This spring I spent quite a bit of time at wine tastings, seminars and events; attending these functions is completely moot if I don’t share my findings with you. It’s hard to narrow down a handful of favorites or most enjoyed in one post out of the hundreds that I sampled, so as the summer progresses so will this post as I’ll periodically share my summer wine finds. Prepping for the upcoming July 4th holiday the theme of this post is Red, White and Rosé, affordable summer wines. I chose six wines, two Reds, two Whites, and two Rosés; These wines all have an enjoyable brightness, drink-ability and a high refreshing quotient that makes them ideal summer quaffs; not to mention the price, $25 and below. Cheers! For those of you seeking fireworks this pending holiday check out our list of 4th of July Celebrations from Palm Beach to Key West.
Martin Codax Albarino 2010 (SRP $12) The classic Albarino; ideal sipping wine for hot summer days and nights. Crisp, dry and brightly acidic.
Rte. Blanc 2011 (SRP $20) California Sauvignon Blanc, stylistically different than New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. Stainless steel fermented, fruit forward with remnants of apples, peaches and pineapple; California citrus-y, dry not acidic. A model wine for those with domestic wine preferences.
J Brut Rosé NV (SRP $25) When there is a need or want for bubbles this summer; this Rosé is crisp, refreshing, light, lush and balanced, making it an ideal summer-sipping sparkler.
Casal Garcia Rose Vinho Verde (SRP $10) Similar to the traditional white Vinho Verde this blushing wine is low in alcohol, lightly effervescent with balanced acidity; crisp and refreshing.
Toro De Piedra 2010 (SRP $15) Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Mourvedre blend. Fresh, pleasant, easy a surprisingly light quaff reminiscent of raspberries and roses with just a hit of spice. A choice Red for those needing Red wine substance without the heavy and bold this summer.
Rocca di Montemassi Le Focaie Sangiovese 2008 (SRP $15) A dark fruity wine bursting with cherries, plums and just a hint of spice which keeps the acidity and tannins at bay making this an approachable and drinkable wine.