June 24, 2009
Wondering which wines to pack for picnics or bring to barbecues this summer?
White wines tend to be more popular in hot weather, since they’re served chilled. Look for types described as light and crisp, rather than rich or full-bodied. As a general rule, wines aged in stainless steel tanks rather than oak barrels will keep more of their crisp, fruity taste—oak can add a buttery quality because of malolactic fermentation.
Type: Sauvignon Blanc
One to try: Emiliana Natura, made with 100 percent organic Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Chile’s Casablanca Valley
Average retail price: $11
Tastes like: Limes, green apples, lemongrass
Pairs well with: Salad of mixed greens and herbed goat cheese, steamed clams with lemon butter, sushi, chips and salsa.
One to try: Cantine Maschio Prosecco Brut, made from 100 percent Prosecco grapes in Italy’s Veneto region
Average retail price: $12
Tastes like: Fizzy, with peach-almond flavor. Like champagne, but less yeasty because it’s fermented in the tank instead of the bottle.
Pairs well with: Oysters, shrimp, fried chicken, avocado salad, prosciutto-wrapped melon balls. Mix with orange juice to make mimosas!
One to try: Vigne Regali Principessa Gavia, made from Cortese di Gavi grapes in Italy’s Piedmont region
Average retail price: $13
Tastes like: Apples and grapefruit with a whiff of pineapple
Pairs well with: Pasta salad, grilled lemon pepper shrimp or chicken, pesto dip.
One to try: Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes, from the high-altitude Cafayete region of Argentina
Average retail price: $15
Tastes like: A tropical garden full of fruits and flowers; smells sweet but tastes dry
Pairs well with: Peanut satay skewers, grilled mango shrimp, fruit salad, salami, Gouda and most cheeses.
Type: Gruner Veltliner
One to try: Meinhard Forstreiter Grooner, made from Gruner Veltliner grapes in Austria’s Kremstal region
Average retail price: $9
Tastes like: Green apples and lime with a hint of mineral
Pairs well with: Fish tacos, grilled asparagus, pineapple chicken skewers, artichoke dip.
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