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Wine Pairing

Wines: 2016 Joseph Mellot ‘Le Boisclair’ Saumur-Champigny, Loire, France¬†
Regularly $19.99, Special Price $16.99

Cheese: Nettle Meadow Farm Simply Sheep, Warrensburg, NY
Regularly $16.99/ea, Special Price $13.59/ea

You know what’s so fun about Saumur-Champigny? The wines are complex and intensely aromatic while simultaneously being very approachable and satisfying. This week we’re crushing on Joseph Mellot’s “Le Bosclair” Saumur-Champigny and it’s for good reason. This wine shows a wide variety of aromatic components ranging from fresh strawberry, to tomato leaf, to rose petals and even a little lavender. On the palate it’s silky and smooth with a pleasant note of sour red cherry that’s lip-smackingly delicious. Whether you’re cooking burgers on the grill or just looking for something to have with a delicious cheese like Nettle Meadow’s Simply Sheep, this wine is perfect for the upcoming grilling season.

The details: 100% organic Cabernet Franc grown on a mix of clay and limestone soils. All of the fruit is destemmed and spends almost three weeks fermenting before spending a year aging sur-lie in stainless steel tanks.

Simply Sheep is a semi-aged 100% sheep milk wheel. With bright acidity and buttery smooth undertones in its youth, this cheese grows more robust in flavor as it ages. The perfect accompaniment to this week’s featured wine.