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Sophisticated Quaffers

6-Bottle Sampler

Porch pounding—balcony boozing, terrace tippling, or gazebo guzzling, if you will—is not always the most . . . er, refined experience. It typically includes close friends, rarely involves fine glassware, and never requires a good excuse to engage. Such situations often devolve to crass humor, impulsive Instagram posts, and lazy culinary choices. The wines in question are not masquerading: they taste like fresh fruit, and may feature a bad pun or a drawing of a dog on the label. You get the idea.
     But on certain occasions, we might want to knock back a few glasses of crushable juice and feel fancy while we do it. Is such a thing even possible? We may dress posh, speak with civilized locution, and adopt refined mannerisms, but something is still missing: one cannot glug in style without the appropriate wine.
     Here are six juicy, fresh, slammable bottles with enough complexity and pedigree to make you feel like a class act while you imbibe. They are terroir-driven wines, crafted via artisanal methods by serious vignerons, that just happen to be incredibly easy to slurp down. With these Sophisticated Quaffers®, we hereby invite you to pull out the Zaltos and make patio pounding a truly dignified act.

Anthony Lynch

This item is not eligible for discounts

Wine Type: sampler
Bottle Size: 750mL
Country: France

Normally $191.00
(a 15% discount)

Sampler Includes:

2018 Côtes de Provence Rosé •  Clos Ste. Magdeleine  $28
2017 Pouilly Fumé “Vieilles Vignes”  •  Régis Minet  $26
2017 Mâcon Villages  •  Domaine Robert-Denogent  $37
2017 Juliénas  •  La Soeur Cadette  $31
2017 Vin de France Rouge “Faustine”  •  Comte Abbatucci  $40
2015 Fronsac “Cuvée Piverts”  •  Château Moulin  $29

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2017 Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah “l’Art Zélé”

Lionel Faury  France  |  Northern Rhône  |  Collines Rhodaniennes


2017 Côte-Rôtie

Lionel Faury  France  |  Northern Rhône  |  Côte Rôtie


2018 Pic Saint Loup Rosé

Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup  France  |  Languedoc-Roussillon  |  Pic Saint Loup


2018 Chignin “Vieilles Vignes”

A. & M. Quenard  France  |  Savoie  |  Vin de Savoie


2017 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Sommerberg “Wibtal”

Albert Boxler  France  |  Alsace  |  Alsace Grand Cru


2018 Graves Blanc

Château Graville-Lacoste  France  |  Bordeaux  |  Graves


2016 Riesling Grand Cru Sommerberg “Eckberg”

Albert Boxler  France  |  Alsace  |  Alsace Grand Cru


2018 Petit Chablis

Domaine Roland Lavantureux  France  |  Burgundy  |  Chablis


Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch

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