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19 July 2017 Feature, News

A multi-decade dream comes true: Guigal has acquired a property in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The next chapter in this extraordinary family’s journey, cannot wait to watch (and taste) it unfold.

 

 

 

 
17 July 2017 News

A new post in Food & Wine focuses on 50 of the world’s most reliable, inexpensive wines that offer consistently amazing quality – year in and year out. The list includes 2 VINTUS wines, the E. Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge and the Langlois-Chateau Crémant de Loire. See the comments below on each vine, and here to see the complete list.

E. Guigal Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge ($15)
While Guigal’s greatest acclaim derives from its extraordinary single-vineyard Côte-Rôties, which Rhône wine fanatics refer to as the “La Las”—La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque—this family-owned firm makes top-notch wines at every price. Its typically Syrah-based Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge is full-bodied and compellingly aromatic.

Langlois-Chateau Crémant de Loire Brut NV ($20)
It’s sparkling, it’s from France, it’s delicious—and it isn’t Champagne. Langlois-Chateau, founded in 1885, makes a variety of wines, but its shortbread-scented, pear-inflected Crémant is the one that rises above the rest. A blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc, it ages for 24 months on its lees (the yeast cells left over after fermentation) rather than the nine months typical of most Crémants, which helps give it unusual lushness and depth.

 

 
14 July 2017 News

Devour Utah, a regional magazine and website based in Salt Lake City, UT, featured a review of the pinot grigio noting the wine is complex “with good acidity and ripe tropical fruit flavors.” The Le Rosse is recommended to “sip by itself, but also pairs very well with seafood and Asian flavors – even sushi and sashimi.”

Click here to read the article

 
13 July 2017 News

Click here to see a nice mention of Ayala in a SevenFifty.com article on the trend of low-dosage Champagnes.

Ayala is noted as an OG dry Champagne producer whose Brut Nature is a reflection of both its history and its current au courant approach:

“In 1865, Edmond de Ayala, of the eponymous brand AYALA, enthralled British consumers by offering a Champagne with only 22 grams of residual sugar during a time when most houses dosed their wines with two to five times that amount…Ten years ago, Champagne AYALA, too, returned to its roots with the release of its nonvintage Brut Nature.”

Lots of cool-kid somms in this piece espousing the benefits of low dosage; let’s not forget that Ayala is the boutique Grand Marque!

 

 

 
10 July 2017 News

CraveLocal, a news website, featured the Le Rosse Pinot Grigio in “What to Drink Now: Crave Local’s Top Wine Picks for Summer Entertaining.” For the second year in a row, the editors selected the wine as one of their “top picks and best buys” for the summer, noting that it’s far more impressive than typical Pinot Grigio. Scored at 91 points, the wine is highlighted for its food friendliness and citrusy profile.

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10 July 2017 News

DSM Magazine, a Des Moines, Iowa luxury magazine, featured the Rafael Valpolicella in “A Red That Tastes Great Chilled.” Wine writer Wini Moranville notes that after years of dissatisfaction with Valpolicella wines in general, it was Tommasi’s Rafael that “immediately got [her] back on the Valpolicella bandwagon.” She quotes NY Times critic Eric Asimov’s observation of “the winemaking renaissance that … has also come to Valpolicella,” and favorably reviews the Rafael, recommending that readers enjoy it well chilled. She also directs readers to a local retailer for purchase.

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10 July 2017 News

Nice feature for Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose in the Washington Post just before the July 4th weekend!

The article notes that the Rose comes “from a top producer in the northern Rhone Valley and “is a perennial favorite,” offering strawberry flavors, a hint of herbs, and good value. Click here to see the piece!

 
3 July 2017 News

We are happy to share a new review of the 2015 Tommasi Le Rosse Pinot Grigio in the Winston-Salem Journal. Wine writer Michael Hastings notes the pinot grigio has “tropical aromas, lots of citrus palate. A bit of richness, yet still plenty crisp, with a lingering finish.” He rates it as “good plus” in a roundup of wines he has recently tasted.

 
30 June 2017 News

Great comment from Dan Berger in the Napa Valley Register on the Cotes du Rhone Rosé:

“Wine of the Week: 2016 E. Guigal Cotes du Rhône Rosé($15): There are literally dozens of dry rosés available this year that are priced about the same as this one, but few have the reliability and versatility of this Rhône Valley stalwart. A blend of Grenache (60 percent) and Cinsault (30 percent), the wine’s raspberry aroma and mid-palate weight allow it to work equally with either rich seafood or lighter meat dishes. Or try it with pizza with a white sauce!”

Click here to read the article.

 

 

 
30 June 2017 News

Honest Cooking states the Cotes du Rhone Blanc “should be your go-to summer house white wine”. Below is an excerpt:

“Five Wines to Drink this Weekend

Here are five wines that we can’t get enough of so far this summer. Grab one or a few this weekend and let us know if you find a perfect patio pairing as you’re pouring. Bonus, each wine is less than $20 a bottle.

This floral white wine should be your go-to summer “house” white wine. Always have a bottle chilling to take on the impromptu trip to the beach or pool or to serve with your next batch of grilled fish tacos or lobster rolls.”

Click here to see the full list!