I drink Rosé year round but it is hard not to pop open a bottle even more frequently as the temperature rises. There are so many great bottles of Rosé to choose from however there is one I return to year after year when I am looking for the most bang for my buck…Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé. The wine hails from the Languedoc region of France and is a blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Carignan. The wine is aged in stainless steel and retails for somewhere in the neighborhood of $11 (a steal!).
Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé is fresh and fruity. There are tastes of strawberries and red raspberries with hints of minerality. There is also plenty of acidity and a crisp, refreshing finish. This is type the wine I want to enjoy on a Tuesday evening in Sonoma Square or on a warm Saturday afternoon at the coast. Buy this wine by the case if you can find it because you will want some to sip all summer! (12% alcohol)
Ever since reading Talia Baiocchi’s book about Sherry, I have made it a point to try every interesting Sherry I come across. A few weeks ago, Brandon and I laid out a spread of olives, Marcona almonds, & Manchego cheese and opened up a bottle of Valdespino Fino Inocente. Innocente is a very interesting Fino as it is fermented in oak instead of the more typical stainless steel fermenting tanks. To me, this adds a depth and complexity that is hard to come by in similar Finos.
Valdespino Fino Inocente pulls you in with smokey and salty aromas. The palate is intense yet refined. Nutty and briny notes come alive as they are intertwined with tangy acidity. So enjoyable and exceptionally complex for the price. This is a benchmark Fino in my book! ($15)
I love Chenin Blanc and you can pretty much guarantee I will buy any geeky bottle I find on the shelf. The minute I came across 2014 Frantz Saumon “la Petite Gaule du Matin”, a Pét-Nat made from 100% Chenin Blanc, I knew it would be coming home with me! The wine hails from the Loire Valley in France and is made with minimal intervention in the winemaking process.
Frantz Saumon “la Petite Gaule du Matin” offers up floral and citrus aromas. The wine has light, refreshing bubbles that easily awakened my tastebuds. At first sip, tastes of grapefruit are dominant. After the wine opens up a bit, tastes of minerals, wildflowers, and stone fruit begin to emerge. This wine is notably dry for a Pét-Nat, vibrant, and incredibly delicious. Grab a bottle if you can find it! ($23)