Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Bevy Of Summer Whites...

Phew!!! Honestly, this has to be the HOTTEST Summer on record! What's a wine lover to do??? Well, I have news for you! It's time to pop some corks and enjoy the bounty of Summer whites that are waiting for you! Recently, I received three such wines from Terlato Wines International and they opened my eyes to some terrific values! White wines need not be pricey or rip a hole in your pocketbook to be enjoyed daily. The three I am going to discuss here are the perfect example!

The 2010 13th Edition of Evolution by Sokol Blosser (an Oregon-based winery) is indeed a real treat! A blend of eight grape varietals (Muller-Thurgau, White Riesling, Semillon, Pinot Gris, Gewurtztraminer, Muscat Canelli, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner), this wine dances like magic in your glass! 100% stainless steel fermented and perfect for those spicy foods of Summer! I loved it! And that says a lot considering I have an aversion towards sweeter wines. This wine only had a slight residual sweetness to it and its tropical and floral notes just swept me away. A true winner in my eyes and my palate says, "I want more"! $17.

The 2009 Bodega Tamari Torrontes. What can I say about this wine? Bodega Tamari, from Mendoza, Argentina has done a wonderful job with it. Their motto is "Be Passionate". It's the perfect match for me and for anyone who loves a little "cha cha cha" in their wine! Life is about passion. This wine is intensely flavored and beautiful. Once you try it, you will be passionate about it. It is elegant and fruit forward, unlike a lot of other versions of Torrontes that are floral. Don't get me wrong--there are floral notes but this wine screams tropical fruit. An abundance of it. What a lovely thought! $15.

And now we go to France for our next great deal, the 2009 Cotes-Du-Rhone "Belleruche" Blanc from M. Chapoutier. One sip and this lovely white is capable of whisking you away to a far away land in just a matter of moments! It's beautiful! Made with three grape varietals (Grenache, Clairette and Bourboulenc)and will pair up with the lightest of Summer dishes. This makes the perfect wine for patio sipping on a hot day also. And the price point will surprise you. $13. Go get some!

So there you have it! Three wonderful deals on some very nice Summer whites. You can't go wrong with any of these. And they should be very easy to find in your local shops or you can access more information about them on the following websites:

Have fun this Summer and do yourselves a favor, seek out these wines! You will thank me!

"You Saw It Here First"...This post was created solely for "Cellarmistress' Cellar Talk" by Grace Hoffman. Grace is an Italian-born, American-bred wine blogger/educator with an all-consuming passion for wine and all it encompasses.

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