July-August 2009 | WHITE HOT SUMMER

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WHITE HOT SUMMER

The Wine Rack’s Steve Shockley unveils the seasons’s best white wines for entertaining

Written By: | Photographer: Stephen Cherry

Summertime brings out the best in backyard chefs who are eager to share their new grilling creations with family and friends. The same goes for wine-loving consumers who are always searching for that “WOW” summer sipper to make the backyard party memorable.
 
With summer now in full swing, let’s discover a few new value priced quaffing delights that you and friends will certainly enjoy.
 
 
COEUR de CEP COTEAUX ROSE 2008 ($8)
The southern France Provence region produces wonderful rose’ wine in a dry style. Light, crisp and totally refreshing, Coeur de Cep begs for a fresh garden salad along with a spicy grilled tuna steak.
 
 
GLORIA FERRER BALNC de NOIR ($17)
This sparkler from Sonoma will make any backyard bash more festive. Made in the Methode Champenoise style, the tiny, delicate bubbles and its fresh berry flavor will keep everyone smiling.
 
 
ANGELINI 2007 PINOT GRIGIO ($10) 
Pinot Grigio continues to be super popular. This smooth, easy-sipping quaff has a special appeal to all oenophiles. Enjoy Angelini as an accompaniment to our fresh local seafood.
 
 
CARRAIA FIANO 2007 ($8) 
As an alternative to Pinot Grigio, we discovered another Italian white from Sicily. Fiano is the grape variety and like PG, there are flavors of pear and peach, however added are complementary notes of almonds and honey. A delicious, crisp, and flavorful wine.
 
 
LOUIS LATOUR LES CHARDONNAY ($17)
A recent article on chardonnay noted that many wine makers are shying away from the heavily-oaked style and are striving for a more food-friendly, smoother wine. After sampling several new chards, the Louis Latour, with its creamy texture and typical apple notes, really stood out. Think of pairing a fabulous lobster dinner with Louis.
 
 
KIM CRAWFORD 2008 UNOAKED CHARDONNAY ($20) 
Kim was one of the first to abandon the oaky style. His wine shows hints of lemon together with the classic minerality found in New Zealand wines. A spicy Eastern Shore lump crab cake sounds like a match with this wine.
 
 
DR. LOOSEN DR ‘L’ 2008 RIESLING ($12) 
A semi-sweet, crisp German Riesling from the Mosel region is perfect for an afternoon deck party.
 
 
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