Here's an assortment of wines (first three from Savio Soares, importer) that have me hanging on to the bottles. All are organic in reality, if not in certification (chianti does have cert). L'insoumis du Village winemaker Reynald Heaule 100% velvet, pinot meniuer, seemed, inspiring, almost pineau d'aunis in its zingery (though not peppery) quality. certainly fooled me in a blind tasting. Absolutely charming wine, made by supposedly crazy winemaker 16 k south west of Orleans. And if my memory serves me, the importer Savio Soares said Reynald, who works with some obscure grapes, studied with naturalist, Julien Courtois. Somewhere around $30? Torelli Monferrato Magno Rubens Rosso 2006 Another Savio Soares Selection and for some reason one I can't get out of my head. I almost have an obsession with N. piemontese pinot nero. The Torelli's are in Bubbio. I did not write this down, but I keep on staring at the bottle. It has a barbera like acidity, pinot noir like perfume. Under $30, but have no idea how much under $30. Needs time to open. Love that Savio Soares is bringing in the Beaujolais producer, Chamonard , and while I'm ga ga over the Morgon, the Fluerie was a charming addition, more backward, better on the second day when it sheds it's slight funk. $26 Temps des Cerise's winemaker Axel Prufer in the Languedoc seems to be a bit of a winelist darling. This one, the 2007 Fou du Roi, a VdT, was particularly compelling to me. In vin naturel style, the fizz came and went and then really went. Then a great big dollop of poop faded into white chocolate, kicking up kirsch and spicy flecked purity and a jumpy but long finish. This will set you back $28 or so. Can't find out too much about this Julienas producer, Vincent Audras, of Clos de Haute Combe (any where from $18-$25), but I tooled around, seems like old, trad, gnarly vines on a lot of slate and granite, and.......I kept on coming back to an inkwell flavor that I adored. 2001 Chianti Riserva 2001 Terra D'Arcoiris from Paolo Bernardi, who told me this would need days to open. We only let it roll for three hours. But look at the impression it made. (for me? I was curious, had that pine forest smell of chianti, fresh with forest honey. Looking forward to spending more time with it. This is my friend Linda St. John (author, painter, designer, proprietor of D.L. Cerney on east 7th street, next to McSorley's. An original for sure, she also provides 30-50's vintage style for men and women as well as Bruce Springsteen's band and various Bway shows.