Staff Picks: What to Drink This Week
Things our staff thinks you should consider trying!
2021 Von Winning 'Winnings' Riesling, Pfalz - $21.99
This wine is just delicious! It is everything that is great about Riesling—crisp, clean, mineral-driven with ripe fruit. Founded in 1849, with a commitment to farming organically, Von Winning is crafting some of the best Riesling in the Pfalz. What is so tantalizing about this wine is it strikes a perfect balance between crispy and juicy, which just keeps me coming back for another sip, and another, until the whole bottle is gone. Pairs perfectly with spicy Asian or Indian cuisine!
2017 Bodegas Primitivo Collantes Socaire Palomino Fino Blanco - $32.99
Looking for something weird and unexpected? Do I have a mind-bending Spanish white wine for you! Socaire hails from the Sherry region and is likewise made from the Palomino (Sherry) grape. Stylistically somewhere between a white wine and Sherry, Socaire has the region's signature chalky minerality from the albariza soils. This blanco is left unfortified then aged in barrels that previously held Fino Sherry for about 2 years. Unlike with Sherry, the barrels are fully filled to avoid a robust flor from developing. In a word, this wine is endlessly complex. Fruity, floral and fresh with salty savouriness, a surprising weighty body and bright acidity. Socaire is a gastronomic delight at the dinner table — pairs seamlessly with seafood anything!
2021 Simi Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County - $19.99
This just came in to the shop and checks a lot of boxes. $20 or under, yes! New to the shop, uh huh. Fresh mouthwatering acidity, got that too. A little bit of semillon in with the sauvignon blanc to make for a lush mouthfeel ending with a mineral driven finish. Try this with grilled shrimp or pasta salad with pesto.
2020 Feudo Montoni, Grillo 'Timpa', Sicilia - $26.99
Wine making has been practiced on the grounds of this estate since 1469. The original stone court-shaped winery building and cellar, known as a Baglio, still stands and is at the center of the Sireci family's Feudo Montoni vineyard estate. The estate is located in the rugged western interior of Sicily, with well sloped vineyards at a high elevation, ensuring cool nights and enough rain to balance out hot sunny days. Fully certified Organic viniculture is adhered to strictly. Fabio Sireci, and his family, grow only ancient Sicilian grape varietals like Perricone, Inzolia, Catarrato, and Grillo. The vines are kept rustic so the foliage is free to express itself. The land and vines are naturally supported and kept healthy through sowing of broad beans and peas in the vineyard. It is their 2020 vintage of the heat-resistant white grape, Grillo, that we have before us. After fermentation in concrete containers with the skins left in contact for part of the process, the wine is aged on the lees in cement for 6 months. The result is a wine full, rich, aromatic, and bright. Notes of peach, apricot, tangerine, and white flowers open up to a palate full of tropical fruit, matched by bright acidity. The finish is long with vibrant tension pervading to a thirst-quenching end. This wonderful white wine will make a great match with Mediterranean sea bass, Branzino, fresh from the sea.