Retail Fine Wine at Leland Little
Wine for January
Moderation over Abstinence
The holiday season is behind us, and now we begin the long, dark trudge towards spring (is it too much to hope for a little snow?). For many people, January is a time of resolutions and abstinence, but for me, a return to moderation feels gentler and more appropriate. I hope we were all able to enjoy at least one bottle of very nice wine these past few weeks - perhaps pulled from deep within the cellar or gifted by a most thoughtful friend. Now that we are back to the routines of everyday life, though, it’s wonderful to be reminded of the simple pleasure that can be found in an affordable, weeknight bottle of wine. I’m all about discovering joy in the little things, and for those of us not embracing full abstinence this month, that might look like an easy dinner paired with a wine that will most definitely elevate the meal and provide a pleasant surprise when it comes to dollar-for-dollar value.

Personally, I’m currently quite partial to meals that revolve around one of two flavor arenas - buttery, lemony sauces with plenty of briny capers and artichoke hearts (think chicken piccata or shrimp scampi) or bright and fresh tomato sauces with something cheesy and meaty on top (classic spaghetti and meatballs or chicken parmesan never disappoint). For the former, I’m recommending one of my favorite whites that I’ve tried recently - the 2022 Patrick Noel Sancerre. And for those tomato sauce nights, what better than a truly classic pairing - the 2019 Caparsa Chianti Classico. Neither of these bottles breaks the bank, and both offer a level of quality, flavor, and all-around enjoyment that far exceeds their price tag.
2022 Patrick Noel Sancerre $37

Made with 100% estate fruit and fermented with native, indigenous yeasts. Super bright on the nose, with ripe pear, honeysuckle, and tropical fruits. The palate is clean and mineral, with a refreshing hint of bitter citrus zest. This is one of those wines that can be summed up impeccably with the inelegant word “yummy.”

2019 Caparsa Chianti Classico $30

Certified organic and made with 100% Sangiovese following traditional, old-school methods of winemaking within the Radda in Chianti commune. A nose full of tart, wild berries and a pleasant dry, red-brick earthiness so characteristic of Chianti. Elegant, with balanced tannins and plenty of juicy red fruit on the palate. A match made in heaven with tomato-based dishes.

Did one (or more) of these wines pique your interest? There are multiple ways to order with us! If you place your purchase through our online store, we’ll be happy to package and hold your bottles for you to pick up at your convenience. You can also email us and ask us to set aside any bottles you’re interested in picking up at a later date. If you have any questions or would like to make special arrangements, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (919) 644-1243.

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