France | Southern Rhône | Vin de Pays de Vaucluse The blend is equal parts Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, and Clairette. Together, they create a wine that has a complex mouth-feel that finishes with a nice refreshing acidity.
Italy | Puglia | Valle d’Itria IGP Minutolo preserves lip-smacking acidity and low alcohol despite the baking-hot Puglian summers, flaunting a gorgeous perfume of blossoming flowers, lemon verbena, and wild sage.
Italy | Sicily | Sicilia Noto A unique interpretation of chalky soils, wild Mediterranean herbs, coastal sea breeze, and Sicilian sunshine. Delicate, stimulating, and completely dry—it’s a ravishing aperitivo, but works with anything from the ocean.
France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Languedoc A blend of Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Clairette, and Vermentino planted in the lieu-dit of Aupilhac, the little corner of the Larzac behind Sylvain’s winery.
France | Loire | Jasnières Racy, slightly honeyed, exotically perfumed, and loaded with minerality, this wine is an excellent representation of how Chenin reacts to the local conditions.
France | Bordeaux | Graves Whatever snacks are on your table or picnic blanket, this blanc will fit the bill with its crisp, elegant profile and pretty notes of green apple, citrus, and subtle tropical fruits.
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 | 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.
Italy | Veneto | Colli Trevigiani Verdiso The Gregolettos are all in on Verdiso’s potential, dedicating some of their prime hillside land to this underrated grape. Exquisite at apéro hour, alongside oysters, or with a light first course of fish or risotto.
France | Loire | Chinon A rare Chenin Blanc from the land of Cabernet Franc. Ultra fresh and brimming with citrus blossom and orchard fruit notes, it has a saline, mineral finish that leaves my palate simultaneously satisfied and begging for more. Try it with fresh trout, grilled whole topped with chimichurri or smoked and tossed into a Niçoise salad.
France | Burgundy | Chablis The ’21s are flush with all the qualities that made us fall in love with Chablis in the first place: crisp acidity, loads of stony minerality, and plenty of pleasure.
Clos Sainte Magdeleine
France | Provence | I.G.P. Bouches-du-Rhône The wine is vinified and aged in sandstone amphorae, providing a delicate harmony while conserving the wine’s expression of dry, stony terroir.
France | Beaujolais | Côte de Brouilly A wine with an unexpectedly aromatic bouquet and bright, zippy palate—a testament to the natural elegance that embodies all of Château Thivin’s wines.
André & Michel Quenard
France | Savoie and Bugey | Vin de Savoie This medium-bodied white evokes peaches, honey, and pine resin. Perfect for winter nights and dishes like hearty, Savoie-inspired fish chowder.
France | Northern Rhône | Saint Joseph This blanc was mostly aged in tank to preserve as much freshness and fruit as possible, but the little bit of wine that was aged in oak will give you a delightful glimmer of opulence.
France | Corsica | Patrimonio This white, raised in demi-muids with malolactic fermentation, flamboyantly shows off the affinity of ripe Vermentinu grapes with a judicious use of wood.
France | Corsica | Patrimonio It’s beautifully ethereal, with pillowy fruit that tastes so sublime it would be limiting to attempt a description, although quince and verbena jump to mind.
France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Monts de la Grage These ancient hillside vines yield very little, giving an intensely concentrated juice with great acidity and a textured finish. Open it alongside seafood or as an apéritif.
France | Loire | Chinon Baudry is among the Loire’s most reliable names for authentic, age-worthy reds produced via natural methods, and the same holds true for the domaine’s rare, precious blanc.
Domaine Roland Lavantureux
France | Burgundy | Chablis Everything about this cuvée, from the delicately briny scent of slick oyster shells to the concentrated, pristinely focused sensation on the palate, is a demonstration of why this domaine has become one of Chablis’ very best.
France | Burgundy | Bourgogne Climate, a clay-and-limestone soil, and stainless-steel vinification are the pillars of Valentin’s Galerne blanc, a divine rendition of pure, chiseled Chardonnay, bearing notes of orchard fruit, citrus, and oyster shells
France | Burgundy | Pernand-Vergelesses Ever the racy and mineral cuvée, this is all silk and flesh, and a rare village treat from a producer of mainly premier and grand cru wines.
France | Burgundy | Marsannay Clos du Roy always seems to have a bit more meat on its bones, a little more depth and richness, in both the red and the white versions. It is more masculine in style.
France | Loire | Coteaux du Loir This Chenin Blanc has a tart sweetness, or perhaps a sweet tartness—with neither overbearing—that epitomizes good balance and will have you greedily reaching for your glass.
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 | Savennières Electrically vibrant yet succulent, this glorious Chenin Blanc is one of the most versatile wines I know, sippable on its own or widely food-friendly—no forethought is necessary except for chilling the bottle.
France | Loire | Saumur This chiseled Chenin Blanc comes from 70-year-old vines planted on an ancient limestone slope. Burgundian-like in character from its time spent in barrel, the laser-like acidity will become even more enticing with some age.
Domaine de Villaine
France | Burgundy | Rully Rabourcé is considered one of the top premiers crus in Rully. Its old vines sit on a steep clay and limestone slope and yield a complex, powerful white Burgundy.
Domaine de Villaine
France | Burgundy | Rully From its basic elements—the crystal clear water, the crushed limestone soil, the lush, vibrant fruit—comes a dynamic and utterly delicious Chardonnay. This wine is all refinement and pure class.
France | Alsace | Alsace Fronholz is a vineyard composed primarily of quartz, and the taste of an Ostertag wine from here is reminiscent of this stone: sleek, transparent, and brilliant.
France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru Kuentz-Bas vinifies a glorious dry Muscat from grand cru Pfersigberg, an ample and fleshy white scented of ripe citrus, tropical flowers, and exotic fruits.
Barruol / Lynch
France | Northern Rhône | Hermitage From the small plot called La Pierrelle, whose vines are more than eighty years old, comes this Marsanne with magnificent floral, pit fruit, and bitter notes.
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.
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.
Domaine Lucien Boillot et Fils
France | Burgundy Pinot Beurot is the Burgundian name for their local strand of Pinot Gris. It is unique and delicious and showcases an interesting bit of Burgundy’s history.
France | Loire | Sancerre The rarest of the Reverdy cuvées, Ortus was really an invention at the urging of Kermit, who has a fondness for Sauvignon with full malolactic fermentation, aged in wood, bottled unfiltered, generally treated like a white Burgundy.
France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru Pfersig means “peach,” and the wine’s subtle whispers of white peach are adorable, and then the bouquet keeps growing more expansive, more intense, grander.
France | Alsace Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fall asleep in a field of summer flowers? Boxler’s Pinot Gris Reserve will make you feel like Dorothy in Oz, but instead of poppies...honeysuckle, chamomile, and as you lie back in the sun, you bite into a luscious, technicolor nectarine. Yum.
Domaine Michel Brégeon
France | Loire | Muscadet Sèvre et Maine When you smell it, keep in mind that no other wine, besides a Melon de Bourgogne grown in the gabbro soil of Gorges, could possibly smell like this one does.
France | Corsica It is no secret among our staff that my cellar is home to the largest Biancu Gentile vertical outside of Corsica. Six years old, Arena’s rendition reveals some of the secrets of this fascinating grape variety.
France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru Spend a minute or two trying to describe the palate: I’ll propose voluptuous, finesse, ampleur. Maybe simply grand cru says it—a privileged site for Riesling!
France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru Unlike light, crisp Italian Pinot Grigio, the grape achieves a sun-drenched plumpness that translates to a lusciousness on the palate, no doubt from the dry, sunny climate Alsace enjoys in the rain shadow of the Vosges.
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