2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Hubert Brochard $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder
This Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc, with a cuvée name of Les Carisannes, comes from a 5-hectare vineyard just outside of the Sancerre appellation. Stony soils and vinification in stainless steel tanks yield a lively, bright wine. Classic aromas of citrus and fresh herbs jump out of the glass. Savor a chilled glass al fresco with a wedge of quiche and a spring salad.
2017 Albariño, La Milla $18.98 net price, $17.08 reorder
The love for Albariño is real! Who can resist the combination of effusive aromatics with a piercing, mineral finish? La Milla is made from 100% organically grown grapes in the region of Rias Baixas where the Atlantic influence creates a unique microclimate. Peach and apple flavors meet with a hint of anise and pineapple. Furnish a glass with sushi.
2016 Chardonnay, Annabella $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder
What an incredible value! This medium-body, sunny Napa Valley Chardonnay is nicely balanced, delivering big fruit flavors with a subtle oaky finish. Michael Pozzan winery in Calistoga created their Annabella collection to be wallet-friendly and unpretentious. Tote it along to your next book-of-the-month club! Pairs well with poultry and meaty fish.
2018 Côtes de Provence Rosé Les Trois Frères, Domaine des Aspras $17.99, $14.39 reorder
Just in time for the start of summer, the 2018 Trois Frères Rosé is here! Not that Rosé has a season or anything, though it is so much better on a warm, sunny day. Made with 50% Cinsault and 50% Grenache, it’s sleek and crisp with aromatic hints of citrus blossoms and minerals. Pair it with summer salads, grilled fillets of white fish, or a mixed tapas platter.
2018 Gavi, Le Rive $11.69, $ 9.35 reorder
Same great Gavi from Ernesto Picollo, just with a stylish, updated, new label for the 2018 vintage. The Picollo family farms the Cortese grape in and around the hamlet of Rovereto in the heart of Gavi. Green harvesting and reasonable yields ensure ripe, characterful flavors. Simplicity at its best. Dynamite with fish crudo, tuna tartare or gnocchi.
2017 Aligoté, Domaine Verret $15.99, $12.79 reorder
Domaine Verret is situated just south of Auxerre and a short distance west of Chablis in northern Burgundy. The Verret family can trace its history in the region back to 1750! Their Aligoté is textbook perfect with its floral aromas, green apple flavors and attack of acidity. A fine choice to begin with light appetizers at an outdoor summer soirée.
2012 Alanera, Zenato $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder
Appassimento is a winemaking method by which grapes are dried before pressing. 50% of the grapes, mostly Corvina and Rondinella, for Alanera went through such a process and it is why it is reminiscent of the famous reds of Valpolicella and Amarone. Time in bottle has softened its fruitiness and structure. Strong cheeses and cured meats would pair nicely.
2016 Gene, Gen del Alma $16.98 net price, $15.28 reorder
Andrea Mufatto and Gerardo Michelini, husband and wife winemaking team, create this high energy red from Argentina’s Uco Valley. Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are blended together and fermented with minimal intervention. Black cherry, notes of smoke and graphite produce a compelling rich wine. Definitely steak!
2016 Garnacha, Zinio $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder
Rioja Alta is one of three sub-zones of Rioja (and where the winery is located). It covers the westernmost portion of the appellation. As the name suggests, the area is at high altitudes producing grapes with ripe flavors and fresh acidity. This charming Garnacha is full of ripe strawberry fruit notes. Easy going and a people pleaser, ideal for moussaka or lasagna.
2016 Merlot I.G.P. Périgord Puy 170, Puy-Servain $8.79, $7.03 reorder
Everyone needs a tasty, inexpensive red that they can stock up on with abandon. Our longtime friend Daniel Hecquet makes this honest, single-varietal wine from grapes grown by his friends along the right bank of the Dordogne River. We love its integrated tannins and charming fruit. Nothing complicated, just simple and delicious. Pizza ✔ Pasta ✔ Burgers ✔
2016 Château Calvimont, Graves $17.98 net price, $16.18 reorder
The 2016 vintage in Bordeaux was universally hailed as a success. This scenario presents opportunity to find value with lesser-known producers. TWH’s resident Bordeaux Scout travels every spring to seek them out. This Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend is a winner! Bright red fruit, geranium and a chalky mineral finish. Time to fire up the grill!
2013 Chianti Montalbano Riserva, Tenuta Pierazzuoli $22.99, $18.39 reorder
Wine critic Antonio Galloni bestowed 93 points to this outstanding Chianti, describing it as “sumptuous” and “succulent”. TWH has been importing Enrico Pierazzuoli’s wine for over twenty years! He makes traditional wine with modern know-how. Aged in barrel, this is a full-bodied expression of Sangiovese. Get out the big fancy glasses for this rosso and enjoy!
As the months go zooming by, we find ourselves in the middle of the year and on the precipice of summer! Yay!
June is the month for Dads, grads, and June brides. The kids will be out of school and thoughts of vacations are in the air.
For all of the goings on that June throws at us, it’s a good idea to have a case of vino at the ready. 12 bottles, one low price.
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