Gamay is one of our favorite grapes. Fruity, floral, and utterly delicious, it’s usually exclusively thought of as the foundation of Beaujolais, but there are some truly exciting applications of it found in various neighboring regions in France. This month, we’re diving into other areas that grow Gamay, and lesser-known but equally mind-blowing alternative uses of it. Join us on Saturday, October 26th for our tasting and class devoted to this much-loved grape and its various natural wine applications outside of the 'Bojo Rouge' norm.
One of the biggest buzz-words and concepts in wine these days is what is often referred to as “Orange Wine.” While this term isn’t exactly right in that it’s not an actual definition - we prefer calling them “Skin Contact” Wines - it’s definitely one of our favorite categories.
Essentially created by making white wines in the style of red wines, these bottles are kept together and ferment with grape skins, which give them their distinct “orange” color. These wines offer a wide range of flavors, from electric acidity and subtle structure to full-on funk and tannic grip.
This month, we’re exploring the category with a diverse selection of these bottles - if they’re brand new to you, if you’ve just heard of orange wine, or are already madly in love with them, this month’s theme and corresponding class on Saturday, September 28th is for you!
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One of our favorite wine regions on Earth, Sicily is truly its own animal. Whether it be the desolate hillsides depicted in The Godfather II, the lush island paradise of Pantelleria, or the otherworldly slumbering volcano of Mt. Etna, Sicily's terroir is distinct. While there are many heralded winemakers from the region, we've chosen to highlight the truly independent and off-the-grid natural producers, ones that strip the process down to its most primal core. These rock star farmers are looking back through the appellation's history and traditions while still evolving, and what ends up in the bottle is nothing short of magical.
Join Anfora's Beverage Director Cody Pruitt on Saturday, May 18th as we taste some of these remarkable offerings along with some paired Sicilian snacks, and see why we're so excited by the wine emerging from this historic region.
When one thinks of islands, the mind often gravitates towards swaying palm trees, instagrammable beaches, and drinks with miniature umbrellas. However, some of the world’s most exciting wines are also coming from island destinations all over the globe.
In keeping with the island theme, our class on Saturday, April 13th is devoted to the history and evolution of Tiki Cocktails. Join Anfora’s Beverage Director Cody Pruitt along with rum and tiki guru Acadia Cutschall as they explore the roots and genesis of this movement through a select tasting of classic and modern cocktail examples, with some tasty paired snacks.
Tickets are $70, all inclusive. Must be 21+. All ticket sales are final.
Over the past 15 years, the sprawling region in the Loire Valley known as Anjou has emerged as the preeminent hot-bed of natural wine in France. The winemakers in this appellation are unique in their lack of historical baggage and stereotypes about what their wine should or shouldn’t taste like, and their frequently shared punk rock-style DIY ethos. Their strict adherence to minimalist intervention in the vineyard and in the cellar leads many to think of the region as the creative and vibrant capital of the French natural wine movement. This month, we’re looking at some of our favorite producers, whose effervescent pét nats, juicy grolleaus, and rich chenin blancs spring up wildly, like so many of their “sauvage” vines themselves.
Tickets are $65, all inclusive. Must be 21+. All ticket sales are final.
Let Anfora and Threes Brewing Show You How to Party
We’re hosting a holiday class with throwback party snacks on Saturday, December 8th! Anfora’s Kristin Ma and the folks at Threes Brewing will be pouring wine and beer to pair with five courses, including a mini Baked Alaska!
In addition to Anfora’s lineup of natural wines, Brooklyn-based Threes Brewing will be showcasing their latest seasonal lineup. Guests will receive sample menus, a list of party-friendly beverage pairings, and tasting notes so they can confidently create their very own holiday party at home. Best of all, you don’t have to tell anyone where you got all the good intel.
Tickets are $75, all inclusive, and include 5 full pairings: bite, beer, and wine. Must be 21+. All ticket sales are final.
The Best Kept Secret of French Wines
The region of Beaujolais has always been considered part of greater Burgundy, often regelated to playing second fiddle to its sister to the north and pinot noir for centuries. In the late twentieth century, a group of winemakers reacted to the over-manipulation in the cellar and breathed new life into the region. They sang the praises of Beaujolais’ Crus and single vineyards, as well as the great potential of gamay, and forged a lasting impression on natural winemaking. Now, especially for those in the industry and in-the-know, Beaujolais Cru wine is easily still the somm’s choice for value and quality.
This November 10th, Anfora’s Kristin Ma will be revisiting the natural traditions of these hailed winemakers and introducing you to Beaujolais’ younger generation of producers who now carry the torch of producing excellent, natural renditions of Beaujolais Cru. You will have the opportunity to taste wines from each of the 10 Crus, showcasing the personality and complexity of each.
Tickets are all inclusive. Must be 21+. All ticket sales are final.