Bruno Cormerais Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV

Loire, France
$20 / $114 / $204

Made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, this refreshingly dry sparkling hails from the beautiful Muscadet region in Loire Valley. On this atypical terroir of the banks of this estate, winemaker Bruno Cormerais gives his wines accents of unexpected power and nobility. This particular wine has a fresh herbal salinity with a slight chalky texture with hints of oyster shell and lemon peel. A perfect wine to go with fresh shell fish or just to sip on a sunny day.

Domaine Fouquette Cuvee Rose D’Aurore 2016

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Provence, France
$21 / $119.70 / $214.20

In the picturesque wooded ridges of the Massif de Maures in the village of Les Mayons in Provence, third generation wine growers Isabelle and Jean-Pierre Daziano farm their small family domaine. They produce natural (without use of pesticides or chemicals), fresh, terroir-driven wines that capture the true essence of Provence. This crisp, dry rose is the quintessential Provencal style, made from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Rolle. It offers lovely citrus and strawberry aromas and carries flavors of punchy watermelon with accents of currant and garrigue spice on the finish. Fruity yet delicate, this is perfect to enjoy with classic Provencal dishes like bouillabaisse, avocado and lobster salad, or crusty bed with the traditional Provencal tapenade of olives, capers, anchovy, and garlic.

Domaine Eugene Carrel Vin de Savoie Jongieux Mondeuse 2014

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Savoie, France
$17 / $96.90 / $173.40

Mondeuse is a grape that is grown only in the cool climate region of eastern France known as the Savoie. (It may also be the same as the Italian Dolomite range specialty grape, Refosco.)  What it does in the Savoie, however, is unique. It is related to Syrah, but drinks like a Cru Beaujolais. It’s a simple, delicious wine, especially the offering from wine legend, Eugene Carrel! Full, dark purple, rich and smokey, but with fresh, ripe blueberry notes, alongside savory herbal notes, and slatey minerality. Enjoy this wine at a cool temperature and with all things “picnic”: cured meats, hard, savory cow’s milk cheeses (anything but blue), or hamburgers hot off the grill.

Domaine Chofflet-Valdenaire Givry 1er Cru Clos Jus 2014

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Burgundy, France
$33 / $88.10 / $336.60

The Chofflet-Valdenaire estate, located in the hillside hamlet of Russily, has been in the family for over 100 years. Today, Jean Chofflet’s son-in-law, Denis Valdenaire runs the 27 acre domaine, which comes from several sloping vineyard parcels. Denis produces sustainable, accessible, delicious Pinot Noirs at a superb value. The grapes are entirely hand harvested and 100% de-stemmed, and is then aged half in tank, half in two to three year casks for one year before bottling. This featured Givry has a pronounced black fruit profile, typical of the Cotes de Nuits, which caused the owners of the replanted vineyard to wonder about the “Givry-ness” of the Clos Jus after their first harvests. No living person ever having tasted a Clos Jus wine before. Yields from this site are naturally low and the grapes are always small, making for very concentrated fruit. The owners have since learned to cherish the uniqueness of this site. Once you taste it, you will cherish it as well.

Mas de Brousses Chasseur des Brousses 2015

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Languedoc, France
$16 / $91.20 / $163.20

This wine is made by the grandson of Lulu and Lucien Peyraud of the famed Domaine Tempier in Bandol. The grandson Xavier and his wife farm 20 acres of Grenache, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The couple handles every aspect of viticulture and winemaking from vine to bottle. They work manually in the vineyards and never used pesticides or herbicides. And they view plowing as a vital part of their commitment to natural viticulture. All of their wines are bottled unfiltered to capture the intense fruit and garrigue aromas that the terroir has to offer. This featured red is rich, round and long. The fruit makes one think of Grenache and Syrah (terroir is important) with blueberry and pepper in the nose. Made of 70% Merlot and 30% Grenache, it shows vibrant acidity, complexity, and depth.

Les Champs Fourne Entrefaux Crozes-Hermitage 2015

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Northern Rhone, France
$25 / $142.50 / $255

Father and son Charles and Francois Tardy farm 52 acres of Syrah on the pebbly limestone terrace of Les Chassis, known for producing the finest Crozes-Hermitage redsand 12 acres of Marsanne, grown in the prestigious vineyards around Mercurol. In 2000, the two began implementing organic farming practices, and in 2012 they earned their official certification.
This gorgeous Syrah is produced from the domaine’s younger vines. Dark red/purple in color, it shows classic aromas of pepper, bacon and dark berries, as well as hints of dark cherries, black licorice, cedar and eucalyptus. A savory, black fruited palate that is very fresh with a subtle mineral texture that gives the wine good lift. Long and complex and certainly cellar-worthy.

Corinne & Damien Deneufbourg Syrah 2015

Cotes Catalanes, France
$13 / $74.10 / $148.20

It is hard to believe that Languedoc-Roussillon still exists as a hyphenated wine region, since Roussillon is such a distinct area with a proud Catalan personality. Cotes Catalanes is about 20 miles north of the Spanish border in the Pyrenees. Winemakers here are making a lot of interesting wine. And Corinne and Damien Deneufbourg are no exception. Enter their beautifully structured Syrah. Dark, deep, and with plenty of dried herb and black fruit notes, this wine is all natural. It showcases gritty tannin, earth, and elegant acidity. Pair with grilled meats, roasts, and sausages.

Kesselstatt Kaseler Nies’chen Riesling Kabinett 2002

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Mosel, Germany
$24 / $136.80 / $244.80

A classic Kabinett-style Riesling. Seductive stone fruit aromas with a palate that carries notes of lemon and orange rind. Concentrated sweetness married with delicate, playful acidity. And a long, complex sea-air finish that is unforgettable. This is wonderful with fresh goat’s cheese and gingery Asian dishes. With a history that spans more than 650 years (1349-1999), Weingut Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt is one of the most traditional estates in the Mosel region. And this Riesling is a testament to that.

Brand Weissburgunder Trocken 1L 2015

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$17 / $96.90 / $173.40

This “Weissburgunder”, also known as Pinot Blanc, is vivacious! The Brand family has been making wine in Germany’s Pfalz region since 1891. In a fun party-size liter bottle, this wine is light, highly acidic and bone dry. The palate reveals green apple, pear, honey nuts, under ripe mango, and a hint of mint. Curious? It’s chilled in our cooler ready to go!

Arterberry Maresh Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2015

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Willamette Valley, Oregon
$25 / $142.50 / $255.00

Third generation grape grower Jim Maresh launched his own brand in 2007. Jim’s grandparents, Jim and Loie, first planted Maresh Vineyard in 1970 when Eyrie was the only other vineyard in the Dundee Hills. 40-year-old vines that have always been farmed organic, this Pinot Noir is the essence of raw elegance and purity. The Maresh family goal is to always produce wines that offer the truest expression of the Dundee Hills terroir. A fresh, forward drinking wine with a brilliant spine of acidity and mid-palate spice. Abundant red fruit and spicy rose hip perfumes add to the overall complexity of this beauty!

Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano 2015

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Tuscany, Italy
$21 / $119.70 / $214.20

This is a great introduction to the region of Montepulciano. 100% Sangiovese, it possesses Mediterranean herb and soil aromas. The mouthfeel is energetic, with a kiss of oak, taut tannins and a smooth, lingering finish. A cool history behind the wine: In 1309, pope Clement V transferred the papal residence from Rome to Avignon, France. In 1377, when pope Gregory XI moved the papal residence back to Rome, some noble families of Avignon left France to follow him. It was at that time, in Italy, that one of those families became known as Avignonesi. Soon, the Avignonesi family separated into three branches and settled in Rome, Siena, and Montepulciano. It is not known exactly when Avignonesi’s wine cellars were built, but they are certainly among the most ancient in Italy. Pair this Tuscan beauty with summer antipasti.

Black Slate La Vilella Alta 2014

Black Slate La Vilella Alta Bottle

Priorat, Spain
$21 / $119.70 / $214.20

Renowned winemaker Michel Tardieu and French enologist Philippe Cambie created this project that is Bodegas Mas Alta. The bodega is in the village of Vilella Alta in the hot, harsh, mountainous wine region of Priorat. The Mas Alta vineyards are planted at about 1050 feet above sea level, in front of Serra del Montsant (a mountain range that reaches around 3300 feet. Very steep and abrupt, the altitude, inclination, and slopes play a huge influence on the grape’s maturity. And also, the way the sun heats up these unevenly steep vineyards help create a beautifully balanced wine with ripe fruit and softness. The aptly named “Black Slate” is gorgeous and intense. Aged 12 month in French oak, it is a blend of Garnatxa, Carinyena and Cabernet Sauvignon.