Alongside the Loire Valley rivers is the vineyard of this lovely white wine on hillsides of clay and limestone. The wine, acclaimed by critics as one of the region’s finest, is pale yellow with tints of green and is 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc. Round and full, it offers hints of white blossoms and exotic fruits. Serve with Loire Valley goat cheese, shellfish, seafood and salads, says Cape Classics. It is 12.5 percent ABV. www.paul-buisse.com
This winery’s roots go back to the 1860’s in Burgundy and the Rhone Valley, with five generations making wines from their La Renjardiére vineyard north of Chateauneuf du Pape in an area known as La Renjarde and renamed La Renjardiére by Joanny Dupond who cleared the area and planted vines.
Today, the family makes beautifully structured Côte du Rhône from red fruit, largely Grenache, for an elegant, spicy wine. Adding complexity are 10 percent each Mourvédre and Cinsault along with 20 percent Syrah.
The result is a wine that is 13.5 percent alcohol content. The wine comes from vines that average 40 years of age in soils of sand, clay and limestone, with small Gallet stones that act as a natural temperature regulator. Ripe and elegant, the wine is very worthy of a place at the table! Visit http://capeclassics.com
Two Portuguese wines from Herdade Do Rocim, Touriga Nacional, Vinho Regional Alentejano 2015 and Verdelho Vinho Regional Alentejano 2015, come from the southern part of Portugal between Vidigueira and Cuba, produced on the estate owned by Caterina Vieira and Pedro Ribiero who have invested in the land, regenerating vineyards and creating a new state of the art winery.
The region has soil consisting of clay and sand and the wines are harvested manually and are organic though not certified as such. The wines undergo cold maceration prior to fermentation in French oak barrels for nine months, and are then bottle aged an additional three months.
Touriga Nacional, a rich ruby red with purple notes, is fresh with good minerality and soft tannins. From the aging, it develops spicy notes. The Verdelho is a light gold with hints of chartreuse, with notes of lime, green almond and white peach. It’s 13.5 percent ABV.
Both represent excellent quality and value, pair well with food and would be great additions to wine by the glass lists. Learn about the lovely wines of Southern Portugal with these two as a guide!
This wine comes from Lombardia where it is produced in Agienda Agricola Matilde. The grapes are originally from Croatina, a red variety from central northern Italy, which produce an intensely ruby red color. The wine is 10.5 to 11 percent alcohol content with a slightly tannic taste, dry, fresh with notes of berries and sometimes sparkling. The alcohol content ranges from a minimum of 85 percent for Croatina with a maximum of 15 percent Barbera, Uva Rara and/or Vespolina. The Oltrepo Pavese DOC became a separate DOC in 2010. The vineyard area is comprised of 6,662 acres.
If you hate to abandon red wines in the summer, this fresh and lovely Le Petit Pas from Mas Janeil is fruity and rich but not exceedingly heavy. It’s a wine, the winemaker suggests, to sip with grilled meat or with tapas. We found it to be nicely structured and smooth with “delicate” spices. You’ll detect hints of licorice and a nose with fruit notes. It’s a Cótes Du Roussilon with 58 percent Grenache Noir, 22 percent Syrah, 18 percent Carignan and five percent Mourvédre. Go to www.capeclassics.com
Summer days are upon us and we’re delighted to be sipping this Pinot Blanc from Trimbach. Dry and fresh, it’s perfect with seafood – think shellfish – quiches and light seasonal dishes. The Trimbach estate has been making wine for a very long time – nearly 400 years since 1626. This soft, fruity, yet dry white is ideal for the season and year-round, paired with seafood and light meals. It is 13 percent ABV and offers the refreshment we seek in warmer weather. The winemaker calls it “a wine for pure pleasure,” and with a modest suggested retail price of around $14, it’s an excellent value. Check it out at www.trimbach.fr/en/trimbach-estate/
The Kanonkop Kadette Dry Pinotage Rosé 2015 from South Africa is a traditional rosé with rich aromatic raspberry and cherry flavors from this Stellenbosch winery whose name means “Cannon Hill,” referring to the days when cannons were fired to signal the arrival of Dutch trading ships into Cape Town Harbor.
With grapes from Stellenbosch, east of Cape Town, the 2015 wine was made after a cold and wet winter with a moderate ripening period, harvested on January 28, 2015. The wine has soft tannins and complexity, with a long finish. It is 14% ABV and makes for lovely sipping on a warm summer day or evening.