Frasca chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and sommelier Bobby Stuckey have teamed up once again to bring us a delightful and affordable white wine from Italy's northern Friuli region. The blend is comprised of 70% Friulano, the namesake variety of the region, and 30% Chardonnay.
This crisp and refreshing white was aged in stainless steel containers and maintains a star bright appearance. The nose offers intense aromatics of fresh cut white flowers and crisp apple. The palate is clean with medium weight and a pleasant mouthfeel. Try this white field blend with grilled fish, green vegetables, and salads. $12.99
"Domaine de Saint-Lannes spreads across the sprawling slopes so typical of the region. The surface under vine is 49 hectares with a clay and limestone soil which is an ideal site for the white grape varieties grown there. The south facing slopes ensure early ripening as well as perfect drainage. The continental climate, hot summers and cold winters, is beneficial for the healthy development of the vegetative cycle of the vines. The average age of the vines is 27 years.
Pale yellow with silvery glints and a youthful rim. Vibrant aromas of lively citrus and exotic fruit on the nose give way to a fresh, nicely balanced palate and long finish that is clean and aromatic."
This Cotes de Gascogne makes for a refreshing aperitif, or pairs well with salads, goat's cheese, charcuterie, fois gras, and delicate white fish.
"Domaine du Salvard has been a working domaine since 1898, through five hardworking generations of the Delaille family. Today, all forty-two hectares of vineyards are farmed by the capable brother team of Emmanuel and Thierry Delaille, with help from their father Gilbert.
The Brothers Delaille must have chosen "Unique" because of its incredible taste and ridiculously low price. Clean, bright, and zesty, this little vin de pays is your perfect solution to just about everything you can possibly imagine." $16.99
"The lost hamlet of Blagny, up in the hills between Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault in the Côte d'Or in Burgundy, is home to Domaine Comtesse Bernard de Chérisey. You may have heard the name "Blagny" before, attached to a bottle of premier cru Meursault-Blagny, or perhaps even a bottle of the increasingly rare Blagny rouge. Monks were the first inhabitants, planting vines in the 14th century. This almost magical, lost-in-time corner of the world boasts a unique microclimate, with a slightly different average temperature, exposition and soil than the rest of Burgundy.
The de Chérisey Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru La Genelotte is from a vineyard just north of Blagny, on the Meursault side of course, high on the slope above the village. The wine is a powerful, classic, long-lived Meursault. The Genelotte vineyard is also a monopole meaning Laurent and Hélène are sole proprietors.
This has a lot of flesh for a Blagny, and a character more rustic than the Puligny's, as usual. And oh, those stones! You can taste and feel them."
Macon-Villages refers to a grouping of villages in south of Burgundy, once of France's most prestigious wine-growing areas. White wines in the Maconnais are made with Chardonnay.
"Henri Perrusset's vineyards and home are located in the small town of Farges-les-Mâcon, on the northernmost spur of the limestone subsoil that characterizes the appellation of Mâcon. Farges is not far away from the village named (believe it or not) Chardonnay. The limestone in Farges is more marly than the compact limestone farther south in Pouilly-Fuissé. It is hard and intensely white, but breaks apart into small pieces and it is loaded with quartz and marine fossils as well. This type of soil is easier to work despite all the stones, provides great drainage for the vines, and gives the wines their grainy minerality. Our Mâcon-Farges bottling comes uniquely from a parcel of old vines, while the Mâcon-Villages is a custom blend of all his other holdings around Farges. These are Chardonnays with the ripeness and intensity level of a Pouilly-Fuissé or even a Saint-Aubin, with the particular goût de terroir of Henri's corner of Mâcon."
"The Spreitzer estate, founded in 1641 and one of the oldest in the Rheingau, benefits from a long tradition in winemaking as well as the recent modern winemaking innovations of sons Andreas and Bernd Spreitzer who have controlled the estate since 1997. Bernd and Andreas were the Gault Millau's Discovery of the Year Award recipients in 2001."
"Follows the trend toward drier and drier Kabs, in this case correctly; you have apples instead of peaches and a raciness in place of a great gush of fruit. It's more Rheingau in character now. But still a fruit-driven Riesling rather than pebbles and scree."
This relatively dry Riesling will pair wonderfully with mild Indian curries, slightly spicy Thai noodles, sashimi and sushi, grilled and poached white fish, scallops, gravlax, roast pork with mustard sauce and ham. $21.00
The Rueda wine-making region in Spain is a short distance form the capital city, Madrid, and is located in the northwest of the country. The white wines from this region are typically made with the Verdejo grape and are often fragrant, with fruity charactersitics and high levels of acidity. Whites from Rueda are perfect thirst-quenchers on hot Summer days.
"Light yellow-gold. Citrus fruits, melon and minerals on the perfumed nose. Juicy and precise, offering lively lemon and honeydew flavors that put on weight with air. Finishes smooth and spicy, with a hint of warmth and good cling."
88 points - Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
"The Bodegas Eidosela comes from the tiny, cooler Condado de Tea region of Rias Baixas. It's lighter bodied, with fresh and precise flavors of quince, blood orange, stone fruit, and salty minerals. It finishes with focused, tangy acidity that tightens the flavors in a compact, zippy package. A fantastic value."
Try it alongside seafood, shellfish, Aisan cuisine, sushi, and even tacos.
The house of Pascal Jolivet was founded in 1987 and is one of the most dynamic domaines in France's Loire Valley. Based in Sancerre, the domaine now owns over 120 acres of prime vineyards spread across the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé.
Pale & vibrant in color. Pascal Jolivet Sancerre is fresh, clean and screaming with racy acidity. On the palate it is fresh and tightly wound; acidity is tempered by very subtle residual sugar; very clean; alive, racy, youthful. Overall, a dry and elegant wine.
The summers in Ojai are hot and, therefore, a perfect location to grow and drink dry Riesling. Unlike their semisweet cousin, this wine is similar to Rieslings from Austria and Germany which are suprisingly food friendly and versatile.
The grapes come from a small vineyard just west of the town of Los Alamos, California; the area is particularly well-suited for Riesling and produces a wine that is dry and strikingly unlike other California Riesling with it's beguiling lemon peel aroma and fresh, crisp minerally flavors. A perfect pairing would be fish tacos, pad thai or goat cheese and crackers. $24