Tyson’s picks for Summer 2017

Summer is almost officially here!  More importantly, the changing of the season means it’s white wine time again.  One of my favorite areas to enjoy on a warmer day is Montlouis.  Greatly underappreciated, the region sits across the Loire River from its more well-known neighbor, Vouvray.  Like Vouvray, the only white grape grown within Montlouis is Chenin Blanc.  Generally speaking, the wines are more precise, acidic and show more fresh characteristics than Vouvray.

As most of my friends, family and everyone within shouting distance know the two we carry are my go-to bottles for the price.  The sparkling we carry is by one of the most well known and respected producers in the area, Francois Chidaine. The Montlouis Brut Methode Traditionelle displays beautiful fresh notes of white flowers, zesty citrus and a bright mineral characteristic.

If bubbles aren’t your thing, the still Montlouis we have will make you happy.  The wine, Le Rocher Des Violettes Touche Mitaine ( “touch of a mitten” in English) is explosively flavorful.  This straddles the balance of being very round in feel, but it delivers a laser-beam of minerally citrus fruit that will leave your mouth watering for more.

Enjoy these for the everyday price of $19.99 each, and see what the magical world of Chenin is all about!

See Tyson’s previous staff picks here.

Tyson’s picks Summer 2015

Tyson has been a part of the team at Capital Wine since January 2014, and has been working in the industry since 2008. He enjoys fine wine from around the globe but his favorite regions are Bordeaux, Burgundy, Condrieu, Jura and Rioja. While he isn’t studying or drinking a glass of his favorite wine, he likes to spend his free time hiking all around the Northeast or golfing. Stop in and pay Tyson a visit today!

Heron Hill Dry Riesling 2013 —

A very clean, crisp, focused example of Finger Lakes Riesling. Classic notes of peach, apple and honeysuckle will quench any thirst. Try with sushi and you will thank me later!
$13.99/bottle   sale price $11.75

Francois Chidaine Montlouis Brut NV —

A 100% sparkling Chenin Blanc from the Loire valley is a perfect substitute for those looking for an elegant, leaner styled bubbly. This has an amazing creamy feel with gingery notes of apple, rocks, pears and a slight beeswax quality.
$22.99   sale price $19.31

Duband Cote de Nuits Villages 2012 —

To put it simply, this is the best Red Burgundy I’ve ever had for the money. You’ll get developed Grand-Cru notes of forest floor, mushrooms and spicy red fruits for a fraction of the price.

$32.99    sale price $27.71