- Each year when our parochial school has its magazine drive, we select 'Wine Enthusiast' to grace our mailbox. Yesterday while I am bringing in the mail I see on the front cover "Summer Wine Issue." Funny thing is, my mind read "issue" as "problem". One of those funny little shortcuts your mind takes.You see, for me it is a problem. I am forever on a quest for the perfect summer white, or the perfect autumn red. Sokol Blosser Evolution had been my mainstay for some time now, but with their prices approaching $16/bottle the case price becomes a little out of reach. With that, my quest begins anew.Do you have a favorite summer white? My tastes lend to something crisp, light, non-oak, with the slightest touches of sweet. Floral need not apply. What do you like?
The Summer White Quest
- Reply by Argovino, Jun 1, 2013.
Your search may be over thanks to Argentine torrontes! It's affordable, a tiny bit sweet, and available in a multitude of styles thanks to the differences of terroir between the provinces of Mendoza, La Rioja, and Salta. We have an article online about torrontes this week, with selections from all three provinces, and you can see reviews of 18 torrontes wines here. If you're looking for crisp, the ones from La Rioja may be the best fit.
The Argovino Crew
- Reply by Argovino, Jun 1, 2013.
We love Binny's... and of their selections the best value-for-money is probably the Hermanos (Domingo Molina has a long tradition of producing great torrontes) or the Tilia. Crios is also consistently good, though a little pricier. Best of luck!
- Reply by edwilley3, Jun 5, 2013.
Vinho Verdho. It's cheap, cheerful, and utterly delightful with a range of summer fare, unless of course you are carving huge slabs of spicy meet here in Texas.
- Reply by JenniferT, Jun 5, 2013.
I'm planning on exploring a lot of different white wines this summer. I've already started, actually. I recently had my first and only Cortese wine but it was pretty crappy.
I'm planning on spending time with various white Italian wines, and also white wines from Spain. (Albarino is a newly discovered favorite of mine).
Last night I had a white torrontes with dinner at a restaurant...the server suggested the pairing. I had ordered simple pasta primavera in a light cream sauce with a little fresh dill....the pairing wasn't just good - I thought it was fantastic!
- Reply by zufrieden, Jun 5, 2013.
Of course, there are so many great whites for the summer (or winter for that matter), but I thought I'd just report a wonderful little Hattenheimer (Rheingau) wine that I would recommend you all stock up on - unless you want to fall asleep on high alcohol alternatives.
Both the 2010 and 2011 vintages should be available throughout North America. The wine is:
Balthasar Ress Hattenheimer Schützenhaus Riesling Kabinett
I know something of which I speak, so you cannot go wrong. In British Columbia - where I currently reside - there are many whites all of you would love. Unfortunately, the supply is small. You would need to travel here to sample.
- Reply by napagirl68, Jun 5, 2013.
Funny, I find the Torrontes that I enjoy to be VERY floral, and that was something Northsideirish did not want.
Since you are already a fan of Sokol Blosser, my first inclination is to direct you to explore the various Oregon Pinot Gris.
Second recommendation, would be a few, very well done, California Albarinos. Pierce Ranch Vineyards on the central coast makes one of my faves, as does En Garde Winery in Livermore. Both are "boutique" wines, small production, so may be hard to source. I haven't tasted much from Spain, so maybe start there?
Thirdly, I would recommend you at least TRY some dry roses.. far from floral or syrupy, they are similar in weight to whites, but lend a level of complexity. Clean citrus notes, with a bit of red berry are typically present, but the good ones have an nice dry crisp finish. Perfect food wines, IMO. Some can be a bit too sweet and syrupy tho, so you have to watch for that. I prefer roses made from pinot noir and grenache the best. When I say "rose", I am NOT talking about White zin.
Are you in Oregon?