My appreciation of this delicious, low-alcohol style of sparkling Moscato began back in the sixties with a Louis Martini production, Moscato Amabile, if my memory serves me well. It was not easy to acquire. The winery seldom released it and always ran out quickly. And you were instructed to keep it refrigerated, even for the ride home. I was never curious enough to inquire why it had to be kept chilled, but I imagined it was either a delicate wine that might spoil easily, or a sparkling bomb that heat might set off. When I began traveling to the Italian Piedmont, one of my first “finds” was Barolo maker Aldo Conterno. Dining with him at home was such a treat. His wife’s classic piemontese cuisine was the equal of Lulu Peyraud’s Provençal table. In season there was always a bowl of white truffles on the table. Help yourself, Kermit! And at the end of the meal Aldo would bring out a sparkling Moscato from some noncommercial artisanal winemaker pal of his. It would always be full of funk, gunk, and fizz, and I loved the stuff. Of course I looked around for some to import, but what I found was either dangerously unstable or, worse, all steriled up for the mass market. And then finally I found Tintero. (Was I influenced by his Moscato vines planted on the slope of one of the steepest hillsides I have ever seen?) The aroma is flirtatious and seductive, pure, true, and generous. Tintero and I have worked together to find the minimum dose of SO2 to protect the wine, and also just the right touch of sweetness...the kind of sweetness that adds instead of detracts from one’s pleasure. This stuff is fun to down.
** This passage comes from our April 2006 newsletter. In addition to the newly arrived Moscato d’Asti, we are pleased to feature several other new arrivals from Tintero. These wines are among the greatest values not only in our portfolio, but anywhere. **
Perfectly suited to the food of Lyon, these reds are versatile enough to pair with all kinds of other dishes you might cook at home, from seared tuna to quesadillas to the plain ol’ burger. This is a pair of wines that will serve you well again and again.
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.
Sauvignon Blanc comes in many forms, and we've put them all together right here for your enjoyment. You’ll find classics from its spiritual home in the Loire Valley, as well as characterful renditions from Bordeaux and Friuli.
It is often said that Chenin Blanc is the most versatile grape in the world. Capable of producing fine wines dry, sweet, still, and sparkling, and covering a fascinating array of aromas and textures from bracingly mineral to tenderly honeyed and everything in between, this noble cépage unquestionably deserves our full appreciation.
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