Toast to Warm Weather With these Summer Selects!
By David Gordon, Guest Contributer
About the Author:
David Gordon is the Wine Director for Myriad Restaurant Group. He oversees the programs at newly opened Batard, as well as any consulting operations that Myriad presides over. Currently, he has created the list at Acela, the Myriad run restaurant at Citifield. David has been featured in many publications over the years including the Wine Spectator, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, etc. He has led the sommelier service at La Paulee every year since 2000 where he presides over 60 of the top sommeliers from around the world at this Burgundian celebration.
Summer brings us an abundance of warm weather, fresh produce and many reasons to celebrate. Warm up your palate this season with these excellent Summer selections, accompanied with food pairings. Cheers!
Chateau de Fleurie, Beaujolais 2015- $20
Fleurie is one of the ten Cru’s of Beaujolais and the most aromatic and soft. Made with the Gamay grape, this light bodied red is better served slightly chilled. It is great with burgers, barbecue and most summer picnic dishes.
Pepiere Muscadet Sevre et Maine ‘La Pepie’ 2017-$15
Made from the Melon de Bougogne grape, this dry, crisp, mineral scented white from the Loire is a classic pairing with raw oysters. Pepiere is the pre-eminent producer of Muscadet and uses organic grapes and natural winemaking in this refreshing white.
Jacquesson Champagne Cuvee 740 Extra Brut NV- $60
Jacquesson is one of the most prestigious Champagne houses, located in the village of Dizy. This cuvee is a classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Rich and creamy but with a laser focus, this is a Champagne to celebrate the summer with and worth the splurge.
Mas de Cadenet Provence Rose 2017-$15
A blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, this light colored, refreshing Rose is from the Saint Victoire sub-region which is best known for Cezanne’s paintings of the Mountain in the area. From a certified organic producer that has been in the region for seven generations. A great aperitif or with light fare.
Pence Ranch Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara 2016-$22
Pence Winery is part of a 200 acre working ranch. Winemaker Sashi Moorman uses organic grapes and minimal intervention to produce a medium bodied, delicious Pinot Noir from this site. A flexible wine with many foods including poultry, fish and lighter meats.