Le Haut-Planty "Au Gré du Vin" Gwin Evan 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): MELON DE BOURGOGNE --- French organic wine lovers rejoice: "Gwin Evan", which means "I drink wine" in Gaelic, is Muscadet without any added sulfur! In the 1960s, Michel Couillard converted his father's farm into a vineyard, and his sons Alain and Christian spearheaded the conversion to organic viticulture in 2007, becoming certified in 2015. With Alain now at the winemaking helm, the new era of Le Haut-Planty embraces natural winemaking philosophy, while remaining faithful to the traditions of the region. Located in the heart of Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, between the temperate Loire river and the fresh influence of the Atlantic ocean, Le Haut-Planty boasts a site on the most coveted hillside of Le Landreau. All this adds up to a delicious new arrival: fresh, crisp, and minerally, with hints of zesty lemon. Give this a try with crab spaghetti with lemon gremolata!
Maz Caz Costières de Nîmes AOC Rouge 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: COSTIÈRES DE NÎMES AOC / Varietal(s):GRENACHE+SYRAH+MOURVEDRE --- UC Davis graduate Michele d’Aprix is a rapidly rising star in the wine world. After completing her studies in California, she made her way to Bordeaux where she took advantage of the opportunity to be mentored by renowned winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt, before branching out to start her own project in St. Emilion, named Pentimento. Now she has expanded even further, crafting three wines from Costières de Nîmes, the southernmost of the Rhône winegrowing regions. Accorded AOC status in 1986, Costières de Nîmes boasts exceptional gravely soils and a Mediterranean climate that lend the wines juicy ripeness and earthy character, but remains just under the radar enough to yield some great values – like this! "Caz" translates to "crazy in a good way", and these wines are crazy good: honest, juicy, young, and pure. 70% grenache, 15% syrah, 15% mourvèdre, this fresh red is frighteningly easy to drink! Fermented in stainless steel with natural yeast, this sees no oak, and bursts with succulent dark, juicy fruit. Seductive aromas of violets, blackberries, raspberries, currants, and a whiff of smoke yield to a palate that is smooth and silky, with layers upon layers of character and bright, mouthwatering acidity. A serious wine that doesn't take itself too seriously (as the label indicates!), grilled pork chops are an easy match, but this works with just about anything – think lamb sliders, charcuterie, hard cheeses, or burgers!