It should be no secret that we are just as proud of our value wines as we are of our most precious, allocated selections. On these two pages you’ll find a select group of recent arrivals that any wine drinker should find enticing. These are our super values—wines that deliver well beyond their price and often have aging potential.
Philippe Bernède is a man of many talents. The proprietor of Clos La Coutale, in Cahors, is more than a simple winemaker: when not preoccupied with his vigneron duties, Philippe is an accomplished inventor with a number of revolutionary creations under his belt. His main claim to fame is undoubtedly an ultra-practical, easy-to-use remodel of the double-lever corkscrew, christened the Coutale. Most recently, Philippe patented a mandoline intelligently designed to prevent any risk of injury—a must-have for the home cook wishing to avoid serving guests bits of sliced finger. In addition to his creations, Philippe enjoys aviation—he is a licensed pilot with his own little aircraft. A humble man with his feet firmly rooted on the ground, he can also be found zipping across the skies to the next tasting, cases of Cahors in the cargo bin. But Philippe is a vigneron above all else, and he takes unrivaled pleasure in crafting deep, spicy wines from his Cahors estate. His red is a longtime staple of our portfolio, consistently delivering soulful flavors of Southwest France at bargain cost. A palate-staining, inky purple elixir with heady scents of smoky black fruits, this Cahors somehow possesses incredibly smooth, caressing structure. Could it be thanks to Philippe’s patented punchdown machine, which assists in a gentle mechanical extraction of aromas and tannin? We can’t say for sure, but we do know that this remains one of the finest value reds in all of France. For anybody interested in the full Philippe Bernède experience, Coutale corkscrews are sold separately.
New to Alsatian wine? This is the perfect place to start. Winemaker Samuel Tottoli’s meticulous methods are rooted in more than 200 years of experience and tradition. Crisp, dry, and sunny, like a warm day in the mountains.
Italian Values: A strong sense of family, respect for elders, and hospitality to foreigners... Oh, wait, not those Italian values. No, more like the “drink it every day and still have enough left to pay your rent” kind of value. So, in the spirit of avoiding forceful eviction, here is Valpane’s 2015 Barbera. Fleshy, juicy, smooth, and extremely pizza-friendly, you won’t find much more bang for your buck than what’s in this bottle.
Muscadet is one of my absolute favorite dry white wines to drink while cooking at home. Éric’s Clos de la Butte is the perfect combination of freshness, crisp acidity, and a lingering finish that is always a mouthwatering experience. Oops, Honey, did we just drain the whole bottle?!?
With my secondi at Trattoria Caprini in Italy’s Veneto region, I had a hard time deciding which wine would go best with my straéca di cavallo. There was some Amarone on the table, but I felt it was far too powerful. Luckily, I was sitting next to Giacomo Tincani, winemaker at La Basia, and he poured me a glass of his 2015 Valtènesi. Certo! Medium-bodied, deep red fruit aromas, and perfect with a grilled salt-and-peppered piece of meat. Giddy up!
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