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Marblehead in June is just a special month. The days start to get a little warmer, the sun sets a little later and even the nights are a little warmer. You can tell that summer is right around the corner. I’ve picked two wines that are sure to help give you a smooth transition. Cheers!

PAUL BUISSE SAUVIGNON BLANC
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Origin: France
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2014
Price: $14.99/btl

If a June night could talk, it would probably tell you to drink Sauvignon Blanc! That’s at least what I would tell you to do! It is just one of my favorite styles of wine for the warmer weather. Give me a dozen oysters, a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and I am a happy guy!

Meet Paul Buisse Sauvignon Blanc: our #1 best-selling Sauvignon Blanc! Pioneers in sustainable farming, the Chainier family were among the first to employ green practices in the area. Spring brought pleasant weather that was marked by a frost in the end of April. A stormy summer and warm, early September followed, resulting in grapes with a balanced acidity.

But what about the wine? Pale in color with a green tint, it is delicate, fruity and has floral aromatics that lead to a racy yet delicate palate that is fruit forward with bright acidity and a seamless finish. Incredibly lively and fresh. Ideal for appetizers, this crisp, fresh Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect wine to open your palate, serving as a great match for soft cheeses, specifically goat cheese, which is a specialty of the Loire region, summertime salads, shellfish and seafood.

DOMAINE CABIRAU COTES DU ROUISSILLON
cabirau
Origin: France
Varietal: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan
Vintage: 2014
Price: $15.99/btl
If a June night could talk, it would say “WOW” because it’s hard to imagine finding wine this good at this price.

But that’s what importer, Dan Kravitz, has built his name on over the last three decades. I can never get over the value his wines have. And back in 2007, Dan decided to take the plunge and purchase his own vines in the region of Maury (a sub-appellation of Roussillon). The Grenache sees no oak and the Syrah and Carignan are matured for six months in two-year old French oak barrels. Cabirau delivers lusciously ripe black raspberry laced with sage and a touch of brightness that gives a juicy finish. A dynamic wine in every sense of the word!

Cabirau has beautiful balance and makes a perfect match for grilled meats. I could also see this wine aging well for about ten years or more.