Wine: $15 - 30
This wine is from Le Marche, an Italian wine region east of Tuscany on the Adriatic Coast and believed by most to be the origin of the Verdicchio varietal which has thrived here since the 14th century. This husband and wife team are masters of producing terrior driven and traditional Verdicchio wines using sustainable farming techniques and this one will knock your socks off. Fresh and green on the nose with notes white flowers, the palate is intense and round with sweet apricots, minerals, peach, and almond while remaining soft and pretty.
Lush nose laced with black-berry and plum fruit. Soft yet focused on the palate, with additional flavors of strawberry and wild herbs. Medium tannins and balanced acidity. A more complex and interesting wine than most Malbecs at this price, but still a crowd-pleaser! Winemaking Details: Natural Yeast, Unfined
This is made from Barbera vines grown in the Colli Tortonesi in Piemonte. It’s a natural, non-filtered, everyday kind of vino. If Parker Posey were a wine she’d be Fuso: indie, hip, quirky, democratic and approachable. Classic cranberry and raspberry notes with zippy lemon-acidity and soft tannins. Lots of deliciousness for a deal. Winemaking Details: Unfiltered, Unfined, Wild Yeast Fermentation
Torrontes is a fun grape with such intense floral aromas on the nose that one would assume it would be juicy and cloying. While there are many sweeter versions on the market, this torrontes shines with notes of lychee, orange blossom, and jasmine and a crisp, dry finish. All hand harvested grapes from a single vineyard, this well balanced wine is a great sipper.
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.
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
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!
Check out the crushed purple hue and pretty pink froth on this dry fizzy red. Venturini-Baldini owns up to being an artisan Lambrusco with powdery tannins, bright acidity and some vibrant brambly character. It hits all the right buttons, opposed to the mass-produced, icky sweet stuff we used to see on the US market. They also produce balsamic vinegar, walnuts, honey and grappa: the stuff of life. Winemaking Details: Wild Yeast Fermentation, Low SO2 Added
"How are you?" you ask your Kiwi friend. "Box O'Birds," he responds enthusiastically. This common New Zealand colloquialism signifies that the speaker is happy and in good health, which you will no doubt feel yourself when drinking this wine. Packaged entirely with recycled materials, this wine is all grapefuit and lime on the nose lead to ripe honeydew and touch of spicy minerality mid-palate, before a mouthwatering crisp finish. Delicious AND easy on the environment? Box O'Birds is right!
It's difficult to find a mencia so good at this price point. From the northwestern region of Castilla y Leon in Spain, this wine is deep marron in color with a bit of transparency. Concentrated black fruits, mint and wild sage dominate, with a clean minerality and refreshing acidity. This wine is great in the summer with a slight chill or in the winter to pair with heavier meals.