Divit’s Pick: 2015 Domaine Luneau-Papin La Grange Vieilles Vignes Muscadet Serve & Maine Tiré Sur Lie (just call it La Grange), $14.99

One of my all-time favorite dry white wines is Muscadet from the Loire region in France. When I was last in the Loire, we drank this wine for lunch almost every day, usually with a big pile of fresh steamed mussels, which were in season at the time. The problem I run into in the shop is that when I recommend this wine, people counter that they do not like sweet wines. So, I then explain that this is not Muscat or Moscato, two wines that are usually made with some sweetness, and that Muscadet is the place, not the grape.  The grape is Melon de Bourgogne and the wine is closer to Pinot Blanc in style, bone dry.

Dry, crisp, bright melon and lime fruit and  fresh, lively acidity make this a great wine with any shellfish dish, but I served it with a cheese course and it was a big hit there as well. Made from old vine fruit and aged Sur Lie (on the yeast) in stainless steel tanks to add more complexity to the mid palate. If you have not tried Muscadet in the past you will be hard pressed to find a better choice than this to be your first, as 2015 was an excellent vintage. If you are a fan of Muscadet already then you should just come in and buy a case while you can, this is a bargain.