Sunday, March 25, 2012

they say that a great wine for warm summer evenings...

You imagine wine, and the entire idea of wine, as an old stodgy European thing. If this is true, then summer is the period when this fat man throws off his robes, dons a Speedo and heads to the riviera. Summer is a great period for wine, because people are less concerned about the artifice of wine when they’re sipping it along with a piece of grilled chicken or watching the sun set from their deck. And two, wines of summer themselves aim to reflect the idea of summer, with crisper flavors, whiffs of fruit, and bubbles. Bubbles! Here are my picks for the best summer wines.

2009 Mouton Cadet Bordeaux Blanc

This wine has bright flavors of peach and grapefruit. There are also notes of hazelnut and a finish that alludes to blossoms and floral scents. The lower alcohol content of this wine is great for sipping in the sun, say by the pool or on a beach. Cook up a nice chicken salad or scallops, and you’ll be set; if you’re feeling lazy, go for brie and crackers.

Col Vetoraz Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut

Prosecco is the cooler little brother of Champagne, not quite so uptight and not worried about what everyone thinks. This $17 bottle has complex flavors and isn’t overshadowed by the sparklers you may be used to. The palate is citrus-y, and it goes down easy for excellent hot-weather thirst quenching. The flavor also suggests minerals, adding a deeper note to the fruity overtones. Try this wine with foods that have a little tang; for example, you could whip up a green salad with pomegranate seeds, or even just dip some bread in olive oil and balsamic.

2009 Chivite Gran Fuedo Rosado

This Spanish rosé basically screams “summer.” It’s cheap, and you may have already spotted the slender bottle on the shelves of your supermarket. Don’t pass it up just because it looks like pink lemonade; this dry wine is light as a feather, with a fruity palate suggesting strawberries and peaches. The taste is clean and cool. Need cooking inspiration? This rosé pairs particularly well with fish; throw a few salmon fillets on the grill and you’re set. Grilled veggie skewers of fingerling potatoes and garlic cloves would also make a great pairing. If you’re in the mood to learn more about beverages and beverage pairing, you can also check out the degree programs at Guide to Online Schools.

UFL (2012)
67 Wine (2012)


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