I recently ran into some really fabulous white wines which I will be enjoying more of this summer. All of them are perfectly refreshing, and somewhat surprising, and will be the perfect summer treat to cool down with.
1. Sokol Blosser Evolution Oregon White Wine – I tried this wine at Tico in the Back Bay, on a less than beautiful summer day…rather the day when the tornadoes came. Still, this wine proved to be a great summer wine contender. The light and fruity, yet clean and slightly acidic wine was the perfect match to Tico’s delicious latin-inspried food. I was most impressed that this was a white from Oregon, an area usually associated with Pinot Noir and other red wine varietals. I personally expect a great white to come from Washington State, but I was proven wrong, Evolution was a really pleasant surprise, and a bottle from your local wine shop will run you about $15.
2. Casal Garcia Portuguese Vinho Verde – A friend picked this wine up at my local wine shop, Clarendon Wine in the Back Bay, and it was sitting in my fridge when I returned home after a weekend. The pretty bottle, yes we can all be swayed, was very inviting, and so I decided to give it a try on a Friday night with Italian-inspired food. This Vinho Verde was very clean, fresh, slightly sweet, and slightly bubbly. It reminded me of my time in Portugal, but this memory was even better than I remembered. Vinho Verde means “green wine”, which implies it comes from young grapes, and can often be very acidic as a result. I was excited for another pleasant surprise from this well-balanced wine. This bottle of Casal Garcia Vinho Verde can be found for under $20 at your local wine shop.
3. Steele Wines Washington Aligote andCalifornia Chardonnay – I tried Steele wines, with the wine maker and one of the owners, at the Newport Wine Festival during a wine dinner. Each Steele wine variety was paired with various courses and the wines really found a place in my heart during this meal. Aligote is more of a blending white grape, and not usually found alone in a wine made in America, but this wine was a light and smooth white, perfect to start off the night. I was more impressed by the Steel California Chardonnay, which was actually a blend of Chardonnay grapes from all over California (more of a table wine to me) and which was surprisingly not what I was expecting. I was more than happy to indulge in this lighter, smoother version, complete with mineral qualities and nice fruit flavor. This is not an oaky Chardonnay, so it may not please the Napa Chardonnay lover, but it was a great find for me. Steele also shared some awesome reds with us that night, worth giving a try at your next affair. A bottle of Steele wine will run you about $12 -$24 at your local wine shop.
4. BouchardFrench Chardonnay – I just tried this wine at the monthly Charlesmark Wine Tasting (one of my faves in Boston), and again, found myself challenging my usual notions about Chardonnay. This wine was again light and crisp, with some mineral qualities, and a light green apple flavor. Light on the acidity, this wine was a great pairing with almost anything I ate. French Chardonnay is again not what you usually get when you order an American Chardonnay, but is instead subtle and refreshing, without being overly oaky and dry. A bottle of Bouchard Chardonnay should run you about $15 at your local wine shop.
Cheers to enjoying all summer has to offer, and topping it off with a fresh white wine!