2016 Sauvignon, Cantine Tramin Kellerei $19.98 net price, $17.98 reorder
In Italy’s northern most wine region, Alto-Adige, Sauvignon Blanc is gaining popularity. Judging from this lushly fruited one, it is no surprise why. Remarkably rich in texture, even without seeing a stitch of oak, this exquisite alpine white is infused with melon, elderflower and a sleek thread of mint. Serve with veggie pasta, shellfish, or a meze platter.
2016 Bianco, Vitiano $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder
A 50/50 blend of Vermentino and Verdicchio from grapes grown in Italy’s only landlocked region, Umbria. Umbria is smack dab in the middle of the country and is a culinary gem that is overshadowed by its neighbor, Tuscany. Vitiano’s Bianco is well-balanced and sapid with refreshing citrus notes. An ideal candidate for artichokes, spinach and asparagus.
2017 Rioja Blanco, Viña Herminia $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder
When one thinks of Rioja, white wine isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But this will likely change as the quality of white wine from this region continues to improve. Viña Herminia’s Blanco is a three grape blend: Verdejo, Tempranillo Blanco & Viura. Tropical, banana skin aromatics give way to a rich finish. Pair with risotto, rice croquettes or paella.
2017 Touraine Rosé, Domaine des Corbillières $14.59, $11.67 reorder
One of our most popular Rosés, year after year, is this here one from our friends the Barbous in the Loire River Valley. It’s made from both Pinot Noir and Pineau d’Aunis and is the perfect wine to greet the spring sunshine. Its aromas are of red berry fruit and minerals, the palate is dry and well balanced, and the finish is clean. Great for barbecues!
2017 Montravel Blanc, Château Calabre $10.99, $8.79 reorder
We don’t know how he does it, but Daniel Hecquet makes some amazing wine and his prices are crazy! For his Calabre white, Daniel blends 3 varietals commonly used to make white Bordeaux: Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle. His deft touch results in a truly refreshing white wine long on complexity. Give this a try with a spring salad with chevre.
2017 Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Madia, Torre Zambra $12.99, $10.39 reorder
Not all Trebbianos are alike. Torre Zambra grows Trebbiano Abruzzese, an heirloom varietal unique to the region of Abruzzo, hence the name. When picked early, it retains fresh, vibrant acidity with plenty of attack. TZ’s Madia line offers everyday drinking enjoyment at a frugal price - va bene! Best served chilled, paired alongside light dishes and appetizers.
2013 Vino Di Montepulciano, Valdipiatta $22.98 net price, $20.68 reorder
About 25 miles southeast of Siena is the picturesque hill town of Montepulciano. The appellation, Vino di Montepulciano, stipulates that grapes must grow on the surrounding hillsides. Sangiovese is the preeminent varietal and is known locally as Prugnolo Gentile. Cherry notes galore with good tannin structure, this wine begs for meat-sauce over pasta.
2016 Contos Da Terra, Quinta do Pôpa $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
Portugal’s Douro region is famous for their fortified wines, but more and more attention is being paid to their dry reds. This traditional blend of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca is a lighter, fresher style than is typical and that’s why we love it! Succulent red fruit flavors dominate. Stews and braises would match-up nicely.
2016 Merlot, Blacksmith Cellars $16.98 net price, $15.28 reorder
When Matt Smith launched his own label after working for several California wineries, rather than chase after the luxury wine market, he opted to make small-batch wines that he could offer at truly, affordable prices. This Dry Creek Valley Merlot outperforms for price, exhibiting dark plum and cassis flavors. Bold and dense, try with a pork roast.
2017 Chianti Montalbano, Pierazzuoli $14.99, $11.99 reorder
Enrico Pierazzuoli had a vision: to make wine from farmland his family owned, and eventually create a family business that included olive oil production, lodging and a restaurant. His dedication and hard work made this dream come true. A classically styled Chianti with its tart red cherry fruit and polished finish is oh so good with pizza, calzone and pannini.
2015 Costières de Nîmes Rouge Les Cimels, Château d’Or et de Gueules $16.39, $13.11 reorder
Costières de Nîmes is the southernmost appellation of the Rhone wine region. It spans an area where three rivers meet before flowing out to the Mediterranean Sea. The Les Cimels is an elevated red blend thanks to the inclusion of some old vine Carignan. Aged in concrete tank for two years, the resulting wine is pure pleasure. Lamb is the way to go!
2016 Château d’Archambeau, Graves $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder
D’Archambeau is comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc aged in 2 and 3 year French oak barrels. This left bank Bordeaux beautifully illustrates the graphite notes associated with Graves reds, while a hint of rusticity adds depth and charm. Succulent and sanguine, serve with filet, Béarnaise sauce, and a pile of pommes frites!
And now it’s April!
All the signs are there – our wet winter has yielded to sunnier skies, college basketball is at its apex, baseball has begun, and Easter will come and go before it’s all over.
With all of this (and more) coming, it’s a great idea to have a case of delicious vino handy to spread the good cheer.
The April DD has everything you need – pick one up today!