Lambert de Seyssel Petit Royal
I used this lovely sparkling wine from the Savoie for my wedding celebration. Lucky for us, there is some amount left. Get it while you can.
Nobilissima Prosecco DOC
We bring Prosecco out for any excuse to celebrate. It’s simpler than Champagne and infinitely better than most sparkling wines costing much more. There is insipid Prosecco and there is beautifully dry and aromatic Prosecco. Try it, you’ll love it.
Domaine Savary 2017 Chablis
You know you’re in good company when Chablis legend Jean-Marie Raveneau introduces you to the Kermit Lynch portfolio. If you’re a rock head like me, then the chalky, fossil-rich Kimmeridgian soils of Chablis really do it for you. Olivier produces the most delicious Chablis I’ve tasted in years. It’s flinty and full of citrusy, fresh ginger fruit. This isn’t California Chardonnay.
If you are looking for pineapple and mango, go to Kroger.
Robert Sinskey Vineyards 2014 Abraxas
This wine is fashioned after an Alsatian field blend. Abraxas is 43% Riesling, 29% Pinot Blanc, 17% Pinot Gris, and 11% Gewürztraminer, and is a succinct gem of a wine with bright citrus, restrained tropical fruit and bright minerality.
Château Vircoulon 2017 Bordeaux Blanc
I love, love, love this wine. It is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle based on ancient traditions, that is rare in Bordeaux these days. The wine is full of citrus elements and a lively minerality and is perfectly paired with all manner of fish and light small plates. I guarantee this will be your summer quaffer. You’re going to love it!
Domaine Gueguen 2018 Bourgogne Rosé
This is the first vintage that’s been available from this relatively new winery located on the outskirts of Chablis. 100% Pinot Noir Rosé with flavors of freshly crushed strawberries and lovely minerality. It’s the perfect wine to get Rosé season going.
Robert Sinskey Vineyards 2018 Vin Gris Rosé
There is so little of this wine available, I had half a notion just to take it all home and use it as my summer rosé. Then that little voice inside my head said, “Don’t be a wine hog, Mary Kay”. So here it is, one of the best rosés of the season, full of light strawberry flavors, floral aromas, and yes, it’s expensive. There are only 6 cases of this wine so don’t wait too long or you’ll miss one of this summer’s greatest pleasures.
Chateau Anthonic 2015 Moulis-en-Médoc Bordeaux
This gem of a wine was brought to my attention by local wine ninja and legend, Michael Freeman. I love Bordeaux, and mostly expensive Bordeaux, so this medium priced wine is a great find. This is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from 100% organic vineyards, using all sustainable vineyard practices. Thewine is full of lovely black currant, cassis fruit with silky smooth tannins and just enough oak in the finish to let you know it is there but not overwhelm.
Sineann 2014 Pinot Noir
We received the new vintage of this wine from our friends at Sineann who private label it for us and wow...what a wine. Perfect with almost any dish, this wine is curated from our good friend Peter Rosback of Sineann. It shows the beauty of a bountiful vintage from key vineyard sites within the Willamette Valley. Beautiful, juicy dark cherry fruit and a long luxurious finish. Think Nicolas Potel as a Portlandia hipster.
Château Haut-Puech 2015 Saint Drézéry Prestige
I’ve been waiting a long time to get my hands on this little beauty from the Languedoc, made for Eric Solomon’s American market by renowned winemaker, Philippe Cambie. A blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Syrah with all those beautiful perfumed red raspberries and lavender followed by earthy elements of mushrooms and herbs. The wine has a lovely silky texture with soft tannins and a long finish.
Marqués de Riscal 2015 Próximo Rioja
I’m crazy in love with Spanish wines and this latest discovery fits my summer red profile…great with anything grilled, great with appetizers, great with olives, great on its own and not too expensive. This is a new wine from Marqués de Riscal and is 100% Tempranillo from younger vines. Red fruit, strawberry and red raspberry with a small amount of licorice and oak in the finish.