2017 Torrontés, Tilia $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
Torrontés is practically synonymous with Argentina. Popular for its heady aromatics and freshness, Torrontés thrives in high altitude vineyards. Tilia’s grapes are grown at elevations above 5,500 feet! All tank-fermented, this wine packs a punch with flavors full of passionfruit, citrus and juicy grapefruit. Delightful chilled all on its own or take it to the next level and pair with tacos!
2016 Greco, Mastroberardino $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder
Central to Campania’s wine production is the Mastroberardino family and the winery they established in 1878. Their impact on the region is unequivocal. Greco is a late ripening varietal and tricky to farm due to its sensitivity to various diseases. But the effort to produce Greco is worth it. This one is a textbook example with its yellow color, flavors of honey, peach, pear and ripe tropical fruits.
2018 Pinot Grigio, Argento $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
Italians immigrated to Argentina in great numbers from the late 19th century to about 1940, so it is no wonder you find Pinot Grigio planted there. Certainly, some resourceful immigrant brought along clippings to their new home. Argento’s Pinot Grigio is a zippy white with nuanced flavors that benefit from being served as cold as you can get it. Delicious with elote, frittata, or gazpacho.
2017 Saint-Bris, Domaine Verret $17.99, $14.39 reorder
Saint-Bris is an interesting place. Located in the Auxerre, it is technically part of Burgundy, and the only Burgundian village allowed to grow Sauvignon Blanc! As the crow flies, it’s less than 15 km from Sancerre, so that makes sense. This bright, fresh S/B is alive with aromas of citrus blossoms. On the palate, it’s light on its feet, well balanced, and refreshing. Enjoy with a goat cheese salad.
2013 Lugana Superiore, Ca’Lojera $21.99, $ 17.59 reorder
Locals in the Lake Garda area call the grape Turbiana. To others, it’s known as Trebbiano di Lugana. Through DNA research a decade ago, it was discovered that this grape variety is actually Verdicchio. Italian grape expert Ian d’Agata considers Verdicchio to be one of Italy’s great white grapes. It can age. Well. Try this complex gem with risotto, roasted chicken, halibut, or blue cheese.
2017 Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo Colle Maggio, Torre Zambra $9.95 sale price, $9.45 reorder
Darker than your average Rosé, the Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo is more like a light red wine that you serve chilled – making it perfect for summer! It’s still dry, yet it shows aromas of cherries (hence the name) and pepper. Extremely versatile, Cerasuolo pairs well with a myriad of cuisine – try it with marinated, grilled meats, or as Federico from the property suggests, “It’s perfect with pizza.”
2017 ZOE Red, Domaine Skouras $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder
George Skouras started his winery over thirty years ago in his father’s garage after studying enology in Dijon, France. Today, he is widely recognized as one of Greece’s premier winemakers. The ZOE red is 90% Agiorgitiko, the most widely planted red varietal in Greece and native to the Peloponnese Peninsula. Ripe, dark, plummy flavors mingle with a touch of dried herb. Must have lamb!
2017 Le Loup Dans La Bergerie, Domaine de l’Hortus $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
The grapes for this food-friendly red come from l’Hortus’ estate vineyard and a few surrounding neighbors’ in France’s stunning Pic Saint Loup appellation. A blend of Grenache with a smidgeon of Syrah, this is a charming, fruit-saturated wine that drinks lifted and fresh. Don’t be afraid to put a chill on it, especially if room temperature exceeds 75 degrees. Yummy with a vegetable tian.
2013 Cirò Rosso Classico Superiore Riserva, Duca Sanfelice $18.98 net price, $17.08 reorder
At the heel of the boot, you’ll find Calabria’s Cirò appellation where the red grape Gaglioppo reigns supreme. This reserve wine is from a single vineyard of old bush vines grown on limestone and clay loam. After fermentation, the wine rests in tank for three years before bottling. This wine is in its sweet spot, so drink up and enjoy! Fresh tomato sauces and beefy dishes will pair well.
2018 Syrah/Grenache Grange des Rouquette, Vignobles Boudinaud $11.29, $9.03 reorder
Our longtime pal in and around the southern Rhône, Thierry Boudinaud makes a lot of wine. For his Grange des Rouquette red, he sources 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache from the Vin de Pays d’Oc. Thierry raises it in all tank, preserving the aromas that give it a pure expression. It’s a medium-bodied, versatile red which can be enjoyed on its own, or you can bring it to your next barbecue.
2015 Château de Rouquette, Bordeaux $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
Tasting sub $12 Bordeaux can be a bit like crawling through a minefield, but we’ve done all the work, rejecting a lot of samples, until we came across the de Rouquette (no relation to Thierry Boudinaud’s Grange des Rouquette label). It’s honest, Merlot-based Bordeaux with some brambly character. Sometimes, it’s nice to have a glass of Bordeaux on a Tuesday night. Pair with meatballs.
2014 Crozes-Hermitage Les Pierrelles, Domaine Belle $22.99, $18.39 reorder
Crozes-Hermitage in The Dirty Dozen? How fancy. We’ve been working with Domaine Belle for decades and one of our favorite wines of theirs is the Les Pierrelles. The name refers to the little stones one finds in this vineyard. It’s 100% Syrah, vinified in neutral barrels. The aromas are complex, the palate lively and the finish is lengthy. Get the good glasses, this is a special occasion wine.
August is the month in which we receive the most out-of-office replies from our French friends and associates. Not the case, but it sure seems like the whole country takes the month off.
Here in the states, it’s the summer month with no holidays, so we can relax too. Something that’s sure to help us relax this month is this here sampler – 12 bottles, one low price.
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