Gambellara "I Masieri", Angiolino Maule 2018 (Veneto, Italy) $18
Gambellara is just north of Soave and shares a lot of similar characteristics, making zippy whites made mostly from Garganega (this one has a little Trebbiano added as well) grown on volcanic soil. Angiolino Maule started this winery from scratch in the late 80s, from money he saved working as a well known pizzaiolo, and has worked completely naturally from the start. Medium bodied and fresh with apple skins and bright citrus. Vegan.
Elbling Liter, Weingut Furst 2020 (Mosel, Germany) $15 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.
Blanc de Pacs, Pares Balta 2020 (Catalonia) $15 This is a classic Cava blend of 51% Parellada, 29% Macabeu and 20% Xarel·lo from biodynamic vineyards in Penedes, made with native yeast and low sulfur. Easy drinking Patio Pounder with character made by two sisters working naturally.
Muscadet "La Pepie", Domaine de la Pepiere 2020 (Loire, France) $21
The benchmark style of the estate: racy, crisp, acid- and mineral-driven, with a bare hint of richness from the sur lie factor, very much indicative of Pépière's granite-based terroir and clean, natural winemaking style. Oysters please and thank you.
Sauvignon Blanc Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Jean Aubron 2019 (Loire, France) $15 Organic Sauvignon Blanc from 40+ year old vines grown on gabbro and volcanic soils, fermented in stainless, unfined, lightly filtered and barely sulfured. Grassy herbs on the nose, green apple peel, chalk dust, and honeydew melon on the palate. So clean and quaffable. Ideal for grilled seafood, soft cheeses, picnics, rooftops, etc.
Landes "Les Sables Fauves", Laballe 2019 (Southwest, France) $12 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.