We tend to show equal love to the wines in our portfolio. Like a favorite child, how could you ever choose? That said, there are a few selections that stand out for their charm, history, individuality, or value. We’ve put together a collection of such gems that deserve a special shoutout. There are a few one-of-a-kinds, like Éric Chevalier’s Fié Gris, a near extinct variety in Loire country. This heirloom grape is a rustic, pink-skinned cousin of Sauvignon Blanc that is both zesty and smoky. Arretxea’s “Hegoxuri” is a Basque blanc as mineral as Chablis yet hails from Irouléguy, one of the smallest wine-growing appellations in France. Moving to a more familiar region—you may think you know Burgundy, but have you had a white from Volnay? Pierre Boillot’s unusual Pinot Beurot is a local strand of Pinot Gris you wouldn’t even know existed there. Another stand-alone in our book is a Grüner Veltliner from Alto Adige, where Manni Nössing masters an array of high-toned and aromatic varieties from sheer Dolomite slopes. We seldom carry library vintages, but if you fancy a bit of age on your wine, there are two from which to choose. Château Aney’s 2012 Haut-Médoc is a ten-year-old, beautifully perfumed Bordeaux under thirty dollars, while Guido Porro’s eight-year-old Barolo is plush, vibrant, and more exciting than younger Baroli available at twice the price. A handful of velvety reds also earned their place in this collection like Durban’s bargain Gigondas, Mas Champart’s Saint-Chinian, and Carlotto’s intoxicating Lagrein. A beauty for the Beaujolais lover is Quenard’s Gamay from Savoie. It’s a peppery and tangy way to shake up your rotation of Régnié and Fleurie. Lastly, if you’re looking for a sparkling wine, Davide Vignato makes one from his native region of Gambellara that beams with tradition. Using the local picai technique—hanging grapes to dry, then pressing them for their concentrated and aromatic juice—he combines the must with still wine to make it frizzante. A perfect aperitivo.
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Éric Chevalier France | Loire | Vin de Pays du Val de Loire
Made from the rare Sauvignon Gris grape and grown in Muscadet country near the Atlantic Ocean, this savory, spicy, dry white is a great accompaniment to herby and citrusy salads and dishes.
Domaine Lucien Boillot et Fils France | Burgundy
Pinot Beurot is the Burgundian name for their local strand of Pinot Gris. It is unique and delicious and showcases an interesting bit of Burgundy’s history.
André & Michel Quenard France | Savoie and Bugey | Savoie Chignin
With notes of mixed black and red fruit and a spine of minerality, Quenard’s Gamay is crunchier, more aromatic, and more succulent than most bottles you’d find in Beaujolais.
As far as I know, Kermit has never explicitly asked Kuentz-Bas to craft a series of wines to keep us engaged, on our toes, and refreshed most every night of the week. But, as you’ll discover by sampling the wines in this collection, that is—remarkably—what this domaine has done...
Nearly all of our 2021 rosés are now in stock, and they were well worth the wait. A relatively cool growing season across France yielded zingier-than-usual wines marked by bracing acidity and crisp, fresh fruit from the Loire Valley all the way down to the Mediterranean.
Well, one bottle led to another, and before you can learn how to pronounce “Loire” like a true Frenchman, Paul had created four recipes to accompany and show off the wines from the four Loire wine regions.
Through their various bottlings, these three domaines contribute to a collection of Chablis marked by place, each reflecting a unique site and the commitment of a talented vigneron. They communicate the Chablisien goût de terroir—that unequaled aroma and flavor that can only come from Chardonnay grown in this chilly pocket of northern Burgundy.
The only thing we like better than great wine is great wine that doesn’t cost much and we’re happy to report that a bottle of great wine can still be found for $20 or less. We’ve put together a collection of our favorites all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and a couple of sparklers.
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