Hot weather is finally upon us and it's time to explore new areas in the wine shop that you may have overlooked, like miscellaneous white wines from California and Washington. These often get overlooked and it's a shame because we have some really good ones. Here are a few of our favorites:
Klinker Brick 2017 Albarino, $14.99
Aromas of stone fruit, pear, and honeydew melon lead into full, elegant flavors of green apple and peach, laced with a subtle minerality.
Maryhill 2016 Viognier, $12.99
Aromas of pear, honeysuckle and cantaloupe melon transition into a palate that is juicy and round in the mouth with notes of Meyer lemon, pear and nectarine.
Ca Momi 2016 White Blend, $9.99
Savory, earthy accents complement ripe melon flavors and a generous texture in this pale-colored, medium-bodied wine. It has good heft on the palate, and is rich enough to keep the flavors lingering.
Locus 2016 2016 Modo White, $15.99
This easy-drinking Bordeaux-style white is refreshing any time of year. A Bordeaux style blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, you will find flavors of pineapple, lychee and citrus, with a touch of grass and flint.
The Perfect Summer Red:
2017 Fatalone Primitivo Teres, $18.99
Okay, Primitivo is Zinfandel’s first cousin, so how can it make a light summer red? This Italian entry uses grapes from the vine’s second budding (racemi). The extra stalk that’s typically pruned off, when left, produces a more delicate juice. That, and limited skin contact, result in a light ruby colored wine with enticing strawberry rhubarb aromas. Ripe strawberry and currant flavors are balanced by bright cranberry, with an edgy minerality. Give it a nice chill (about half an hour in the fridge), pour yourself a glass, and pair it with all your red wine favorites fresh off the grill.