Domaine Champalou Vouvray Brut Petillant Non-Vintage ($23.99): 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.
Antoine Sanzay Saumur-Champigny 2014 ($22.99): 100% cabernet franc from on of the region’s most talented and up-and-coming winemakers, this medium-bodied, fresh red displays typical aromas of cherries and and raspberries, with a hint of tobacco and earth. Fermented only in cement tanks, this is extremely flexible with all sorts of food, from chicken to steak.
Bernard Baudry Chinon “Les Granges” 2014 ($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.
Domaine de l’Enchantoir Saumur Puy Notre Dame “Le Pied de l’Etrier 2013 ($19.99): This medium-bodied red, also from 100% cabernet franc, is inkier and darker than the others, with notes of cherries, with savory notes of peppercorn and bell pepper.