Goriška Brda Orange, Krasno 2019 (Primorska, Slovenia) $20Organic Ribolla, Friulano, and Malvazija Istarska, each with 6-12 months of skin contact. Technically an orange wine but a little pink in the glass. Pretty nose of white flower, minerals, fresh apricot, yellow peach, and chalk. Palate is loaded with fresh fruit, a tangerine peel-acidity, and gentle tannins. A fresher style of orange wine--drinks more like a complex rosé.
Roero Arneis, Nino Costa 2019 (Piedmont, Italy) $19Zippy and concentrated on the palate, with yellow fruits, bee pollen, and pear skin. Beautiful with roast chicken or young cheese.
Cotes du Rhone Blanc, Vignerons Ardechois 2019 (France) $15 85% Grenache Blanc, 10% Viognier and 5% Marsanne all from organic vineyards in the wild hills of Ardeche made by a small co-op of like-minded growers. Surprisingly light on its feet and refreshing. Delicate jasmine, lemon, tangerine on the nose. Light, round and fruity on the palate with apple, white peach, and a minerally finish.
Cotes Catalanes Blanc "Mon P'tit Pithon", Olivier Pithon 2018 (Roussillon, France) $2066% Macabeu, 17% Grenache Gris, and 17% Grenache Blanc from organic vineyards just north of the Spanish border overlooking the Mediterranean, in Calce. All hand harvested and destemmed, then wild fermented and aged in concrete before getting bottled unfiltered with almost no sulfur added. Medium bodied with crushed pears and citrus zest.
Douro Branco, Lacrau 2019 (Portugal) $16 Old vine field blend of Gouveio, Moscatel Galego Branco, Rabigato, Verdelho, and Viosinho grown organically on terraced vineyards in the hills of Cima Corgo, eastern Douro. Fresh and bright with notes of lemon oil, white flowers, roasted almonds and graphite.
Landes "Les Sables Fauves", Laballe 2019 (Southwest, France) $12This cheap and cheerful gem comes from Armagnac country southeast of Bordeaux and is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Colombard, Gros Manseng, and Chardonnay from biodynamic vineyards. Fresh, bright and easy with nice ripe citrus and stone fruit.