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, $45

From California's Sonoma Coast comes this absolutely enchanting Pinot Noir. It's incredibly aromatic, with notes of rose and crushed violets, red cherries, and wild herbs. On the palate it's soft and elegant and brimming with red raspberry flavors. Sustainable farming that incorporates organic and biodynamic principles make this wine a conscious choice for an eco-friendly table.

Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Tami By Occhipinti Frappato 2016, $18.99

Tami is the sister label of up-and-coming natural winemaker Arianna Occhipinti from Vittoria in southeastern Sicily. The 2016 Frappato features a bright aroma of red fruits (think juicy strawberries and red raspberries), a medium body and a long, lingering finish. It’s farmed organically, fermented naturally, macerated for one week and aged six months in stainless steel.

Full-Bodied Red Wine: La Selve Palissaire 2014, $14.97

Made in the Coteaux de l'Ardeche, just west of the Rh̫one Valley, France, this blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Merlot and Cabernet-Sauvignon has a rustic nose of spicy black fruits, pepper and citrus zest. The organic and biodynamic agriculture has used  with no chemical fertilizer, no weed-killer and no insecticide since 2002.

Dessert Wine: Pacific Rim Vin de Glaciere Organic Riesling (375ML) 2014, $19.99

The 2014 Vin de Glaciere (aka ‘ice wine’, because the grapes are harvested after the first frost where the freezing temperatures concentrate their sugars) grew and was harvested in a warm year that offered tropical fruit aromatics of mango and pineapple. One hundred percent fermented and aged in stainless steel, preserving the fruit’s intensity.

 

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About Your Sommelier....

Before we go any further, let me introduce myself: I'm Sarah, the founder of The Lush Life, and I'm a sommelier, wine educator, and event consultant based in Brooklyn. I’m almost always in the mood for Beyoncé and almost always in the mood for Champagne. I believe that opening a bottle of wine is the cheapest and quickest way to travel the world without leaving your sofa, and that life is way too short not to drink wines that you absolutely love!

If you ever wished you had a cool sommelier friend to help you navigate the complex world of wine, you’re in the right place.

I’m here to help you discover your own palate and totally own it; plus give you the tools to know your way around a wine list or retail shop like a pro. I’ll encourage you to try wines you’ve never heard of, play with spirits and creative cocktail making, pair food and wine like a boss, and just generally upgrade your life with bottles that are delicious, sustainable, stylish and affordable. You'll also find features dedicated to gorgeous glassware, covetable bar cart style, wine travel guides, and wine-inspired fashion and beauty brands. 

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