bargain wine (style) of the week and exciting news!

This week, I’m not just recommending a particular wine, but rather an entire  wine style that has become a fast favorite. Friends, I’m here to tell you about Muscadet. Pronounced moose-cah-day, this white wine from the Loire Valley is made from Melon de Bourgogne grapes and is frequently paired with shellfish— but this is my go-to sipping wine pretty much year round. Ridiculously crisp and clean with nearly no aftertaste, it’s also known to be devilishly difficult to identify at blind tastings.

If you haven’t heard of Muscadet, you’re not alone. It gained a reputation for being a simple, one-note kind of “meh” wine a few decades ago, and didn’t take off in any meaningful way among New World consumers. The area around Nantes became sort of infamous for producing crappy bulk wines (with some exceptions, bien sûr), and the Melon grape is, to be honest, pretty neutral tasting. Continue reading “bargain wine (style) of the week and exciting news!”

quickie bargain of the week and homebrew update!

Things have been busy and a little disorganized, but I can at least hip you to another wine to try.

So this is the Domaine de la Colline 2015 Chinon, a gorgeous French wine from the Loire made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes. It’s a steal at around $14, with deep fruit flavors like fig and cooked blackberry and a complex, rewarding herbaceous finish.

Next up is the end result of my home winemaking attempt #1. It’s surprisingly not bad, considering that it’s made from juice concentrate. It tastes like a middle of the road Chardonnay, but has a distinct banana aroma that makes me laugh when I taste it.

Next step is getting some real fruit and trying to make wine from higher quality juice. Many more steps, much higher probability of things going terribly wrong!

Back soon, friends. Santé!