August Expert Picks

Shayne Hebert

Shayne Hebert
Central Florida Wine & Spirits Supervisor

If Shayne Hebert weren’t in the wine business, he’d probably be a fly-fishing guide. Or kayaking. Or camping. Luckily, he is, because with 30 years of experience, Shayne has proven himself a master of the craft—and we do mean wine. Unsurprisingly, his preferred glass would be filled with a wine that can be traced back to its roots.

Domaine Serge Laloue Sancerre | $17.99 $16.99

Domaine Serge Laloue Sancerre

Brother and sister Franck and Christine have taken this estate over from their father, Serge, who began the work here in 1960. Based in Chavignol, a small hamlet of Sancerre, they produce serious quality Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Chavignon is considered one of the top sites for Sancerre, as well as being the home to one of France’s best known artisanal cheeses, Crottin de Chavignol, which happens to pair very well with the Sauvignon they make! About 24 acres of 30 year old vines, planted in 80% clay/limestone & 20% siliceous clay, this 100% Sauvignon blanc spends between 3-6 months on its lees, for added weight and complexity. In addition the Chevre cheeses, this wine is beautiful with fresh shellfish.

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Domaine Gueguen Bourgogne Pinot Noir Rosé | $14.99 $13.99

Domaine Gueguen Bourgogne Pinot Noir Rosé

Located in the village of Préhy, about 4 miles southwest of Chablis, Céline and Frédéric Gueguen started their winery in 2013. Winemaking for this team didn’t begin here, both had spent 15 plus vintages making Chablis for two notable estates, Domaine Brocard and Chateau de Maligny. Hailing from this isolated part of France, winemakers tend to focus on elegance, balance and purity in their wines, including this Bourgogne Rose. Produced from Pinot Noir, this beauty won’t remind you of the fuller, richer dry Rose from Provence, opting instead for a leaner, brighter feel with light red berry fruits and aromas. With the recent explosion in popularity of Rose, this one deserves a place at your table!

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Burly Sauvignon Blanc | $24.99 $22.99

Burly Sauvignon Blanc

The winery name originates from founder Hank McCrorie’s college football days, when he was dubbed “Burly Bear” by the local paper. A very aptly named estate, as his wines, made by winemaker Massimo Monticelli, seem to resemble Hank is build! This Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from high quality, low yielding vineyards in Napa. The wine opens with aromas of pear and white pear, and a hint of tropical pineapple. The wines bright acidity lends freshness to the lemon and mineral flavors. Look for added texture and suppleness from the wines sur-lie ageing, in stainless.

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Malk Family Pinot Noir | $59.99 $54.99

Malk Family Pinot Noir

Malk Family Estate is located in the prestigious Stag’s Leap District, just at the base of the famous ‘Fay’ Vineyard of Stag’s Leap Winery. Pretty good company! The Pinot Noir hails from the Sonoma Coast appellation, an area becoming increasingly more sought after. The King’s Ridge Vineyard is located in the northern part of the Sonoma Coast, in the Fort Ross — Seaview AVA. Warm, sunny days tempered by cool coastal breezes and cool nights give Pinot Noir all the hang-time needed to have ripeness and structure, while still maintaining freshness and acidity. A lovely wine to paid with seared tuna of fresh grilled wild salmon.

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Vignobles Bulliat Morgon Colombier | $16.99 $15.99

Vignobles Bulliat Morgon Colombier

Noël Bulliat and his son Loïc run this family estate that covers 27 ha in 8 different appellations in the heart of the Beaujolais region. The estate started switching to organic practices in 2010 and was officially certified in 2013. In addition to producing this Cru Morgon, they make simple Beaujolais and Beaujolais blanc, Cru Fleurie and Cru Moulin-a-Vent, as well as the bubbly Cremant de Bourgogne.

This Morgon consistently scores 90 points or more in various publications, this 100% Gamay from 50+ year old vines planted in crumbled schist soil goes thru partial destemming, cold-pressing and semi-carbonic maceration lasting up to 20 days. Ageing is 6 months in stainless and cement vats. Deep purple colour, aromas of lilac and violets on the nose. Rich and structured mouthfeel dominated by flavours of bright cherry and ripe raspberry with smooth tannins. Serve with roast duck, pork or chicken.

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Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz | $17.99 $16.99

Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz

Clare Valley, located about 90 minutes north of Adelaide, may not be so familiar to wine lovers, yet the area has a 175 year history making wine, and boasts about 40 wineries, and is best known as Austrialia’s premier Riesling region. Jim Berry began making wines here in 1959, generation three is in charge now.

The Lodge Hill Shiraz vineyard, on the Clare Valley’s eastern ranges, has soils of rich, chocolatey loam over almost vertical sheets of rock. The cracks between the rock have filled with soil, providing passage for the vine roots and free drainage — the ideal environment for low-yielding Shiraz vines. Vibrant aromatics of red and black berry fruits, a lift of violet, clove spice and herbs. Bursting with berry fruit and spice.

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