A mix of holiday goodness with our friend Emily from Arborway.
2015 Les Deux Moulins Sauvignon Blanc – Loire Valley, France ($11)
The Sauvignon Blanc grapes in Les Deux Moulins cuvée come from gravel and schist vineyards located between Anjou and Tours in the Loire Valley. Les Deux Moulins, or ‘two windmills’, sources all organically grown grapes and this crisp white has just the right amount of citrus, juicy fruit and bright minerality to pair with a grilled Branzino stuffed with garlic, lemon and thyme.
2012 Kabaj Rebula – Goriska Brda, Slovenia ($32)
Like the color of a tropical sunrise, this wine’s orange hue is from 30 days of skin-contact form the Rebula (Ribolla Gialla) grape. Winemakers Katja Kabaj and Jean-Michel Morel maintain 20 hectares of mainly terraced, marl vineyards in which 70% are planted to white varieties, with an average vineyard age of 30 years. This Rebula has a nose of light floral aroma and its taste is supremely textural, with notes of orange blossom, beeswax, tangerine, peach and apricot.
2013 Vylyan Villányi Portugieser – Transdanubia, Hungary ($18)
Portugieser is the most common grape variety in Villány. This is a velvety light red wine with an emphasis on cherry red fruit and a slight clove spice. It is just meaty enough to enhance a hearty meal, but light enough to be an everyday post-work wine. Enjoy it with Hungarian Lángos http://honestcooking.com/hungarian-langos/ and cured and smoked meat.
2014 Fausse Piste Syrah ‘Garde Manger’ – Columbia Valley, Washington, USA ($27)
Fausse Piste makes wines with Rhone varietals from across the Pacific Northwest working with organic and sustainable growers in the process. They strive to make wines that are free of any additives in the cellar, apart from minimal sulfur during fermentation. This is a food friendly Syrah that embraces acidity and balance over oak and alcohol.
Eden Ice Cider Heirloom Blend (375ml) – Vermont, USA ($31)
Eden’s ice ciders are produced form locally grown, fresh heirloom apples. The juice is naturally cold-concentrated outdoors and only yeasy and minimal sulfites are used upon bottling – another produced not adding gross fining agents, colors, sugars or other flavorings or preservatives into their ciders! For this cute little bottle of 375 milliliters over 8 pounds of apples are used.