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Domaine Julien Meyer Pinot Blanc Alsace AOC "Les Pierres Chaudes" 2014 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC/LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: ALSACE / Appellation: ALSACE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT BLANC ---  The Alsace growing region is quite diverse in terms of terroir. It comprises 119 villages nestled in the hills and plains of the Vosges Mountains, where soil structure varies from schist to limestone, gneiss, and sandstone. Rainfall is the lowest in France and the growing season is extremely long, helping the grapes develop elegant and complex aromas. Most vineyards are between 200 and 300 meters altitude, set on hillsides with good sun exposure. Domaine Julien Meyer is based in the tiny village of Nothalten at the foot of the Vosges Mountains. Patrick Meyer is the current winemaker; having taken over the family domaine several years ago, he became among the first winemakers in Alsace to begin converting his parcels to purely organic treatments. A disciple of biodynamic viticulture, Patrick is known as a mentor in the practice to many young growers. As one would expect from someone with that sort of reputation, Patrick employs no synthetic treatments for his vines and uses only wild, indigenous yeasts to spark fermentation. There is minimal manipulation in the winery and the wines are always bottled unfined. 100% pinot blanc, "Les Pierres Chaudes" is a work of elegance and minerality. Subtle notes of white flowers, orchard and tropical fruits, and crushed minerals dance across a taut highwire of acidity, remaining vivacious and refreshing throughout. That bright acidity and crisp finish make it incredibly food friendly, especially with seafood or mild cheeses. Try it with cod cakes with Dijon tartar sauce.

Troupis Winery Agiorgitiko Peloponnese PGI Fteri 2015
Country: GREECE / Region: PELOPONNESE / Appellation: PELOPONNESE PGI / Varietal(s): AGIORGITIKO --- Troupis Winery is located at 700 meters in elevation in the heart of Mantinia in the Peloponnesian region of Fteri (“fern”). The Troupis family has a long history of agricultural work, beginning back in the 70's when vines, fruit trees, and flowers were grown and sold from the family nursery. Like many traditional Greek families, they made wine for their own table, eventually expanding their efforts into the commercial realm. Today, Tasos Troupis, along with his children, manage the family estate of 16 acres of vines. Agiorgitiko (which translates to "Saint George", and is sometimes labeled as such) is among the most commonly found indigenous red grapes found in Greece, native to the Peloponnese area. A bit like a cabernet franc or spicy merlot, it displays notes of dark fruits such as plums and black currants, along with velvety tannins. This version from Troupis is lightly spicy, with hints of pepper, earth, and bark. Fresh and lively on the palate, a sultry melange of dark red fruits gently lingers on a velvety, persistent finish. Perfect served slightly chilled with a bright tomato sauce, maybe with some herbs and mushrooms thrown in too!