Chaudière Le Paradou Cinsault Rosé 2014

paradou rose

Fresh and lively with a zippy finish, a fantastic value that is super easy drinking on its own, and pairs wonderfully with a wide variety of dishes.

Winery: Le Paradou is a project created in 2005 by winemaking brothers Alexandre and Frédéric Chaudière. The Chaudière family has been making wine in the Southern Rhône AOC of Côtes du Ventoux for many generations at Château Pesquié. The word ‘Paradou’ refers to the ancient windmills that once dotted the landscape of the Languedoc.

Philosophy: One of the goals the brothers have with the Le Paradou range is to infuse the wines with the values of living in the south of France; “These pleasures are pure and simple, they are those of sharing and of enjoying the small pleasures in life”.

Winemaking: The Chaudières practice sustainable, integrated farming methods with an emphasis on respect for the environment, and they do not use any chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

Tasting Notes: Brilliant coral-pink in colour with summery aromas of strawberry, rain washed minerals and hints of citrus zest. Fresh, light notes of peach, raspberry and floral hints were complimented by a spicy, crisp, dry finish.

Winery Pairing Suggestions: Ideal as an aperitif, “it will match perfectly with grilled vegetables or white meats, with salad and fresh starters with goat cheese” even spicy dishes. It is also a great pairing with desserts, especially “strawberry or raspberry pies”.

100% Cinsault
Vin de France
France
Mis en Bouteille par SARL Famille Chaudière
12.5% Alcohol
$8
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Erste + Neue Müller Thurgau 2013

mullerthur

Crisp and fresh, like biting into a juicy apple, this is fantastic on its own or with a wide variety of dishes, especially those with some mildly spicy heat.

Winery: The Erste + Neue winery is the result of a 1986 merger of two cooperatives; Erste [first] cooperative founded in 1900 and the Neue [new] cooperative, founded in in 1925. Today there are 430 wine producers cultivating 260 hectares of vineyards located around Lake Kaltern and on the plateau at the foot of Mendel Mountain in Alto Adige, northeastern Italy.

Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from sustainability farmed vineyards with glacial soil containing large amounts of limestone.

Philosophy: “The tried and tested is upheld, while there is an openness to innovation.”

Tasting Notes: Yellow-green in colour with aromas of rain washed slate, honey and citrus. A bright and super food friendly acidity bolstered apple and herbaceous notes, whilst honey and minerals comprised the crisp finish.

100% Müller Thurgau
Alto Adige/South Tyrol
Italy
Produced and Bottled by Erste + Neue Kellerei/Kaltern/Caldaro
12.5% Alcohol
$16 [average price]
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San Valero Castillo de Monséran Garnacha 2012

monserangarn

A fantastic value Garnacha with well balanced fruit and spice notes.

Winery: Located in the Cariñena region of northern Spain, the San Valero Cooperative was founded in 1944 by 60 growers who at the time were producing bulk wines. Today the cooperative consists of more than 700 members that cultivate 3500 hectares of vineyards located between the rivers Huerva and Jalón. They focus on producing high quality wines using modern technology.

Tasting Notes: Dark ruby red in colour with enticingly spicy black pepper along with subtle cherry and dusty earth aromas. Delicate herbaceous notes framed velvety soft black cherry and plum flavours, culminating in a robust peppery finish.

Garnacha [At least 85%, I could not verify exact percentage.]
Cariñena
Spain
Bottled by San Valero Soc. Coop
12.5% Alcohol
$8 [average price]
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Sample submitted for review purpose.

Pasqua Sangiovese Puglia IGT 2012

pugliasangio

Straightforward and versatile, this is a glugable companion at the table, it was fantastic with polenta fries and peppery ricotta dip.

Estate: Pasqua Vigneti e Cantine was founded in 1925 in Verona, northern Italy by the Pasqua brothers. The second generation of Pasqua brothers, Carlo, Giorgio and Umberto expanded the vineyards into other regions and still head the estate today.

Philosophy: The estate is passionate about “tradition, innovation, quality, research” values that they pass down to each generation, “and are narrated today through native wines from the Veneto region as well as other great Italian wines with DOC, DOCG and IGT quality designation”.

Tasting Notes: Brick garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, white pepper and hints of earth. Straightforward and easy drinking with black cherry and hints of dried flowers fortified by earth and leather notes, smooth tannins and traces of white pepper on the dry finish.

100% Sangiovese
Puglia IGT
Italy
Bottled by Pasqua Vigneti e Cantine Spa
12.5% Alcohol
$10
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Le Cigales de Montirius Mediterranée 2013

cigales

Fresh and easygoing, a lovely glugable, boxed wine to have on hand.

Estate: The Montirius estate was founded in 1925 and has been under the leadership of the Saurel winemaking family for the past 5 generations. Located in the Côtes du Rhône, the estate consists of 133 acres of vineyards that are cultivated using organic and biodynamic methods.

Winemaking: Christine and Eric Saurel converted to organic and biodynamic practices in 1996, the wine is certified organic. Grapes were vinified in concrete vats, only indigenous yeasts were used.

Tasting Notes: Bright red-violet in colour with aromas of strawberry, summer woods and hints of tobacco. Earthy leather notes frame pleasantly tart fruit flavours of cranberry and red currant, finishing with smooth tannins and spicy black peppercorn.

50% Grenache, 50% Syrah
Mediterranée IGP
France
Produced and Bottled by EMB 84146 [Selected by Christine et Eric Saurel]
12% Alcohol
$26 [One box = 4 bottles]
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