Tuesday, June 16, 2009

My Top Ten Summer Sippers

So Summer is upon us...the weather is getting warmer and nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than a deliciously chilled glass of wine!
In honor of summer I have compiled my top ten Summer Sippers!

In general this summer, try something new! Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs are great for hot weather but for great value try a Torrontes from Argentina, or a Verdejo from Spain!. Viogniers are great too, they usually have a gorgeous floral, honeysuckle nose and apricot on the tongue!

Try one or all of them and have a great summer!
(wines are not listed in a particular order)

1. 2007 Etude Pinot Gris Carneros, CA ($20)
2. 2007 Slight of Hand, The Magician,
Gwurtztraminer Walla, Walla, Washington ($15-20)
3. 2008 Swanson Salon Syrah Rosato Oakville, CA
4. 2007 E. Guigal, Cotes Du Rhone Blanc Rhone,
France ($12.99)
5. 2007 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc
Russian River Valley, CA ($30)
6. 2007 Don Rodolfo Torrontes
Cafayate Valley, Argentina ($10.99)
7. 2007 Telmo Rodriguez Basa Rueda, Spain ($15)
8. 2008 Miner Viognier Simpson Vineyard, CA ($15-20)
9. 2007 Hopler Gruner Veltliner Burgenland, Austria ($15)
10. NV Donna Clara Fiori Di Prosecco Valdobbiadene, Italy ($15-20)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Trying something new this summer is great advice for wine drinkers out there looking for something cool and refreshing to sip on a hot day. Your recommendation of the Hopler Gruner Veltliner certainly fits that bill.

I tried this wine when I was in Austria on the Austrian Wine Marketing Board's annual wine summit. As Austria's "national" grape there are so many different GruVes out there to enjoy, which all reflect the diverse terroirs of the country.

I hope that Gruner grows further in popularity in the U.S. and elsewhere Not only is it a good wine for a hot day, but it's also an incredibly food-friendly beverage. This quality alone makes it a smart wine choice no matter what the time of year.

Nice post and cheers!