The Tour de France winner will be showered in Champagne (or English Ale this year) while the rest of us can have almost as much fun with France’s great other sparkling, Vouvray from the Loire region. Almost the same dry, jazzy feeling but at a fraction of the price. Chateau Moncontour is one of the wine buys of the year. Pick up a few extra bottles for the rest of your summer festivities.
CHATEAU MONCONTOUR Brut, “˜Tete de Cuvée’, Vouvray, Loire, France 207936 Vintages $15.95