Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina
This is such a fun and funky wine! Though most people think Chianti when they think Italian wine, I love to see a white Italian varietal offered on a wine list. It’s definitely a full bodied white and has notes of dried apricot mixed with a bit of citrus up front with an almost salty midpalate that leaves a bone-dry finish. Italian white wine pairs well with white sauce pizza, seafood, salads, and lighter pasta dishes.
Jean-Marc Gilet Domaine de la Rouletière Vouvray Sec- Loire, France 2013
I love Loire Valley whites. This wine is made from the Chenin Blanc grape, also known as Pineau de la Loire. Chenin Blanc has naturally high acidity and this one is no exception, with its lively, subtle flavors, showing fresh
floral aromas, acacia, pear, citrus, and a dominant mineral character. It is dry on the palate and will pair extremely well with lobster, scallops, crab, pork roasts, fowl, or white bean stew.
Mercouri Estate Foloi White
Wines from Greece over the last couple of years have really stepped up their game regarding quality. The Mercouri Estate is not only using indigenous grape varieties such as red roditis in this wine but also international varieties such as viognier. I love that the richness from the viognier grape is still balanced by the citrus fruits of the red roditis. I would pair this wine with white flaky fish such as halibut, grouper, and mero sea bass.
DeBarge Vineyard and Winery Albariño
Two words: drink local! This is a solid bottle of wine that you could drink every day. The North Georgia schist, limestone, and clay make it work as well as any other land this side of the Atlantic. It pairs well with a number of dishes. Crispy-skinned fish pan-seared in your favorite oil? Yes! Spanish chorizo and clams with orange, thyme, and garlic? Yes! Fried catfish with roasted red pepper tartar sauce? Yes!
2014 Refugio Ranch Malvasia Bianca
This white is a bit of a mind-bender. Cumquats, orange blossoms, and exotic spices mix with abundant mineral notes and exceptional acidity. This wine would pair nicely with Asian fare, light shellfish dishes, and an array of cheeses.
2013 Domaine des Cassagnoles Gros Manseng
This wine includes a littleknown white grape from the Basque region in the southwestern corner of France. It’s a newcomer to the tri-state area and will please the palate when paired with lighter dishes, including roast or grilled vegetables, baked chicken, grilled fish, chicken salad, or tuna salad.