Woman on Wine
with Amy Reiley
I think of July as the steamy month. It may only be at the beginning of summer according to the calendar. but I always feel a bit more sticky in July than in August or September. That’s why July is the month when I always try to feature a theme of thirst-quenching wines that taste great chilled to a shiver-worthy temperature. This year, my white wines from summer are coming from Down Under. The winter wind may be blowing in New Zealand, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the latest racy white wines from from this stunning island nation to take the steam out of the summer heat.
My recommendations of white wines for summer
Paddy Borthwick Sauvignon Blanc, Wairarapa
A wine from the south of New Zealand’s north island, this Sauvignon Blanc makes my list of white wines for summer because of its luscious tropical flavors. Sweet pineapple, passion fruit and mango flavors are balanced by zippy acidity.
Coopers Creek Riesling, Marlborough
This carefully crafted Riesling offers the tiniest hint of residual sugar. But it also possesses the refreshing zing of great acidity. Floral aromas give way to pretty peach and other stone fruit flavors with a thread if lime zest running throughout.
Craggy Range Te Muna Sauvignon Blanc, Martinborough
This is, without question, one of my personal favorite New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. The grapes are grown in the cool climate of Martinborough. The resulting wine is both tropical and acidic with faint grassy, herbal notes on the nose. Its flavors dance across the palate with passion fruit, honeydew and a touch of ripe stone fruits.
Wither Hills Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
This is a sensational rendition of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for the price. (It retails for under $15.) One sip and you’ll understand why it makes my list of white wines for summer. Citrusy and grassy with a hint of salinity, it’s the kind of wine to make you feel at once thirst quenched and longing for the next sip.
Want great summer reds?
But if you find white wines simply don’t quench your thirst, then you need my column from last month. It explores the history and flavors that make Chianti Classico such a unique and unforgettable region. (And as far as summer reds go, these wines are all winners!)
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