The Six Wines You Should Have on Hand Right Now

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Bubblies

Yes, it’s always time for bubbles, you know that even if you are not the biggest fan of fizz. I will address that soon, but the truth is that I am not a lover of sparkling wines. I tend to find them too sweet and a bit tiring to drink. The constant tickle of my nose makes me think it’s mustache trimming time (again?!?) and the scrubbing bubbles that seem to want to revisit my gullet again and again are a bit distracting for me.

That doesn’t mean I don’t keep a bottle or two around, you know for medicinal purposes on Sunday mornings. In those cases, I prefer Prosecco and more specifically Prosecco Frizzante, which is super gently carbonated. This more gentle carbonation makes the wines easy to drink and refreshing without getting in the way of the freshness of fruit that Prosecco is so well known for.

Two to Try:

Cortesia Prosecco Frizzante

Cortesia is my kind of pick me up. Gently fizzy and very pure, it’s a classic example of the Frizzante style.

Toffoli Prosecco di Conegliano Frizzante

If full on Prosecco is more your thing, the Toffoli is a great value.

Prosecco Image via Shutterstock

Wines to Have On Hand Right Now

1.
Tenuta Costa Lahnhof Pinot Bianco Alto Adige (2010)
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2.
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 Columbia Valley Rosé (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 Rosé Central Valley (2011)
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11.
Cortesia Prosecco Frizzante (NV)
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12.
Toffoli Prosecco di Conegliano (NV)
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Comments

  • Snooth User: steve666
    392767 150

    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 154

    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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