"the temperature’s about 88
hop in the water plug just for old times sake
break to ya crib change your clothes once more
cause you’re invited to a barbeque that’s starting at 4”
The hot days of summer is a time that calls for more of the simple, straightforward wines that are refreshing. When the heat is on, you probably do not gravitate to a deep, complex red wine that pairs with a fancy meal. The full, buttery white wines may not quench your thirst either. Instead, you may be with a group of people at a party, at an outdoor cafe, or in your backyard looking for a crisp, satisfying sipper to enjoy.
Here are some different, cheap thrills under the sun…
Gruner Veltliner from Austria
Lively aromas and flavors of fresh apples and citrus lead to a hint of cassis and a touch of spiciness on the finish. Notes of exotic fruit and refreshing acidity, a hallmark of the Kamptal, make LOIS an ideal wine drinking experience anytime. 2009 celebrates the 10th vintage of LOIS.
Wine & Spirits: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 88
Food Pairings: shrimp cocktail, tuna sushi
Crios de Susana Balbo Rose of Malbec 2010
Rose from Argentina, South America
Pale red. Strawberry on the nose, lifted by a citrus element. Supple and moderately sweet, with a plump texture but attractive sugar/acid balance to the dominant strawberry flavor. Easy-going, seamless rose with very good fruit, made via the saignee method.
International Wine Cellar: 87
Food Pairings: grilled chicken, spinach dip
Feudo Sartanna Chardonnay-Grillo 2008
White Wine from Sicily, Italy
Straw yellow in color with greenish hues. An intense and persistent bouquet of white fruit and citrus blossoms. On the palate, this wine is crisp in character, full and smooth with great balance. Crafted with respect for tradition and with passion for terroir, this wine captures the spirit of Sicily.
Perfect as an aperitif, it also makes a splendid companion for seafood pastas, grilled white fish, roast poultry, and vegetarian fare.
70% Chardonnay, 30% Grillo
Food Pairings: seafood salad, Brie cheese
Boutari Moschofilero 2009
White Wine from Greece
The 2009 Moschofilero is an appealing release in its youth, surprisingly weighty and a little unctuous in texture. On opening, this is deliciously fruity and rich, relative to the grape and region. With air and warmth, some minerality comes through, the aromatics become quite prominent and the acidity pokes up, too. This is quite delightful. It comes in at just 11.5% alcohol, making it a perfect summer sipper this year, but it does have the concentration to hold up to some food matchups and be more than that, too. While it may hold a little longer, you should drink it this year to maximize its best features, the younger the better. Drink now-2012.
Robert Parker: 88
Food Pairings: calamari, raw veggie tray