Your head might be up in the slopes (despite this weather), but my head has been thinking Spring! I’ve been loading up the shelves with new arrivals in anticipation of warmer weather and longer days and I just couldn’t wait any longer to share a couple of bottles with you.
And with our Winter Wine Sale just beginning, these two wines are too good to pass up.
COLIN BAROLLET CHARDONNAY
Regular Price: $14.99/btl
20% off with 2 bottle purchase: $11.99/btl
Of all the white wine grape varietals, surely the one which has spread the furthest and perhaps even most widely appreciated is Chardonnay. And it is hard to compete with the white Burgundies of France. The Burgundy region of France is quite often hailed as amongst the finest wine region in the world.
So, with that giant statement, you might expect a wine with a giant price tag, right? Wrong. Obviously I love good wine, but what I love more is finding a tremendous wine at a tremendous value. Enter Colin Barollet.
Tucked away in the stunning and historic appellation of Cote de Beaune (southern half of Cote d’Or), Colin Barollet produces a creamy Chardonnay with a fresh and elegant aroma of white flowers and lime. A pleasant acidity that blends seamlessly with the toasty and dried fruit flavors. Perfect paired with Gouda, Gruyere or goat cheese, but also delicious with chicken, shellfish and a plethora of dishes highlighting mushrooms
TERRE NERE ROSSO DI MONTALCINO
Regular Price: $19.99/btl
20% off with 2 bottle purchase: $15.99/btl
Rosso di Montalcino is found in the same area as its bigger (and maybe more famous) brother, the Brunello di Montaclino. Both are situated in the heart of Tuscany, but Rosso di Montalcino was created in 1984 in order to make the most of the fruit from younger vines of new plantings. Why? To create a fresher style of wine that needed considerably less aging time (aka wine makers could make a little more money while waiting for the “big brother” to age).
I don’t know how you feel, but I’ve always thought that was great news for the rest of us not looking to spend $100+ on a bottle of Brunello! Terre Nere Rosso di Montalcino is a velvety, fresh wine that delivers incredible purity and a true taste of place.
The ruby red coloring and intense fruity aroma with hints of raspberry and pomegranate blend to create an elegant and harmonious palate. With its long lasting and smooth finish, it’s hard to resist just having a single glass of this irresistibly Italian red. Grab some salami, cheese and your favorite crusty bread and call it a night! Or, if you’re like me, grab a big bowl of Chef Kate’s homemade bologonese!