“What do you like to drink?” asked an acquaintance recently, who is not in the wine trade. I opened my mouth to respond, then paused. The answer is not so simple. I mentally took stock of the latest bottles to have brought me the most enjoyment, and the labels that ran through my head were not of well-known wines like white Burgundy, red Bordeaux, Alsatian Riesling, or Provençal rosé. They did not even include wines that were once deemed obscure but now commonly accepted by the general wine-drinking public, such as cru Beaujolais, Chinon, or Etna. No, I instead recalled an inky-black, chewy Muristellu from northern Sardinia, a luscious, honeyed, stony Corsican white from the indigenous Biancu Gentile grape, and a bright, juicy, wonderfully quaffable chilled Grolleau from the Loire Valley. “Variety,” I replied. “I like to switch it up as much as possible.” The idea that there are just a handful of types of wine out there (Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay? Pinot Noir or Cabernet?) is now thoroughly outdated. Great wines come from countless regions all over the world, many of them totally foreign to the average person, and are made from a seemingly infinite number of different grape varieties, each one offering a unique palette of aromas to satisfy curious drinkers. If you’re like me, you’ll get a thrill not just from savoring the tried-and-true classics over and over again, but also from trying novelties that open our mind to the never-ending possibilities the wine world has to offer, all while stimulating the palate with new flavors. Take a look at some of the more unusual whites we currently have in stock. Who knows, your house Sancerre may well be replaced by something else you can’t even pronounce, much less locate on a map.
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Of course, another reason to be cheerful is our annual Champagne Sale, always offered during this month of celebration, to help add POP to your revelry. Pour Champagne and share a moment of respite, a chance for all to say, “Life is good!” Champagne in your glass gives you a good reason to believe that.
Château Thivin has toiled tirelessly in defense of the region’s singular terroirs. Surrounding the elegant 14th century Château, twisted stumps of ancient Gamay dot the Côte de Brouilly’s perilous rubbly inclines like gnomes, creating a consummate marriage of grape and soil with absolutely nothing to envy of the great appellations of Burgundy or the Rhône.
Many of our best values, all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and even a couple of sparklers, made by real people and reefer-shipped so they arrive in your hands in nothing less than perfect condition.
The list of factors goes on and our list of overachievers could, too. For now, we’ve narrowed down our selections to twenty-four wines—four each at six price points, because tremendous value isn’t exclusive to inexpensive bottlings. You can find it at all prices, from $12 to $120, as these wines resoundingly show.
It’s as if the fossil-laden chalky soil running through Chablis has helped create a wine that is a visceral reminder of our amphibian past, with its bracing smell of waterfalls and oncoming rain, wet stone and coastal citrus groves. Briny, crisp, chiseled, and mouthwatering, it refreshes and invigorates.
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