Welcome to the latest installment of the Streetcar Monthly Pass. If you’ve already purchased a pass, thank you! If you haven’t, you should check out this page to learn how it works. Below you’ll find some information about each of this month’s six Monthly Pass selections. If you bought a 2 or 4 bottle package and one of the wines you didn’t get piques your curiosity, we have all six in stock. Unfortunately, we can’t swap out one wine for another, since they aren’t all equal in value. On to the wines!
appellation: Coteaux Bourguignons, FR
grape variety: sacy (tressalier)
Céline and Frédéric Gueguen are Domaine Gueguen, based in the village of Prehy, just south of Chablis. After years working for Celine’s father Jean Paul Brocard at Domaine Chenevieres, the couple has established their own property just last year! Together they farm several hectares of vines and produce a handful of white wines, including two Premier Cru Chablis. The famed grape of Chablis is chardonnay, but here we find a wine made of 100% sacy, also known as tressallier. In years past, sacy was widely planted in the Yonne department and areas surrounding Chablis, though these days it is more often found a bit further south, in the Auvergne. Crisp and light with snappy acidity and pretty green pear notes, we think this white is a no-brainer for light cheese, fish, or long afternoons on the porch.
appellation: Anjou, FR
grape variety: chenin blanc
Appellation Anjou falls centrally in the valley of the Loire River, close to the historic city of Angers. The majority of wine produced here is red, with only about 15% of the region's production devoted to chenin blanc, the area's favored white grape. That said, the wines of Coteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume, in the south of Anjou, represent some of the most desirable and long-lived white wines in the world. Domaine du Petit Clocher, an estate with four generations of members of the Denis family at the helm, produces a range of reds and whites from throughout the appellation. This wine would be considered the estate's everyday drinking white, though its fleshy texture and intensity of flavor would suggest otherwise. Dig out the old French cookbook for a sauce to go with fish: béchamel? hollandaise?
appellation: Toscana, IT
grape varieties: malvasia, trebbiano
It is hard not to be charmed by the barrel of energy that is Elisabetta Fagiuoli, the intrepid matriarch of the Montenidoli estate. Elisabetta is fiercely proud of the viticultural traditions that she keeps alive through the work of her farm. Her Vinbrusco is one such example, made from trebbiano and malvasia grapes that are grown alongside the red grapes used for Chianti. Historically, farmers would make a simple white wine blend of these two grapes, and reserve the must, over which they would put the red grapes to make their red wines. Vinbrusco served as the table wine throughout the fall and winter as the red wines aged. Elisabetta allows her version a good amount of time on its lees to develop body and texture, which compliment the rich quince and herbal notes and bracing acidity of the wine. Everything about this wine screams food! Pair this white with a rustic platter of sliced meats and cheese and a fresh salad with a healthy dose of peppery Tuscan olive oil.
appellation: Langhe, IT
grape variety: dolcetto
Dolcetto: the "little sweet one" gets its name not from being sweet (which it is not), but for its role as the delightful, easy-drinking table wine of farmers and winemakers throughout the Piedmont. In a region where the king grape nebbiolo usually claims all the best vineyard sights, the one home for dolcetto is in the Dogliani - the only DOCG in the region that is exclusive to this variety. We particularly like Poderi Cellario's Little Sweet One (made with 100% Dogliani fruit), for its satisfying balance of dark plum fruit and pleasant bitter touch on the finish. Try this red with a goat's milk robiola and thinly sliced breseola.
appellation: 3 Riberas, ES
grape variety: garnacha
Since 1134 (over 800 years ago!) the Cistercian monks of the Monastario de la Oliva have been making wine, making it the oldest continuously operating winery in all of Spain! The abbey is located in the southeast corner of Navarra, a region whose wines have long-lived in the shadow of Rioja. These vineyards sit on granitic and sandy soils, which are particularly suited to growing garnacha. The wine is fermented in whole clusters in cement, producing a soft, fresh expression of a grape that more often produces wines on the heavy end of the spectrum. A barbecue would make this wine very happy.
appellation: Vin de Pays des Alpes de Haute Provence, FR
grape varieties: pinot noir
Wait, guys! How can a wine be both from the Alps and from Provence? Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, formerly known as Basses-Alpes (lower Alps), is a low-population, high-production region in eastern France with a long history of vine cultivation. Régusse is one of the few exported wine producers these days, with two wines standing out to us: a beautifully refreshing aligoté, and this very varietal, bright, clean pinot noir.