The Funaro siblings are working with an eye towards sustainability - with fruit orchards, vegetable fields, olive groves, and of course, vineyards on their property here in Sicily. This Zibibbo is aromatic and floral, with notes of honeysuckle and seabreeze.
Moretto Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Secco NV
Fattoria Moretto’s Lambrusco is a party in a bottle. A fresh, bubbly red with notes of dark berries and herbs, there is no more joyful and refreshing vino rosso out there. Pair it up with just about anything for a sure win. And yes–it’s dry.
Our friends over at Sommariva have a real knack for pumping out quality Italian bubbles at a serious discount. Made from primarily Rabaso, a native Italian varietal rich in acidity, this bubbly exhibits ripe fruit notes alongside chalk minerality, all in perfect balance. Pairing this one with a triple cream cheese is a no-brainer.
Many things have been made of Lambrusco over the years, but one thing’s for sure–a well made version is virtually unbeatable on the table. Porchetta? Burgers? Pizza? Bring ‘em on. Saliceto is committed to producing thirst-quenching expressions of Lambrusco using only natural methods. Chill down and glou away.
Clos Sainte Magdeleine Cotes de Provence Rose 2020
There are only a few vignerons in the small fishing town of Cassis who are fortunate to produce certified wine of this appellation & Clos Sainte Magdeleine is one of them. This wine is produced in very limited quantities. The grapes are sourced from a vineyard site located roughly between Cassis and Bandol. It is crisp with notes of wild strawberries & terrific acidity.
Nestled between Savoie, the Jura, Burgundy, and the Rhône, this small yet mighty appellation is one to explore. Patrick Bottex, along with his wife and son, farm the rocky limestone slopes of Bugey to produce a beautiful sparkling rosé. Predominantly Gamay, this slightly sweet bottling shows bright fruit and refreshing acidity.
As the fourth generation to farm his family’s domaine, Eric Chevalier is nothing short of a rising star winemaker in the Loire Valley. His Val de Loire cuvee accentuates classic notes of Cabernet Franc, with aromas of tobacco & green pepper, with tart red berry all over the palate.
Make sure to take a photo of this bottle--otherwise, after drinking it, you’ll constantly be asking yourself, “What WAS that?” What it is: a gorgeous little Cabernet-Franc-based rosé from winemaker Kevin Fontaine. Like strawberry lemonade became a very delicious savory wine. Pair with sunshine and a smile.
Domaine de Melandes grows Chardonnay on just 29 hectares of land in Chablis. Family-run and certified organic, this winery was one of our favorite discoveries this year. This Chablis is racy, mineral-driven, nuanced, and complex. An absolutely delicious textbook expression of Chardonnay from this region.
Ask any sommelier, and they will tell you Chenin Blanc on Schist soil is an absolute dream come true. Here in Anjou, that’s exactly what we’re working with. The mild climate and Maritime influence of Anjou, paired with the mouth watering acidity and gorgeous orchard fruited characters of Chenin Blanc deliver way above its price point.
From Eastern Corsica, Domaine de Santa Giulietta has been owned by the Stefani family for several generations. Their grapes are grown in clay and gravel soil, giving their wines a distinct mineral quality. Being so close to the mountains also gives their wines a refreshing acidity, making it delicious and gluggable.
Well known for producing profound Chenin Blanc, Chateau D’Épiré also harnesses the Anjou region as Cabernet Franc territory, bringing us this lively & herbaceous cuveé. It’s velvety, mouthwatering & downright intoxicating with notes of white pepper, eucalyptus & salty olives.
Inspired by the Miles Davis album, Silent Way, winemaker Matt Harrop tries to channel that same ingenuity, inventiveness, and precision in his winemaking. They believe hard work, love, and friendship are the keys to nurturing the vineyards and creating delicious wines.
This is the wine to bring to the vegetable garden! It has a beautiful rich mineral palate while still maintaining the light spring freshness you crave on a hot summer day. Like any proper Languedoc blend you should chill this one down and enjoy it outside in the sunshine.
"It used to be a dream:" A conversation with Chris Barnes