YOU SAMPLED a Bold white from

Vacher Savoie Rosé

Strawberry and raspberry jam on the nose, but brighter flavors of cranberry, white peach, white cherry and pithy blood orange on the palate. Grown at the base of the Swiss Alps on the French side, a surprisingly light and enjoyable wine from a veritable frozen tundra.

 

PERFECT WITH

Shrimp cocktail, grilled cheese sandwiches, charcuterie, all of the cheeses

YOU SAMPLED an Al Fresco white from

Château Gillet Bordeaux Blanc

A semillon heavy blend makes for a rich and tropical fruit filled bouquet of lychee and honeysuckle. The Sauvignon blanc dominates the palate with tart, zesty lime and under ripe kiwi, like you forgot to cut off all of the skin. The semillon lends itself to mouthfeel here with a nice weight and texture and also to complementary floral undertones.

 

PERFECT WITH

The French Trinity (parsley, butter, garlic,) seafood, french fries, McD’s Filet ‘o’ Fish.

YOU SAMPLED a Medium white from

Sainte Avoye Blanc Tradition

Our first wine aged sous-voile, or under the delicate flor veil of yeast like sherry or vermouth! This intentionally oxidized Chardonnay blend is polarizing to say the least, but any fans of Sherry will be doing backflips out of excitement. The nose is savory and sweet, like soy sauce coated cashews in a field of citrus flowers. The palate is a cacophony of flavors and experiences: spice, freshness, fatness, acidity, nuttiness, perfume and a hint of creaminess. Watch out, it’s addictive to sip on and fantastic with a plethora of foods - including almost impossible to pair culprits such as artichokes and asparagus.

 

PERFECT WITH

Artichokes, roast poultry, asparagus, brussels sprouts

YOU SAMPLED a Bold white from

Maison Darragon Demi-Sec Vouvray

‘Haut des Ruettes’ is the demi-sec offering from our favorite Vouvray producer, Maison Darragon. Demi-sec means “half-dry” so the other half is sweet, though in this case you could argue it’s more a sense of richness than syrupy sweetness. The palate is silky and generous thanks to the later harvesting of Chenin blanc grapes. Flavors of honeyed apple, ripe pineapple and rich apricot end with mouthwatering acidity to tie everything together, like a tart-then-sweet Sour Patch Kid. Don’t be put off by the demi-sec moniker, this Vouvray has just a trace of sweetness to carry the beautiful ripe fruit flavors.

 

PERFECT WITH

Goat cheese on toast with honey drizzle, apple pie, poached pears, pan-fried fish

YOU SAMPLED a Bold white from

Coustarret Jurançon Moelleux

A sweet wine from South west France that’s got enough acidity and brightness to not be reserved for desserts only. Sébastian has the light touch necessary to show the delicacy and great charm of the Petit Manseng grape. His English isn’t too great, nor my French, but through the joy of wine drinking and gesticulation we were both able to agree that the fine balance between honey and apricot fruits was lovely amongst such poised acidity, and that the wine is light and fresh as well as ripe. As Sébastian did a finger kiss I thought was only reserved for Italian chefs tasting their latest masterpiece, he looked me in the eye and uttered a simple “viola!” Viola, indeed.

 

PERFECT WITH

Apple pie (homemade or McDonald’s,) salty cheese, blue cheese, a perfect aperitif

YOU SAMPLED a Medium white from

Les Païens Préjugés

Far removed from the “Languedoc standards”, from “the usual way” or from “common practices”, these wines are an exception to the strict winemaking rules of France. By daring to brave “prejudice”, they have gone against the “original conception” of white wine in the Languedoc by ageing a Chardonnay in casks for a few months, like their American friends and neighbors up in Burgundy like to do. The result is a tropical fruit centered white wine with a distinct core of crisp minerality and little hints of sweet vanilla from the barrique oak. The wood adds a gourmet texture to the mouthfeel also, elevating a normal French chardonnay to a seductive, precise wine that still serves its purpose as a quaffer.

 

PERFECT WITH

Shrimp stuffed avocado, mild white fish, asparagus risotto, savory croissants

YOU SAMPLED a Medium red from

Château Frédignac La Favorite

A young winemaking couple took over the centuries old vineyards and winery, and the wines are showing a balance of vine age and winemaker age. La Favorite, named after the ship a Brittany sailor docked near Bordeaux and never left, is a fruity, juicy wine with swathes of black currant and berry flavors. The wines depth and complexity from the ancient vines shows itself in the length of the finish and the smoky, spicy characteristics. The youthful touch shows itself in that the fruits are fresh and pronounced, and not stewed or overripe like some Bordeauxs. This is the wine to drink to convince a friend that Bordeaux can be approachable, or maybe the bottle to finally sway you!

 

PERFECT WITH

Steak frites, Buffalo burgers, dark meat turkey, Green bean casserole

YOU SAMPLED a Bold red from

Château Pineraie Cahors

An old school nose of rural France opens up to intense berry fruit and plum aromas. The palate carries those berry and plum flavors and adds blackberry, spice and touch of vanilla. A soft oak expression lends violets, potpourri, complexity and very gentle tannins for such a bold wine. Smooth, sumptuous, dark black and the loveliest expression of the almost tender notes that Malbec is capable of.

 

PERFECT WITH

Dark meat turkey, most cheese, lamb roast with herbs, mushrooms and shallots

YOU SAMPLED an Al Fresco red from

Les Païens Le Paria

A juicy, quaffable wine that starts with a sweet berry note and ends punchy and easy to drink. Fermented without sulphur and aged in concrete as not to disrupt the purity of the fruit. Far removed from the “Languedoc standards”,“the usual way” or from “common practices”, this wine is an exception to the strict winemaking rules of France. The Grenache grapes that historically are used in the estates rosés because they are deemed “uninteresting” for red make up 100% of the “Le Paria” cuvée.

 

PERFECT WITH

Cassoulet, spicy Asian dishes, charcuterie, Pork ‘n Beans