Parés Baltà Blanc de Pacs Penedès DO 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: PENEDÈS DO / Varietal(s): PARELLADA+MACABEU+XAREL-LO --- The origins of Parés Baltà date back to the 18th century, to 1790 when the first vines were planted in the mountains of Penedès, Spain (just west of Barcelona), on the estate that now surrounds the winery. In 1978, Joan Cusiné Hill took over the winery, beginning a family business that’s now in its third generation, with his two grandsons, Joan and Josep Cusiné Carol growing the grapes, and their wives, Maria Elena Jimenez and Marta Casas as the winemakers and oenologists. Remaining respectful of long standing winemaking traditions, Parés Baltà welcomes innovation as well, with respect for the environment above all. Accordingly, all their vineyards are certified organic. Cultivating their grapes without any herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers, they employ a flock of sheep to fertilize and weed the vineyards after harvest, as well as hives of bees to assist in pollination. This easygoing white is made from parellada, macabeo and xarel-lo grapes – the same grapes used in Cava production. Bright and clean, with no oak, it displays enticing aromas of green pear and yellow apple. Fresh and crisp on the palate, it provides lots of soft fruit flavors, including golden apple, pear, apricot and pineapple. Good acidity and subtle hints of citrus, herbs and floral accents lead to a balanced, food-friendly finish. An easy summer aperitif, this also makes a great choice with seafood paella, or grilled chicken.
Viña Maitia Valle del Maule "Aupa" Pipeño 2015
Country: CHILE / Region: VALLE DEL MAULE / Appellation: VALLE DEL MAULE / Varietal(s): PAIS+CARIGNAN --- One of the friendliest wines from Chile we've tasted, this is sure to become a hot weather favorite. Pipeño wines are honest, small-scale, traditionally made Chilean wines of the most recent harvest. Often drunk by vineyard workers, they are unique to the regions of the Maule, Itata and Bio-Bío Valleys, which are among Chile's most traditional and rural wine areas. Maitía is the project of partners and winemakers David Marcel and Loreto Garau, who specialize in making light, lively, extremely drinkable wines through careful grape selection, and "Aupa" is no exception. A blend of the native país (or mission) grape, and carignan, this is bright and clean with layers of juicy red and black fruit flavors. With a chill, this is ideal for summer sipping with grilled portabello tacos.