Equal parts Greco and Mantonico, this bottle is fruit-forward and balanced, and notes of hawthorn and plum evoke glimmers of Calabria’s rich past as a wine-producing region. This is the wine you want to reach for when the heat picks up, a bottle that will transform ordinary picnics and outdoor gatherings into something memorable.
Born in Champagne, Anne Sophie Dubois understands the vine. She’s part of a new generation of Beaujolais winemakers looking to become a part of the always increasing reputation of the region. This wine is energetic, high-toned, with bright acidity.
Jean-Pierre Monier & Phillipe Perréol formed a Rhone “Super Group” when they left their local co-ops and started this project. While this fruit comes exclusively from Monier’s holdings, their combined knowhow really shines here. Brooding dark fruit is enlivened by a radiant acidity. Brisket fresh out of the smoker, anyone?
Sometimes we forget that wine started as a means of preservation. If done well, it has captured a moment in time. While it’s far too easy to wax poetically on the summer moments this has bottled, these memories are yours. Reminisce on forgotten summer evenings, and dream up new ones.
The Pacina estate is located right on the border of the Chianti Classico zone, but this is not your typical sangiovese blend: racy with an elegant touch of volatility, you’ll be taken on a wild ride with each sip. It seems to evoke the landscape surrounding Pacina’s vines, full of olive groves, natural wildlife, and woodlands to maintain a thriving ecosystem.
Jean-Pierre Monier is well known for producing delicious, sought after wine in the Northern Rhône. With his ‘Terre Blanche’, you’ll get notes of spice, dark berries & violets that are balanced with fresh acidity & integrated tannins.
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Lorenzo Mochiutti of Vignai da Duline not only refrains from trimming his hair & beard, but also his vines. It’s said that this is one of their secrets to success in winemaking, letting the vineyard do its thing without intervention. This Malvasia is complex with strong notes of citrus. Pairs beautifully with seafood.
Straight out of Northeast Italy, comes this absolute gem from a real legend. Located at the base of the Alps, Friuli is known for its no nonsense, clean & crisp, intensely flavored whites. This one offers up notes of apricot, hazelnut & white slate. A truly flexible white that goes with cheese, fish or poultry.
Gonzales Bastias is one of the oldest continuously-owned wineries in Chile dating back centuries, AND their oldest vines were planted in 1800(!) Light in the glass yet concentrated with tropical fruit notes, this País combines the drinkability of Beaujolais with the minerality of a Rhône red.
Widely known as “The Queen of Beaujolais” the Cru of Fleurie is set on the steep slopes at the foot of La Madone. 90% of the soil here is pink granitic, which is dry & acidic and creates these wonderfully lifted wines that are elegantly floral and still ripe and juicy. Breton has done it again.
There is just nothing quite like Bandol. This tiny Provençal village perched above the sea produces red wines of incredible power and structure with a distinctly wild, carnal core to them. And Domaine Tempier is the best in the business.