White Wines You Need In Your Life This Summer
Hello, Summer! Tis the season of cookouts, pool days, sunscreen, and lots and lots of vino blanc. Contrary to what you might think, you don’t need to limit yourself to strictly to the major varietals: Rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.; live a little and try something new!
I have enjoyed Chenin Blancs for years, but gained a newfound appreciation for them when we took our trip to South Africa last December. It’s a super light wine with nice acid, a fair amount of fruit, and is perfect for lounging by the pool all day, everyday.
Look for this wine from: South Africa, France
Profile: Fresh and zesty with flavors of apple, peach and honey
Food Pairings: Poultry, asian food, halibut
Recommendations: Ken Forrester, Clos du Gaimont
Pricepoint: $10 - $20
Oh, how I love Vermintino. If you are a fan of Sauvignon Blanc then say hello to your new best friend. I would say this grape varietal is one of the most underrated ones out there. This wine screams summertime, and goes perfectly with all things seafood, especially shellfish. I pretty much always have a bottle of this in the fridge for any sunny day.
Look for this wine from: Italy, France
Profile: Light bodied and crisp with flavors of lime, peach and pink grapefruit
Food Pairings: Fish tacos, oysters, crab cakes, pesto, and light salads
Recommendations: Antinori Guado al Tasso, Donna Olimpia
Pricepoint: $20 - $25
Super refreshing, Albarino is known to have lots of fruit, acidity and even a bit of salinity. It has a playful character that keeps things bright and fun. It is also known as the seafood lover’s wine, so if you’re a fan of grilled fish during the summer this wine is for you! I like to serve it super cold which makes the perfect patio wine.
Look for this wine from: Spain
Profile: Flavors of lemon, honeysuckle, and nectarine with a little bit of saltiness
Food Pairings: Scallops, sea bass, and brie
Recommendations: Fillaboa, Torres Pazo das Bruxas
Pricepoint: $15 - $25
Known as a fun and exotic alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, Gruner Veltliner is a perfect summer white wine; guaranteed to be the hit at any party. Most of the time this style is known as light and zesty, but, if you are looking for something a little more complex, there are rich and nuttier styles available as well.
Look for this wine from: Austria
Profile: Extra zippy acidity with flavors of lemon peel, grape fruit, and white pepper. Sometimes the wine is bottled with a little spritz to enhance the wine’s super fresh character
Food Pairings: Schnitzel, asian dishes, asparagus, goat cheese
Recommendations: Laurenz V