Barry’s Pick: 2015 Pascal Janvier Jasnieres Cuvee du Silex, $22.00

First of all, you may not be familiar with Jasnieres, and that's okay because there's not much wine coming out of this Loire valley appellation. Situated farther north than any other viticultural area in the Loire, it is also the coldest. This particular wine is made from Chenin Blanc grapes harvested from vines that are 35 to 40 years old in soil that consists of clay, flint and limestone. The aromatics are so pretty, displaying tons of Rainier cherry and some attractive citrus notes as well. On the palate these same flavors join a flinty minerality that must come from the flinty soil the vines are grown in. It’s a very fruit-forward, pretty wine that can be consumed on its own or with many different foods. Every employee of the Wineshop (and a few customers as well) that has tried this wine agree that it is not only delicious and interesting, but that it delivers quite a bit of bang for your buck. Get it while you can!