SAWP-Sunday Afternoon SUMMER Wine Post

Writing about Wine is not nearly the fun of actually sampling or tasting it. But then again, one follows the other, and so makes it a fun pursuit as well. As Summer draws closer to its end, we have not yet discussed great wines to have at all of those outings, picnics and celebrations.

With the heat of Summer, as well the sun, beach, and lighter food, etc., all of these tend to lead many people towards White wines over Red. [Or a great alternative, which is Rose’s, written about in an earlier post.] A couple of great Whites we have been drinking this summer are: Viognier, and Riesling.

Viognier is its own grape, but not an easy one to grow. Little known and little grown in the US, Viognier can be a delicious wine for you to sample. What makes a Viognier such a great choice? They are a nice variation from most of the styles or varietals you may have tried in the past; a little bit of citrus fruit like a Sauvignon Blanc, a little bit of sweetness like a dessert wine, a little more body like a Chardonnay, even a bit of an ambrosia-type flavor…all rolled into one.

Having hints of all of these really does make Viognier go well with a number of Summer foods: Grilled seafood [or most any seafood for that matter], summer salads, deli tray selections, even BBQ chicken. Yum!

Riesling is a German grape, but this is not ‘your father’s Riesling’ that I am talking about, which, like Rose’, came to the US as cheap swill for many years. Today’s riesling often has great quality, and great drinkability. A good Riesling these days can have a bit of citrus to it also, but tends to be a little lighter with a more consistent taste from nose to throat. Also, Riesling can have a minerality to it…which means exactly what it sounds like: rocks, or stones.

Due to that, Riesling’s will stand up well with Lobster dishes, fruit salad, light summer pastas, and so many more.

Best of all, you can get good versions of both Viognier and Riesling, at your local Wine shop, in the $7 – 15 range. Even better ones can be had for a bit more. Try & Enjoy!


~ by MindOnMediaSales on August 23, 2009.

One Response to “SAWP-Sunday Afternoon SUMMER Wine Post”

  1. Ken, Viognier is often considered a perfect alternative to Chardonnay. With a floral nose and dry finish, this wine , which originated in the Northern Rhone Valley of france is indeed a hot weather wine. It also makes a good wine to serve at Thanksgiving. Finally, Viognier is often blended with Syrah to create wines such as Cote Rotie.

    Riesling is all over the map. A wise investment are the 2007 vintages which are some of the best in the last 25 years. Remember to ask about sweetness levels. But a nice, dry Riesling is a perfect patio sipping wine.

    Finally, you hit the nail on the head with roses. Good all year around, most roses ar dry and pair well with most foods.

    So when thinking about your next sales event, think Rose. And surprise your clients.

    Ken Spears, Proprietor & Certified Sommelier
    California Taste Fine Wines/Laguna Niguel, CA

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