Bichi, La Santa 2019Regular price $36.00 Save $-36.00
Variety: Muscat Noir (Moscatel Negro)
Tecate, Mexico is probably better known for its beer, but does, in fact, produce wine with a lengthy history. Before vine planting began in Chile and Argentina, Spanish conquistadors planted vines in Baja California (“lower” California, but part of Mexico). The Spanish Crown at the time of the late 1500s was fearful of this new wine being more popular than their own Iberian wines; production was ordered to stop, but Spanish Jesuit missionaries continued to plant. The Valle de Guadalupe continued to prove its significance even during Prohibition as it lay just outside the US border. Fast forward to 2014. Noel Téllez and his family moved to Baja California from Sonora, which is where “Bichi” comes from, the Sonoran dialect for “naked.” They were naked in the middle of Baja, a theme that lent itself well to the consistently nude figures gracing their wine labels. Noel is full-time proprietor of Bichi, but receives guidance from Beaujolais veteran Yann Rohel. Grapes planted are Misión, (also known as Pais), Tempranillo, and Moscatel Negro, as well as other wild vines that remain to be identified. The wines made are natural, but garner the local name of “vinos sin maquillaje,” or wines without makeup.
“La Santa” is a vin de soif, a wine easily enjoyed with a light chill. This is grown from Moscatel Negro, locally known as Rose del Peru. Vines have crossed the 100 year old threshold and grow at an elevation of over 700 meters. The grapes are fermented without temperature control in large concrete tinajas, the local concrete. The wine ages half and half in stainless steel and older barrels.
Chateau Simone, Palette Blanc 2014Regular price $70.00 Save $-70.00
Variety: Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Ugni Blanc, and Muscat
It always amazes me that certain regions gain much more fame than others, even though there are some incredible wines off the beaten path or in many regions one would not associate quickly with quality. When I talk about Provence France, many people just think of fancy boats and stunning views. However, Chateau Simone—from the appellation Palette, just north of Aix-en-Provence and only miles from the water—creates world-class wines that deserve a place at the table with many of the great estates. The appellation is dominated by limestone soils that cover the vineyards of many famed regions. The weather allows for incredible vine age to happen. Disease doesn't happen often in this part of the wine world. The climate is perfect and it is the dream of many to retire and spend the remainder of their lives in this magical part of the world.
Meyer-Fonne, Alsace Edelzwicker 2018 1 LiterRegular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
Variety: Pinot Blanc, Muscat, and Chasselas
Félix Meyer is a rising star in Alsace and has an evident instinct for his craft. He is the third generation in his family to be making wine since his grandfather founded the domaine in the late 19th century. It’s all about the details at Meyer-Fonné, with an emphasis on tradition and respect for terroir. The winery and family home is in the village of Katzenthal, known for its distinctive granite soils.
Meyer-Fonne, Gentil Vin D'Alsace 2018Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
Variety: Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Blanc
This wine, delicious at any time of year, is sure to shine for summer time sipping. Meyer-Fonne wines are true expressions of Alsace; dry, racy and long on the finish. This blend of Muscat, Pinot Blanc and Riesling is bone-dry and bursting with fruit. A family business since its inception, Meyer-Fonne creates wines of genuine Alsatian character and brings almost mystical bouquets of white flowers and honey, It delivers a beautiful flavor profile that, frankly, is challenging to describe. Food pairings with this wine run the gamut of just about anything you can imagine serving with any white wine. From lighter meats and soft cheeses to game dishes and salads, this Gentil will be easy to pair, and difficult to outmatch.