Varietal Focus: Grüner Veltliner

Grüner Veltliner

Austria, Burgenland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, New Zealand

Aromatic white flowers, lentils, fresh watercress and celery salt.  White peach, poached pear, lime blossoms, fresh cracked wheat and caraway

Spicy dishes, game, artichokes, asparagus

May 19, 2016 at 12:09 am Leave a comment

A Touch Outré – Summer Whites

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Time to take a path you haven’t taken- travel to unfamiliar territory and taste some refreshing whites that are not common to the marketplace!  We all have our cherished go-to whites, rosés and cocktails for warmer weather, yet sometimes we crave something a bit more eccentric.  Let’s get out of the rut-  Summer Outré Whites!

Albariño | Alvarinho— Aromatic citrus, juicy fruit style with honeysuckle, peach blossom, chamomile.  Canned peaches and ripe nectarines with subtle salinity and mineral undertones.
Bodegas As Laxas Outon (Rias Biaxas, Spain) Reg $17.99 | INSIDER $16.99  | Mixed Case $14.39

Arneis–  Seafood wine! White flowers and chamomile with pears, apricots and hints of honey.
Pelassa (Piedmont, Italy)  Reg $22.99 | Mixed Case $18.39
Vinchio Vaglio Serra (Piedmont, Italy)  Reg $21.99  | INSIDER $14.99 | Mixed Case $11.99

Chenin Blanc–  Flavor characteristics range from cool climate citrus and white floral notes to warm climate tropical papaya and melon.  A white varietal with a rich body, almost oil in warm climates and low acidity.
Asara (Stellenbosch, South Africa) Reg $16.99 | Mixed Case $13.59
Quail’s Gate (Okanagan Valley, British Columbia) Reg $19.99 | Mixed Case $15.99

Cortese– Bone-dry & crisp with mineral and tart lemon- citrus-y notes.
Vinchio Vaglio Serra (Gavi | Piedmont, Italy) Reg $24.99 |INSIDER $18.99 | Mixed Case $15.19

Falanghina– Citrus-blossom, bitter orange aromas with classic apple and pear richness and spicy, mineral finish.
Casa Setaro (Campania, Italy) Reg $19.99  | INSIDER $17.99  | Mixed Case $16.66

Grenache Blanc– Stone fruits- warm green and gold apples, with citrus blossom and peel, mild minerality, medium body and medium acidity.  Typically blended with other varietals in Southern France.
Domaine de Nalys Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Southern Rhône, France) Reg. $45.99 | INSIDER $43.99 | Mixed Case $35.19
Ozilhan Réservé Côtes du Rhône (Southern Rhône, France) Reg $13.99  | INSIDER $12.99| Mixed Case$10.39

Grillo– Fresh, lemon, quince, cashews, almond, subtle apple peel.  Slightly glycerol with an exotic undertone
Palazzo Malgara (Sicily, Italy) Reg. $14.99 | INSIDER $13.99  | Mixed Case $9.99

Grüner Veltliner– Aromatic white flowers, lentils, fresh watercress and celery salt.  White peach, poached pear, lime blossoms, fresh cracked wheat and caraway
Weingut Prechtl (Weinveitel, Austria) Reg $19.99  | INSIDER $18.99 | Mixed Case $15.19

Inzolia– Almond nuttiness cut by refreshing lime citrus, undertones of pineapple and melon green melon.  Soft aromas of fresh cut herbs- thyme, marjoram and oregano
Palazzo Malgara (Sicily, Italy) Reg $15.99  | INSIDER $14.99  | Mixed Case $11.99

Melon de Bourgogne | Muscadet–  Aromas of faint white flowers, sublte notes of herbs such as dandelion greens, nettles, savory herbs, peppery greens, turnip/root vegetable.  When vinified Sur Lie, notes of leesy, yeast, sourdough, sour beer, slight cream.  Classically minerality with brine.
Domaine de Herbagues  (Loire Valley, France)  Reg $14.99 | INSIDER $13.99 | Mixed Case $11.19
Château de la Bigotière (Loire Valley, France) Reg $14.99 | INSIDER $13.99 | Mixed Case $11.19

Pinot Blanc– A mutation of Pinot Noir, this varietal is softer in acidity than Pinot Gris, yet tree fruits, soft white blossoms and simple citrus notes are common.  Green vegetal notes of peppers and chives can be found in warmer climates.
Castelfeder (Alto Adige, Italy) Reg $18.99 | INSIDER $17.99  | Mixed Case $15.19
Domaine Moltès (Alsace, France) Reg $19.99  | INSIDER $16.99 | Mixed Case $13.59

Sauvignon Gris— Purportedly a mutation of Sauvignon Blanc and also known as Fié Gris, only 2% of the white varietals in Bordeaux are Sauvignon Gris.  Close to extinction, the varietal is briny, crisp, dry and high in citrus fruits.
Château Lafargue (Pessac-Léognan |Bordeaux, France) Reg. $38.99 | INSIDER $37.66 | Mixed Case $31.19 — Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris

Sémillon– Flavor characteristics range from cool climate citrus and white floral notes to warm climate tropical papaya and melon.  A white varietal with a rich body, almost oil in warm climates and low acidity.
Château Martinot (Entre-Deux-Mers | Bordeaux, France) Reg $15.99  | INSIDER $14.99  | Mixed Case $12.79 – Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Chateau Eyssards (Bergerac, France) Reg $19.99  | INSIDER $16.99 | Mixed Case $13.59 –Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscadelle

Verdejo– Floral aromas with flavors of honey, apple, and citrus. Medium body with mild acidity.
Casto Pequeño (Castilla y Leon, Spain) Reg $11.99 | Mixed Case $9.99

Vermentino–  Crisp- like a Sauvignon Blanc with subtle citrus pith yet simple nut oil  notes.
Santa Lucia (Marema, Tuscany, Italy) Reg $17.99  | INSIDER $16.99  | Mixed Case $13.59

Vinho Verde–    Very light in color and alcohol, it is always citrus driven with refreshing effervescence.
Vinha Margaridas (Minho, Portugal) Reg $11.99  | Mixed Case $9.99

Cheers!  Jaci

 

May 18, 2016 at 11:13 pm Leave a comment

Varietal Focus: Sauvignon Gris

Sauvignon Gris 

France (Bordeaux), New Zealand, USA (California), Chile, Australia

Purportedly a mutation of Sauvignon Blanc and also known as Fié Gris, only 2% of the white varietals in Bordeaux are Sauvignon Gris.  Close to extinction, the varietal is briny, crisp, dry and high in citrus fruits.

Lightly roasted meats, white meats, fish, oysters and shellfish.

May 18, 2016 at 9:44 pm Leave a comment

Varietal Focus: Pinot Blanc

Pinot Blanc    

France (Alsace, Burgundy, Champagne), Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, USA (California) Canada (Okanagan Valley), Australia

A mutation of Pinot Noir, this varietal is softer in acidity than Pinot Gris, yet tree fruits, soft white blossoms and simple citrus notes are common.  Green vegetal notes of peppers and chives can be found in warmer climates.

Can be very versatile, however warmer climates have less acidity and vegetal notes which pair fantastic with mild and rich creamy dishes- such as scalped potatos, Raclette fondue, and savory tarts or quiches.

May 18, 2016 at 9:43 pm Leave a comment

Varietal Focus: Grenache Blanc

Grenache Blanc

France (Southern Rhone), Spain (Catalunya), USA (California)

Stone fruits- warm green and gold apples, with citrus blossom and peel, mild minerality, medium body and medium acidity.  Typically blended with other varietals in Southern France.

Roasted poultry, baked meat pies, pasta dishes

May 18, 2016 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment

Varietal Focus: Sémillon

Sémillon   

France (Bordeaux, Bergerac), Australia, USA (Washington), South Africa, Chile.  Lesser known in Canada (BC), Argentina and New Zealand

Flavor characteristics range from cool climate citrus and white floral notes to warm climate tropical papaya and melon.  A white varietal with a rich body, almost oil in warm climates and low acidity.  The varietal itself is thin skinned and easy to cultivate, albeit rot and excess sun.

Versatile!  Sushi, oily fish, Gruyere, squash

May 18, 2016 at 9:40 pm Leave a comment

Varietal Focus: Arneis

Arneis

Region: Roero, Piedmont is the home of Arneis- “the little rascal”.  Almost near extinction because of its difficulty to cultivate- Arneis had a resurgence in the 80’s.

Tasting Notes: Seafood wine- white flowers and chamomile with pears, apricots and hints of honey.

Pairing:  Antipasti, risottos and pastas, pizza, poultry and fresh seafood!

May 18, 2016 at 9:39 pm Leave a comment

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