Wines I Actually Buy

Chamisal Vineyards Chardonnay—A Great Summer Sip

As I mention in A Few Disclosures, it is a rather common practice for wine writers to receive samples (that is, free bottles of wine) from wineries for review. However, most wine writers I know (myself included) also buy bottles of wine—not only for review consideration, but simply because they find wines they love and get hooked on.

So I thought I would share with you my recent haul from the local wine shop. In spite of the fact that I have plenty of wine lying around to sample for review, I wanted some really, really good bottles around simply to enjoy. Here they are:

1. Santa Cristina Pinot Grigio (Sicily): A dry, refreshing, “nervy-in-a-good-way” pick that will go with anything and go down easily. Around $13.

2. Commanderie de la Bargemone 2011 Rosé (Provence): It’s been a few years since I’ve tasted this one, but let’s just say it’s a good bet. I love bone-dry rosés from Provence. Wonderful for summer sipping. Around $15.

3. Martin Codax Albariño (Rias Baixas): A summery white with body, and a great choice with seafood. Around $13.

4. Chamisal Vineyards Chardonnay (Central Coast): This stellar sip starts with a tingle, but ends on a smooth, round note—a little like the effects of Key lime pie. Normally around $18, but I got it on sale for $14. I bought two bottles.

5. Domaine de Baummard Savennières (Savennières, France): My one over-$20 splurge today (it cost $23). I adore this wine—haunting fruit on the nose, fascinating minerality, all-out elegance, and typical French je-ne-sais-quoi. Don’t even ask what grape it’s made from. It doesn’t matter. This one’s all about the place, not the grape.

Today's Haul from the Local Wine Shop

If you’re interested in reading more about Savennières, check out this article that I wrote for Relish Magazine.

Looking for other unoaked Chardonnays? I recently recommended these bottles in Relish Magazine.

And here are some other summer sips that I recently discovered and loved.

A la tienne, Etienne!*

* Interesting toast I learned this time around in France. It basically means “Here’s to yours, Etienne.” The “Etienne” part is said just because it rhymes with “tienne.” 

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