The Six Wines You Should Have on Hand Right Now

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Crisp Whites

For now, it is still summer. Personally, I think we have several weeks of sweltering hot weather left before the hammer comes down. In these weeks, do not neglect refreshingly crisp, light white. After all, they are delicious any time of year.

You might want to ratchet up the intensity of your crisp whites and look for wines that will be just as fab at 55 degrees as they will be in 80 degree weather. A nice Pinot Bianco (additional recommendations coming tomorrow) is a great choice. There are tons of great options available from Italy, Alsace, Oregon and other places that begin with vowels, like Austria, Germany and Hungary. Okay, those don’t all begin with vowels, but Pinot Blanc is a star on the rise. Taste some in the coming months!

Two to Try:

2010 Tenuta Costa Lahnhof Pinot Bianco Alto Adige 13% $19

A fairly rich style of Pinot Bianco that delivers a classic combination of fruit and minerality.

2009 Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc d’Alsace 12.5% $14

This is a lighter weight style of Pinot Blanc, but one that shows off the typical aromatics attained in Alsace.

 

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Wines to Have On Hand Right Now

1.
Tenuta Costa Lahnhof Pinot Bianco Alto Adige (2010)
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Domain Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc d'Alsace (2009)
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3.
Faiveley Montagny (2009)
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4.
Kumeu River Village Chardonnay (2009)
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5.
Waterbrook Sangiovese Rose (2011)
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6.
Finca las Nubes Rose Cafayate (2011)
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7.
Deponte Cellars Pinot Noir Dundee Hills (2010)
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8.
Cantina Terlano Pinot Nero (2010)
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9.
Oveja Negra Single Vineyard Carmenère (2009)
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10.
Apaltagua Apaltua Rose of Carmenere (2011)
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11.
Cortesia Prosecco Frizzante (NV)
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12.
Toffoli Prosecco di Conegliano (NV)
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  • Snooth User: steve666
    392767 152

    Red wines are terrific year round. Very few of my friends drink any white wine or at most very seldom. Perhaps it is because we all are over 50, when stronger flavors are appreciated more fully.
    steve

    Aug 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM


  • Interesting that you spoke of Terlan's (Terlano) red when their whites are what they are know for. Quarz - sauvignon is killer. People that don't find depth and character in whites aren't picking the right wines.

    Aug 29, 2012 at 8:52 PM


  • My go to summer wine this year has been 2011 Muga Rosato.

    Aug 29, 2012 at 8:54 PM


  • Steve, no offense, but there are some terrific whites from the Far West Sonoma Coast that are stunning, like the Peay Chardonnays which cellar very nicely, develop in the bottle, and are quite complex served at the right temperature. Not fruit bombs, but beautifully balanced - a real mouthful.

    Aug 30, 2012 at 1:52 AM


  • This dull piece and its red v white thread afterwards, illustrates perfectly, that what matters is what you like, and not what people suggest you like.

    Aug 30, 2012 at 4:49 AM


  • Snooth User: Al Faison
    196612 155

    Catboots. . . Ravenswood has a Vintner's Blend Zin for about $10-$12. A little step up, they offer a County Series Zin for about $18. Both are Great!

    Aug 30, 2012 at 3:53 PM


  • Snooth User: frenchie1
    393608 510

    Perhaps you should try some brut champagnes or sparkling wines to avoid the sweetness you claim you do not care for in sparking wines. Prosecco is not where I would go to avoid sweetness, just perhaps less fizzle. On the contrary, I find sparklers quite exciting due to their effervescence and their crispness and elegance.

    Sep 04, 2012 at 7:27 PM


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