Domaine Daniel Dugois Savagnin Arbois AOC "Auréoline" 2013 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: JURA / Appellation: ARBOIS AOC / Varietal(s): SAVAGNIN --- Daniel Dugois founded this eponymous estate in 1973 in his native village of Les Arsures, beginning with just two hectares of vines. After selling his fruit locally for nine years, in 1982 Daniel produced his first vintage, which proved an instant winner – literally – as his chardonnay won the gold medal at the Jura Wine Contest. In 2003, Daniel's son, Philippe, returned home and joined his parents in the vineyard, producing his first vintage in the same year, and now heads up the winemaking at the family estate. Located in the ‘golden triangle’ of Jura, at the heart of Arbois, Salins-les-Bains and Poligny, the vineyards of Dugois boast soils of clay, gravel and marl. Committed to eco-friendly practices, the family farms by "lutte raisonnée" ("the reasoned struggle") in the vineyards, and has been awarded the HVE “High Environmental Value” certification by the Ministry of Agriculture for their efforts in maintaining biodiversity. All fruit is hand-harvested, and in the cellar, clusters are de-stemmed and lightly crushed before undergoing spontaneous fermentation. This unique white is made from the savagnin grape, a relatively obscure varietal long associated with the Jura, where it is used in the region's famed Vin Jaune. Kind of like chardonnay's wild and woolly cousin (although unrelated), savagnin produces deliciously zesty, thirst-quenching wine that's full of character. A medium-bodied palate of yellow pear, apple, and quince turns savory and a touch nutty on a finish accented by notes of minerals and crushed herbs. Break out the scallops with brown butter and Meyer lemon or a wheatberry and gouda gratin!
Montaribaldi Langhe Rosso DOC "Trestelle" 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: LANGHE ROSSO DOC / Varietal(s): NEBBIOLO+DOLCETTO+BARBERA --- In 1968 Pino Taliano founded Taliano Guiseppe, acquiring a diverse collection of vineyards in order to best highlight the different soils and climate conditions of Piedmont. His son, Luciano, took over in 1994, changing the name of the family business to Montaribaldi, which refers to the ancient Roman road that connected the winery to several different vineyards throughout the region. This homage to the rich viticultural history of the area also nods to the forward-looking philosophy of the domaine, which declares "place over process" as its motto. Called "Trestelle" ("three stars") for the three grapes blended into this red, this delicious value is proof of the effectiveness of Montaribaldi's approach. The three "stars" in this cuvée are nebbiolo, dolcetto, and barbera, each lending essential character to the finished wine: dark, rustic aromatics from the dolcetto, bright red cherry fruit from the barbera, and then dominante dusty tannins and food-loving acidity from the nebbiolo. A fantastic value that works with a multitude of dishes, this would be fabulous with wild mushroom ragù.