What To Drink Right Now: Summer Edition
It's hit 90 degrees this month! I was so happy. I love the heat. I know not everyone feels the same, but almost everybody likes to save money on great wines. Try these affordable refreshing wines when the temperature is rising.
Raptor Ridge Pinot Gris 2017
Willamette Valley Raptor Ridge Pinot Gris 2017. This wine is dry, fruity with notes of apricot. This refreshing value at just under $20 is from Oregon.
Van Duzer Estate Pinot Gris 2017
Van Duzer Estate Pinot Gris 2017. Great fruit, melon, and citrus, with balanced fresh acidity and clean minerality, make this unoaked Oregon wine at a little over $15 a steal.
Regaleali Bianco 2017
Regaleali Bianco 2017. Melon, peach and pear notes dance in this light, and cheerful Sicilian wine. At under $10? Amazing.
Left Coast The Orchard 2016 Pinot Gris
Left Coast The Orchard 2016 Pinot Gris. This is the perfect name for this deliciously fruity wine. While it’s clean and dry, it is also, soft and round with good body. Delicious fruit notes on the nose and palate. It has peach, pear, honeydew and some floral notes. From Oregon at $15.
Conde Valdemar Rosé 2017 Rioja
Conde Valdemar Rosé 2017 Rioja. From Spain, the average price, according to Wine Searcher, is $7. Insane! This is a darker colored rosé. Super juicy and fruity, still dry with great acidity. Goes down a little too well. I meant to only have a glass or two…
Whole Cluster Rosé of Pinot Noir 2017
Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Rosé of Pinot Noir 2017. This is a delectable Oregon wine. Notes of watermelon and strawberry delight the nose and palate. It’s light yet luscious. From Oregon at $20.
Gran Passione Prosecco
Gran Passione Prosecco. My new favorite Prosecco. It's too good to add orange juice to it, but I did one morning anyway. I just felt like it really was too early to drink, but orange juice makes morning drinking ok. Absolutely awesome, light, but not too light, fruity but too fruity, dry, yet refreshing. From Italy, like all Proseccos, it's just perfect and at around $12.99 retail. It’s the perfect bubbly to celebrate anything.
And just outside of wines...
Strong Bow Hard Ciders - Rosé Apple
I said I was going to stick to reviewing only wines, but Strong Bow had an outstanding apple cider rosé I already wrote about and I have to give props to both their regular hard apple cider and their artisanal cider. All are delicious and at about $10 for a six pack a great buy. Well-crafted, fruity and refreshing, they lean sweet but are not a sugary kids' drink by any means.