BREEZY PICKS FOR THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
Eminence Road Farm Winery Riesling Seneca Lake 2013 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: SENECA LAKE / Varietal(s): RIESLING --- Our friends at Eminence Road Farm Winery are back, this time with their tasty approach to Finger Lakes riesling. As always, expect lots of character and flavor from their "minimalist" take on winemaking, with just a hint of attitude! A brilliant example of what minimal intervention can yield; the vines at Eminence Road are hand-harvested, grapes are crushed by foot, and the wine is gravity-bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered. This dry riesling comes from grapes harvested on the west side of Seneca Lake. With tart aromas of green apple, stone fruit, lemon zest, hay, fresh yeast, and a tinge of earthy funk, this riesling is medium-bodied and bone-dry, with mouth-watering acidity. On the palate it is satisfyingly mouth-filling, with subtle grapefruit and green apple flavors, a hint of green herbs, and savory minerality that lingers into a finish offset by citrus zest and yeasty/funky notes. Enjoy this with hard cheeses or curry-based dishes.
Terre di Eva Pecorino Abruzzo DOC 2015
Country: ITALY / Region: ABRUZZO / Appellation: ABRUZZO DOC / Varietal(s): PECORINO --- Young winery Terre di Eva finds inspiration in innovation, while building upon the great wine traditions of Abruzzo. Pecorino is a light-skinned grape grown in Italy's eastern coastal regions, particularly Marche and Abruzzo. It was cultivated there for hundreds of years before its low yields saw it driven nearly to extinction as it was replaced with more productive varieties such as trebbiano. Rediscovered in the 1980s by a local producer researching native varieties, it is now experiencing a renaissance. Pecorino means “little sheep”, and is better associated with the ewe’s milk cheese of the same name, while the grape is allegedly a popular snack for the grazing sheep! Pecorino wine is dry and minerally, straw-yellow in color with an elegant floral bouquet of acacia and jasmine, a faint hint of spice, and a slightly briny, very refreshing finish. Try this with shellfish, chicken salad, or pasta tossed with fresh basil and portobella mushrooms.
Vincent Giraudon "Tentation" Côte Roannaise 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: CÔTE ROANNAISE / Varietal(s): GAMAY --- Sometimes called the 11th Cru of Beaujolais, the Côte Roannaise is actually one of the southernmost appellations of the Loire. Still, comparisons abound, with the vineyards of Beaujolais running parallel 100 km to the east, and gamay the red grape varietal of both regions. In size, though, Côte Roannaise is miniscule, barely 220 hectares with its vineyards situated in the foothills of the Monts de la Madeleine to the west of the Roanne. One of the youngest winemakers in the Côte Roannaise, Vincent Giraudon is already an acclaimed producer in an area with a tradition of winemaking dating back to the 8th century. “Tentation” is a beautiful gamay, medium plum in color, with seductive soft spice and black currant notes. Medium bodied, its enticing acidity, ripe red berry flavors and soft tannins invite you to sip this with quinoa-stuffed eggplant, or try it with roast chicken.