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It’s that time of the year to get outside and experience those things that you see splashed all across Instagram: dining al fresco, balancing precariously on the side of a pool with a glass of wine, endless beaches, and gorgeous sunsets. While those photos are generally dominanted by pink drinks, there are many other great summer sipping options and today, we have a few of them on the tasting bar! Come out and give them a try with Jenalyn!
- Juvé & Camps Reserva de la Família 40th Anniversary Cuvee NV: The 40th Anniversary Cuvee celebrates the first commercial release of the Juvé Family private cava, “Reserva de la Família” into the market. In 1977 guests at family functions encouraged Mr Juvé to launch this Brut Nature cava to the market. Today, it is the flagship wine of the estate and it expresses the family’s philosophy of extended aging on the lees and high quality, hand-harvested and hand-riddled cava. This brut nature cava is extremely versatile because no dosage added, so the acidity and bubbles clean your palate after each bite. It has aromas of ripe white peaches, toasted bread with lemon and apricots. The palate is rich and broad with toasted almonds, green apples, and a hint of green tea. Pairs with a wide variety of dishes: garlic shrimp, miso sea bass, sesame tuna, chicken tikka masala, salt & vinegar potato chips, and Jamon Iberico. 55% Xarel-lo, 35% Macabeo, & 10% Parellada
- Le Charmel Muscadet sur lie Sèvre et Maine sur lie A.O.C. 2016: From a superb 75 acre single estate in the village of Gorges which is located in the Eastern part of the Loire Valley near the Atlantic town of Nantes. The soil here ranges from granite and schist hillsides to some regions of clay and is rich in magnesium and potassium which is ideal for Melon de Bourgogne. The only grape permitted in Muscadet is Melon de Bourgogne and “sur lie” means that the wine has stayed in contact with the dead yeast cells for several months after fermentation has finished. This contributes to the creamy mouthfeel which makes the wine so attractive. It has beautiful aromas of pears and melons and is very delicate and refined on the palate. It has lovely mineral notes and a long crisp finish. Pairs wells with fish, shellfish, and goat cheese.
- Le Charmel Pinot Noir 2015: This Pays d’Oc 100% Pinot Noir comes from vineyards planted in Limoux, one of the coolest parts of Languedoc at the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains in the South of France. The milder temperatures and rain falls and the rocky soils consisting of clay and limestone create a unique terroir. Decade old vines are pruned using the “cordon de Royat” and “Guyot” methods so as to expose the fruits and foliage to the sun. Cold maceration and controlled fermentation ensure juicy flavors and dark color. A quarter of the final blend is aged in oak for 6-9 months. It shows aromas of red and black berries with nice floral notes mixed with hints of spices and vanilla. The palate is full of crushed fruits – raspberries, blackcurrants, tart cherries. Pair this with lighter grilled meats, like pork and chicken, or with meatier fish, like tuna.
- Stella Moscato 2016: When it is hot out, I often turn towards something a little sweet to help me cool down. This 100% Moscato of Alexandria is a perfect example of the fragrant, floral, and slightly sweet wines that can help when the temperatures rise! Grown under the Sicilian sun, it is no stranger to heat and with both a long, lingering finish and balanced acidity, it is well-prepared for hanging out with friend on the patio, your favorite Asian takeout, or alongside a bowl of refreshing fresh fruit. Enjoy this low-alcohol refresher as you plan your next adventure. Salute!