Italy | Sicily | IGT Terre Siciliane Grottafumata means “smoky caves” and that's exactly what I think about when I swish this around. Grown in volcanic soils, it's a perfect balance between smoky tannins and Sicilian grapes.
France | Loire | Saumur This chiseled Chenin Blanc comes from 70-year-old vines planted on an ancient limestone slope. Burgundian-like in character from its time spent in barrel, the laser-like acidity will become even more enticing with some age.
France | Loire | Sancerre Previously blended into the domaine’s Sancerre rouge, the 2018 vintage is the first separate bottling of this unique vineyard, a successful experiment if there ever was one.
Italy | Liguria | Rossese di Dolceacqua The single-vineyard Luvaira showcases vines planted in 1905 for a bold, savory expression of this historic appellation, rife with suggestions of stones, faded flowers, leather, and game.
France | Corsica | Patrimonio The Cuvée Sarah, an aromatic mix of roasted, smoking herbs with plenty of tannins to chew on, goes down with pleasure and calls for another round (and a grill).
France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru Kuentz-Bas vinifies a glorious dry Muscat from grand cru Pfersigberg, an ample and fleshy white scented of ripe citrus, tropical flowers, and exotic fruits.
Domaine Leon Barral
France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Faugères Simultaneously rustic and graceful, dark and light on its feet, this red shows succulent notes of mixed red and black fruit, spices, and leather.
France | Jura | Côtes du Jura A transformative process must have been at work here, with the dynamic freshness of the ouillé, or topped-up style, yet it still displays hints of caramelization and golden savoriness.
France | Provence | Côtes de Provence This unique terroir, nestled among the limestone mountains north of Nice, deserves its own appellation. Contrary to the usual rough and tannic reds of the far-reaching Côtes de Provence appellation, this is fresh and lively! A gem hidden in the hills.
France | Burgundy | Corton Grand Cru This Corton is a reverie of sensual, pure-fruited Pinot Noir, its opulent fragrance of ripe cherry, violets, and sandalwood soaring atop a dense web of lace-like tannins.
Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe
France | Southern Rhône | Châteauneuf-du-Pape The majesty of the La Crau vineyard is encapsulated in this wine. I can't think of a grander expression of Southern Rhone terroir to be enjoyed this winter.
Vignai da Duline
Italy | Friuli | Friuli Colli Orientali First class depth and complexity on par with village level White Burgundy, but with a Friulian slant. Zingy adicity with citrus and apple notes.
Domaine Lucien Boillot et Fils
France | Burgundy Pinot Beurot is the Burgundian name for their local strand of Pinot Gris. It is unique and delicious and showcases an interesting bit of Burgundy’s history.
Italy | Piedmont | Barbera del Monferrato Luscious, mouth-filling cherry fruit, a strong soil signature, and smooth tannins make this the perfect Barbera to cure your weeknight Italian craving.
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