Thinking about summer’s start always lead me to think about what we’ll be drinking on the patio. Rhone and the Sud varietal based Rose’s of course-
2012 Bieler Pere et Fils, Coteaux D’Aix en Provence- $12.99
2012 Guilhem, Pays D’ Herault, $11.99
2012 Domaine Sainte-Eugenie, Corbieres, $8.99
Lots of sparkling wines;
Sparkling Rieslings & Domestic Sparkling
Von Schleinitz, “Secco” Dry Sparkling Riesling $15.99
French Sparklings from outside of Champagne
Gerard Betrand, Cremant de Limoux, $16.99
Argyle, Brut, Oregon, $19.99
Teresa and I have also been tasting some truly exceptional white wines from around the world, bright acids and fruits allow for a palate cleansing experience while maintaining enough structure to hold up to food and cheeses.
Marc & Roger Labbe, Abymes, Savoie, $12.99
Anne Amie, “Cuvee A”, Willamette, Oregon $14.99
Belle Glos, Pinot noir Blanc, Sonoma $19.99
Duca Di Saragnano, Tuscany, $12.99
While I think about lighting the grill and throwing a fat, juicy piece of meat on it I always come back to the Rhone. Nothing says barbecue like a Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre, or Carignan based blend. These wines show a fatty unctuousness with grilled meat tones, spicy underlay, and deep brooding fruits.
Chateau De Series, Cote Du Rhone, Rhone, France $13.99
Chateau De Segries, Lirac, Rhone, France $17.99
Domaine La Bouissiere, Gigondas, Rhone, France $49.99
The grill also screams Cabernet! We’ve brought in some fantastic new items from smaller producers as well as some big names.
B.R. Cohn, Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast, California, $19.99
Conn Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, California, $29.99
Honig, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, California, $39.99
Textbook, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, California, $27.99
Textbook, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, California, $49.99
Schweiger, Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain, California, $59.99
Cheers to Summer, Devon Barrett, C.S.