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
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.