HERE’S the mixed case I’m taking with me on vacation next week for PERFECT summer wines! 6 wines under $30 that will make up the perfect balance for all the lobster, burgers, tomato-mozzarella salad and fried calamari I’m about to consume…….
Clos des Rochers Auxerrois- $17- this awesome white variety stems from Alsace, where it is a close cousin to French Chardonnay. With a touch of Pinot Blanc added for interest, it has all the lush, round components of well-made cool-climate un-oaked Chardonnay, with even MORE interest on the palate, with peach and melon. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this wine and it’s a dangerous bottle to have around the house come cocktail time!
Charles Gonnet Chignin $20- This neat region in Savoie grows a grape known as Jacquère. It is SUPER clean, minerally and fresh, with a delicate nose. The ultimate in refreshment, delicacy and balance. Really 5 times better than most Sauvignon Blancs. Cool wine!
Chavy Chouet Bourgogne Blanc les Femelottes- $30- This is hands-down my LOBSTER wine! Rich, buttery, opulent White Burgundy. Mostly sourced from the village of Meursault and St Aubin, so REALLY a steal for the $.
Gobelsburger Rose- $18- Our #1 selling Rose in the store. From the Zweigelt grape in Austria, this has a lovely note of spicy wild strawberries, white pepper, and a richer building crisp finish. Lovely and a great porch sipper!
Peillot Bugey- $25- We all went NUTS for this Pinot Noir from the village of Bugey in France’s Savoie region. It has laser-like precision and extremely focused cranberry fruit with a super-clean, fresh finish. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this wine. My go-to summer red.
Chateau de Corcelles Brouilly- $20- It’s no secret I love Cru Beaujolais. This month at the store, we’re having fun with our Wine of the Month clients ‘Debunking Wine Myths” including the preconceived notion that Beaujolais is some fruity Thanksgiving-only red wine. As you can see by this single estate wine from Brouilly, this is pretty serious wine indeed, with bright tart cherries and just a touch of fine vanilla to soften the tannins. Delicious and refreshing red.
Amy Dixon CSW
The Blind Sommelier