Summer is upon is. And while summer and White wines go hand in hand, especially in the dead heat here in Charleston, don't discount the fact that there are Reds out there that play well with the sunny season too! And as we're still celebrating International Women's Month, we thought it fun to focus on and highlight one badass lady: Mary Taylor.
The first thing you’re bound to notice when you pick up a bottle of Mary Taylor Wine is the lack of a familiar grape on the label. No Pinot Noir or Cabernet, no Chardonnay or Merlot. That’s because the team of lifelong wine lovers who make up the Mary Taylor company, think about wine differently than the usual brands lining the shelves of your local supermarket or big box store. To them, the name of the grape only tells part of the story of what wine is supposed to be. The missing key, which the great winemakers of Europe have known for centuries, is “place.” We'll taste two of her Whites of course, but we'll also be enjoying two of her lighter-style summer Reds. In true Mary Taylor's fashion, seeking out the less familiar grape varietals, our first Red will be a 100% Prieto Picudo. Also in typical Mary Taylor fashion, this wine is her Schitt's Creek reference, hence the title of this piece. She wants you to pronounce the grape varietal like Katherine O'Hara's character and then add Alexis' signature 'Boop' at the end. (If you've not seen the show and don't quite get this reference our apologies, but what are you waiting for?!? It's on Netflix.)
Red number two is a light and lovely red from the flinty soils of the Loire Valley. A blend of Gamay, Pinot Noir and Cot, this cuvee is known as "Les Griottes" or "The Cherries" for the soft and gentle red fruits this wine imparts.Put a chill on both of these Reds and you've in for a truly great summer day!
Also from the Loire Valley, we'll explore one of her Whites. When it comes to white wine from the Loire, our minds aim directly for Sancerre. But there's so much more to the Loire than just Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre; the white grape varietal produced in the village of Sancerre.) If you continue west along the Loire River towards the Atlantic Ocean, you'll come to the village of Anjou. And as Sancerre is synonymous and interchangeable with Sauvigon Blanc, Anjou is the same to Chenin Blanc.
The other white is a Sauvignon Blanc. But it's not from Sancerre. It's from Bordeaux. And in true Bordeaux style, Miss Taylor's is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion.
Says the lady herself:"Having worked with European wine for over two decades, I’ve come to love the nuance and diversity of Europe’s extraordinary wine regions, from the tiny villages of France and Italy, to the countryside vineyards of Portugal and Spain. As a result, I also love the European system of “place name” or “appellation,” which designates the geographical origin not just of wine, but cheese, olives, and butter as well."
Diving into such a incredible and diverse lineup is, what we think, a great conclusion of Women's History Month.
See you there!
The Wine Shop Team