Water is a powerful force in our world, and its importance to wine goes far beyond nourishing vines. The Loire River, for example, moderates temperatures along its course, making viticulture possible in a region that would otherwise be too cold. Down the coast, the Gironde Estuary has been Bordeaux’s gateway to Europe’s markets and capitals for centuries, while to the east, the mighty Rhône River has served as a major trade route since Roman times. From its source in the Swiss Alps, it flows over five hundred miles before emptying into the Mediterranean Sea, where, from their home on its eastern shores, the Phoenicians disseminated their knowledge of viticulture and winemaking throughout the Mediterranean basin more than three thousand years ago. Here’s to the Phoenicians, the Bordelais, the Rhône, and the Loire—take a moment to savor their role in filling your cup. The wine in it is about 85% water, after all.
Gironde Estuary 2016 Graves Blanc • Château Graville-Lacoste $19.00 2014 Haut-Médoc • Château Aney $24.00 2011 Lussac Saint-Émilion • Château de Bellevue $26.00 Loire River Valley 2016 Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu Sur Lie “La Noë” • Éric Chevalier $19.95 2016 Vouvray • Champalou $20.00 2014 Chinon “Les Petites Roches” • Charles Joguet $23.00 Rhône River Valley 2016 Tavel Rosé • Château de Trinquevedel $18.95 2015 Côtes-du-Rhône • Selected by Kermit Lynch $12.95 Mediterranean Sea 2016 Mataòssu “Vigneto Reiné” • Punta Crena $28.00 2015 Alghero Cagnulari Rosso “Arsenale” • Vigne Rada $32.00 2016 Île de Beauté Rouge • Domaine de Marquiliani $26.00 2013 Moscato di Noto “Notissimo” • Riofavara $14.00
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(a 25% discount)