Staff Picks

 

 

NV Calcarius Freccianera by Valentina Passalacqua – Puglia, Italy  $27

By all accounts, this is shaping up to be the Summer of Valentina Passalacqua, and this bottle earns our vote for MVP. Calcarius is a natural wine project from Passalacqua focused on the kimmeridgian limestone soil of her native town in Puglia. Freccianera, a pet nat rosé, is bright, crisp, and light with a slight tart note, and brand new to the Calcarius lineup. The quintessential picnic wine, it will beautifully complement your fresh crudité platter, your juicy BLT, Middle Eastern delicacies, and barbecued seafood on the back porch. SHOP

 

 

2019 McCall Marjorie’s Rosé – North Fork of Long Island, NY  $18

This Merlot/Syrah/Sauvignon Blanc blend is made right in our backyard at McCall Wines in Cutchogue, on the North Fork. Marjorie’s Rosé is a sulfite-free, pale salmon, Provencal-style wine with floral notes and summer fruit on the nose, and a bright acidity to match your summery salad, happy-hour cheese plate, and beyond. It’s produced in very small quantities, so get it while you can and kick off summer right! SHOP

 

 

2019 Rimbert Cousin Oscar Cinsault – Languedoc-Roussillon, France  $17

“Chillable reds” might seem like a trend, but it’s always been the norm in French bistros, where slightly chilly light-bodied reds step in for whites and rosés as a supremely versatile, crowd-pleasing pairing. Cousin Oscar, a 100% Cinsault from Jean-Marie Rimbert, is a light, bright, thirst-quenching delight to pair with grilled kebabs and veggies. This is a great example of “carbonic maceration,” in which the grapes ferment first in a CO2 environment to soften the tannins, keeping things light and fruity. SHOP