Country: France Region: Saint Pourçain (Loire) Varietal: Blend: 20% Tressalier 80% Chardonnay Vintage: 2011 Body: medium Alcohol: 13% saint pourcain
For centuries, the most important local grape was Tressallier. Historical records show that it flourished in Saint-Pourçain as nowhere else, but has since been eclipsed by Chardonnay. Denis Barbara has revived Tressallier, making it one of his signature grapes. In this Chardonnay-dominated blend we get raw honey, lavender, tart apple and apricot. But don’t be fooled—this wine is dry. A bracing acidity balances all that lovely fruit, coming through on the palate with a stony, chalky minerality. The slightly creepy label makes this one especially memorable.
Country: France Region: Costières de Nîmes AOP (Rhône) Varietal: Blend Vintage: 2013 Body: medium Alcohol: 13.5% Chateau l'Ermitage Costieres de Nimes Rhone
This is the third and fourth generation of the Castillon family to own and operate Château l’Ermitage, now lead by Michel and his son Jérôme. The vineyards, which sit on deep sandstone soil overlooking the Camargue, are certified “Terra Vitis”, recognising the Catillon family’s eco-responsible approach to growing and winemaking. This 60% Roussane, 20% Viognier, and 20% Grenache Blanc blend has melon and touches of floral and spice on the nose. Three months of lees aging (spent yeast) adds nice weight to the palate with good acidity to balance, with a touch of spice, ripe apple and pear with honey suckle, and earthy minerality on the finish.
The Dopff & Irion vineyards cover 68 acres, and the grapes are all hand-harvested and individually sorted. That’s pretty mind blowing to those of us who have trouble separating whites from darks for a single load of laundry. This dry blend of 90% Sylvaner and 10% Pinot Blanc is aged on their lees for four weeks and matured 6 months in tanks before bottling. The result is pretty, round white peach and pear fruit with good refreshing acidity on the finish. Would be lovely with a variety appetizers and meals.
We’ve been looking for a good clean, crisp, white Greek wine for quite some time, and this blend of Roditis and Moscofilero (indigenous Greek grapes) fits the bill. The Moscofilero provides a bit of weight and complexity, while the Roditis adds some lovely acidity and is most likely responsible for the great price. We get a touch of floral and orange peel on the nose, followed by zippy orange citrus and a touch of salt on the palate. A minerally finish ends things beautifully.
Try it with: Sesame shrimp on coconut rice, grilled chicken with a bit of orange zest, beet salad bruschetta
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: 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.
Country: France Region: Côtes de Gascogne IGP Varietal: Colombard, Ugni Blanc Vintage: 2011 Body: medium- light Alcohol: 11.5%
think of this wine as the Two Musketeers
No longer availalbe Gascogne is the land of d'Artagnan, who inspired Alexandre Dumas's character in The Three Musketeers. Well, think of this wine as the Two Musketeers – the grapes Ugni Blanc and Colombard. Working together, arm in arm (if grapes had arms, of course), to bring you flavors of white peach and melon (but not too fruity) and a crisp citrus finish. All for one and one for all, indeed. Try it with: Grilled cheese sandwich with goat cheese and olive tapenade, fish/seafood piccata, appetizers, chicken salad sandwich, etc.
Discontinued Due to Vintage Change If you’ve been to Orvieto, then we understand that you’re choosing this wine based on memories. But just in case you need a bit of info… This blend from the Orvieto DOC is comprised of Grechetto, Procanico (aka Trebbiano) and a smidgen of Malvasia. Classic pear and apple fruit with a hint of lemon citrus and good acidity. Toss in a bit of minerality and some briny notes and you have a lovely bargain white.
If you’ve been to Orvieto, then we understand that you’re choosing this wine based on memories.