The ABCs of Summer

Five white wines guaranteed to make a splash this summer


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Dry Riesling

Bone dry, mineral tinged and full of zesty citrus flavors, it’s no secret that I love Australian Riesling, and when the weather turns warm you should as well. Many of the best bottles come from the Clare and Eden Valleys where a moderately high elevation of about 1,200-1,500 feet above sea level produces warm daytime temperatures that fall dramatically in the evening. That diurnal shift is what gives Australian Rieslings their zesty acidity while letting them ripen in all their citrus glory.

These wines have a small, cult-like following but they are still flying under the radar, making them great values. Expect to pay around $20 a bottle for a gorgeous example of dry Riesling and don’t be afraid to buy them by the case. They are so delicious that they may not last, but if they do they age exceptionally well for a decade or more!

Two to try:

The Standard Bearer: Grosset Riesling Clare Valley Polish Hill ($40)

The Value Play: Pewsey Vale Vineyard Riesling Eden Valley ($17)


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  • What?
    No Vinho Verde???
    How about Cruzeiro? A great Vinho Verde?

    Jun 07, 2013 at 8:45 AM

  • Snooth User: SM
    1097030 218

    I honestly didn't mind the multitudinous references to white wine and seafood pairings, it is one of summer's many joys. I have been enjoying the focus the last few weeks on whites and fish/seafood cuisine.

    Though I thought of a few possible additions to the summer whites list: Gruner Veltliner, Verdejo, Fiano and for the adventurous Furmint, Harslevelu.

    Jun 07, 2013 at 9:15 PM

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