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  • Pick of the Week– Punta Crena, Lumassina, Colline Savonesi, 2012

    Pick of the Week– Punta Crena, Lumassina, Colline Savonesi, 2012

    One of the things that I so love about wine is the discovery process. There are always new wines to explore as importers extend their reach and bring more wines into the country. While this wine is "new" to me, there is little new about it. The Ruffino family that owns the estate has tended vineyards in this tiny village  of Varigotti for more than 500 years, accumulating knowledge of place, from soil and native varieties, to building the stone walls that give form to the terraces on the promontory extending into the Mediterranean. Lumassina is one of the varieties native to Liguria, grown almost exclusively in the province of Savona in which Varigotti is located. Because it is late ripening and hard to cultivate, it would be extinct but for a few families like the Ruffinos who continue to work with it. Two of their eleven hectares of vineyards are planted with Lumassina. The label playfully depicts a snail, both because the name likely derives from  "lumasse" which means snail in the local dialect and because it traditionally has been paired with snails. Lately, this has been one of my favorite whites. It has a fragrant nose that is… Read More »
  • Pick of the Week — Domaine Les Chardons, Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine, Loire

    Pick of the Week — Domaine Les Chardons, Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine, Loire

    If you're a Sauvignon Blanc drinker, we are confidant that you will enjoy this well-made, flavorful Touraine from Sophie and Thierry Chardon. The Windham Wines tasting group got together a week ago and each of us rated this our number one white of the tasting (out of a total of 15 whites). It was our favorite because we all felt that it was drank above its affordable $13.99 bottle price -- and, it's organic! We were sitting outside in the early evening and all agreed that it would be welcome on each of our porches for the remainder of the summer. This Sauvignon Blanc has lovely aromas and flavors that range from crisp cucumbers and wet stones to lemon drops and sweet alfalfa, though admittedly the latter may have been inspired by the tractor haying the field across from the porch where we were tasting. We thought that it would partner well with a chilled cucumber soup (a simple, delicious recipe from Cedar Circle Farm a bit north in East Thetford) with either dill or mint; pasta with fresh peas, lemon zest and mint; roast chicken; seared scallops, simply prepared with a lemon-herb dressing. And, of course, it is also just so pleasant as… Read More »
  • New Arrival — Domaine des Corbillières, Touraine Rosé, Loire

    New Arrival — Domaine des Corbillières, Touraine Rosé, Loire

    Rosé Domaine des Corbillières, Touraine, Rosé, 2013 This is a really enjoyable wine. I am so glad that Fore Street in Portland made a mistake and served me this instead of the Domaine des Corbillières, Sauvignon Blanc that I ordered (and already knew I liked, and which would've been a great complement to the excellent baked North Haven mussels appetizer). With a superb dinner, this little rosé was a happy discovery. Often, rosés from France’s Loire Valley can have a vegetal quality to them, but this blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot d’Aunis offers plenty of fruit in the glass: cranberry, blueberry, cherries, tart tartin, with a finish of orange zest and, for those of us old enough to recall it, Beeman’s gum. We feel fortunate to have this rosé available at this price. Only 1300 cases were made. Dominique and Veronique Barbou, owners of Domaine des Corbillières, farm their grapes with as light an environmental footprint as possible, growing only indigenous varieties, foregoing chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and hand-harvesting grapes. This Loire rosé is going to be a welcome addition to a wide range of foods, from fresh greens with blueberries and cranberries, Indian food (I like the idea of the… Read More »