The Wonderful Wines of Summer
Summertime has just arrived and with it starts the festivities.
Weddings, back yard BBQ's, pool parties and for me, any excuse to get
people together and enjoy the "Wines of Summer".
This is a period of time when the weather gets warmer, our eating
patterns change, and with that so do our wine drinking habits.
White wines seem to come to the forefront during the summer.
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Reisling become more the wine of
choice for all the different occasions. Other less known varieties such
as Viognier, Rousanne, Grenache Blanc, Albarino and Marsanne are also
great choices during summer. What is nice about most of these Rhone
wine varietals is that many of the wineries on the Ventura Wine Trail
Chardonnay styles have changed over the last few years, with a big
shift to the less oaky
chardonnays. I prefer this style because the
fruit stands out more and the wine does not seem as heavy. When
shopping for this style, look for label descriptions like "stainless or
naked or no oak".
Sauvignon Blanc, sometimes called Fume Blanc, on the other hand tends
to be more grassy, with notes of grapefruit, citrus and eucalyptus.
This wine is a great sipping wine for hot days or before dinner. Some
folks like this wine with salads or white fishes.
Although this column is all about the great white wines of summer, I
would be remiss if I did not mention the king of red summer wines.
Zinfandel, which is also widely produced on the Wine Trail is THE go to
red wine for the summer BBQ's. This ancient grape varietal goes great
with BBQ beef, chicken, veggies or whatever your grill cooks up.
So, go out there and stock up on your summer whites. Experiment, try
new brands, new varietals and I assure you, you won't be disappointed.
Questions or comments?
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