My Favorite Summer Wines
It's finally here. Warm weather, patio drinking, and time to pop open some of my favorite bottles of whites and rosés. I always look forward to this time of year, and I am happy to share a few of my "go-to" bottles for the warmer weather.
- Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay: This is my tried and true favorite bottle of white wine. If you like California Chardonnay's which tend to be full, buttery, and heavy on the oak, then this is the bottle for you. It retails for around $30.00, and can be found at Schneider's of Capitol Hill, Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe's, and Harris Teeter.
Chateau D'Esclans, Cotes de Provence Rose ''Whispering Angel'': When it comes to rosé, I am a very picky drinker. The first question I ask at any restaurant is about the shade or color of the wine, as I am partial to very pale and blush colored rosés. These shades typically indicate that the wine will be very dry, not sweet (no sugar), which is definitely my preference with rosé. The Whispering Angel is a perfectly pale and dry wine, which has a clean and smooth flavor. A bottle of Whispering Angel retails for about $20.00 and can be found at local wine shops including Calvert Woodley, MacArthur Beverages, and at Whole Foods Market.
- L'Estandon Cotes de Provence Rosé: This is another French and pale rosé that totally hits the mark. I love the crisp flavor, and it goes perfectly with a cheese plate, or a piece of white fish. This wine is actually sold by the glass at Le Diplomate, and also can be purchased at Rodman's in Friendship Heights or at Whole Foods Market. It retails for $15.99.
- Poggio Barbone Vermentino: When I was in Italy I visited the Poggio Amorelli farmhouse in Castellina in Chianti. During this visit, and throughout my trip in Florence, I stated drinking Vermentino which is a dry white wine with high acidity. I ordered a case of wine and had this particular bottle shipped to me from Italy, but most wine shops carry a variation of old world Vermentino that is worth checking out. You can also have it by the glass at Ristorante Posto. It's incredibly affordable with many of the bottles falling below or around the $20 price range.
I hope you'll ring in the warm weather by giving one of these bottles a try. What are some of your favorite summer wines?