Buyer for: German Wine
Rand has had a passion for wine since he was but a tyke growing up in Austria. At the tender age of five, he would stealthily make his way around the table after dinner parties, as the adults were saying their good-byes in the hallway, and drain the last drops from each glass. Even then he could not imagine anything more alluring than the heady aroma of those last resiny droplets of Zweigelt or the honeysuckle-scented dregs of Riesling shimmering at the bottom of crystal goblets.
Later in life, Rand became fascinated with the process that transforms the humble grape into the magical elixir Hemingway called “one of the most civilized things in the world” and began to read everything he could get his hands on about viticulture and wine making. Inevitably, his studies led him to explore the world’s many wine regions, grape varieties, and wine styles, and to share his fascination with others as a freelance wine educator and adviser in Utah.
In 2012, after 20 years in the credit industry, Rand’s passion for all things wine took a radical turn. He decided to move to New York to pursue his wine education more seriously and to begin a full-time career in wine. Rand now gets to share his love of Riesling and the many other wonderful Teutonic whites and reds at 67 Wine as buyer for German wines. He is always excited to turn our customers on to something new, fun, and delicious in the fascinating world of wine.
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Rand's Wine Selection -
Domaine Mont de Marie Anathème Rouge
Why artisanal winemaker Thierry Forestier calls this incredibly delicious wine Anatheme, french for Anathema isn't quite clear to me. I suspect thought that it may have something to do with it being made principally from Aramon, a grape that until the 60's was France's most widely grown variety. This easy to grow grape was a workhorse that created ready income for wine growers. More often then not though, overcropping and high yields let to wines that were very light in color and even lighter in character. As winemakers in the Languedoc turned towards production of quality wines that could compete on the world market, the grape quickly fell out of favor and indeed became anathema.
With that bit of history behind us, all you need to know, my fellow wine drinkers, is that this “Anatheme” is not to be shunned under any circumstances. We can thank the wine Gods that today's new guard of Languedoc winemakers have rediscovered what amazing wines some of these forgotten varietals can make in the right hands. Since 2004, Thierry Forestier, the son of an old wine making family in the Costiers de Nimes has pieced together 7.5 hectares of very old vine parcels in the far eastern reaches of the Coteaux du Languedoc known as the Terres de Sommieres. His Aramon vines are at least 100 years old.
Blended with almost equally old vine Cincault and Carignan, Anatheme Rouge is a masterpiece of modern artisanal winemaking. Little winemaker intervention, gentle crushing of grapes, and perfectly timed fermentations result in a wine that is incredibly fresh and lively with beautifully focused blue and red fruit aromas delicately underscored by hints of umame. Perfectly balanced, with pleasingly modest levels of alcohol, this easy drinking beauty is one bottle you should not pass up in your Autumnal drinking adventures.
- Rand Sieger, 67Wine Buyer, October 2014