Wind Down Summer With Light Summer Wines

| August 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

A selection of Summer Rose wines

Rose wines have come into their own over the last 10 to 15 years, and they are far more interesting than any “pink” wines of the past. Photo by Steve Stover.

In the “dog days” of summer, and well into September, there is nothing better than to sit on the porch, patio, or deck and sip a glass of chilled white or rose wine. “Summer wines” are light, fun to drink, and easy on the wine budget.

Here is a quick overview of some summer wines I recommend.

Rose wines have come into their own over the last 10 to 15 years, and they are far more interesting than any “pink” wines of the past. They are even making an impression with even the most serious wine lovers.

The most famous rose wines come from France, Tavel in the Rhone area in the South of France, and Spain. A few recommendations, the first two are imported by local importer Patrick Allen of United Estates, who specializes in of hand-crafted, estate-bottled wines from the South of France:

  • Château Virgile from Costières de Nîmes region. Grapes: 90 percent Grenache, 10 percent Syrah $12.99
  • Domaine de Barroubio from the Minervois region. Grapes: 50 percent Syrah, 50 percent Grenache $8.99 and $12.99
  • Domaine Sainte Eugenie from the Corbieres region. $11.99
  • Charles & Charles from Washington’s Columbia Valley. $12.99
  • Brugioni Vineyard Pinot Blanc from California’ Sonoma. $19.99

Summer Whites
There is an amazing array of tasty white wines for less than $15. Some of my current favorites include:

  • Château Virgile – Costières de Nîmes, Blanc from Southern France, a blend of grapes that is food friendly. $12.99
  • Albarino – Burgans, Martin Codax popular Spanish white, goes well with food. About $15
  • Sauvignon Blanc, especially from California and New Zealand. Prices vary

All of these wines are available at Anderson’s, or ask your local wine seller, such as Twisted Vine, Spagio Cellars, and Gentile’s.

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Steve Stover is passionate about food. He has taught cooking with Rich Terapak for more than 31 years, and has reviewed restaurants and judged cooking for more than 25 years. He currently teaches cooking at the Franklin Park Conservatory after stints at La Belle Pomme at Lazarus, Columbus State, Sur la Table, and Faire la Cuisine. In addition, he frequently cooks for charity events and speaks to community groups all over Central Ohio. Steve had a weekly restaurant and food commentary program 610 WTVN AM radio from 1996 to 2008. From 1992 to 2004, Steve was the Ohio editor for Zagat Survey, edited five Zagat Survey Ohio editions, and was a contributing editor for several editions of Zagat Survey America’s Top Restaurants. Steve is currently a contributor to Edible Columbus magazine, and a regular guest on WOSU’s Allsides with Ann Fisher. In "real life," Steve retired in January 2012 as the Legislative Counsel for the Ohio State Bar Association, and is involved in numerous community activities.