Okay, get those grills out! May is National Barbecue Month, and it's hard to resist Mother Nature's beckon call to get outdoors! So, whether you're bbq-ing, picnicking, or just chillin', the May Dirty Dozen has something for every occasion. Each wine chosen for its versatility, there's something here to put a smile on every face!
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2012 Jongieux, Eugène Carrel & Fils $10.98 net, $9.88 reorder
Jongieux is a commune among the alpine vineyards of Savoie in eastern France. Made from 100% Jacquère, this crisp quaffer is low in alcohol (11.5%), has plenty of bright acidity, and a kiss of citrus fruit. Its sleek profile makes it the perfect white wine for a hot afternoon and would pair well with oysters on the half shell or fettuccine alfredo.
2009 Ribolla Gialla, Rino Russolo $14.98 net, $13.48 reorder
Fresh out of oenology school, Rino Russolo is taking over from his father, Iginio, making the family's wines. Ribolla Gialla is the white grape of choice in and around Venezia. It produces an uplifting vinous experience. Its aromas hint at citrus blossoms and white peach; the palate is lively and zippy; the finish crisp. Great with Carpaccio di Tonno.
2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley, Pezzi King $13.98 net, $12.58 reorder
Dry Creek Valley is known for its warm climate, and there is plenty of ripe stone fruit-like character to this Sauvignon Blanc, but there is oh-so-more. It's not far from the Pacific Ocean, so the fruit benefits from cooler temperatures that creep in at night, bolstering fresh acidity that balances all that ripe fruit. Pair it with seared scallops and wild rice.
2011 Grenache Blanc/Rôlle, Domaine de la Petite Cassagne $12.99, $10.39 reorder
What can you say about a bright, fleshy little white Rhône blend that comes in at a price like this other than, "Yes, please?" It is medium bodied, shows plenty of fleshy fruit, and has a crisp finish. Great with a light pasta salad.
2012 Touraine Rosé, Domaine des Corbillières $14.99, $11.99 reorder
Our most popular Rosé year in and year out has to be Domaine des Corbillières Touraine. It's made from Pineau d'Aunis and Pinot Noir, and has that perfect shade of pale salmon color that suggests that it has fruit, but nothing overboard. It's bright and fresh, suitable for picnics, barbecues, or a weekend trip to the coast to watch the sun set.
2011 Viognier/Marsanne, Vignobles Boudinaud $11.49, $9.19 reorder
Here's another white Rhône blend, freshly fermented in steel tank. Made from mostly Viognier (85%), Thierry Boudinaud blends a little Marsanne in to tame the floral character of the former. The result is a bright, harmonious white sipper that could be called "springtime in a bottle." Pour it with your steamed clams, pancetta, and parsnips.
2007 Rioja, Uvaris $9.98 net, $8.98 reorder
If Tempranillo has a home, it has to be Rioja in Spain. There's something about the complexity that the variety gains from the old sod. It's a great food wine, pairing well with duck dishes, blood sausage, or just a bowl of olives.
2008 Nero d'Avola, Moziese $13.98 net, $12.58 reorder
Nero d'Avola has come into fashion as Sicily's most important grape for red wine. Think cocoa dusted raspberries here. The wine has depth and structure, yet retains a friendly charm that will tantalize your palate. The pairing ideas here are quite numerous. Sure, Sicilian-style flat pizzi work well, as would most pasta dishes that incorporate red sauce.
2011 Château Grimard $10.98 net, $9.88 reorder
From Bordeaux's right bank near Fronsac and Pomerol, Château Grimard has been in the family for 3 generations. Made of mostly Merlot from 25 year old vines, it is all fermented in steel tank, and is fresh and ready to drink once bottled. Think classic food pairings here with this one. A marinated, Santa Barbara style tri-tip sandwich would be ideal here.
2009 Carmignano, Le Farnete $18.99, $15.19 reorder
The rise of the Super Tuscan may have occurred in the latter part of the 20th century, but Cabernet Sauvignon has been grown and blended with the native Sangiovese in Carmignano since Medici times. Le Farnete's Enrico Pierazzuoli blends 20% Cabernet Sauvignon with Sangiovese for this Tuscan masterpiece. Pop one with a tomato based Osso Bucco.
2010 Crozes-Hermitage Les Pierrelles, Domaine Belle $21.99, $17.59 reorder
Whoa! Ding! Ding! Ringer alert! This 100% Syrah from the northern Rhône is some classy juice, folks. Les Pierrelles literally mean "little rocks" and one can get the sense that these vines thrive among the stony vineyards of Crozes-Hermitage. Bright red and purple fruit wrapped in mineral dominate the aromas, the palate is medium bodied with dark berry fruit and smoky spice. This is the perfect wine to pour with a hunk of beef slowly simmered on the smoker.
2010 Bourgogne-Hautes-Cotes-de-Beaune Clos Marc, Domaine Sylvain Langoureau $19.99, $15.99 reorder
Okay, now we're just showing off. Red Burgundy. In the Dirty Dozen. What a deal! From the brawny 2010 vintage comes a red Burg ready to be drunk now. It is lean and bright, has a rustic herbal profile, and finishes with lively acidity which makes it a very versatile food wine. Veggie burgers, beef dishes, or fowl, they will all work with this wine.
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