The brainchild of Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power, Avaline is a new line of nonvintage wines with a distinct eye on organic, vegan, sustainable winemaking. Odd then to find that these bottlings, a white and a rose, both blends, hail from Spain and France, respectively. Ingredients are listed on the label… but not the grape varietals, which I’ve included in the writeups below. Have fun! Cameron would!
NV Avaline White – Made in Spain from Xarel·lo, Macabeo, and Malvasia grapes (these are in large part the components of sparkling cava). And yes, Xarel·lo has a dot in the middle. The nonvintage offering is immediately unusual, with flavors that run to almond nougat, stone fruit, and white flowers, whipped into a slurry that finishes with a light sweetness. Hints of sesame seed and lemon peel add more nuance than you’d expect, but, to be sure, it’s still a porch pounder in the end. B / $20 [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]
NV Avaline Rose – A blend of 5 different red varietals, from France. Dry and unassuming, this wine has a restrained floral character and just a hint of strawberries and cream — a far cry from the typical fruit bombs that you get in modern roses. It’s slightly buttery through to the finish, though it never quite rises above simple innocuousness. B / $20 [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]