Infraganti Rueda DO 2014
Country: SPAIN / Region: RUEDA / Appellation: RUEDA / Varietal(s): VERDEJO --- Somewhat overlooked, verdejo has long played an important role in Spanish winemaking, with commercial production in the Rueda region (where this wine hails from) dating back to the Middle Ages, when King Alfonso VI offered newly conquered lands to monks, the era's principal winemakers. Miravinos, helmed by Víctor Rodríguez and José Carlos García, keeps the focus on traditional Spanish varietals, with delicious results. 100% verdejo, a grape believed to have come to Spain from Africa, this wine shows the potential that can be achieved in the poor soils of Rueda DO, Castile-Léon, in northwestern Spain. Quite aromatic, Infraganti is a light- to medium-bodied white that explodes with ripe green and yellow fruit flavors, herbs and minerals. Stainless-steel fermented, this remains clean and refreshing, making it a great warm weather option to pair with shellfish, veggie risotto, or as an after-gardening aperitif.
Domaine Maestracci Corse Calvi AOC "Clos Reginu" 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: CORSICA / Appellation: CORSE CALVI AOC / Varietal(s): NIELLUCCIU+GRENACHE+ SCIACCARELLU+SYRAH+MOURVEDRE --- A picturesque Mediterranean island (off the west coast of Italy, just north of Sardinia), Corsica has a winemaking tradition that's over 2,500 years old, but only recently gaining popularity here in the US. The appellation Corse Calvi is located on the northwest side of the island, between the mountains and the sea. Although actually closer to Italy, Corsica has been under French rule since 1769 and is counted among the 26 regions of France. The Italian influence, however, can still be seen (and tasted) in the island's wines, particularly in the grape varietals used. This lip-smacking red is a perfect example; a blend of Italian and French grapes. Nielluccio (a spicier strain of sangiovese indigenous to Corsica), grenache, sciaccarello (another native Corsican grape often found in Chianti where it adds an herbaceous, peppery element to sangiovese's weight), syrah, and mourvèdre meld harmoniously to pack an intense array of flavor into an agile, light-medium bodied wine. On a windswept granite plateau near Monte Grossu, Michel Raoust produces some of the most amazing values in Corsican wine in the former olive processing facility that father-in-law Roger Maestracci converted into a winery when he planted vineyards immediately after World War II. Silken in texture, supple, and deliriously bright, this bursts with fresh strawberry and raspberry flavors, delicately accented with hints of rose hip, violet, mint and red licorice. A juicy, persistent finish makes this nearly impossible to put down! Try it with grilled chicken with pomegranate glaze.