This new discovery - a Semillon from an up and coming husband and wife team in California - feels like the first glimpse of the sun shining through the trees as the season shifts from the busy productivity of spring to the relaxing long days of summer. With aromas and flavors of just-ripe peaches, a tall glass of tart lemonade, the minerality of crushed oyster shells, and just a hint of almond - perhaps your mom’s almond cookies wafting through the kitchen window to the yard - it’s enveloping in its comfort yet still fresh and exciting, like the nostalgic feeling of an entire summer vacation ahead.
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Here’s a wine that embodies San Francisco summer just perfectly. It’s not a tropical summer vacation in a bottle - with overripe mangoes and pineapples or sweet vanilla - but rather a wine that’s zippy and refreshing as the fog rolling in at four o’clock, like flavors of California citrus - Meyer lemons and homegrown limes, aromas of white blossoms in full bloom along the sidewalks of every neighborhood, and like that first bite of summer stone fruit from the farmer’s market. This wine welcomes the arrival of summer in a way that’s distinctly homegrown.
Chateau Cremade Rosé
A taste of elegance and artistry. Pink satin in color, with aromas and flavors of strawberry, grapefruit, and tangerine, this wine has a sophisticated creamy texture and lingering acidity that take it from a mere smile on your face to a “close your eyes and take a deep breath” kind of moment. At the risk of furthering a stereotype and distancing those who would rather pass on the pink stuff, this elegant rosé is pure poetry and I can’t wait for you to try it.
Maître de Chai Zinfandel
This delightful bottle feels like a loving pat on the back. It energizes you, warms your soul, and puts a big smile on your face. A lighter, more fresh and tannic driven zinfandel than Californians are used to seeing, this wine takes a grape that is often gilded beyond recognition (and certainly beyond balance), and transforms it into something simultaneously serious and worthy of recognition, while also immediately enjoyable and perfect for the table.
Vinca Minor Red Field Blend
When I first discovered this field blend of Carignan, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah, I was immediately taken back to that image of summers in Marin. The aromas of forest floor and wild blackberries from my childhood were taken to a sophisticated new level with the addition of black and tea and dried herbs lingering on the finish of every sip. It felt like the perfect wine to share with you for our summer collection.
Like a Friday night with your best friends, this wine immediately puts you in a good mood. It’s fun, refreshing, and most importantly, doesn’t require a sommelier certification to appreciate it’s best qualities. But before you worry that it isn’t worthy of a special occasion, let me say that you’ll love its elegant bouquet of raspberry, violet, and black tea, and a satisfying subtle smoky finish, making it the absolute perfect bottle to kick off the weekend, celebrate some good news, or simply turn a Tuesday into something special.