Summer’s Best Wines by Food and Wine
Those summer winds are blowin’ in and so are those light and crisp wines. Food & Wine’s Ray Isle can help you sort out your Muscadet from your Sauvigion Blanc. Food & Wine just posted their Summer’s Best Wines.
Here are a few of our favs:
2008 Saracco Moscato d’Asti ($16)
Moscato d’Asti, the off-dry, lightly sparkling wine native to Italy’s Piedmont region, is exceptionally light in alcohol: usually only six percent or so. This graceful, tangerine-scented bottling from a top producer would be great either as an aperitif or with fresh fruit for dessert.
NV Broadbent Vinho Verde ($11)
Vinho Verde—a pale Portuguese wine named for its youth rather than its color—should be crisp, tingly and full of lemon and seashell nuances. That aptly describes this bottling from importer Bartholomew Broadbent.
2007 Domaine de la Batardière Muscadet ($10)
Muscadet, from the western part of France’s Loire Valley, is a summer classic. Its citrusy character pairs ideally with seafood, particularly raw oysters.
2008 Kung Fu Girl Riesling ($12)
Washington-state winemaker Charles Smith earned his reputation with some formidable (and fairly expensive) Syrahs, but lately, he’s been focusing on a line of quirkily named, inexpensive wines. This floral, slightly off-dry Riesling is one of the best.
For more summer wine recommendations, visit Food & Wine’s Summer’s Best Wines for wines ranging in price from $9 to $20.