Domaine Zind Humbrecht, one of the world’s greatest estates, has produced wine in Alsace since 1620. The Domaine takes a particularly terroir-driven approach, and all of its 100 acres under vine are certified organic as well as biodynamic. This gewurztraminer spends 8 months in used French oak, allowing for a rounded, elegant feel. Its floral and spiced aromas permit for diverse pairings, from raclette to Thai curry.
Pagus Luminis Condrieu 2014
Viognier is exquisite, singular, and notoriously difficult to grow; the hand-harvesting demanded by the northern Rhone’s steep slopes as well as the varietal’s climactic fussiness and low yields left it all but extinct after WWII. Following the Rhone’s renaissance in the 70’s, the varietal gained favor throughout the world, yet Condrieu remains its spiritual home — it’s the only permitted varietal, after all. Louis Cheze’s ‘Pagus Luminis’ cuvee, which spends the better part of a year aging in used French oak prior to bottling, overflows with resplendent notes of apricot, peach and tangerine as well as delicate, herbal aromas. This Condrieu begs to be paired with lighter cuisine that marries sweet with savory, like roast chicken with apricots and almonds.