Summer is quickly approaching and that means you need to be prepared with a few of my favorite wines to get you through the busy summer months. Many of us are home with our kids for the summer, and as much as I love spending time with my kids, I also love a little wine time and a break from those kids. Here are my summer wine list suggestions for enjoying by yourself or with friends.
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This 2016 Pinot Noir Rose from @rsvineyards is one of the best American Roses I've ever had. I really liked the 2015, but this blows that away. Crisp, bright, dry. I can't wait to be able to purchase it! #hosted #rose #rodneystrong #wine #travelblogger #traveldeeper #winebottle #bottleporn #wineporn #winestagram #winelife #winelabel
Rosé all day!!! This new 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir is beautifully colored, with fresh, vibrant aromas and flavors of strawberry, white peach, jasmine, and watermelon and hints of tangerine. This 2016 Pinot Noir Rose is one of the best American Roses I've ever had. I really liked the 2015, but this blows that away. Crisp, bright, dry. It’s brilliant, bold, and bright with fresh acidity and a wonderful lasting juicy mineral finish. I can’t get enough. At the price, it’s a steal.
San Simeon 2016 Sauvignon Blanc ($18.95)
With warm days and cool nights, Paso Robles gets a nice long hang time, allowing the Sauvignon Blanc grapes to ripen to their fullest potential, making them highly concentrated and flavorful. Stainless steel fermentation preserves the delicate, graceful flavors of the Sauvignon Blanc before 10 percent of the wine is transferred to neutral French oak barrels for complexity and depth. The nose reveals bright aromas of white peach and lime zest, accompanied by mineral notes, which express the vineyard’s rocky terroir in this bright refreshing wine with intense citrus and pear flavors. This structured and well-balanced wine exhibits a lengthy, smooth finish. This is the perfect summer sipper.
2015 Left Coast Cellars The Orchards Pinot Gris ($18)
This Pinot Gris is super zesty with apple aromas and lively grapefruit and honeydew melon. Crisp minerality yet balanced acidity make this the perfect wine to pair with an appetizer of cheeses and fresh fruit. Works great with mango and other tropical flavors over white fish or chicken, too.
2014 Davis Bynum Chardonnay ($25)
The 2014 Davis Bynum Chardonnay (River West) has sensual aromas of baked apple and pears, pineapple, lemon, and fresh spring flowers. On the palate, the wine has a nutty brioche with baking spices and ends with a rounded medium-long finish that is balanced with acidity and a rich, nutty creaminess. This Chardonnay is perfection paired with creamy cheeses or grilled veal chops.
The Domaine Allimant-Laugner is a stunning light salmon color. The gorgeous melon, strawberry, and citrus on the nose with a hint of floral aromas make me want to inhale all day. This light-bodied and fresh sparkling rosé is laden with strawberry and citrus flavors with a touch of peach and minerality. You can't go wrong with the sticker price of the Domaine Allimant-Laugner Crémant d'Alsace Rosé, either, at about $20 a bottle.
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