Ferdinand Albariño California 2016 (375ml Can)
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA/ Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): ALBARIÑO --- Up-and-comer winemaker Evan Fraiser is making the wine he wants to drink: versatile, invigorating, and delicious. He makes his wines in the cellar at Kongsgaard Wines, where he is the General Manager and Assistant Winemaker, having worked there since 2008. Ferdinand’s albariño comes from Marcus Bokisch’s Vista Luna Vineyard in Lodi, a 15-minute drive from Tegan Passalacqua’s Kirschenmann Vineyard. Vista Luna is known for its cobbled, rocky soil and the cooling breezes which blow from the Delta to the Sierras. The grapes were gently whole cluster pressed. The wine fermented spontaneously with native yeasts and no temperature manipulation. Malolactic is arrested with SO2 to preserve freshness. From Evan himself, "I want to make the wines that I want to drink. And beyond that, wines that I could afford to order at a restaurant." This albariño is restaurant worthy but ready for any setting. Floral with tangerine and lime zest aromas, the palate reveals a slight nuttiness and bakeshop quality from the lees aging in neutral oak barrels. Take a couple of cans with you to the campsite or on your next outing or cookout. Pour with grilled corn, mushroom and roasted poblano tacos.
Vignoble Dinocheau Pineau d'Aunis Rosé Touraine AOC 2017 - Sustainably Grown
Country: FRANCE/ Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: TOURAINE AOC/ Varietal(s): PINEAU D'AUNIS --- The 13 hectares of small family estate Domaine Dinocheau are planted on tuffeau, a blend of chalk and sand that appears white. Now run by siblings Fabian and Laurence, the family has made a name for themselves by cultivating several abandoned grape varietals, including pineau d'aunis, among the most ancient of grapes in the Loire Valley. Formerly known as chenin noir, the plantings were replaced over time by cabernet franc, and are now quite rare – a pity considering the interesting, elegant wines this grape makes. A truly unique rosé, this seduces with aromas of peach skin, strawberries, and cantaloupe, with light accents of flowers and pepper. On the palate it is even more surprising, fresh and lively with savory touches of ripe tomato on a cool, stony finish. A refreshing value that works brilliantly as an aperitif or with a California ham sandwich (ham, avocado, grilled onions, and monterey jack cheese with whole grain mustard on sourdough). *Salivates*
C.G. Paris Fleurie AOC Champagne 2015 - Organically Grown + Low Intervention
Country: FRANCE/ Region: BEAUJOLAIS-BURGUNDY/ Appellation: FLEURIE AOC/ Varietal(s): GAMAY --- Gilles Paris was born and raised in a family of five brothers in Beaujolais. All the brothers are involved in winemaking, and Gilles is no exception. He came into the profession through his now ex-wife, Christine, whose family had vines in the Chiroubles Cru, which he used for his first vintage in 2005. He slowly came around to the low-interventionist approach to winemaking, which has a rich history in the Beaujolais region. This Fleurie is from 25- to 60-years-old vines planted in soils rich with decomposed granite. Most of the wine is aged in old oak barrels while the rest is aged in stainless steel. No sulfur is added at any point in the winemaking process. Big black cherry fruit is laced with dried violets, and the palate, uninhibited by any additions of SO2, reveals a lively acidity balanced by a touch of grippy tannin. Drink on a summer evening with thyme-scented potato and mushroom tart.