The ABCs of Summer

Five white wines guaranteed to make a splash this summer


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OK, this is the last reference to seafood, promise. Albarino is another top notch summer refresher, packed with the citrus elements that all of these wines share, but at the same time you can find nuances of tropical fruits along with the zesty acidity that makes all of the wines so satisfying on a hot summer’s day. Coming from coastal Spain, specifically the Rias Baixas appellation that skirts the Atlantic coast just north of Portugal, the wines of Albarino are marked by the cool coastal climate and kissed by the spray of the sea. At their best they have a soft richness to them, but they never lose their crisp focus.

Two to try:

The Benchmark: Pazo de Señorans Seleccion de Añada ($60)

The One to Try: Santiago Ruiz Albariño Rías Baixas ($20)


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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
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    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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