Francesco Cirelli Vino Bianco NV - CERTIFIED ORGANIC/LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: ABRUZZO / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): TREBBIANO --- Trained as an economist, Francesco Cirelli left the profession to pursue a career in winemaking. He purchased his land in 2003 and devoted the property to organic farming, growing olives, garlic, spelt, barley, and figs, as well as grapes. In this cuvée, look for yellow orchard fruit notes along with a nutty finish. Notes of lemon zest, green apple skins, and refreshing acidity makes this a perfect white for linguine and pesto Genovese or a beautifully simple cacio e pepe.
Mas Théo "P'tit Gaby" Vin de France 2016 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH+CARIGNAN --- It's no easy task to find a value Côtes-du-Rhône that stands out in a crowded field, and even harder to find one that's not only organic but biodynamic. Luckily, Mas Théo comes to the rescue, just in time for grilling season! Located in Saint-Restitut, about 10 miles west of several Côtes-du-Rhône Cru villages, this 80-acre estate was inherited by winemaker Laurent Clapier. Laurent converted to organic in 2004 and then biodynamic in 2011, and vinifies with all wild yeasts. In the cellar, he uses no additives and very minimal sulfur, keeping all the winemaking incredibly low-intervention (with the exception of harvesting by machine rather than hand). A blend of grenache, syrah and carignan, this incredible value bursts with crunchy red berry flavors and lip smacking acidity – perfect for pizza night (or any night!)
C&D Deneufbourg Marselan Côtes Catalanes IGP 2015
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: CÔTES CATALANES IGP / Varietal(s): MARSELAN --- Corinne and Damien Deneufbourg produce their elegant, structured wines in the Côtes Catalanes in Roussillon. Hyphenated as Languedoc-Roussillon, Roussillon is in fact a distinct cultural area with a proud Catalan identity, and Côtes Catalanes is located about 20 miles north of the Spanish border in the Pyrénées-Orientales. This is a wine region to watch, producing lots of interesting and delicious bottles! A cross between cabernet sauvignon and grenache, created in 1961 for its resistance to fungal diseases, the marselan grape possesses the best characteristics of both parent grapes. Charming dark fruit flavors (thanks to the cabernet) meld with the easy drinking texture and lighter tannins of grenache. Hints of earth, cocoa, and cedar, along with good acidity and moderately firm tannins make this a great match with lamb chops or pulled pork tacos.