The Loire Valley is France’s greatest source of value for anyone looking for elegant, terroir-driven wines. Our collection celebrates the region’s great diversity, with the mineral-driven whites of Muscadet and Sancerre, the beautiful Chenin Blancs and Cabernet Francs from villages like Vouvray and Chinon, and natural wines from everywhere in the region. Sometimes wonderfully fresh and gulpable, sometimes serious and age-worthy, the prices are always very reasonable.
Le Rocher des Violettes (Xavier Weisskopf), VdF Chenin Blanc, 2020
Xavier Weisskopf's Rocher de Violettes is located in Montlouis-sur-Loire, an appellation that was perhaps overshadowed by Vouvray, its more famous neighbor but has recently come into its own right as source of extraordinary Chenin Blanc. This is a beautiful, classic Chenin, with notes of ripe orchard fruit, dry honey and white flowers. Bone dry and refreshing, it's an ideal match for poultry or seafood, or simply enjoying on its own.
I had a bottle of this wine at a lovely restaurant owned by a husband and wife while in Barcelona. I fell in love. I had to have more of it and tracked it down here. It’s bright with slights hints of honey. Have some sent to me home is amazing! I’m relishing every sip.
Look, I love Chianti. There are a lot of different styles and producers. This one is classic and, bang for the buck, tops. Tried four different producers on sale from Astor wines but none came close to the depth and balance of this wine. I should buy a couple of cases. Fabulous.
Giuseppe Rinaldi, Freisa, 2019
Is there anymore? We drank/enjoyed our trial bottles.
The Christopher Tracy Vermouth series may be a bit tricky to unpack, with all the Variations and styles, but basically - he makes different batches throughout the growing season depending on what’s perfectly ripe., so some feature peppers, others melon, and always an array of different botanicals. Make a spritz, put some on ice with a few oz of tequila and perhaps a splash of simple, or just sip some on its own. I’m crazy about the variety (and had to grab all the different kinds for myself!!) A fabulous and creative way to “drink local.”
It’s velvety smooth but not too sweet as bourbons are at times. Love it.
First class — very satisfying and a terrific food wine, juicy with enough minerality
The essence of what a rose’ should be.Never had better.Ange.
The only problem is that there is never enough . . .
Chateau d'Armailhac, Pauillac, 2001 (1.5L)
Domaine du Pelican (d'Angerville), Arbois Poulsard, 2019
I love this project from Christopher Tracy - all of these vermouths are so incredibly individual and interesting, worth sipping on their own but a delish twist on the usual for those martinis. This one is a bit more herbaceous - not super spicy. Just love it!
This organic grower champagne is refined, complex, and delicious.
Domaine du Pelican (d'Angerville), Arbois Trois Cepages, 2019
At first I was enveloped in a waft of sweet merde (not as bad as it sounds!) which grounded this wine, but then it blew off and evolved into a pretty, potpourri-floral, with savory smoke, grilled green pepper, licorice, and black pepper - a sweet ripe core with chalky minerality, strong lean acidity, and powdery tannins, over a super-long length. Yummmm.