John Paul Kaminga
Du Vin, Bien Sur!
Updated: Feb 25, 2022
There are always many new bottles to point out, but these three are of particular note, in our book:
Perraud Muscadet Sevre et Maine 'Selection des Cognettes' 2018
We love Muscadet and take it pretty seriously, however we don't usually expect to find serious Muscadet at $12 in the year 2020. The grapes for this incredible little beauty are grown entirely in the Clisson cru, which means the Perraud family could age it longer and release it late with the Clisson designation. It would undoubtedly be much more expensive if that happened. Instead, they release it young and fresh; and cheap! Crisp and mineral, with gorgeous purity of fruit, a classic for oysters, it'll go with just about anything though.
G.D. Vajra Vino Rosato 'Rosabella' 2019
Through the month of April, the Vaira family is donating 5% of their sales of this wine and their Barolo 'Albe' to the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation. We always have a few different Vajra wines at Craft and Cru, and their fabulous pink wine has been a huge customer favorite the past couple years. The 2019 vintage has just arrived, and it is better than ever: fresh, fruity, dry and crisp on the finish, it is a pure joy to drink, and to share. You've got to try a bottle soon.
Clos Centeilles Minervois 'Carignanissime de Centeilles' 2016
The 2016 Carignanissime recently landed and we are excited to introduce this superb vintage. When it comes to pleasing a crowd, this wine is perhaps not on the same level as the two wines above; it nonetheless has a strong fan base. Carignan is often a bit quirky, but that's what makes it all the more delectable to those who love it. Earthy, herbal and meaty, with lots of tart berry and plum notes to back up its savory side, Carignanissime (literally: superlative Carignan) is about as complex as a $17 Carignan gets (really tastes like it could be $25 or $30).