Wine: France, $15 - 30
The late André Iché made honest wine that tasted of place, the Languedoc to be precise. This is a lovely, balanced rosé made from Grenache that will please everyone at the table (or in the backyard, if you're lucky enough to have one). Fruit forward with a nose of strawberry and grapefruit, it has plenty of red fruit on the palate and finishes with bright acidity. Enjoy! Winemaking Details: Wild Yeast Fermentation
This is a Jenny & Francois house blend! Francois found some organically grown grapes in Touraine and did a blend of two parcels of Sauvignon, both fermented in 300 hl tanks. Organically farmed 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Notes of citrus, lemon verbena, lots of classic Touraine minerality.
Domaine Philémon is located in a small village on the Vere river in the Gaillac AOC. The vineyard has been with the Vieules family since 1804. Today Mathieu Vieules grows wheat, sunflowers and grapes in equal proportions, all organically. The yields are kept exceedingly low and the harvest is done entirely by hand. Gaillac "Perlé" is a zippy quaffable wine.
A delicious Cotes du Rhone that would make anyone happy. Big, lush Grenache dominates this wine, which has plenty of fruit up front, but is balanced by a bit of tannic structure and just enough acidity. We could drink this everyday!
This is a lovely white Cotes du Rhone, with plenty of floral notes from the Viognier balanced by the weightier texture of the Roussanne. Stone and tropical fruit aromas on the nose are followed by white peach and a hint of anise on the palate. The rich and silky mouthfeel and balanced crisp mineral finish make this is a real delight!
The winemaker decided to create a distinctive new wine by blending 2 vintages, 2006 and 2009. The result of this balancing act is greater than the sum of its parts; a charming new cuvee that delivers immediate fresh fruit pleasure of Provence. Bright black fruit, but not jammy, balanced with food friendly freshness then a hint of tannins. Joie de Provence!
Cahors is a region best known for its dark and brooding black wines. This one is lighter in style which makes it more accessible for most and it is ready to drink. The wine opens with aromas of cedar and herbs; the tannins are smooth and silky and the depth of red and black fruits is highlighted with stoney minerality. The wine has moderate acidity and would be fantastic with food or a deep thought. Winemaking Details: Natural Yeast
Christine and Joel Mneard have been making wine in the heart of Coteaux du Layon AOC for more than twenty years. They practice bionynamic methods in their 13 hectares of vines. The wine was made as naturally as possible, no artificial yeasts and unfiltered. Fresh nose with notes of flowers, almonds and subtle pear and a finale of honey. It is charming and delightful!
Not yet 40 years old, Nicolas Gonin learned to make wine from quite a diverse group of winemakers including Ridge Vineyards' Paul Draper and Domaine Tempier in Bandol. He has a passion for saving rare indigenous grape varieties like Altesse. Local to the Savoie region of France, Altesse brings exotic aromas of citrus and herbs with a great minerality, plenty of acidity and a rich texture. Not like anything we've tried, this is a great wine to pair with all manner of lighter foods, and it's delicious all by itself too. Winemaking Details:
Although his name does not appear on the label, this wine is made by Eric Texier. We've heard that his sons asked him to make wine for them that didn't give them a headache, and he responded with this cuveé, which contains no added sulfur at all. Dark purple in color, the nose shows smoke and a bit of black olive. This is followed by black berries, black pepper and minerals on the palate. Medium-bodied and quite savory, it finish long with plenty of acidity.