As one of the world’s largest wine producers, France has maintained an enviable spot as a worldwide winery for centuries. For Eric Kendig, president of Arbor Beverage Company, the opportunity to tour the myriad of French wineries posed not a challenge, but an opportunity to expose wine lovers in Michigan to unique and affordable wines to add to their collections.
From Saline, Michigan, Eric has served as president of Arbor Beverage for nine years. The distributor, however, has been providing high-quality wines to six counties in southeast Michigan for over 58 years.
Here is a carefully crafted wine flight from Eric Kendig and Arbor Beverage, meant to please the palate without breaking the bank:
La Craie Vouvray – Grown on tuffeau clay soils near the village of Vouvray and exposed to early morning fogs, this white wine is a lovely mix of candied apricots, spice and wildflower honey with a firm acid backbone.
Les Hexagonales Sauvignon Blanc – “Les Hexagonales” Sauvignon Blanc weighs in at only $14 and rivals Sancerre in its crisp acidity, slate minerality and full-frontal fruit. Your mouth wallows in green apple, stone fruit and citrus, finishing with tangerine dreaminess and a swath of tangy lime that lasts forever. There is an astounding, jaw-dropping value in this wine.
Domaine de la Bastide Cotes du Rhone Figues – A dry and fruity red wine made up of 60 percent Shiraz, 20 percent Grenache and 20 percent Carignan. It’s deep red purple in color. On the nose, there is an abundance of ripe dark fruits and violets. The palate is smooth. The wine is full bodied with elegant tannins giving a strong backbone. The finish is lengthy and rich.
Chateau Roulerie Rosé D’Anjou – A semi-dry Rosé wine: Sweet and fruity; 30 percent Gamay, 70 percent Grolleau. A salmon pink hue with a bouquet reminiscent of red berries (raspberries and strawberries). Clear, fresh and tasty finish is balanced by fine acidity.