Romain Chamiot Vin de Savoie AOC Aprémont 2015
Country: FRANCE / Region: SAVOIE / Appellation: VIN DE SAVOIE AOC APREMONT / Varietal(s): JACQUERE --- In the stunning Rhône-Alpes sub-region of Savoie, the Chamiot family has been making wine that will finally make you dust off that old fondue kit that you got for your wedding all those years ago (says the 27 year old). Vines on steep slopes on mountainous terrain make hand harvesting a necessity. Combined with the dry climate, the grapes see little threat of moisture, so the use of sulfites is kept to an absolute minimum. The native Savoie grape jacquère brings us a fresh and straightforward wine with a pleasant suppleness from a small amount of residual sugar. All cellar work is done in enamel-lined stainless steel, giving us a pure expression of fruit. Pair with traditional Savoyarde Emmental and Beaufort fondue of potatoes and crusty bread, or if you're in a rush, try it with an American classic -- cheese fries (or even Canadian poutine if you’ve got Trudeau on your mind). If you’re feeling a bit too healthy for this cheesy madness, pour this with Thai seafood stew, this wine will perfectly balance the spice!
Ricominciare Malbec Cabernet France Valle de Uco 2013
Country: ARGENTINA / Region: MENDOZA / Appellation: VALLE DE UCO / Varietal(s): MALBEC+CABERNET FRANC --- Migrating from Italy to Argentina in 1902, Nicolas Catena found the spot in the Uco Valley of Argentina to begin planting vines. His grandson Jorge continues his family’s winemaking tradition through Ricominciare, only using grapes from his 50 year old Finca San Vicente Estate. The vineyard itself sits on deep sandy soils and utilizes the water from the thaw from the Andes mountains nearby. The hand-harvested fruit is fermented with native yeasts in concrete vats, bypassing fining before going through a light filtration. These practices form a wine with rounded freshness on the palate and notes of red and black fruit with a little herbaceousness. In the Argentinean spirit, pop open a bottle when you find yourself preparing a grill full of meats. For our herbivore comrades, break out the crock pot for shiitake-dashi pot au feu.