Bright fresh berry fruit with a nice crunchy nip of acidity and a long, delicious finish make this bottling the perfect summer-weight red. Pair it with lighter dishes and salads or perhaps a porchetta sandwich with a side salad of arugula, tomatoes, and hazelnuts. Give it a slight chill and you’ll instantly be transported to the lake country of northern Italy.
Pure, unadulterated sunshine in a bottle, this blend of Favorita (controversially either Vermentino or not, depending on the most recent DNA mapping), Arneis, and Moscato synergistically creates arguably the most easy-drinking white wine we import. It may be all things to all people: dry, yet with a succulent summer orchard fruitiness; smooth and creamy, yet bouncing with a sprightly pétillance; aromatically complex and thought-provoking, yet entirely gulpable. Soak it in!
It’s no coincidence that the dusty-tannined Malbec grape is king in Argentina, the land of great swaths of cattle herds, because it so aptly pairs with beef. In Clos La Coutale’s Cahors from France’s southwest, however, the deep and inky Malbec is blended with supple and juicy berry-fruited Merlot, giving us a versatile and food-friendly red. What better to pair with the smoky bounty from your summertime grill? But just to be a contrarian, have it with a portobello burger—I’ve no bone to pick with that.
Looking for a stunning Pinot Noir without paying steep Burgundy prices? The search ends here! In Alsace, Pinot Noir not only grows but thrives, and yet it has long flown under the radar. The Pinot Noir from Kuentz-Bas is an accessible, versatile red. Exploding with fresh blackberry and gently peppery, this is a great companion for breezy summer nights.
When it’s just too hot and you simply need a chilled bottle of white wine, stick with this tried-and-true classic. Zesty and refreshing, with enough substance to pair with grilled treats or picnic fare, one bottle won’t last long. Hammock and a good page-turner recommended.
Imagine yourself sitting beside a mountain stream, gazing upon the beauty of the French Alps, with the ultimate picnic wine. As you pour yourself another glass, you are struck by the delicacy and crispness of this refreshing white. Les Abymes is the cru and Jacquère is the grape. You’ve just found a new everyday white—at only 11% alcohol—well within your budget.
Vigneron Jean-Claude Zabalia has a long history of winemaking for the KLWM portfolio. Now he has collaborated with us again and created a red wine of such quality and value, it’s impossible to beat. A blend of mostly Grenache with Syrah, Carignan, and Cinsault, this substantial red is simply delicious—black cherry fruit gives way to a touch of white pepper and rosemary. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a weeknight meal that this wine doesn’t pair with.