French & American Wines - 6 on the Beach - July 2021

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Happy Birthday & Bon Anniversaire

America and France have been close friends since America’s founding: the Marquis de La Fayette, the Statue of Liberty, and the Allied D-Day Normandy landings. Both countries celebrate their birthdays this month.

Cheers and à votre santé!

 

Château Graville-Lacoste Graves 2019

Hervé Dubourdieu’s Graves is distinguished by its high percentage of Sémillon sourced from vineyards in the greatest white wine terroir in Bordeaux. The Sémillon brings a creaminess, the Sauvignon Blanc, crisp acidity, and Muscadelle, a floral note. This is the old school blend. Many modern vigneron use more Sauvignon Blanc. It’s easier to grown and has more international appeal.

Try this crisp, invigorating blanc with an appetizer of fresh seafood, a chicken dish, or flounder in a lemon butter sauce.

 

Hearst Ranch Glacier Ridge Chardonnay Monterey 2019

This winery is tucked a few miles inland from the San Simeon Bay. They source this fruit from a high-quality vineyard a couple of hours North in Monterey County

This versatile wine is balanced and elegant. It juxtaposes hints of bright pineapple against freshly cut grass. A clean minerality runs from start to finish adding a hint of chalky texture. Enjoy as a cocktail sipper or with even a lighter pork dish.

 

La Perdrix Costières de Nîmes Rosé 2020

The history of “La Perdrix” in Nîmes dates back to the 13th century as a mecca for hunting. King Louis IX of France (later Saint Louis used to go partridge (perdrix ) hunting on the estate’s grounds. Nîmes is located halfway between Avignon and Montpelier.

This 60/40 Grenache/Syrah blend is pale pink with a fuchsia hue. The nose is complex, with wild strawberry, cherry, and raspberry. The palate is ripe with raspberry. This is the perfect summer salad rosé.

 

Alma de Cattleya Pinot Noir Rosé Sonoma 2020

Originally from Colombia, Bibiana González Rave had little exposure to wine, but by the age of 14 she knew she would become a winemaker. She moved to France to study viticulture and work at some of the best: Haut-Brion in Bordeaux, Ogier and Clusel-Roch in Côte-Rôtie. In California, Peay Vineyards, Au Bon Climat, and Qupé .

This rosé is beautiful and bursts with wild red fruits, roses, and violets with a slight note of acacia. Meaty fishes like salmon, tuna and swordfish will pair perfectly.

 

Château de Chamilly Bourgogne Rouge 2019

The Château de Chamilly lies a green valley located 25 miles south of Beaune. It was built in the 17th century on the foundations of a fortified farm from the 14th century. Since the early 1800’s the Desfontaines have maintained the house and land that surrounds it.

The growing season was hot and dry and cause the grapes to search deep for water. The 2019 wines are concentrated and layered. Enjoy this Pinot Noir with a steak, salmon, or fowl.

 

Constant Disruptions Zinfandel 2018

Winemaker Shane Finley crafts this red from two parcels of gnarled century old vines. There are small amounts of Carignan and Cinsault interplanted with the Zinfandel. These dry farmed and head pruned vines produce a rich and expressive wine.

Bold aromatics weave a careful balance between dark fruits and spice. Black cherry, spice and pink peppercorn play on the nose. The mid-palate unfolds with cassis, blackberry, and mocha. Pair with smoky grilled red meats or hearty mushroom dishes.

 

Each month Jen and I curate a selection of wine based on a theme. We’ll feature stunning standbys as well as fantastic new finds. One thing for sure is that we are excited about each of our choices.

Insiders enjoy 15% discount on the 6 pack and a 15% discount on the feature wine for the duration of the month. Just mention your insider status when purchasing.

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