Welcome to Vine & Table and the Pick 24! This month, as we do each month, we scrutinized and evaluated dozens of highly rated wines and chose only the top 24 to go into our monthly special selection. Then we priced each wine at $24 or less. Presto – the Pick 24! – Ideal wines for stocking up, entertaining and everyday enjoyment.
June’s Pick 24…
We’ve made it through the dreary winter, the unpredictable spring and now we are finally into the season of fun and sun. School is out… let the summer fun begin!
We’ve got for you a Pick 24 selection that is ideal for this season of picnics and parties, of relaxing in the sun, and enjoying family and friends between the must-do’s. You’ll find a full selection of refreshing reds and whites that are easy drinking for summer and will fit most palates. We’ve chosen wines with a nice level of acidity, which refreshes the palate, and not an abundance of alcohol… so that extra hour of daylight savings time doesn’t go to waste! One of our favorites this month is the Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc 2009. It is an excellent choice for the cab lover. With its brilliant blend of grapes from diverse growing conditions near Napa and the northern reaches of Lake County, this is a wine with effusive aromas and texture and is true to type. We recommend serving this red ever so slightly chilled. Another wine that has us doing the happy dance is the Naveran Cava, a dry sparkling wine from Spain. Full, dry and fresh all at the same time, it is an elegant wine not to be saved for a special occasion!
Gérard Bertrand has been nominated winery of the year by Vine & Table and several of its wines made this month’s Pick 24. We love this leading wine maker from the South of France, as it is a large-scale winery but putting out some beautiful boutique-style wines. This winery is producing some fabulous quality-for-the-price products. It is France at its best… and all under $20! One particular call-out is the Gérard Bertrand Rosé. It has got to be the lightest Rosé on the planet. But don’t be fooled by the visual weight, it has unbelievable structure contained inside its blend of 70% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc and 10% Pinot Noir; and pairs well with just about everything we want to eat this summer!
Still not sure which to try? Well, join us for our Pick 24 Release Party the first Wednesday of this month, when we’ll crack open all 24 wines and give you the opportunity to ‘Try Before You Buy’ and we guarantee you’ll find just the right wine, to enjoy all month long at just the right price.