The Case for Summer

Nancy's case for summer

A beautiful Memorial Day weekend, a stunning late-Spring June, and a very fine Fourth of July weekend all lead up to what I consider “High Summer,” full of sunny days and warm evenings interrupted by just enough rain to keep the lush greenery and reservoirs happy. We slow down a bit, unhurried and not interested in being madly busy every single minute. The unplanned afternoon before us is deliciously inviting. Impromptu activities pop up, many social and significantly enlivened by something yummy to eat and drink. 

 

We at Appellation are here for you when it comes to wine and spirits to enjoy with your heavenly meals or get-togethers with friends. From cocktails to dessert, we’ve put together specially-curated selections: Jacob’s six-bottles-with recipes ‘cocktail kit’ and my summer wine favorites this year, a set case of 12 wines in a range of varieties and styles that includes a pair of quite different bubblies, four whites, two rosés, and four reds, all of which are delightful, I assure you. Tasting notes for each wine are provided and—bonus!—the case is offered at an even bigger-than-usual discount! 

 

Drumroll! 

 

Here they are:

 

NV German Gilabert Penedès Macabeo blend Cava ‘Brut Nature, Reserva’

Spain’s classic sparkling wine. Half Macabeo, boasting crystalline acidity, it’s a terrific, dry, and subtly aromatic wine. A refreshing apéritif and excellent foil to grilled fish, paella, and—of course—tapas. Or you can open it when you next have cause to celebrate! 

 

’13 Quarticello Emilia IGT Sparkling Malvasia ‘Despina’ (Sustainable)

Lovely, softly sparkling white pét-nat from the same region that brings us Lambrusco: unfined, unfiltered, and a bit floral, with notes of cantaloupe that is a true any-time treat. Delightful on its own, it’s also perfect with brunch or after dinner. 

 

’14 San Quirico Vernaccia di San Gimignano (Organic)

THE white grape of Tuscany, in this example fresh, zesty, and citrusy with herbal hints. A wonderful food wine: excellent with fish and seafood as well as the antipasti that’s such a terrific and Italian way to start your meal. 

 

’10 Schwarzböck Weinvertel Grüner Veltliner ‘Kirchberg’ 

Grüner Veltliner with a bit of bottle age! Light-medium bodied, it offers nice acidity and a supple texture along with notes of granny smith apple, white pepper, and minerality. Try with pasta salad or room temperature cured meats. 

 

’13 A.J. Adam Mosel Riesling ‘Trocken’ 

Truly dry, A.J. Adam’s Riesling Trocken is a wonderfully Mosel expression of its distinctive steep terroir. This vivid, minerally winner is redolent of stone fruit and offers vibrant acidity that works with just about any food. A stunner!

 

’13 Domaine de Saint Pierre Arbois Chardonnay blend ‘Château Renard’ (Biodynamic) 

Join us in a long slide down the slippery slope of wine appreciation into the Jurassic Jura. This barely-oxidative blend from Arbois is simply gorgeous, full of flinty aromas and delicate fruit supported by a spine of minerality. 

 

’15 Daniel Crochet Sancerre rosé

Sancerre rosé is often an overlooked gem among the many French regions producing rosé. 100% Pinot Noir, Daniel Crochet’s shows off just what’s possible. Full of expressive minerality, subtle lemon zest, and generous strawberry fruit, it’s a super summer sipper. 

 

’15 Château de Vaucouleurs Côtes de Provence rosé (Organic)

Grenache, Cinsault, and the usual Provençal suspects strut their stuff in this refreshing winner. Dry, delicate, and supple, it is eminently quaffable and the perfect option for Salade niçoise, Calamari, or on its own on a beautiful day. 

 

’14 A Los Viñateros Bravos Itata Valley Cinsault ‘Canto a lo Divino’ (Biodynamic)

Coming from dry-farmed (no irrigation, ever) 100-year-old Cinsault bush-vines grown as far south in Chile as is possible, this typical farmers’ “house wine” is truly vibrant. Natural acidity, dark red fruit, and medium-light weight make this a frisky friend for summer fare. Especially delicious chilled!

 

’12 Bloomer Creek Finger Lakes Cabernet Franc

From a star in the Finger Lakes winemaking firmament comes this scintillating Cab Franc. Positively ‘Loire-ish’ in style, it bursts with vivid dark red fruit and hints of black pepper. Lovely on its own, it’s also the rare red wine that will gracefully accompany delicate fish dishes. 

 

’13 Cascina Dardi Barbera d’Alba (Sustainable) 

Barolo may be the King of Piedmont, but Barbera is what most people (including winemakers) actually drink day-to-day. Flavorful, with abundant red fruit, food friendly soft tannins, and—in this particular expression—enough weight to work marvelously with heartier fare like red sauced pastas, grilled meats, and bold cheeses. 

 

’13 Domaine Lacroix-Vanel Coteaux du Languedoc-Pézenas Grenache blend ‘Fine Amour’ (Organic)

Languedoc is famous for fairly-priced wines made from the so-called “international varieties,” but they can sure knock a GSM-blend out of the park, too. Think Côtes du Rhône, on the richer end of the spectrum, with plentiful red fruit and abundant black pepper—the perfect foil for grilled lamb chops. 

 

I’m eager to hear what you think of these twelve special bottles, so please do stop in and say hello. Also, don’t forget that you never have to lug a heavy box along with you because we deliver everywhere in the five boroughs and even to Long Island! Let us do the heavy lifting for you!

 

Nancy’s Case for Summer $200.00 

 

Cheers, 

Nancy