Touraine Sauvignon Blanc de Silex et Tuffeau, Raphael Midoir 2018 $15 (Loire, France) Meet your new go-to Sauvignon Blanc from 10-45 year old organic vines near Cheverny, grown on a mix of flinty clay soil called silex and volcanic soil called tuffeau, made all in steel with native yeast and really low sulfur. Bright and expressive with ripe grapefruit and tropical notes and a zippy mineral finish.
Muscadet "Cuvee Elegance", Jean Paul Aubron 2018 $14 (Loire, France) Single vineyard Melon de Bourgogne from an organic plot planted on Gabbro, a green volcanic rock based soil, in 1980 then aged in underground glass lined cement tanks. Bottled sunshine.
Elbling Liter, Weingut Furst 2018 (Mosel, Germany)Think of Elbling as the Muscadet of Germany. It grows on the chalky soils of the northern Mosel and Luxembourg. Dry and crisp with bright citrus and a tiny hint of spritz. Definitely in the patio-pounder category.
Landes Blanc "Les Sables Fauves", Laballe '18 $12 (Southwest) This 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.
L'Isola dei Profumi Bianco, Alcesti 2018 $14 (Sicily, Italy) Organically farmed indigenous Sicilian grapes from the north side of the island. 60% Catarratto, 40% Grecanico. Bright, zippy acidity with pretty minerals. Total patio pounder.
Napa Valley Village Chardonnay, Mathiasson 2019 $19 (California, United States) Organic Chardonnay from a number of Organic plots in Napa, pressed whole cluster and fermented with native yeast and aged in used barrel. Ripe and round, but fresh with orchard fruit and citrus.