Staff Picks: What to Drink This Week
Things our staff thinks you should drink.
2019 Domaine Pierre Guillemot Savigny-les-Narbantons 1er Cru Vieilles - $69.99
Always a great go to producer for modestly priced Burgundy from the Cote d'Or, this 2019 Pinot has great vibrancy and balance. It shows aromas of bright red fruit and violet on the nose. The medium bodied palate shows no austerity and is fruit driven with flavors of red raspberry and cherry. The 2019 Burgundies we have been trying as a staff have been exceptional and very fruit driven showing well in their youth on a primary level and this has been one of our favorites. Try this delicious Burgundy with some classics like rack of lamb with an herbed crust or coq au vin.
2019 Chateau de Cèdre Blandine Le Blanc Cotes de Gascogne - $18.99
Pascal Verhaeghe and his brother, Jean-Marc, bring a welcome refinement to the wines of picturesque Cahors, located about an hour and a half east of Bordeaux. Their father began making wines at Château du Cèdre in the 1970s, and the fun-loving sons took over in the 1990s, banning all herbicides and chemicals, and adopting a domaine motto: "Move forward, experience new ways." Blandine Le Blanc is the latest release from the Verhaeghe Brothers. From low yielding, 30 year old vineyards, this is a blend of Colombard 50% Ugni Blanc 40% and Sauvignon Blanc 10%. A light, bright and herbal wine, this has green asparagus and citrus flavors. Acidity sears through the fruitiness, giving freshness and lift. Perfect for patios!
Lafleur Mallet Sauternes (375 ml) - $21.99
This dessert wine of Bordeaux is made from Semillon, Muscadelle, and Sauvignon Blanc affected by botrytis — a fungus that shrivels and decays wine grapes, concentrating their sugars. While it's true Sauternes makes an excellent pairing for desserts/pastries, many traditional pairings are contrastingly savory - such as foie gras and roasted chicken. Surprisingly, in Bordeaux you may find Sauternes served as an aperitif with oysters, highlighting its mouth-watering acidity. Salty cheeses, such as Roquefort or Pecorino, are beautifully complimented by this wine as well. There are many adventurous pairings to be explored with Asian cuisine — where sweet sauternes can balance chili spice. The Lafleur Mallet Sauternes is an excellent entry level Sauternes that will wrap you up in its full-bodied goodness, with flavors of dried Apricots, candied pineapple, honeysuckle, and orange rind.
2019 Santo Wines, Assyrtiko, Santorini - $27.99
From the famous, stunningly gorgeous Greek island of Santorini comes the rarified white wine, Assyrtiko. Despite harshly dry and windy conditions, the grape thrives in the volcanic soils of the island. The organically farmed Cooperative, Santo Wines, has given us a classic expression of Assyrtiko with their 2019 vintage. The wine was fermented with wild yeasts and spent 14 months on the lees. The result is a wine aromatic of white wild flowers and citrus. Flavors on the palate of pineapple and lemon are wrapped in a strong mineral backbone, lifted by crisp dry acidity. Surrounded by the Aegean Sea, sea bass and other grilled Mediterranean seafood make an ideal match for this beautiful wine.
Yaguara Cachaça Orgânica - $39.99
Caipirinha- the national drink of Brazil. This is one of the most refreshing of the springtime cocktails. Cachaca is similar to rum but instead of using molasses, cachaca is made with fresh sugar cane juice. It is tasty!
2 oz Yaguara Cachaça Orgânica
.75 oz simple syrup
4 lime wedges
Add all ingredients into the shaker, muddle it all up, add ice, shake it up, and pour everything into a glass.
Pretend you are in Brazil and enjoy!