Thought we might take a shot at a few good Summer wines for you. We’re talking good $10 – $15 wines. (Many thanks to Lena and Cliff for collecting and describing these wines… I make it no secret that I (the handsome fellow in the shot below) am a beer cat.)
Each of these wines would be ideal for the backyard barbecue or sunset gathering… Now, there is a trick to creating a good warm season wine – it should be somewhat light, crisp, even fruity, but at the same time it should still hold the architecture, complexity, and structure of a true wine. (In other words, these are not just fruit juices with a little bit of alcohol thrown in.) So what have we got starting closest to moi…
- Pölka dot Reisling: According to their Web site,
- Truro Cape Blush: This is a pleasant combination of two grapes – the Cayuga and the Cabernet Franc. As Truro Vineyards says, Summer in a bottle.”
- Pink Truck: This is a strange little fellow… It’s sort of Zin with a mix of fruits and berries that actually is comfortable around burgers and brots. Just ask Rachel Ray! Go figure.
- Domaine Houchart Cotes de Provence: Think complex. This consists of five extremely well-balanced grapes. (Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Cabernet, and Mourvèdre). Superb value!
- Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé: This is a beautiful, lively wine with a interesting pomegranate aftertaste.
“Pölka dot Riesling strikes the perfect balance between dry and sweet. Pairing perfectly with a wide range of foods, Pölka dot can easily stand up to exotic spices and intense flavors. Whether you’re feeling sweet or sassy, discover why whatever the occasion, Pölka dot Riesling always hits the spot.”
We find that the PdR does tend slightly toward the sweet side. Of all the wines in the photograph, Pölka dot Reisling is the only white wine… The rest are pinks.
There, that should get your Summer off to a great start. Now, about that FaceBook…
Well, it’s 2010, and almost everybody knows about social networking. In keeping with the times (and this blog), here’s the link to Harwich Spirits Shoppe’s FaceBook page. Enjoy!
Smiling by the racks…
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* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.