What To Drink Right Now: End of The Summer Wine List (Part 1)

      Technically, summer isn’t over until September 22nd, but as summer is my favorite season it will take me a bit of time to say a tearful goodbye. Happily, despite the season being over too soon, you can drink these summer sippers whenever you want! Who says you can’t drink white after Labor Day?


        Nobilo 2016 Chardonnay from New Zealand. This is a fabulous summer chardonnay. I usually prefer oaky chardonnays, but this stainless-steel expression of terroir is flawless. Fresh and fruity, but not overly acidic. A nice mouth feel with good texture often absent in unoaked chardonnays. Packed with delicious notes of pineapple, peach and soft citrus flavors. The average price is $12.

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       Bonterra 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. This organic wine from California has a nice mouth feel and is made with a touch of Chardonnay. Pleasant with nice citrus fruit. Good acidity, and retails at about $12 a bottle. Organic wines are a great choice for those wanting a lower sulfite wine, but this wine is a great choice for anyone that loves a soft, yet substantial, Sauvignon Blanc.


       Robert Mondavi Napa Valley 2016 Fume Blanc. Delicious stone fruit, and floral notes, honeysuckle, wonderful acidity, with a nice round mouth feel, and a crisp and clean finish. This California wine is super refreshing, without overly aggressive citrus flavors. And FYI, Fume Blanc is the same grape as Sauvignon Blanc, but a Fume Blanc is aged in oak. Average price is $18, but you can probably find it on sale in many places for less.


       Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2016. Great fruit forward wine, balanced with nice acidity. Only $16 from Oregon. Remember, the Pinot Gris grape is the same as the Pinot Grigio, The grape crafted in the Pinot Gris style has a bit more body.  


       Alsace Riesling “Hugel” 2009. Wow. Most Alsace wines are known for their dry, crisp, delicate flavors, good minerality and great acidity on the finish. I wondered if the region offered anything else. This wine is dry, but packed with stone fruit, citrus flavors, and floral notes, with lovely balanced acidity on the end that keeps you coming back for more. It would pair wonderfully with Asian food, or South Asian food. It would also serve well as an aperitif. It sells for about $17, if you can find it.


       Nino Franco Rustico Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. Absolutely delicious any time of year! Crisp, clean, flavorful and easy drinking. Put away the OJ, this sparkling wine should be drank as is. At under $20 most places, it makes sense to stock up on this wonderful Italian sparkler.


       Sea Slopes Pinot Noir from Fort Ross Winery 2016. This California wine is excellent. It’s elegant, but word of advice, wait for it to open. Tastes much better day two. At $31, it’s well worth it. Just be sure to decanter or aerate before drinking.


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