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Summer Wine And The Living Is Easy

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So what is a “summer wine?”  Well, the snarky (but accurate) answer is that a “summer wine” is whatever happens to be in your glass from June 20th to September 21st.  However, most of the time we’re talking about anything that is light, crisp, and refreshing – a wine that can benefit from a bit of time in the refrigerator (or even – *gasp* – the occasional ice-cube in the glass).  For me, most often that means Sauvignon Blanc nice and frosty right out of the ‘fridge.   In fact, I think one of the things I like the most about this wine is that whenever I have a sip of it, no matter what time of the year it may be, it always conjures up visions of relaxing on warm summer evenings with family and friends.

Close runners-up for summer time R&R are Riesling and Rosie – little known fact: we make a fantastic rosé, but it isn’t available for purchase, sorry, we make it just for our owners and employees – which are both exceptional end-of-the-day thirst quenchers and also pair beautifully with that other great American summer tradition, barbeque!   Try the Riesling with some Memphis style ribs – you’ll be pleasantly surprised; the Sauv Blanc, on the other hand, is a great match for barbequed oysters.   As far as the Rosie goes, it is a small production rosé of Zinfandel that is great with grilled pork chops.   Maybe someday we’ll make enough to share…   Now, don’t worry, I’m not leaving out the Chardonnay, and no it is not 4th place on my summer (or any other) list, but it is far too versatile to be pigeon-holed as a “summer wine.”  I love a cool glass of Montelena Chardonnay anywhere and (just about) any time – with delicate sable (butterfish) in August, or herb crusted roast chicken in January – it is always a great choice.

 

What will you fill your glass with this summer?

3 Comments

  1. Cameron – I am a current Wine Club member and my wife and I want to plan a vertical tasting party for six. We have in our possession the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Zinfandels.

    Can you provide a cheese, sausage, cracker, bread, etc. selection for each year (or all four)?

    We like to keep it simple.

    Thanks!

    P.S. My wife would faithfully agree with your comment “I love a cool glass of Montelena Chardonnay anywhere and (just about) any time…”

    March 18, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Permalink
  2. Cameron – follow-up question: Can ou provide some tasting notes for each year with comparisons and contrasts?

    March 18, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

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