Products priced for 750 ml bottles unless otherwise noted.
Clark: Leon Beyer Pinot Gris Alsace 2016
O hail to the great wines of France! Bordeaux. Burgundy. Champagne. Their notoriety comes, more often than not, with a hefty price tag. Enter the lesser known under-the-radar French wine region: Alsace. If you haven’t tried these wines recently, I recommend you make this the summer that you do. My pick this month, Leon Beyer Pinot Gris, is a great segue. It’s clean and fresh, light and zippy, with aromas and flavors of ripe pear. It is a perfect summer sipper and very food friendly too. Try it with a fresh summer salad topped with grilled salmon, Capellini with shrimp, or grilled eggplant and Halloumi.
Henrik: Chateau Ducasse Bordeaux Blanc 2017
Someone wrote about this wine, “Value of the year? No. Value of the Century!” The wine is a blend of 60% Sémillon, 5% Muscadelle, 35% Sauvignon Blanc, and at the first whiff I am taken on a tropical fruit journey, yet the wine is bone-dry; just what I want to serve with simple, delicate preparations of fresh fish and seafood.
Roberto: Chateau de Bellevue Lussac Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux 2015
This wine is mineral focused with a backbone that comes from the limestone shelf where the Chateau lies. It is made with 95% Merlot and and 5% Cabernet Franc that delivers pure berry fruit that makes it easy to enjoy in its youth, and enough mineral content to ensure graceful aging. Enjoy with hearty grilled meat.
David: Trivento Gold Reserve Malbec Mendoza 2016
This wine is a little bit rustic with notes of tar and mineral that lead to typical aromas of cherry and raspberry, and balanced with vanilla and coconut from oak aging. Currant and plum flavors are king on the palate, followed by soft tannins leading to the surprisingly elegant and smooth finish. Pair it, as they do in Mendoza, with grilled beef, pork, or goat.
Devin: Daniel Chotard Sancerre Loire Valley France 2016
As we warm up this spring I can think of very few white wines more delicious than a bright mineral-driven Sancerre. Hailing from the Loire Valley, Sancerre is one of two primary appellations that emphasize the grape we know as Sauvignon Blanc. Aged on the lees for 8 months, this wine has a brilliant pale-yellow color with a very pure nose reminiscent of citrus and white blossoms. Refreshing acid and full-bodied on the palate you can look to fresh trout, most seafood, and soft goat cheese as solid complementary pairings to this delicious white wine. Cheers!
Chris K: Presqu’ile Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2017
These days, it takes a lot to impress me in regards to California Chardonnay, but after tasting the 2017 Santa Barbara Chardonnay from Presqu’ille, I understand what makes this one so unique. The body on this beauty is light and has a very little presence of secondary fermentation. With tones of citrus and stone fruit, this wine is a fantastic option for springtime gatherings.
logan: Left Coast Estate “Cali’s Cuvee” Pinot Noir 2016
I'm a huge fan of Cali's Cuvee! This flagship Pinot Noir from Left Coast Estate is named in honor of the owner's daughter, and is an excellent example of what sustainably farmed estate grown winemaking can deliver. It explodes with raspberry and black cherry flavors that are balanced by good minerality, a touch of spice, and finishes with clean silky-smooth tannins. A delicious red wine that begs to be enjoyed with friends during the warming evenings of spring. I'll be drinking a bottle with grilled pork tacos this month!
John B: Commanderie de la Bargemone Provence Rosé 2017
Great Provence Rosé! This ancient estate, founded in the Middle Ages by the Knights Templar, has produced an exemplary Rosé. It has lightness and poise as well as great fruitiness, acidity and a crisp, zesty texture. Made up of a Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Cabernet blend, pale cherry color, the Rosé wine of Bargemone offers aromas of flowers and red berries, which make it harmonious and balanced. This wine is ready to drink!
Colin: Pendleton Blended Canadian Whisky
While I’ve never truly been a Canadian whiskey enthusiast, I have always had a soft spot for Pendleton Canadian Whisky. Light and sweet is the name of the game here, with all the usual suspects of maple syrup, toasted caramel, vanilla, and more there for your enjoyment. Cheers.
Chris M: Lagunitas Super Cluster Ale
“Super Cluster is a Citra-Hopped Mega Ale of intergalactic proportions. Everything we've learned about making hop-forward beer: Pale, cold, alcoholic, and bitter.”
Josh L: Stone Enter Night Pilsner
6-pack, 16 oz. cans
EXIT LIGHT. ENTER NIGHT. This clean, hoppy pilsner will be the perfect beer to cool you down this May. You’ll be riding the lighting in no time…wherever you may roam!
Ryan L: Sierra Nevada Sierraveza
Sierra Nevada welcomes summer with their take on those “easy drinking beers born south of the border”. Classic familiar cerveza from a classic familiar brewery with a balanced malt flavor and touch of floral hops. A good call to enjoy for Cinco de Mayo, another good call would be to add a lime wedge to your Sierra Veza, then you’re right at home.
Chris A: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
If you were to put a gun to my head and demand I name my top five favorite beers (and seriously, WHY would you do that?) this would definitely be on my list. Although we’ve hit the time of year where I typically seek out lighter brews, this gorgeous dark German doppelbock is one I enjoy any time I’m celebrating good friends, good news, or just for the hell of it. With a big nose of toffee, raisin, fig, and oak to greet you and a big flavor profile full of roasty malt, chocolate, and even a faint note of copper, you’re not going to want to wait for cooler weather to celebrate with this beauty.
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