The Six Wines You Should Have on Hand Right Now

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Rich Whites

There’s never a bad time for a rich white wine. They’re the kind of wines you can drink all through the day and into the night, equally ready to be paired with some simple fare or a fancy dinner.

There are several options for rich whites and, let’s face it, Chardonnay is the number one choice of wine drinkers almost everywhere. Well, except in places that begin with vowels. Vowelly places seem to prefer crisp white, but if you’re in some non-vowelly place like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, or Burgundy, you’re gonna be happy to have some Chardonnay on hand.

Look for a medium-bodied version. Burgundy springs to mind, along with something from cool climate regions like New Zealand, Chile and even Oregon. That one’s a vowel exception here.

Two to Try:

2009 Domaine Faiveley Montagny Chardonnay

A classic Burgundy that is surprisingly affordable since it comes from a little known appellation.

2009 Kumeu River Village Chardonnay

One of New Zealand’s premier producers of Chardonnay, made in a style that showcases the purity of fruit which New Zealand can attain.

Wines to Have On Hand Right Now

Tenuta Costa Lahnhof Pinot Bianco Alto Adige (2010)
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Domain Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc d'Alsace (2009)
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Faiveley Montagny (2009)
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Kumeu River Village Chardonnay (2009)
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Waterbrook Sangiovese Rose (2011)
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Finca las Nubes Rose Cafayate (2011)
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Deponte Cellars Pinot Noir Dundee Hills (2010)
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Cantina Terlano Pinot Nero (2010)
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Oveja Negra Single Vineyard Carmenère (2009)
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Apaltagua Carménère Colchagua Valley Reserve (2011)
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Cortesia Prosecco Frizzante (NV)
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Toffoli Prosecco di Conegliano (NV)
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  • Snooth User: steve666
    392767 155

    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.

    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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