Wines of the French Alps - A Book Signing & Tasting with Wink Lorch!


We have anticipated the arrival of Wink Lorch's second book, Wines of the French Alps since the last in-depth profile on the Savoie was published 30 years ago by Madeleine Kamman. But you know what they say, "The Alps weren't formed in a day." And now that we have Wink's impressive companion piece to Jura Wine in our greedy paws, we understand the wait. She has compiled more than 20 years of personal experience and over 120 vigneron profiles to give us the first comprehensive volume about wine from the French Alps in the English language. In addition to useful travel guides, her book includes detailed maps of the wine regions, geological and historical context for the wines, and over 200 beautiful photographs. Like Jura Wine, her work has deepened our appreciation and understanding for these niche regions, and we stand in awe and gratitude for her immense undertaking!

Today we are thrilled to offer "Wines of the French Alps" for purchase plus a few superb bottles from vignerons featured in her latest work. We hope that you will be able to join us for a special tasting and book signing with Wink Lorch on Friday, October 4th, 5pm-7pm.

We are also delighted to invite you to Racines NY on Thursday, October 3rd for a memorable dinner with Wink featuring an assortment of wines from the French Alps alongside pairings from Chef Diego Moya (beginning at 6:30pm with 7pm dinner service). For a pre-reservation please visit or email - Amanda Bowman

Renardat-Fache 2018 Bugey Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale

This charming, low-alcohol sparkler hails from the tiny appellation of Bugey (across from the Mont du Chat in Savoie). At 8% ABV this delicately sweet and exquisitely balanced pét-nat is the breakfast of champions, a companion while you prepare a feast, or the perfect solution to tricky dessert parings. The 2018 is a blend of Gamay and Poulsard. The wine pours a pleasing shade of magenta in the glass and offers up vivid aromas of purple wild flowers, raspberry patch, and mouth-watering grapefruit zest. The palate is light and fresh with flavors of sweet strawberries, raspberries, and crunchy blueberries on the attack then finishes with thirst-quenching mineral acidity. A purely enjoyable bottle at a great value. Serve chilled alongside fruit tarts, dark chocolate, or with tangy cheeses. Amanda Bowman

  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 34 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

Peillot 2016 Roussette du Bugey Montagnieu Altesse

Another fantastic Altesse from Frank Peillot! The 2017 is radiant with vibrant yellow fruits from the sunny growing season. The texture is just waxy enough to hint to the golden honey years ahead of it with some bottle aging. For now, taut minerals usher the succulent orchard fruits and mountain herbs over to a long crisp and saline finish. Pair with pork chops, hard cheeses, or fried chicken. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $25.99

Peillot 2017 Bugey Mondeuse

Though we generally love Mondeuse from each of its provinces, there is something inexpressible about tasting a bottle from the sub-Alpine region of Bugey. The vineyards of Montagnieu are perched high above the Rhône Valley, a fact evident from the distinctly Rhône-esque aromas that rise from the glass. The 2017 is seductively perfumed with tree bark, black pepper, campfire smoke, and violets. The bramble fruit character that we typically find on the nose and palate is a little more reticent, which is surprising for this sunny vintage. Yet the palate is energetic and taught, with crunchy tannins and snappy red currant flavors that grip the palate. An excellent choice for charcuterie, sheep's milk cheese, or roasted chicken. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $24.99

Lavie 2017 Bugey Roussette

The 2017 Roussette (Altesse) is wonderfully round and supple with great balance of ripe fruit and crisp acid. The wine spends 11 months (half in barrel and half in cuve) on its lees before bottling with around 20mg/L of added sulfur. The nose is fresh and almost tropical with bright aromas of mountain herbs and tangy citrus. The honeyed palate carries its weight with grace and all the pedigree of the Bugey AOC. There is a satisfying interplay of orchard fruits, white flowers, and savory minerals on the finish, and a nascent flavor of beeswax that we expect will deepen after 3-5 years in the bottle. A lovely example of Roussette that we highly recommend! Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Lavie 2017 Bugey Mondeuse

The 2017 Mondeuse comes from a small, biodynamic estate cradled in the hills of Bugey where Guillaume Lavie worked the western-exposed vines facing the Dent du Chat Mountain in Savoie. The first vintage we tasted from this winery was the 2016 which was as bright and clear as an Alpine lake. His follow-up vintage affirms our initial impression that Lavie just gets it. The 2017 was fermented whole cluster for two weeks then pressed into barrel for aging. A touch riper than the '16, silky tannins coat the palate and bear the lush fruit with marvelous levity. The finish is lengthy with peppery spice and river stone. Serve with a slight chill alongside charcuterie, game birds, or strong, creamy cheeses. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2016 Coteaux Grésivaudan (Isère) Verdesse Sur-Mûrie 500ml

According to the hefty Wine Grapes book (Robinson/Harding/Vouillamoz), there was a total of about 2 hectares (5 acres) of Verdesse in the world as of 2008.  Thanks in part to our friend Thomas Finot, the number is now between 3 - 4 hectares. Thomas started with an old plantation of about 2 ares (200 square meters, or .05 acres) and now has about 1.5 hectares, mostly of younger vines he planted. Verdesse is a grape that, according to Thomas, is green for a long time, and typically ripens late, gaining a golden and amber color at the "very last moment." From Thomas' experience, Verdesse typically rests with a small amount of sugar, and has a good deal of richness. The grapes were harvested in October and the wine rests at 8 grams of residual sugar. Luckily Verdesse has acid for days, so the effect is more of delicate richness and ripe stone fruit, and the sugar is barely perceptible. A fascinating white and a great opportunity to taste a truly obscure and rare variety.   -Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic