under $100 · White

La Biancara di Angiolino Maule Masieri 2015

(Veneto, Italy) / 67 Basically Soave, but Angiolino Maule doesn’t like the DOC, so this is declassified Gambellara.  This guy is a cult producer in the Italian natural wine scene, he used to be a famous pizzaiolo (pizza maker) and then decided to make wine.   Garganega from the foothills of Soave, no skin contact,… Continue reading La Biancara di Angiolino Maule Masieri 2015

Italian · under $100 · White

Paterna Il Terraio 2015

 (Tuscany, Italy) / 60 Cheap Italian white, Malvasia and Trebbiano from Chianti in Tuscany.  Soft lemons, nuts and pith.  An excellent cheese wine, although as with all italian wines no doubt goes with a wide variety of meats, seafoods and pastas

German White · under $100

Ziereisen Heugumber Chasselas 2015

 (Baden, Germany) / 68 New producer for us, and all of the wines i tasted were excellent and we will see a bit of them this year.   So i’ve copied the importer’s notes below about the producer.   The grape is Chasselas, which the Germans call Gutedel, and the Swiss sometimes call Fendant (those… Continue reading Ziereisen Heugumber Chasselas 2015

French · French White · under $100 · White Burgundy

Goisot Bourgogne Aligoté 2014

 (Burgundy, France) / 80 I think you all know this wine by now, amazing value Burgundy from the Côtes d’Auxerre in the extreme north of the region (but not quite in Chablis).   Pure mineral, piercingly precise, much more like Chablis than Burgundy proper. Advertisements

Aussie White · blend · under $100

Manon Modern Lovers 2016

 (Adelaide Hills, SA) / 78 The last of our collection of their excellent 2016 wines.  I’m a huge fan of these guys, i like Mon’s parents’ wines too, and like Tim so much we’re doing an event with him at the Mouse for the food festival.   This one is co-ferment of Moscato Giallo and… Continue reading Manon Modern Lovers 2016

Aussie Red · under $100

Momento Mori ETC ETC ETC

  Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, fermented over Moscato lees, actually 80% white, but drinks like a light red. Advertisements

Aussie Red · Syrah · under $100

Jaume Fairygarden Carbonic Shiraz 2016

McLaren Vale, South Australia $15 glass You all know James Erskine, still for me one of the most consistent and excellent producers in the Australian new-school.   He’s had a couple of French oenology students with him this past vintage, originally from the Beaujolais, so has played around with carbonic maceration for this wine (which… Continue reading Jaume Fairygarden Carbonic Shiraz 2016