The southern Rhône, Provence, Languedoc, Corsica: distinct regions, yet viticulturally intertwined. Grape varieties like Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Vermentino are found in each, ripening under the abundant sunshine of a gorgeous Mediterranean climate. But diversity abounds—now is your chance to dig deeper into southern France. During the month of February, use promo code SOUTHERN20 online to receive 20% off the wines in the collection.
Most Dolcetti from the Langhe are classified DOC wines, and they’re lovely—versatile, fresh, and value-driven. And then there are exceptions from noteworthy crus like Diano d’Alba, a village whose privileged vineyard sites have earned its Dolcetti DOCG status. Such wines are not mere values; they are overachievers. The term sörì, “sunlit plot,” is borrowed from the local dialect and indicates that grapes grown in these sites mature amply and optimally under the bright piemontese sun. Dolcetto flourishes into a plush and velvety vino rosso in these conditions....
The Valle d’Aosta is a deep valley that runs east to west, closed off just before the French border by some of the highest peaks in the Alps. Vineyards here are like little gardens clinging to steep south-facing mountainsides, where only a thin layer of sandy topsoil lines the hard granite bedrock. Abundant direct sun and cold nights amplify the aromatic expression of the local grapes while preserving zingy acidity, a recipe for delicate, perfumed wines that dance energetically across the palate....
Even more than their french counterparts, the top Italian red-wine appellations often require great patience from us. Five years ago, Elisa Sesti and her father, Giuseppe, sent word about their just-completed 2015 vintage, saying, “The harvest here at Castello di Argiano was perfect in every sense, with the grapes balanced in color, perfume, and above all the organoleptic quality of the must. In Montalcino, everyone is convinced that we are talking about an historic vintage.”
A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!
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