Domaine de Pajot Côtes de Gascogne IGP "Les 4 Cépages" 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: SOUTHWEST / Appellation: CÔTES DE GASCOGNE IGP / Varietal(s): COLOMBARD+SAUVIGNON BLANC +UGNI BLANC+GROS MANSENG --- Domaine de Pajot is located in Gascony, on an eastern hillside overlooking the Eauze, the capital of Armagnac (home of the eponymous brandy.) Now run by third generation winemaker Damian Barreau, Domaine de Pajot has been committed to organic agriculture since 2001. “Les 4 Cépages” (“Four Grapes”), as its name suggests, is a dry blend of the four primary white grape varietals of Gascogny: colombard, sauvignon blanc, ugni blanc, and gros manseng. All four are blended here to take advantage of their complimentary qualities, but they’re also grown together, in a tiered vineyard arrangement that minimizes exposure to diseases and climate risks. Staggered harvesting allows for more precise winemaking, and the proportions of each grape vary from year to year in order to produce the best balance of aromas and flavors. Inviting scents of citrus, boxwood, and tropical fruits translate into crisp fruit on the palate. Pale yellow in color, and wonderfully fresh in the mouth, with an aromatic finish, this makes a great aperitif, or pairs well with soft cheeses, or light seafood fare.
Beyra Tinto Beira Interior DOC 2013 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: PORTUGAL / Region: BEIRA / Appellation: BEIRA INTERIOR DOC / Varietal(s): TINTA RORIZ (AKA TEMPRANILLO) +JAEN (AKA MENCIA) --- Part of a new generation of forward-thinking Portugese winemakers, Rui Roboredo Madeira makes terroir-driven wines in one of the most remote areas of the Iberian Peninsula. Beira Interior is the easternmost DOC (Denominacao de Origem Controlada) of the Beiras wine region in the northern halfof Portugal, located along the border with Spain. The unique granite and schist soils of the Douro River basin (on the border between the Douro Superior and Beira Alta regions) contribute distinctive minerality to the wines produced here from native grape varietals, tinto roriz (tempranillo), and jaen (mencia). Aged for 12 months in stainless steel, this young, elegant wine has deep fruit aromas with subtle mineral undertones. On the palate, supple dark berry and spice notes come together with a lingering finish, perfect for enjoying with cheeses or Mediterranean dishes. Give this a try with linguine with spiced lamb meatballs, squash, and tomatoes.