Jean Aubron Folle Blanche Gros Plant du Pays Nantais IGP Sur Lie 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: GROS PLANT DU PAYS NANTAIS IGP / Varietal(s): FOLLE BLANCHE --- Don't miss out on this value white! It's produced from an obscure grape called folle blanche, sometimes gros plant. Jean Pascal-Aubron’s family has been tending vineyards near the Atlantic Coast since 1843. Although they mainly grow melon de bourgogne (the grape that gives us Muscadet), they also produce a small amount of folle blanche. The vines are planted in volcanic granite, fermented in stainless steel, and left on the lees for three months to further enhance the depth of flavor. Folle blanche is a robust, high-acid grape that yields an amazingly refreshing white wine in the Loire: crisp, zesty and so bright you might need to break out the sunglasses! Notes of lime zest, limestone, white flowers and a touch of beachy salinity, this wine is as bracing and clean as a lemon wedge in a glass of cold water. Bound to be your go-to white for summer, few wines will bring more pleasure during the warmer months.
Bodegas Manzanos Rosado Rioja DOCa "Mas de Victor" 2015
Country: SPAIN / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA DOCA / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO+GARNACHA --- Founded in 1890 by Don Lorenzo Fernandez de Manzanos, Bodegas Manzanos pride themselves on over 120 years of experience making wines that are a true reflection of the land from which they come. The "Mas de Victor" line is a collaboration between two Masters of Wine, and this rosado is a perfect choice for those scorching days when you can't decide between white and red. Predominantly tempranillo, Rioja's renowned red grape varietal, this gets a lift from a touch of garnacha, resulting in a wine that bursts with succulent red cherry and raspberry fruit, with an elegant hint of spice. Medium-bodied and fresh, it finishes dry and savory, making it a versatile choice for any occasion. Try it with grilled shrimp skewers and a salad of farro, goat cheese and citrus-parsley dressing.