Verdicchio di Matelica is lesser known and one tenth the size of Verdiccio dei Castella di Jesi. The high elevations produce riper fruit that round out this complex wine.
Though this Verdicchio comes from a region that’s land-locked we get lovely sea-air briny notes on the nose with ripe fruit of pear and apples with a nice bitter citrus note on the finish. More of the same on the palate with nice acidity to balance.
This property, owned by the Boissonneau family since 1839, is situated in the Entre Deux Mers region. Since 2007, the vineyard has been farmed organically, and it’s been certified organic since 2011.
This white is made from a blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon, and 5% Muscadelle. The Sauvignon Blanc undergoes a “maceration pelliculaire”, i.e. contact between the skins and the free-run juice (juice that is obtained without pressing). The different varieties are vinified separately and fermented in stainless steel, creating a crisp white with weight, ripe apple notes, and big minerality lingering on the finish.
Country: France Region: Pays d'Oc IGP (Languedoc) Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc Vintage: 2013 Body: med- light Alcohol: 12%
This southern France Sauvignon Blanc comes from vineyards with stony soil and Mediterranean breezes. If your mouth has started to water, we understand. And, to give fair warning (and protect your dignity), the description could cause a slight drool. This Sauvignon Blanc is packed with citrus fruit and wet stone aromas. On the palate, we get juicy ripe grapefruit and stone fruits with stony minerality and good acidity that gives it a clean, dry refreshing finish. try it with: Salad with warm goat cheese, French tomato tart with mustard, roasted shrimp and garlic, fish tacos
Although relatively unknown, Aligoté is the #2 white grape in Burgundy (Chardonnay being #1). Planted in the poorer vineyard sites, this grape gets the last laugh, producing lovely light wines with food-friendly acidity. It is also traditionally used for the cocktail Kir (Crème de Cassis blended with white wine). While this white has lots of acidity, it also has the weight and balance to pull it off. Apple and pear fruit mingle with stony minerality that lends nice complexity. Whether used for a cocktail or sipped on its own, this wine is definitely worth the price.
Ahhh….Chenin Blanc from Vouvray. The aromas scream springtime. Fresh new green growth, melon and a touch of that wonderful smell you get right after it rains on a cool day. The flavors don’t disappoint with honeydew, a bit of mineral and refreshing lime zest. Like a spring day, this wine will make you want to open your windows and pour a glass. Which, even in the middle of winter, sounds pretty good.
Country: France Region: Pays d'Oc IGP Varietal: Chardonnay Vintage: 2013 Body: medium- full Alcohol: 13%
The vines, which are planted in chalky soils at elevations ranging from 200 to 600 meters, are worked traditionally without herbicides or fertilizers. Domaine de Martinolles is a member of Terra Vitis, an organization that certifies the practice of sustainable agriculture.
We get ripe apple and pear fruits with a touch of minerality and lemony clean finish. No matter the terroir or wine making, this wine is just lovely.
Country: Portugal Region: Vinho Verde Varietal: Blend, usually Vintage: Current Body: light, effervescent Alcohol: 10.5% Famega
Summer in a bottle. Light, dry, low in alcohol, a bit of fizz in the glass, and zippy on the tongue. What more could you ask? Ah, yes, we forgot to mention the incredible price point. Just 8 dollars! We recommend taking a bottle to your next picnic, outdoor gathering or the next time you find yourself yearning for warm weather. Try it with: All kinds of food; Light salads and appetizers, mussels in a Thai garlic sauce, whitefish, Ceviche
a bit of fizz in the glass, and zippy on the tongue.
Country: California Region: California Varietal: Chardonnay Vintage: 2011 Body: full Alcohol: 13.5%
This long time favorite is Buttery… yes, with a capital “B.” What we like best, though, is that for $9, it pulls off the big buttery style with just the right amount of fruit and balance. This comes from a large producer using really solid wine-making, so we give them a pass. If a big, full bodied, smooth, buttery but balanced Chardonnay makes you smile, this is a great value, and that's all there is to it.
Try it with: Canadian Bacon and pineapple pizza, cheeseburger and sweet potato fries, Brie and crackers, clam chowder
Country: France Region: Côtes de Gascogne IGP Varietal: Blend Vintage: 2013 Body: light Alcohol: 12% cotes de gascogne
This smells like Sauvignon Blanc. It tastes like Sauvignon Blanc (with a bit of weight and minerality) and yet there isn’t a drop of Sauvignon Blanc in this wine. This delicious white is a combination of Ugni Blanc, Colombard, Chardonnay and Gros Manseng. Crisp and minerally with nice stone-fruits in the background, this is the perfect wine for the warm summer months or after a vigorous snow-shoveling. Try it with: Poached salmon, sun dried tomatoes and goat cheese, light appetizers, chicken salad sandwich
This smells like Sauvignon Blanc. It tastes like Sauvignon Blanc.