More Great Summer Quaffs


I’m continuing with wines ideally suited to summer quaffing…and phooey to that old wife’s tale about white wines only in Summer. Stuff and nonsense. I’ve found yet another stunning selection of wines perfectly suited to the Hazy, Hot and Humid days we are now experiencing, here in our neck of the woods. I’m not putting the wines in a red and white order, I’m simply sharing them in the order I tasted them. You are clever bunnies so you can work out which is which (unless you’ve over indulged, in which case you won’t even know which end to stick the corkscrew…)


Chateau Greysac 2011 Medoc Cru Bourgeois (Bordeaux, France) Approx $21 

What an amazing opportunity to taste a truly magnificent gem from Bordeaux at a fraction of the price of some of it’s more hyped neighbors. Everything about this wine, including it’s region, the soil, the growing conditions…in other words the “terroir” are exemplary and the wine is a tribute to the marvelous regions where the grapes are grown. This is a full-bodied wine loaded with deep, dark fruit flavors but thanks to the abundance of Merlot in the blend it is softer than typical wines from this region. And that’s a good thing for summer quaffing. If you enjoy the taste of raspberry jam, chocolate and cedar notes and want to experience a classy wine at an affordable price, then don’t miss this steal of a deal in a bottle.

Bottega Vinaia 2014 Pinot Grigio “Estate Bottled” (Trentino, Italy) Approx: $15

Estate-bottled Bottega Vinaia is the result of the vision of winemaker Anselmo Martini at the highly respected Cavit winery. Starting in the early 1990s, Martini sought to explore the optimum potential of a handful of extraordinary vineyards in northern Italy’s Trentino region that, year after year, consistently produce the highest quality grapes. This select group of family-farmed vineyards is the source of Bottega Vinaia, an exceptional line of artisan wines that reflects the authentic qualities of the Trentino terroir. The wine is light and fresh with delicious citrus fruit flavors and ideal for sipping poolside or as an aperitif.


Felino Vina Cobos 2014 Malbec (Mendoza Argentina) Approx $13

Deep and dark, the wine has intense berry fruit flavors and an earthiness that gives exquisite depth to this beautifully structured wine. A Malbec from Argentina rarely disappoints me and this bottling elevated my expectations for future Malbecs from this country. The light spice notes that come through the dark berry flavors lessen the in-your-face robustness and the final juice that trickles down your throat is clean and medium bodied and scrumptious.

Trimbach Reserve 2007 Pinot Gris (Alsace France) Approx $15

No other winery is as synonymous with a region as Trimbach is with Alsace. 12 generations of the family have stayed focused on their wines’ structure, longevity and style. And they have earned the reputation of being faithful to their original vision and to their fans palates. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks, which preserves the clean, crisp, fresh fruit flavors. The wine is full bodied but has so many different flavor characteristics, which, for me, contribute to the excitement of this wine. Tropical fruits, a little spice, some orange peel, and oodles of easy-to-drink-ness on the palate.


Honig 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa, California) Approx $15

Made from: 95% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Semillon and 1% Muscat the fruit for this wine comes from Honig’s vineyard in Rutherford, as well as other nearby vineyards. All of the juice is fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks using a variety of yeast strains selected to bring out the aroma and flavor profiles of Sauvignon Blanc. Once again, the resulting wine is fresh and clean with all of the flavors we’ve come to expect and love from this grape variety, which includes that always welcome grapefruit, peaches a little fresh grass and a suggestion of asparagus. Awesomeness in a glass indeed!

A-Z 2013 Pinot Noir (Oregon, USA) Approx $17

This is a medium bodied Pinot Noir, which I always insist on chilled during the height of the summer months and then enjoying with burgers and hot dogs. All of the summer berries are found in this wines flavor. I even detected a suggestion of rough-cut orange marmalade in the taste, which I for one, adore. The wine is smooth with medium acidity and fits beautifully into my selection of easy to drink summer wines.

Enjoy your summer drinking. Cheers!

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