Summer Wines

White wine by the pool

Summer is here with a vengeance. It’s 80+ in the morning and progresses from there. Fortunately, there are wines that fit the season with chill-ability and lower alcohol. Here are a few suggestions:

Joy Spätlese 2014 – Mosel, Germany $14, 750 mL

One of the Mosel’s most highly recognized vintners makes this wine from barrels bought from his neighbors. Mosel Riesling shows refreshing acidity and minerality from the slate soil in the steep vineyards. This one has moderate residual sugar balanced by the acidity and a green apple note.  It’s perfect for sipping by the pool.  5800-05

Domaine St. Andrieu Rosé 2014 – Côtes de Provence, France $15, 750 mL

Owned by the Bignon-Cordier family who own Chateau Talbot in Bordeaux, this rose shows deeper salmon color than most leading to notes of raspberry and a touch of anise finishing in bright acidity. Try it with light meats or as an apéritif.  2799-55

Shannon Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – Lake County, California $11, 750 mL

This is one of the summer’s stars. It’s fresh and crispy with lemon grass, citrus fruit and and mango notes carried on fresh acidity. It’s perfect for salads and sipping.  8319-05



Santa Maria La Palma Vermentino “Blu” 2014 – Sardinia, Italy $13, 750 mL

Sardinia is surrounded by sea and seafood reigns supreme.  A lot of this wine is drunk locally but they do let some get away. This Vermentino shows its origin with a hint of sea air behind the floral and citrus notes. The acidity is the perfect foil for all types of fish and shellfish.  8540-55



Serge Laloue Sancerre 2015 – Loire, France $29, 750 mL

Siblings, Christine and Frank Laloue are dedicated to preserving the land and the wine shows it. This is Sauvignon Blanc from chalk / limestone soil that provides super minerality to the wine with gooseberry and white flower notes on a crispy, refreshing finish. It has been the perfect match for shellfish for centuries.  2580-05



Laetitia Pinot Noir Harvest Moon Ranch 2012 – Arroyo Grande Valley, California $24, 750 mL

From a coastal terrace 3 miles from the ocean, the vines benefit from the cool sea breeze.   Aged in French oak of which 30% is new; the wine shows bright ruby color followed by notes of black cherry, pomegranate and a hint of pepper on a medium framework.  5231-05


Brad Lewis, Contributing Writer

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