Wines that capture the summer spirit
From the South of France to Sicily, with a couple of special stops in between, the July Wine Box is a celebration of Summer.
Each of these wines invokes memories of summer holidays in their own way, from the campfire smoke aromas of Le Roc to the sea spray mineral freshness of Goisot.
They don't just pair well with summer foods, but also pair with summer lifestyle –the versatile Calcarius Roz can be enjoyed as an apertivo it's in between a light red or deep rosé- and should be served chilled.
The Vino di Anna Palmento states "Vino Bianco" on the label but it is definitely in Orange wine territory and is the perfect introduction for anyone who hasn't tried this category before. It's dry and refreshing and full of flavour that works particularly well with summer seafood.
All the wines are from organic, small, family-owned producers that embrace their local varieties and traditions.
New Wave Spanish
There’s the Spain you know and the Spain you don’t
Rioja, Cava, sherry… we consider these the three godfathers of Spain that made it an internationally famous wine country. But along with Spanish food, Spanish wine has made a vast leap forward in the last decade. Thanks to the likes of El Bulli – the legendary restaurant turned culinary institute that changed the way people thought about gastronomy– along with the innovative winemakers in all corners of the Iberian peninsula, Spain is transforming into one of Europe’s vinous hotspots.
Long standing family producers who have always been committed and passionate about the wines they produce are riding this wave. The new generation of children taking over have brought the best of both worlds – combining tradition with innovation. Producing wines that are balanced, focused, energetic, and extremely food friendly.
I chose the wines in the August box from my own personal experiences with them. Having spent time in these regions myself (Tenerife, Rioja, Basque region, Catalunya) and explored the wines in their natural environments along with the local foods, I selected these for Mummy Wine Club because of how delicious they tasted there, and here.
The wines are all different in style and made from different grape varieties, but one thing they share in common is having a long family heritage while embarking on new projects. Whether it's state-of-the-art technology in the winery, adopting a new classification system (not easy in Spain!), or experimenting with more sustainable viticulture to combat climate change– they are not standing still!