2014 Albamar Sauvignon Blanc
Casablanca Valley, Chile
Casablanca, named for the area's main city, is one of the newest and most prolific wine-growing areas in South America. The valley emerged in the mid-1980s by growing a range of grapes, including pinot noir, merlot, syrah, riesling, pinot gris and others, but the most common grape is chardonnay, followed closely by sauvignon blanc. The climate and soils provide ideal conditions to cultivate complex and balanced fruit. Native Chileans William Cole and his family produce Albamar, a sauvignon blanc vinified bone dry and offering aromas of Meyer lemon and green apples. Drink it with seafood, raw vegetables, steamed artichokes and Asian cuisines.
Buy it at: Pearl Wine Co.
Drink it at: Windsor Court Hotel, Bayou Wine Garden, Kyoto Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Bacchanal Wine and Mick's Irish Pub.
Adami Garbel Prosecco Brut
The Italian sparkling wine prosecco has become popular recently in part because of improvements in vineyard management, winery practices and the modernization of the Charmat process. For this wine, grapes were grown on chestnut stakes and picked when acidity and sugars were at the right levels. They were fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel vats, then rested on its lees for three months. In the Charmat method, a second fermentation preserves the fruit expression and freshness, but the wine is not sweet. Drink it as an aperitif or with ceviche, crab cakes, shellfish, prosciutto, roasted tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
Buy it at: Martin Wine Cellars and Faubourg Wines.
Drink it at: Upperline Restaurant, Mondo, Ye Olde College Inn, St. James Cheese Co. on Tchoupitoulas Street, Capdeville, The Delachaise, Blue Line Sandwich Co., Circle Bar and RF's Dining Music Cocktails.
2015 By.Ott Rose
Cotes de Provence, France
Domaines Ott was founded in 1896 by a young agronomist named Marcel Ott and has turned out graceful but powerful wines typical of the wines of Provence. To make a proper rose the vintner constructed a new winemaking facility at its estate in Selles. The blend is composed of 75 percent grenache and 25 percent cinsault and syrah, resulting in a bold but elegant wine. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks and wine is transferred to oak barrels to round out its flavor and add texture. Drink it with pate, charcuterie, soft cheeses, barbecue, pulled pork and strawberries.
Buy it at: Martin Wine Cellar.
Drink it at: Peche Seafood Grill.
2014 Landhaus Mayer Gruner Veltliner
Gruner Veltliner is a result of combining two grapes: savagnin, also known as traminer, and an obscure, unnamed, "lost" species — of which only one vine remained as late as 1990. But the popularity of the wine in every region of Austria, particularly Vienna, is undeniable. It's a wonderful accompaniment to food because of its spicy, quincelike qualities, a rush of citrus fruit on the nose and palate, and its chalky acidic finish, reinforcing its signature crispness. Drink it with grilled asparagus, poached salmon, wiener schnitzel, roasted chicken, kale salad and soft cheeses.
Buy it at: Pearl Wine Co. and Grand Krewe Fine Wine and Spirits.
Drink it at: Doris Metropolitan and Oxalis.
2015 Filus Torrontes
Maritime influences often contribute to the making of great wines, but Argentina offers exceptions to that rule. The nation's wine country is blocked from the sea by the Andes mountains and Chile. The area of Cafayate in the valley of Calchaquies is considered the best place in Argentina to grow torrontes grapes, originally brought to the area by the Spanish. It is arid, sits 5,500 feet above sea level and receives less than 10 inches of rain a year. The aromatic grape is identified by stone fruit characters and apricot and peach flavors. Made to be enjoyed young, Filus Torrontes has flavors of flowers, spice, tropical notes and white peach. The long clean finish has its characteristic acidity. Drink it with seafood, salads, vegetables, goat cheese, charcuterie and spicy Thai, Indian and Peruvian dishes.
Buy it at: Elio's Wine Warehouse.
2015 Finca Jakue Getariako Txakolina
This wine is made in Spain's Basque Country, along the Bay of Biscay, where most txakolina (chock-oh-LEE-nah) is consumed. This winery was founded by fifth-generation Eizaguirre family members after a Guarantee of Origin was created for this area in 1989. Txakolina uses the white grape hondarrabi zuri and the red grape hondarrabi beltza. The wine is a rose with light carbonation. On the nose, there are hints of red fruit such as strawberry, plus stone fruit and peaches. Drink it with tapas, seafood, cured meats and hard cheeses like idiazabel and aged manchego.
Buy it at: Swirl Wine Bar and Market and Philippe's Wine Cellar.
at: Borgne, Boucherie, Bayou Wine Garden, Green Goddess and Bacchanal.