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.
Meyer-Fonne, Gentil Vin D'Alsace 2018Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
Variety: Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Blanc
Félix Meyer is a rising star in Alsace and has 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. He's a master at the art of blending, applying this skill in mixing wine from various parcels into complex blends, these being his Gentil, Ezelswicker, and Crémant d'Alsace. He also believes in raising his wines on fine lees in large, older foudres, as is the tradition in Alsace. All of Meyer’s bottlings are characterized by stunning aromatics, his signature minerality, and nerve. His wines are tempting to drink young but have all the right qualities to age. For aromatic and textural elegance, no one in Alsace can top Meyer-Fonné. He endeavors in several varietal bottlings at village and Grand Cru level, using the classic Alsatian varieties.
This blend of Muscat, Pinot Blanc and Riesling is bone-dry and bursting with fruit. 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.
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.