France | Beaujolais | Régnié Savor it while you can, because your glass will be empty before you know it, leaving you only with the spicy, mineral-laden aftertaste of a bottle that went down way too easily.
France | Alsace | Alsace This “noble blend” combines the region’s principal grape varieties in one lip-smacking, liter-sized bottle of fun, perfectly capturing the magic of Alsace at bargain cost.
France | Loire | Chinon Put a slight chill on it, pop the cork, and inhale its lively perfume: the floral fragrance and bright, juicy fruit—picture fresh-squeezed berries—are simply irresistible.
France | Loire | Chinon Matthieu Baudry makes his rosé from young Cabernet Franc vines on the gravelly banks of the Vienne, capturing both youthful fruit and energizing mineral textures.
France | Alsace | Alsace Light, citrusy, aromatic, and zippy on the palate. This crowd-pleaser can dance a jig on its own, but for the holidays, it pairs especially well with my family’s lineup of potluck-style appetizers: dad’s barbecued oysters, mom’s homemade dips, Aunt Terri’s broccoli salad, Grammie’s signature spicy Chex mix... Stock up, these bottles tend to disappear quickly.
France | Jura | Côtes du Jura A Chardonnay made with regular topping-off of the barrels, to avoid any oxidation, this delivers an exotic nose of candied lemon and spices, focused acidity and a sensation of beeswax and nuts on the palate.
France | Loire | Chinon The comfort of settling in for the winter—that’s the feeling I get the minute I put my nose in a glass of Baudry’s Chinon Grézeaux. The very name suggests its gravelly terroir and earthy structure: a natural choice for this time of year.
France | Loire | Chinon This cuvée comes from their highest vineyard, which rests on a plateau of gravel, sand, and limestone, and it is arguably their best entry point into the charm of Loire Valley Cabernet Franc, lithe and less dense than the bottlings from their clay-and-limestone terroirs.
Italy | Sicily | IGT Terre Siciliane Grottafumata means “smoky caves” and that's exactly what I think about when I swish this around. Grown in volcanic soils, it's a perfect balance between smoky tannins and Sicilian grapes.
France | Corsica | Patrimonio The Cuvée Sarah, an aromatic mix of roasted, smoking herbs with plenty of tannins to chew on, goes down with pleasure and calls for another round (and a grill).
Domaine Les Pallières
France | Southern Rhône | Gigondas If you’re familiar with the wines of Vieux Télégraphe, you know that grapes in the hands of the Brunier brothers are treated respectfully to coax nuance and finesse.
France | Jura | Côtes du Jura A transformative process must have been at work here, with the dynamic freshness of the ouillé, or topped-up style, yet it still displays hints of caramelization and golden savoriness.
Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe
France | Southern Rhône | Châteauneuf-du-Pape The majesty of the La Crau vineyard is encapsulated in this wine. I can't think of a grander expression of Southern Rhone terroir to be enjoyed this winter.
Vignai da Duline
Italy | Friuli | Friuli Colli Orientali First class depth and complexity on par with village level White Burgundy, but with a Friulian slant. Zingy adicity with citrus and apple notes.
France | Beaujolais | Régnié The vineyards of Régnié sit high on a slope between Brouilly and Morgon, so you can expect the perfume and brightness of the former along with a hint of the mineral-driven structure typical of the latter.
France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru Late-harvest wines of this quality in Alsace take incredible skill to make. This is a supremely beautiful example of a harmonious, highly successful partnership between man and nature.
France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Gard Mourvèdre and Grenache from a historic vineyard site give this elegant and profound red, replete with wild herbs, spice, and a chewy, stony tannin.
France | Beaujolais | Côte de Brouilly Champagne may be considered the traditional wine for most celebrations, but what could be more spontaneously festive and happiness-inducing than juicy, bright Gamay?
Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe
France | Southern Rhône | Châteauneuf-du-Pape The wine is at once pleasure, richness, depth, and freshness. The body is velvety and not at all aggressive. You smell the stones, the minerality, a smokiness, the magnificent old-vines Grenache fruit.
France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru Wiptal is the highest-altitude portion of the Sommerberg vineyard in Niedermorschwihr, a perfect amphitheater that clings to the very top of the vineyard’s steep granite slope.
Domaine Les Mille Vignes
France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Fitou With eleven years of age, the Dennis Royal is an absolutely stunning example of how brilliant wine from the Languedoc can truly be. Don't miss the final bottles of this tremendous and perfectly aged wine.
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