SPARKLING

Poulet et Fils Crémant de Die


As far as value sparkling wine is concerned, you need not look any further than Crémant. Crémant is made with the same method as champagne (quality!), but outside of the region of Champagne, so it comes without the high price tag that relegates Champagne to only the most special of occasions. Crémant is perfect for that, “I want Champagne on a Tuesday” craving. There are 8 different regions that can produce Crémant in France (and one in Luxembourg!), but Die is out favorite. In wine terms, the Die area is included in the Rhone Valley, though it doesn’t fit into either Northern or Southern Rhone categories. It is the only area of the Rhone region that produces sparkling wine, and it does that so well. Die is known for their delicious crémants, but also their historic Clairette de Die, produced with the méthode ancestrale. This delicious bottle from Poulet et Fils has notions of roses and rosewater that add flair to the bouquet of lemon, apple, peach, and honey, along with fresh scents of tangy fruit. There’s good verve to the mousse on the palate, and good length.

 

 

Sentio Rosa Aurea Cuvée Rose Extra Dry


The Rosa Aurea from Sentio is truly a one of a kind wine. Made with 95% Glera and vinified just like Prosecco, the 5% Raboso (a red-skinned varietal indigenous to the Treviso area) gives this sparkling wine a stunning pink color and delicious red fruit flavors. The color is pale and delicate, but a nice pigmented shade of pink – it reminds you of a peach or rose blossom! Intense aromas, characteristic of prosecco, abound; they’re fruity and complex with floral notes and ripe passion fruit. It has a pleasant acidity and a fresh flavor. It is full-bodied, with a pleasant and harmonious taste. It is excellent as an aperitif, or you can serve it with vegetables, seafood salad, and fish in general.

 

 

 

 

WHITE

Gregoris Pinot Grigio


Antonio Fattori, who runs this 25 hectare property called “Gregoris”, comes from a family of winemakers in Veneto. With over a century of history, his winery as accumulated a solid base for continuing improvement and some expansion. Their Pinot Grigio is everything you could possibly want in a summer white – a straw yellow color with beautiful greenish reflections. Aromas of a vegetable garden in full summer – from tomato leaves to chopped pepper to nettle flowers to cut grass. A delicate, but very decisive nose. This crisp, delicious white is one of our favorites.

 

 

 

 

Domaine Haut Bridau Picpoul de Pinet


Domaine Haut Bridau is located in the heart of the massif des Castelnaux, in the terrois of the Picpoul de Pinet appellation. Their traditional and historic Picpoul de Pinet has a lovely pale golden color that is bright and clear. It has a fruity and floral nose with hawthorn and lime tree fragrances. A lively and fresh mouth-feel delights the senses with harmonious acidity and roundness. Try the Picpoul as an aperitif, or with paella or other seafood dishes.

Quinta de Covela Avesso Edicão Nacional


The “national edition” of the Avesso from Quinta de Covela is their first-ever Vinho Verde, and they hit the ball clear out of the park. It is a dynamic, yet elegant Vinho Verde positioned alongside the best Alvarinhos and Loureiros. The color is bright and citric, and the nose features white flower and stone fruit aromas. There is a good balance between the fruit and acidity with a crisp, and elegant finish. An ideal wine to pair with grilled fish or seafood, and even sushi and sashimi. Its freshness and light-hearted character also make it a great wine to accompany starters or to be enjoyed al fresxo as an aperitif in the company of family or friends. With 91 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, you cannot go wrong with this selection from Covela.

Three Paddles Sauvignon Blanc


This beautiful wine is everything you could want from a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc – crisp, fresh, and full-bodied with zesty acidity! This wine exhibits typical regional characteristics of ripe passion fruit, lime, and gooseberries. This wine is fresh and full-bodied and carries ripe tropical flavors through the palate to a crisp, persistent finish. It is ideal for any seafood – fish, scallops, mussels, crayfish – and lighter style cuisine like Asian food, salads, pasta, Chicken, and more!

Frey Sohler Muscat Reserve


The Frey-Sohler estate has evolved through several generations, all intimately linked with the village and the wines of Alsace. Currently occupying 29 hectares, the estate is run by brothers Damien and Nicolas Sohler. This Muscat is bright yellow-green and is very aromatic on the nose, revealing the true flavor of the grape. Very dry with inimitable fruitiness, it is very different from the sweet Muscats from the south of France. It makes for a wonderful aperitif and a delicious wine for receptions and parties.

Böcking Riesling


Weingut Richard Böcking produces some of the Mosel’s best rieslings, especially their Grand Cru selections, however their best kept secret may just be their value-driven Böcking line of wines. Their Böcking Riesling is a crisp, fruity wine that is the finest a Riesling enthusiast could desire – for a fraction of the cost they are used to. But value does not mean low quality – the fruit for this wine comes from carefully selecting grapes from vineyards throughout the Mosel River Valley. The flavors of mineral, citrus, and peach come from the varied terroir from the Upper, Middle, and Lower Mosel.  It is a refreshing, tangy, and dry Riesling. It’s not only fruity, fresh, and delicious, but it also fits perfectly everywhere. It’s our secret weapon for carefree Riesling pleasure.

Château la Tour de Beraud Costières de Nîmes Blanc


Château La Tour de Beraud is a property stretching over 30 acres, located in the southern-most part of the Rhone Valley in AOP Costières-de-Nîmes. The vineyards are situated just a few miles from the Rhone River, and the result is an exceptional terroir composed of flat, rounded stones on clay and limestone. Their Costières de Nîmes Blanc is light yellow with golden tints. The wine’s flavors are equally juicy, with notes of yellow plum and floral notes, featuring honeysuckle notes. It is delicate and lively, but with a long and fresh finish.

Fleur Violette Chardonnay


The Chardonnay for the Fleur Violette wine is from the village of St. Pierre in the La Clape territory. La Clape, once known as the Island of Great Wine, is located between Narbonne city and the Mediterranean sea. The characteristic of this very unique geological terroir of Languedoc includes high cliffs along the sea, as well as canyons and hills where pine wood grows, and where vines and garrigue carve the landscape. The Fleur Violette Chardonnay is a well-crafted, rich white from the south of France, with loads of ripe apple, pear, and cream flavors. The light oak aging lends a smooth, buttery finish with refreshing acidity.

 

 

 

 

ROSÉ

Carrelet d’Estuaire


The Carrelet d’Estuaire cuvée was inspired by the landscapes found along the estuaries of France, and more particularly those of a Gironde. By what is a carrelet? It is a fishing hut with an atypical silhouette found on the label of this bottle. Perched on its pilings it has a large net overhanging the water that lowers down and comes back up to see if they’ve caught anything! This wine offers a beautiful pale pink color. The nose is very aromatic and delivers notes of red fruits and citrus fruits. On the palate this wine has a nice balance of cassis, strawberry, and grapefruit notes. Carrelet d’Estuaire Bordeaux rosé is like a call for relaxation, holidays, and aperitifs with friends and family.

 

Château de Montfaucon Les Gardettes Rosé


Les Gardettes rosé delivers a healthy dose of French relaxation, just like a good rosé should. Named for the little guards – guardettes – that protect the Chateau, this blend of Cinsault, Counoise, and Grenache is a true rosé de saignée where some of the wine is removed from the vat leaving a smaller amount of wine left to bleed with the skins, intensifying color, tannins, and concentration. Concentrated in both color and flavor, Les Gardettes is full of strawberry, peach and other stone fruit flavors and supported by good acidity and freshness.

Château Pegau Pink Pegau


The phrases “Pegau” and “under $20” aren’t often uttered in the same sentence, but when you are looking for the amazing quality wines of Laurence Feraud without the price tag of Domaine du Pegau, check out her second property in the Rhone Château Pegau. Her famous rosé, Pink Pegau, boasts an outsized popularity and an ardent following. Made of Cinsault, Grenache,and Cairgnan, Pink Pegau features a bright salmon color with a burst of pink highlights. The nose has notes of gooseberry, and the taste is fresh and tangy. Good length on the finish. Serve with dishes such as cod in cream sauce, or vegetables in cream sauce as well. And if you’re looking for more Pegau value, pick up a bottle of her Côtes du Rhone Cuvée Maclura as well!

 

 

 

 

RED

Bodegas Luminis Allamand Pinot Noir


Allamand Vallé de Uco Pinot Noir is a 100% Pinot Noir that is made with fruit that comes from the 1.8 hectare plot located in the district of El Peral. Starting a 3,000 feet above sea level and located at the feet of the Andes range, the Vallé de Uco region is today’s place for elegant and refined wines in Argentina: generally showing wines with higher natural acidity, deep bright purple colors, and more floral aromas in the nose. These characteristics, very typical of wines made with 100% fruit from Vallé de Uco, translate into wines that are more complex, interesting, and easy to drink. Luminis’ objective is to capture these differentiators and offer them through their Vallé de Uco line of wines.

San Silvestro Barbera Ottone I


San Silvestro Cantine is located in the Piemonte region in the community of Novello. The winery is run by cousins Paolo and Guido Sartirano, whose family began their oenological activity in 1871, and today, they combine tradition with modern techniques to produce superbly crafted vintage wines. The Barbera Ottone I (pronounced Primo) has a deep, bright ruby red color with a fresh opening; bursting with hints of ripe berries, with cherries and jam making it nicely soft on the palate. Great with pasta, red meats, and chilled in the summer.

Antico Colle Chianti Colli Senesi


The Antico Colle Chianti Colli Sensi is made with a mixture of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The color of this Chianti is an intense and deep ruby red with a scent of part fresh and part dried fruit. It has a fruity, excellent structure with a soft and balanced aroma.

La Gascogne d’Alain Brumont Rouge


With both Tannat and Merlot, this is a balanced wine with power and roundness. Alain Brumont is a pioneer of Gascgne wines, lying between the Atlantic ocean and the Pyrenees mountains, home to vineyards with real character. An intensive wine, on red fruits and spices, with a smooth finish. The fruity flavors are strengthened on the palate, and added to soft tannins.

Gouleyant Malbec


Gouleyant is French for easy to drink, and this wine delivers on that promise. The Gouleyant line from Georges Vigouroux is a selection of the best Malbecs grown on the highest gravely and clay terraces of the Cahors Appellation, situated between the large loops of the Lot River. Its taste is very typical of the Malbec variety, whose birth in Cahors took place over 2000 years ago. It has a dark cherry red color, and a delightful nose of ripe red and black fruits – think cherry, blackberry, raspberry, etc. It’s very fruity and fresh on the palate and finishes on soft, elegant tannins.

Domaine de l’Espigouette Côtes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu


This wine is my secret weapon. For me, it checks all of the boxes – it’s an affordable price, incredible quality, delicious aromas, crowd-pleasing flavor profile, from a small family owned farm, it’s organic… the list goes on and on. Now there’s no lack of cost-friendly Côtes du Rhone out there, but this slight step up in quality Côtes du Rhone Villages really blows them out of the water. While technically not a Cru, Plan de Dieu is now a designated AOC. The nose opens with expressive sweet spices of cinnamon and nutmeg leading to red fruit and finishing with blackberry jelly. Supple and round, with hints of caramel and vanilla and rounded tannins.

Fleur Violette Cabernet Sauvignon


No list would be complete without a great value Cab on it. The estate that the grapes for Fleur Violette are sourced from is particularly renowned for the quality of its Cabernet. It is remarkable how well this grape was traditionally grown in Bordeaux appellations, to now adapt to the warmer growing conditions of the Languedoc, producing wines of immense charm and finesse at a fraction of the price of their famous neighbors. This red is focused and sophisticated, with flavors of dark plum, currant, dark cherry, and dried herbs, which linger with graphite and mineral. A good backbone of acidity suggests that this wine can benefit from short-term cellaring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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