Instead of worshiping the sun and drinking mead, we are going to celebrate the Winter Solstice by getting into some lip smacking French wines from the Loire valley. Come and join us from sun up till sun down. Wine not!

 

Langlois-Chateau Sancerre 2011

The Gangemi's selection panel liked this wine for ticking the boxes of classic Sancerre  - tangy fruit, good acid and structure, a hint of flinty minerality and a lovely harmony between crispness and richness. "Like" turned to "love" when we were told the price and having sworn to avoid cheap Sancerre we bought a load, took most of it home to drink and left a little in the shop to sell. It's also sealed under Stelvin (screwcap) for those with quercophobia. 

Check it out here: 29.99 each

 

Pierre-Bise Anjou Gamay Sur Spilites 2011

 There is much excitement that we have wines made by Claude Papin in stock. Both a trailblazer and a traditionalist his wines will touch your soul, in particular his Chenin Blancs. But today we introduce to you what  could well be the best value import in the Australian market right now, his Gamay. Normally associated with Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in a few other places in France which includes the Loire, specifically Anjou in this case.This fragrant red is a sappy, juicy mouthful with just the right amount of grippy tannin to make it very moreish. Just delicious. 

Check it out here: $22.99 each