Column: Summer wines with zip


Commentary by Elizabeth Morse

School’s out, kids are home and warm weather is in full swing. Here are some great wines to try. Two whites: a value-driven option and one that’s more splurgey. I’ve also added a red that is nice with a tiny bit of a chill.

First, Campuget 1753 Syrah Vermentino. This blushing beauty is a French rosé from the easternmost appellation of the famed Languedoc region. A dry, feminine wine offering up whiffs of grapefruit and orange. In the mouth, it’s a berry bomb with a bright finish. You can’t help an uplifted mood with a glass of this. Great as a “patio pounder” and also a nice option with strawberry salad or light seafood; 80/20 Syrah/Vermentino, $20ish.

Feeling a little fancy? Give Cakebread’s 2017 Sauvignon Blanc a swirl ($39). Gorgeous and perfumey, nose-filled with melon, citrus, jasmine and grapefruit is just the beginning. Ripe melon and grapefruit keep coming to the glass with an interesting hint of lemon thyme. A lean wine that pairs perfectly with grilled shrimp, crab, artichokes and asparagus. This baby lives up to the hype of its famous moniker. #CaliforniaDreaming.

You only drink red? Well, how about trying something interesting that also is appropriate for warm weather? Maison Joseph Drouhin’s 2017 Chorey-Les-Beaune (Pinot Noir). A bright red wine that smells and tastes a lot like blackberries. As it matures, it begins to boast that lovely French “stinky” that’s a perfect companion to earthy mushroom dishes. Truffled paté, anyone? This wine should continue to improve during the next four or five years. You can give it a tiny bit of a chill before serving or enjoy at room temp. Aged in French oak and deeelish ($33).

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