This Wine - Two Whites for the End of Summer
1. Buglioni "Il Disperato" Bianco Delle Venezie 2015 - $17.99
It's a "non-Soave Soave." Same grape, Garganega, and from the same general area near Verona in northern Italy as Soave but something else is going on here. The wine's not that clean, in a great way, and it's not typical for the grape or the region. There's rich pear, there's mint, a little funk, very aromatic.
2. Manoir De La Firetière Chardonnay, Val De Loire 2016 - $13.99
This is from just east of Nantes in the far west Loire Valley of France. It's Chardonnay from Muscadet Country, and the region shines through. There's no oak here. I find stone fruits, firm white peach, nectarine, and mineral in the finish. It's light and slightly exotic as it opens up (but only if it thinks you're paying attention.) You think that you know Chardonnay? Try this.
Both wines offer great interest and expression. At the table think sushi, lighter seafood, pasta with clams, chicken Caesar salad, scallops in a light cream sauce with fresh tarragon.