August 20, 2019
From Old World to New World, Standalone Sippers to Pairing-Friendly Juice
White wine is your best friend forever and probably likes you as much as your dear pup or feline, and perhaps a little more than your mother-in-law. The beautiful, refreshing white wines of summer only want to nourish and hydrate you, so what’s holding you back? It’s time to take advantage of the lively golden- and straw-colored beauties because they are drinking quite impeccably well this very moment.
We know that there is a special bottle of lip-smacking, quaffable, porch-pounding, white wine for every occasion: gathering with friends, savoring with seasonal produce, or unwinding. Whether you know what you love or want to try something new, we’ve got you covered. We enjoyed these wines for ourselves and can’t wait for you to try them, too.
No Food Necessary
( outdoors, poolside, rooftop, or open container )
Seehof Riesling Trocken 2017 Rheinhessen Germany . . . . . . . . . $19
100% Riesling; Bone dry and tastes like stone fruit and flowers. A rising star in the region that should be noticed.
Vajra Riesling "Petracine" 2017 Piemonte Italy . . . . . . . . . $45
100% Riesling coming from the famed vineyards in Barolo by one of our all-time favorite producers in Italy.
Fratelli Alessandria Favorita DOC 2018 Piemonte Italy . . . . . . . . . $20
100% Favorita, which is one of the ancient grapes of Piemonte and we love finding these small old lost vineyards with flavors of pulp fruit and cherry blossoms.
Alta Alella "Tallarol" 2017 Catalonia Spain . . . . . . . . . $25
100% Pansa Blanca produced just outside of Barcelona by one of the movers and shakers in the Spanish wine scene and tastes like white grapefruit, melon, and tropical fruit.
( corn, zucchini, garden herbs, leeks, peppers, squash, etc. )
Giato Grillo-Catarratto Sicilia DOC Superiore 2017 Sicily Italy . . . . . . . . . $18
Blend of Grillo and Catarratto, two of Sicily's primary white grapes. Coming from the historic vineyards in Giato on the north side of the island.
Lieu Dit Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Santa Ynez California . . . . . . . . . $25
100% Sauvignon Blanc from a single parcel in Santa Ynez southern Cali. Eric Railsback, sommelier friend of Hart & Cru, produces wines influenced by his French background. Fresh grass and citrus flavors are incredibly fresh in this wine.
Domaine Goisot Saint Bris "Exogyra Virgula" 2017 Burgundy France . . . . . . . . . $25
100% Sauvignon Blanc from a region rarely seen, Saint Bris in Burgundy. Sc.ents of green apples, white asparagus, walnut, and smoke.
Michel Vattan Sancerre "Cuvee Calcaire" 2018 Loire France . . . . . . . . . $30
100% Sauvignon Blanc; zesty and fresh juice from chalky soils of Sancerre; from Michel Vattan, a third-generation and family-owned estate.
Light Fish or Raw Seafood
( oysters, ceviche, white fish, shrimp, scallops, etc. )
Braud Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2018 Loire France . . . . . . . . . $15
100% Melon grown just off the Atlantic coast in old shellfish sea beds. The wine is so lean and focused, not much beats the refreshing qualities of great Muscadet from incredible farmers.
Felici Verdicchio Vigna Il Cantico della Figura 2015 Marche Italy . . . . . . . . . $38
100% Verdicchio from Tyrian seaside of Italy that got a ton of press in the wine scene. The wine has incredible texture with citrus fruits, yellow flowers, and aromatic herbs.
Nanclares "Dandelion" Albarino 2018 Rias Baixas Spain . . . . . . . . . $25
100% Albariño from 30-60 year old vines grown on the Atlantic coast by an incredibly small winery. This is one of the most memorable whites I have tasted in a while. Flavors of Asian pear, citrus, and salt.
White Meat or Rich Seafood: On The Grill
( chicken, pork, lobster, langoustines, uni, etc. )
Taille aux Loups "Clos Mosny" 2016 Loire France . . . . . . . . . $38
100% Chenin Blanc; stunning honeyed texture with laser-focused chalky minerality; badass producer Jacky Blot from Montlouis in Loire
Girolamo Russo Etna Bianca "Nerina" 2018 Sicily Italy . . . . . . . . . $43
Carricante Blend; complex and invigorating white right from the volcanic soils of Mt. Etna, Giuseppe Russo is a daring, soulful winemaker.
Jaeger-Defaix Rully Blanc 1er Cru Mont-Palais 2014 Burgundy France . . . . . . . . . $36
100% Chardonnay; Premier Cru white Burgundy delivering minerality and depth tenfold; from Hélène Jaeger-Defaix of the often overlooked Rully region of Cộte Chalonnaise.
Luis Rodriguez A Teixa Blanco 2015 Ribeiro Spain . . . . . . . . . $53
Mostly Treixadura grape with some other local varieties blended in. This is another showstopper white wine that we have found this year. Coming from a single vineyard and raised in large cask, foudre, with incredible texture without being heavy. Flavors of honeysuckle and sea salt.
Maxime Magnon La Begou Blanc 2017 Languedoc-Roussillon France . . . . . . . . . $63
Grenache Blanc blend that we have been in love with this wine for years. Part of the French wine movement and sought out by many of the Parisian wine bars. Notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and almonds.