FRANCE : LOIRE VALLEY
Malbec (Côt), Gamay, Gascón
MED-BODIED, DARK FRUIT, VIOLET, BAKING SPICE, EARTH, SMOKE, USED OAK
Julien Courtois and his partner have Heidi Kuka have worked tirelessly to restore a neglected 4.5 hectare estate of 40 year old vines in Sologne, where they recognized the land’s potential despite the condition of its long-damaged soils. Courtois has since succeeded in producing a slew compelling, terroir-driven natural wines from this small but mighty estate; the elegant and concentrated ‘Ancestral’ is a fine example of his best work. Give it ~30 mins to open & reveal its magic.
PAIR WITH: Pot-au-feu (French Beef Stew)
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ITALY : PROSECCO : TREVISIO
LIGHT-BODIED, DRY, CRISP, WILD APPLE, FLORAL, HONEY, NO OAK
Tullia is another of our all-time favorite dry-yet-fruity affordable bubbles! Straw yellow in color, with an intensely fruity and fresh bouquet reminiscent of spear wood flowers, wisteria, wild apple, and mountain honey, plus a fine and persistent perlage... honestly, what’s not to love about it?
FOOD PAIRING: Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
$15NEW ZEALAND : MARLBOROUGH
USA : CALIFORNIA
DRY, MEDIUM BODIED, DARK FRUIT, SMOOTH
FRANCE : LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON
MEDIUM BODIED, ROUND, EASY, WHITE FRUIT, NO OAK