Domaine des Verchères Mâcon-Villages AOC 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: MÂCON-VILLAGES AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- For an elegant white that works for everything from weeknight suppers to fancy dinner parties, look no further than the Mâcon region of France's famed Burgundy! A huge appellation with over 9,000 acres of vines, the entry-level Mâcon designation has a three-tier hierarchy: Mâcon, Mâcon-Villages, and Mâcon plus a village name (Macon-Pierreclos for example). Domaine des Verchères is a small family-run operation in the northern end of the Mâcon, just south of the Côtes Chalonnaise. Owner Andre Dupuis is now succeeded by his two sons, Remi and Jean-Christophe. The chardonnay vines average 30 years of age and grow at an altitude of 800 ft or so. This delicious wine is fermented partially in French oak barrels and partially in stainless. Partial malolactic fermentation and lees stirring contribute richness and depth. It delights with delicate notes of pear and green apple on the nose, accented with hints of almond and citrus. Subtle oak influence allows the orchard fruit flavors to really shine on the palate, supported by good acidity on a bright, medium-bodied finish. Lingering touches of lime and mint provide the finishing touch, making this perfect with shrimp and fennel salad with shaved Parmesan.
Urbanite Cellars "Redart" California NV
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): MERLOT+ZINFANDEL+PETIT VERDOT --- Luis Moya created this company and has continually amped up the quality of these wines. This red California blend perfectly exemplifies his philosophy. This is bright and fresh, with smooth tannins. This is an easy to like, straightforward wine that is not sweet like many wines in the category. Drink this with all your favorite dishes as this is food-friendly and ready for any occasion.