Cousin Pur Breton 2012 Cabernet Franc, Loire, France ($22)
Taste: Wild yeast ferment gives this natural wine some funk along with ripe plum notes, underbrush and chalky minerality.
Drink It With: Roasted gamey meats and herbaceous goat’s milk cheeses.
Factoid: Loire Valley vigneron Olivier Cousin uses a horse named “Joker” to plow all 29 acres of his vineyards. Locals refer to the grape Cabernet Franc as “Breton.”
2012 Domaine du Bagnol Cassis Blanc ($22)
Taste: A blend of Marsanne, Clairette and Ugni Blanc brings fragrant white floral notes, and round texture with melon and honeydew on the palate.
Drink It With: Great as an aperitif or with pork loin and classic seafood dishes.
Factoid: White wines from the tiny town of Cassis in the south of France are fairly rare. Grapes grow so close to the ocean they are practically beach bums.