Domaine Champalou Vouvray Brut ($21.99): A blend of three different vintages of chenin blanc, this dry bubbly has slightly less effervescence than Champagne, with generous aromas of stone fruits, white flowers, and a bit of honey, making it an easy drinking aperitif or even easier pairing with shellfish.
Chateau de Breze Saumur ‘Clos Mazurique’ ($20.99): This elegant example of Loire Cabernet Franc is aged in stainless steel vats giving it a bright freshness not often found in Loire red wines. Aromas of dark cherries and fresh flowers arise from your glass. The palate shows bright red fruits mingling with the expected earthy tones of Loire reds.
Lucien Crochet Sancerre Rouge La Croix du Roy ($29.99): Lucien Crochet has long been a top producer in the Loire. While most of his planting are Sauvignon Blanc, a small parcel of Pinot Noir makes one of the most expressive wines in the region. Rustic in style, with bright red fruit and an appealing herbaceous quality. This is a gem that should be tried by every Pinot Noir lover.
Bernard Baudry Chinon ‘Les Granges’ ($19.99): 100% cabernet franc, this medium-bodied red is perfect for warm weather. With tell tale notes of cherries, herbs and tobacco, Baudry’s Chinon is a benchmark for the region, and a great introduction to the refreshing reds of the Loire.