July Staff Picks
Products priced for 750 ml bottles unless otherwise noted.
You’ve heard me praise the Rosé wines of Provence for their ease of enjoyment and versatility with summer foods. Here’s a Rosé from Corbiere in the Languedoc region of France that is an equally amazing blend of 50% Grenache Gris, 40% Grenache Noir & Carignan, 10% Cinsault & Mourvedre. What a Rosé! Berry notes of strawberry and raspberry meld with more tropical mango and pineapple aromas and flavors. Fresh acidity carries nicely through to the finish. I recommend simply enjoying a glass on its own poolside or on a boat ride around the lake. When it comes to food pairings, I think of grilled fish, crispy fish right out of the fryer, or grilled buttermilk marinated chicken strips with fresh rosemary.
You may be thinking, as I did, Chardonnay from France hails from Burgundy, right? Well, let me introduce this best kept secret: unoaked Chardonnay from Vin de Pays du Val de Loire that is well structured, beautifully balanced, delicious on its own, and very food friendly at a price of about half what you would pay for a like wine from Burgundy. Grab a couple bottles and enjoy. Enjoy it with a Maytag Blue cheeseburger, or grilled chicken or fish.
Roberto: Tapiz Mendoza Argentina Malbec 2015
In Argentina, there are a few kings among the food and wine culture. One is Argentina beef; the other is Mendoza Malbec. The two go together like Sonny and Cher or Simon and Garfunkel. Grab some well marbled ribeye steaks, grill them to perfection, and serve them up with this great Malbec. Enjoy.
This wine is consistently rated Marlborough’s best value premium Sauvignon Blanc. It has the characteristic New Zealand grapefruit, kiwi, and melon aromas. The same flavors are powerful, juicy and alive. Pour a glass of this crowd (and budget) pleaser anytime. Pair it with fresh grilled yellow or zucchini squash, summer salads, or with chicken salad on a grilled ciabatta roll.
Rosé is booming and I would like to introduce y’all to one of its brightest stars. As the label hints, this Rosé is coming to us from the historical city of AIX in Provence, world renowned for first class Rosé production. Bright, crispy and floral, this straw pink Rosé explodes with generous notes of strawberries, watermelon and citrus. Pairs well with lighter styled pizza or all kinds of light seafood fare. Enjoy!
Chris K: Fiction Chardonnay Blend from Field Recordings 2017
For many of us, big, heavy, overly oaked/mallowed Chardonnay has run its course. It is wines like the 2017 Chardonnay Blend from Field Recordings that give us hope for this iconic California varietal. In the bottle you have 80% Chardonnay, 15% Chenin Blanc and 5% Verdelho. The lively wine showcases more of a fruit expression and balanced acidity. This is guaranteed to be a hit at summertime gatherings as it pairs well with grilled fish, picnic charcuterie and warm season veggies.
Let’s get the food pairing out of the way right now! This wine got its name because it pairs so beautifully with a plate of pork right off the grill. The only other thing you really need to know is this is a fun wine with no pretentiousness. Twist the cap off and enjoy!
Tristan: Tuck Beckstoffer 75 Sauvignon Blanc 2016
When it comes to picking the vineyards for his Sauvignon Blanc, Tuck Beckstoffer primarily chooses Lake County, CA. I won't argue with Tuck, I have been a fan of Lake County Sauvignon Blanc for years now. They are some of my favorite white wines in the world and provide new insight into what California can do with this grape. Showing bright acidity, think New Zealand grapefruit, intertwined with the bolder structure and body of a white Bordeaux: this wine is complex enough to praise, but enjoyable enough to crush on the porch with good company. Grab two if the temperature outside is 75 degrees or above.
John B: Bulleit Bourbon 10-Year-Old
Bulleit Bourbon 10-Year-Old is Tom Bulleit’s selected reserve. Aged in charred American white oak, select Bulleit Bourbon barrels were set aside to age for 10 years. The result is a special expression of Bulleit that provides a rich, deep, incredibly smooth sipping experience. With a mash bill made up of 68% corn, 28% rye, 4% malted barley, it appears deep russet in color with rich oaky aromas. It has a consistently smooth taste with vanilla, dried fruit, and a long, smoky finish. At 91.2 proof, this is a great age dated bourbon for a great price!
Chris M: Pilsner Urquell
“Pilsner Urquell’s signature flavor balances sweetness from the triple-decocted malt, and bitterness from Saaz hops. The thick head of dense wet foam adds smoothness and seals in flavor and aroma.” – Pilsner Urquell
Josh L: Bell’s Brewing Two Hearted Ale
Summer time is the time for IPAs and this single hop IPA is a fantastic. Made with 100% Centennial hops, Two Hearted is a beer for hop lovers.
Ryan L: Ozark Lager
Lawnmower beer for the Lawnmower month where the grass is high and green. Ozark dedicates themselves to no frills, honest beer for honest hardworking people. The Ozark team carefully worked out a tasty lager that’s light and refreshing but doesn’t compromise flavor or body. It’s a firm, smooth tasting lager to drink proudly while cutting the grass.
Chris A: Stiegl Radler Zitrone
4 pack, 16 oz. cans
The kids are driving you nuts. The afternoon commute is a sweat-soaked sauna no matter how cold your a/c is running. The water in the pool is too warm to enjoy. Even the middle of the night feels like a blast furnace. You need to cool off, but it’s tough to find an affordable flight to the North Pole. May I suggest this refreshing lemon shandy? Made with real lemonade, this carbonated treat will… well, it won’t turn off the heat, but it will certainly make it easier to endure.
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