Domaine Estelle Sauvion has been making some of the best Muscadet for years now. Since becoming certified organic in 1996 and using a unique approach of aging the wine in large ‘foudres’ (oak barrels) they are making Muscadet that really delivers a unique experience. Pair with oysters.
When we think “old World Chardonnay” our minds immediately head to Burgundy, but this Piemontese Chardonnay is a close second! The high altitude of these vines brings lightness, brightness, and freshness to this mineral-driven expression of Chardonnay.
Nicole Chanrion inherited her family’s estate at a time when few believed that women could make great wine. Yet, she persisted in making one of the best, most traditional Côte de Brouilly’s according to natural methods of winemaking. Her gloriously grapey Brouilly remains a killer value. Stock up and enjoy!
Between vegetable farming and tinkering with his motorcycle, Régis Minet makes beautiful, precise, textbook Loire Sauvignon Blanc. You couldn't ask for a better summer white to accompany you poolside or paired with Sage Farm Sterling cheese!
Sparkling Chenin Blanc is one of the best ways to get any party started. This wine is orchard fruited, floral, and spunky - perfect for your next get together. Sebastien Brunet converted his family estate to organics in 2006 and the wines are only getting better for it.
Dolcetto is often relegated to second–or even third–fiddle in the realm of great Piedmontese reds. Yet–a really sublime Dolcetto paired up with the ideal cuisine can surely outshine far more sophisticated wines. That is certainly the case in the cellars of Guido Porro. A humble winemaker with a lineup as sharp as they come, you won't find more value in approachable Italian reds anywhere else in the country. This release of his Dolcetto is particularly delicious, begging to be paired up with your favorite pizza pie.
We can barely restrain our excitement for this brand new wine from the best value producer in all of Italy. All of Elvio Tintero’s wines are spot on, delicious, and cheap! Delicious, classic Nebbiolo for 13 bucks? How can you beat it? With some fresh pasta, that’s how.
Located in Bouzy, Champagne Paul Bara uses only their own estate grown fruit from 100% Grand Cru rated vineyards. This bottle offers great complexity on the nose and palate, it’s both full in the mouth and crisp with a very refined mousse, bright acid and a lengthy finish.
Silex is a rare soil type only found in the Loire that wine geeks will nerd out about forever. Brunet farms the Chenin Blanc for this cuvee on Silex, imparting incredible minerality, structure, and earthiness to this gorgeous pet nat.
Athletes du Vin is a collective of Loire Valley producers that set out on a mission to bring the winemaker's table to you. These are the everyday wines you will find on winemakers tables littered among goat cheese crottin and heaping jars of rillettes. The wines of Athletes du Vin are meant to be opened often and consumed without pretension. Poured out liberally with cherished friends and good food.
Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc spring to mind when discussing Loire Valley wine but have you ever heard of Pineau d’Aunis? This little-known grape is a hidden gem in the Loire valley. A native grape to the region and a true sponge of terroir. It has a reputation for being extremely finicky to grow and by the 1970s there were only 17 hectares of Pineau d'Aunis remaining in the Loire Valley! Recognizing the importance of preserving native varietals from extinction a few winemakers decided Pineau d'Aunis was worth the additional attention to grow and we are glad they did! At Dedalus, we are on a constant hunt for value-driven chillable reds. A staff favorite and a style of wine that pairs with almost anything or nothing at all. Athletes Pineau d'Aunis is packed with crunchy cherry fruit but showcases its savory side delivering waves of sage and black pepper. If you find yourself gravitating towards more youthful expressions of Beaujolais this will be right up your alley!
Craving a truly transportive experience? Throw a slight chill on this bottle, and enjoy at lunchtime with a slice of roasted pheasant terrine, grilled sausages, and cornichons. You won’t be disappointed!
You know the gang by now–Lapierre, Foillard, and Breton. These guys banded up in their twenties to (help) change the world of French wine, natural wine, and Beaujolais forever. But the name Thévenet, the fourth gang of Four member, rarely gets mentioned. That's partially because Jean-Paul makes far less wine than the others. The single wine he makes, perhaps the most elegant and long-lived expression of Morgon I've ever tasted is a true study on that lovely village. It is high-toned, zesty, and lightly funk in its youth, and can age like great Burgundy–if, unlike me, you have the patience to wait. I've gone through chilled bottle after chilled bottle this summer. If you love Beaujolais and haven't yet experienced Thévenet's rendition, now's the time to do it!
Guy’s friends may call him “Petit Max”, but in the world of wine, he is quite the contrary. Breton is a major force in restoring the honor of Gamay in Beaujolais. This Morgon is his principle offering from 80-year-old vines, contributing a deeper complexity and structure to lush red fruits.
Food friendly, versatile and perfect with a slight chill. They're BBQ All-Stars.