Artania White, Beykush
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Artania White, Beykush

Item # 50987 750mL

This dry, medium-bodied white is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Rkatsiteli, Chenin Blanc & Timorasso from vineyards close to the shores of the Black Sea. All varieties are vinified separately before blending and spending 5 months in stainless steel on the lees. Pair with varenyky.

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A kitchen sink blend that tastes like the sum of its constituent parts and yet still totally unexpected. Without intending to be dramatic, I genuinely haven't tasted a wine quite like this before. The bright acidity of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Chenin are tempered by the riper, chewier notes from Chardonnay and Rkatsiteli, bringing what might seem like an unruly beast into a lovely, harmonious balance. Pour a glass and try not to be reminded of opening a bag of peach rings when you were a kid. But what is perhaps most unexpected about this wine is the place from which it comes to us: the Black Sea coast of Ukraine. That the blend of grapes works is a surprise; that the wine has made it here at all is nothing short of amazing. Enjoy it while you can!

- JA

Glossary

Riesling

Though the trend is now in the other direction, for many years Riesling was known for producing wines with little alcohol and some residual sugar - too sweet for many modern wine drinkers. Though it's now cultivated worldwide, Riesling is nearly synonymous with German wine, and that country's winemakers have lately begun to produce some very exciting dry versions. They are careful to retain the delightful honeyed, flinty flavors that the best sweet Rieslings have always displayed. Alsace, of...

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Sauvignon Blanc

Few varietals have spawned as bizarre a list of descriptors as Sauvignon Blanc. Believe it or not, “cat pee” is in fact a complimentary tasting note, associated with some of the best bottlings. (It’s a somewhat odd way of pointing out herbaceousness in the wine.) Cat pee aside, Sauvignon Blanc (sometimes called "Fumé Blanc" in California) is a bit of a chameleon in terms of style, and quite utterly at the whim of the winemaker. Some are fermented in barrel, others in stainless steel. Some...

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Chardonnay

From Champagne to Chablis, it's hard (not to mention unpleasant) to avoid this famous white variety. During a huge popularity surge beginning in the late 1980s, Chardonnay plantings have increased dramatically -- not only in California's wine country, with which the variety is nearly synonymous, but also in Burgundy (its original, Old World home) and just about everywhere else in the winemaking world. It is a flexible, eager-to-please grape, responding well to just about anything a winemaker...

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Chenin Blanc

A versatile grape that is grown worldwide, but is most commonly associated with the Loire, California, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. It produces just about any type of wine you can think of: ageworthy dessert wines; delicious, honeyed dry whites; sparklers; and even bases for fortified wines and spirits. These days, one of the most exciting stories is in South Africa, where newly adopted winemaking technologies have helped a dedicated group of producers to bring the country's dry...

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