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As the flurry of New Year festivities finally died down, we have had a chance to reflect and look back a little. 2015 was a big year for Wine Garage, as our portfolio grew to more than 150 organic or sustainable wines from more than 10 countries. We have also made more friends, as more of you have given us a chance and tried our wines.

Looking at what you–our customers old and new—drank, we thought you might be curious to know what some of the favorites were.

So herewith we present our winning wines from last year. We can’t disagree–they are quite special!

SPARKLER OF THE YEAR

Domaine de la Poultiere Pinon Vouvray Brut NV, Loire, France

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The dynamic Pinon family explores the subtle alliance between modernity and tradition of wine making in the town of Vouvray. All of their wines are made with Chenin Blanc which are vinified and aged in the “tuffeau”, a cave of limestone. The age of the vines ranges between 25-30 years; with some lots even older, producing very complex wines. “the perfect sparkler to enjoy without breaking the bank” Loire Uncorked

WHITE OF THE YEAR

Domaine Chiroulet Terres Blanches 2014, Gascony, France

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The Fezas family excels in making wines from lesser-known grapes in the rugged area where D’Artagnan lived before joining the Muskateers. Part of the vineyard consists of the Terres Blanches soil, aka Kimmeridgian marl, which is also prevalent in Sancerre. This important soil type helps to create an utterly lively, fruity and floral wine blended from Sauvignon Blanc, Gros Manseng and Ugni Blanc.

RED OF THE YEAR

Philippe Bramaz

Atlan & Artisan Epistem No 3, Yecla, Spain

Atlan & Artisan’s wines are created as a product of nature – with a sensory profile that resembles the particularity of that historic terroir. Here in Yecla, the founders Philippe and Sebastien, found up to 80-year old organic bush vines grown in non-irrigated vineyards with very particular soil and climate. The dark skinned vines, especially Monastrell (aka Mourvedre) are ideally suited to make profound wines which age well with time. Epistem No. 5 won top spot at a blind tasting of Mourvedre from around the Mediterranean coast – Zurich March 2014