The Six Wines You Should Have on Hand Right Now

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Lighter Reds

Just like having a rosé season is silly, abandoning red wine for a duration of time is equally silly. This is likely practiced in equatorial countries that begin with vowels, and Tavel in France. Tavel is a slightly vowel poor exception since a V is worth four points.

Light reds are always appropriate and can be some of the most delicious wines around. Light and juicy with fine tannins and bright red fruit, they can pair well with food or be equally attractive on their own. Since I went with Chardonnay for the default white wine, I feel no shame in swinging for the fences with the Pinot Noirs of October.

Two to Try:

2010 De Ponte Cellar Pinot Noir $30

This wine is just being released but it’s a wine worth searching for. A real standout from my recent trip to Oregon for its wonderful purity and elegance.

2010 Terlan Pinot Nero $24

Pinot Nero from the Alto Adige tends to be light and fresh, and this bottling from Terlan captures the style perfectly with pretty fruit and a slightly edgy texture.


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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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