Discover my selection of unique boutique wines with sustainability at their core.
As grapes go, Viognier is more finicky than most. Too much sun sends the aromatics into overdrive, while too little can yield wines nearly devoid of character. But owing to the altitude of the property and extreme diurnal range, Chêne Bleu is able to thread the needle, crafting a wine with voluptuous texture, fresh acidity and beguiling aromas of flowers and honey. Indeed, a veritable ‘tip of the hat’ to the Viogniers of the Northern Rhône.
Perfect for aperitifs. Also pairs excellently with poultry, fried foie gras, white fish with crème, fresh ceviche, seafood tartare or blue cheeses. Serve slightly chilled at 14°C.
The Wine Monkey
I created Wine Monkey to bring together a collection of lesser-known craft wines that celebrate sustainability, whether environmental, human, economic and/or social and to support the producers who see and care about the bigger picture.
You name it, I've done it: from marketing and brand management to retail and trade sales, wine tourism, wine education, ecommerce and, most recently sommelier, with several vintages under my belt both in the cellar and in the vineyard.
Having worked my way through the vineyards of southern Oregon, the Loire, the Languedoc, the Rhône and now the UK, I have developed a passion for "unique boutique" wines. Wine Monkey is all about bringing together and showcasing the incredible wines I've collected along the way. Get in touch to let me know what you think of my selection and to share your favorites with me. I'd love to hear from you!