Memorable Moulin-a-Vent

A sign at Domaine Diochon, pictured on the winery's page at importer Kermit Lynch's website.

If the name “Beaujolais” makes you think of a soft, fruity, quaffable but hardly memorable bottle of affordable red wine, get ready for an attitude adjustment. After all, there’s Beaujolais, and then there’s the Beaujolais that’s so special that it doesn’t even have the name Beaujolais on the label.

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Domaine Diochon Moulin-a-Vent

Domaine Diochon Moulin-a-Vent

This medium-dark reddish-purple Cru Beaujolais from Domaine Diochon is clear despite being unfined and unfiltered, the sign of good and careful wine making. Dark berry and tart black cherry flavors carry over on the palate of this well-balanced, appealing wine with brisk acidity and firm but palatable tannins.

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Two good wines for summer’s heat

summer wines

A pretty rosé from La Vieille Ferme and a crisp, refreshing Prosecco from Scarpetta show us what to look for in cooling wine just right for hot summer days.

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To browse a wide variety of crisp and dry rosé wines ideally suited for summer, see the many listings and vendors at this Wine-Searcher link.
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Prébrende Beaujolais Vielles Vignes

Prébrende Beaujolais Vielles Vignes

Prébrende Beaujolais Vielles Vignes, a clear reddish-purple wine from Gamay Noir grapes, bursts with exuberant strawberry fruit. It seems simple at first, but cleansing acidity and soft tannins provide structure, and an intriguing red-clay minerality builds in the long finish. It’s a very interesting wine, good with food, and a good value.

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Loosen Bros. 2017 “Dr. L” Mosel Riesling

Loosen Bros Dr L

At just 8.5% alcohol, this Mosel Riesling falls near the lower end of the alcoholic spectrum. Very pale, clear gold in color, its light carbonation shows as a quiet pop when the screw cap is cracked and as tiny bubbles that line the glass when the wine is poured. Ripe aromas of peaches and melon fill the nose, and carry over on the palate in a juicy, gently sweet fruit flavor with brisk, cleansing acidity and subtle stone and slate minerality in the finish.

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Domaine du Haut Bourg 2015 Muscadet

Domaine du Haut Bourg

Bright, transparent straw color with a distinct brassy-green hue, with a scattering of bubbles on the glass. Fresh and inviting honeydew melon scent leads into a bright flavor profile of juicy, slightly sweet white fruit.

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