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This Week's Tasting

Whites of Character more than Price
June 5, 2024

Summer on the Mediterranean (mostly). Now's the time for seafood and chicken on the grill and lighter food for warm weather.


Wine Tasters 

This Week

Wed, Jun 5, 2024

Whites of Character more than Price

In-store, 5 - 6:30pm




Now’s the time for seafood and chicken on the grill and lighter food for warm weather. This week’s wines will treat your palate to a Mediterranean oceanside adventure. We chose them for their individuality and character, which will add an accent to the summer foods. They’re not heavy but delicately flavored and nuanced wines. Three are from Provence and its neighbors, a Picpoul and two contrasting summer savory Rhone white blends; a wine from the Adriatic riviera, and a savory unusual Corsican. A white Bordeaux is a geographic but not flavor outlier. Delicately herbed and spiced, these are more exciting meal partners than the usual Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Grigio.


2023 Carminucci Marche Bianco Grotte sul Mare

What: a blend of exotic Pecorino with local grape varieties

Where: Italy, Marche on the Adriatic Sea

Why: The Sea Grotto wonderfully expressive, piquant, lively, and fresh; great value

Aroma: heady and full, grassy with tropical notes, exotic accented fruit; Mouth appetizing, lighter bodied bright & fresh, lively and pretty ripe acid; Very Good $16.99; Case, $14.99


2023 Chateau Camus

What Equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, little or no oak

Where: Bordeaux, Graves

Why: Great Value, broad and full for Bordeaux at this price, creamy and mouth-filling, both crisp and savory 

Color: light green gold; Aroma peach and pear; Mouth: mouth-filling fleshy and rounded full, fat, juicy, citrus; Very Good Plus $19.99; Case, $16.99


2023 Les Equilibristes Picpoul de Pinet Organic

What: pure, unoaked Picpoul grape

Where: France, Languedoc near Provence

Why: vibrant and forward intense mouthfeel. a dry expression of the grape’s tropical fruit, balanced and satisfying, a lot of wine for its price

20Aroma: full, fat, bright acid, firm, lightly herbaceous; Mouth: bright, clean, sweet fruit, very ripe; Very Good Plus $21; Case, $17.99


2021 Chiosu Fornelli Biancu Gentile

What: the rare Biancu Gentile grape

Where: France, Corsica

Why: A rare native Corsican grape,  has intense aromas of exotic fruits and citrus

Aroma: lightly pretty, fragrant, some brightness, lifted fruity, fresh; Mouth: clean, bright smooth, sweet white berry, nicely tart on the finish; Very Good Plus $23.99; Case, $20.39


2023 Mas De Gourgonnier Les Alpilles Blanc Organic

What: Provencal grapes; Grenache Blanc, Vermentino and Roussanne, no oak

Where: France, hills of northern Provence

Why: savory and full, with floral spices by itself or with grilled or richly prepared seafood

Aroma: delicately floral; Mouth: juicy, rounded full, bright and intense, nicely rounded spicy. fleshy melon over lime, long; Very Good - Excellent $28.99; Case, $24.99


2022 Chateau Pesquie Quintessance Blanc Organic

What: savory Roussanne with an accent of crisp Clairette, part barrel fermented

Where: France lifted, goat cheese and chicken with a marinade

Aroma: fresh, rounded, delicately herbed saffron and curry notes herbal, very pretty; Mouth: quince, rounded fruit, mouth-filling with good concentration, saline notes, bright acid, clean long fine herbal; Very Good-Excellent$29.99; Case, $25.49


Mediterranean Summer Case: two each of the wines - $239 (19.92 a bottle)

Or mix your own; any twelve bottles at their case prices


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