Viti Vini Bibi – Domaine Benjamin Taillandier (2016)
Grape Variety(s): Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan )) Style: Dry Red
Region: Minervois, Languedoc, France
Winemaker: Benjamin Taillandier
Soil: Shiste, Clay, Limestone, Sand, Marne Age of Vines: 50 yrs
Attention! Like a good grilled hamburger? Well, here’s your new burger wine. Don’t eat
burgers ? You’ll still love this wine! Benjamin feels that many of the wines in the Minervois AOC are too concentrated and alcoholic, and works hard to make wines that, while full flavored, are lighter, fresher and lower in alcohol than most average wines from the Languedoc. Indeed, there is a level of liveliness in this wines that you seldom see in the wines of the region, Benjamin is happily introducing people to the concept of Minervois “vin de soif.” This is a three grape blend from old vines aged in steel. Fruity and inviting, this wines really over- delivers in our opinion!
Rosato da Tavola – Azienda Agricola Cirelli (2017)
Grape Variety(s): Montepulciano Style: Dry Rosé
Region: Abruzzo, Italy
Winemaker: Francesco Cirelli
Soil: Calcium and Clay
Age of Vines: 5 yrs
Agricola Cirelli is an organic farm surrounded by 23 hectares of land. All of its production is designed to respect the natural cycles of the olive trees, vineyards, horticultural crops and the animal breeding. Crop rotation, natural fertilization, and free range animal grazing are Agricola Cirelli’s “techniques” of production. This harmonious environment creates olive oil, wine, vegetables, fruit and meats of supreme quality. This Rosato is a great wine for the rainy weekend ahead as it’s kind a little more backbone than most French Rosés. Aged in steel, it still retains a lot freshness and will serve a delicious aperitif! In general, I find Rosé or Rosato (same thing, two languages) pair great with vegetables, both raw and cooked...it’s my go to. Enjoy!