What are you drinking this summer?

Staff Summer Selections

Winegardner’s is proud of our staffs’ enthusiasm for the wines in our portfolio. Here are some of their summer favorites.
Domaine Trotereau 2012 Quincy

Meet Quincy, a lovely little number from the Loire. Almost 80 years ago Quincy was recognized as France’s second appellation, (second to Châteauneuf-du-Pape). Domaine Trotereau is still producing Sauvignon Blanc with such beautiful structure and personality from the sandy, pink limestone soils that is a “do not miss!”

This Quincy Sauvignon Blanc expresses briny mineral notes with stone fruits and rich lemon, with a touch of fresh herbs. It has all the beauty and clarity of Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire, but has just a touch of weight, lending it quite nicely to these first few brisk Montana nights.

Grill up a local Montana pork chop with some grilled peaches, a little roasted herbed potato with asparagus and you’ve got yourself an evening! With pride and excitement, we bring you the real deal from Quincy.

Summer Favorite of Megan Shuman, Bozeman market
Ancient Peaks
Ancient Peaks 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

Another great wine from this producer! The Wine Spectator has said, “For the best value on the dollar, it’s hard to beat the impressive track record of Ancient Peaks.”

The Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc is bright and zingy, offering refreshing aromas of pear, gooseberry and citrus. A full palate unfolds with rounded flavors of peach, grapefruit and guava. Well-balanced with crisp acidity. A note of cool minerality lingers on a fresh, vibrant finish.

It’s brisk flavors and quenching character are the perfect summer match for seafood and grilled citrus chicken.

– Summer Favorite of Meghan Casqueira, Flathead market


Château d’Epiré “Cuvée Spéciale”

It’s so hard to come up with a favorite white, as there are perfect wines for different occasions; so to help me mull this difficult question over – I popped the top of a wine I had been curious about for a while, the 2009 d’Epiré “Cuvée Spéciale.” What exactly made this wine “special” as indicated in the name? More sleuthing (or snoofing) was needed…

Was that apples and nut, orange blossoms and honey, a hint of je ne sais quoi? Tarragon? Or was that the herb salt I had just made from my garden? No, it was the minerals in the wine showing themselves as tarragon! This wine was like stepping down a tunnel and ending up back in a world that existed 200 years ago. Fabulously, my cell phone melted away, and I was left with the question, WHAT IS THIS??

Answer – A dry Chenin Blanc from Grand Cru vineyards in Savennières that has been aged in traditional Chestnut Foudres (!!!) by a family that has been making wine at the same estate since 17th century. It is meant to cellared and is touted to be best between 10 to 20 years of age and is absolutely unique, unlike anything I have tasted, a new marvel, a new favorite??

– Summer Favorite of Rachel Conn, Helena/Great Falls market

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