Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Summer Whites to help you Beat the Heat

King Estate WineryImage of King Estate Winery via Snooth
The heat in July has been insufferable. It has been blazing hot at lunchtime and then has even gotten hotter in the afternoon. The Fourth of July weekend was blistering.

Fear not. Steve Parks, owner of Aficionado Wine & Cigars in Perrysburg, assembled this quartet of white wine recommendations to keep you cool while the temperature climbs. They are listed from dry to sweet.
2008 Provenance Sauvignon Blanc -- #56 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009! The 2008 Provenance Vineyards Estate Sauvignon Blanc shows off layered aromas of white peach, cantaloupe, caramel, vanilla and nutmeg. Its crisp, dry flavors of tropical fruit and lemon meringue pie are richly textured from sur lie aging. This beautifully balanced wine combines creaminess with fresh acidity that adds vibrancy to the fruit-intense finish. $19.99.

2008 King Estate Pinot Gris  -- #77 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009! This golden straw colored wine has fresh aromas of pear, peach blossom, lime, grapefruit, and floral notes. The flavor has lively citrus, peach, tropical fruit, mineral, and honey. The finish hangs on the palate until the next sip. $17.99.

2008 Robert Hall Orange Muscat -- A vivid yellow-gold in color, this wine entertains the senses with fresh citrus and orange blossom aromas with a touch of sweet ginger spice echoed by bright, sweet tropical fruit flavors. Medium-bodied, the Orange Muscat features a balancing crisp acidity that brightens the finish. Pair with spicy cuisine, as an accompaniment to dessert or as an aperitif. About $17.

2008 Dr. Loosen Bros. Riesling -- # 62 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009! This wine is sleek and tangy, showing apricot, lime and mango flavors matched to a lively structure. There's nice harmony and persistence through the finish. Priced at only $11.99.

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