Wine: June 2012 Archives

Summer Wine and the Living is Easy

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We're already a full week into summer and what better way to enjoy the weather then with a glass of "light, crisp, and refreshing" wine. Winemaker Cameron Parry from Chateau Montelena Winery makes some recommendations on his favorites and possible wine and food pairings.

chMontelena_Blog_SummerWine.jpgExcerpt from Blog Post:
So what is a "summer wine?"  Well, the snarky (but accurate) answer is that a "summer wine" is whatever happens to be in your glass from June 20th to September 21st.  However, most of the time we're talking about anything that is light, crisp, and refreshing - a wine that can benefit from a bit of time in the refrigerator (or even - *gasp* - the occasional ice-cube in the glass). For me, most often that means Sauvignon Blanc nice and frosty right out of the 'fridge . . . Close runners-up for summer time R&R are Riesling and Rosie . . .

Try the Riesling with some Memphis style ribs - you'll be pleasantly surprised; the Sauv Blanc, on the other hand, is a great match for barbequed oysters.   As far as the Rosie goes, it is a small production Rosé of Zinfandel that is great with grilled pork chops. 

Now, don't worry, I'm not leaving out the Chardonnay, and no it is not 4th place on my summer (or any other) list, but it is far too versatile to be pigeon-holed as a "summer wine."

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The Father's Day Wine Gifting Guide

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lakeSonomaWinery.jpgFather's Day is the one day of the year we thank dads for everything they do. It takes a special man to be a dad and a well-chosen Father's Day gift shows him just how much he is appreciated. Few Father's Day gifts are savored as much as a bottle of fine wine and with a little forethought, selecting the perfect wine for dad's special day can be a snap.

Consider the dad receiving the gift - his personality, his style and his preferences. Whether he is an occasional wine drinker or a wine aficionado, his fundamental nature should guide your wine selection. Wine is all about pleasure and the best Father's Day wine gift will be the one that gives your particular dad the most pleasure.

Then pick the wine. No need to stress; your instincts are sure to be right. And giving wine is easy - no sizes to consider, no assembly required, no potential obsolescence and only three colors from which to choose!


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