Yesterday on The Broadcast we toasted some tasty selections perfect for pleasing your summer palate, from crisp and refreshing whites to robust, barbecue ready reds. As seasons change, our palates do to, and each of these selections are ideal for enjoying poolside in hot weather months, especially in Dallas. For a link to the segment, click here. For full notes on each of the wines, see below.
Napa Valley’s traditional method created Chandon Sparkling Wine is ideal any time of year, but especially in the summer when you want something crisp and light, yet still balanced and interesting. Their lush, Pinot Noir based Chandon Blanc de Noir sparkler balanced layers of citrus with a touch of creamy wild berry and spice notes mingling with toasted brioche and honey, delicious and refreshing. This year the winery partnered with designer Jonathan Adler to create a few nautical inspired serving trays made of acrylic so they are perfect for outdoor entertaining, and fashionable enough to make your pool the chicest on the block. The bubbly retails for $24, the trays are available for $80-$100 both available via the Chandon website here.
Most of us think of the coastal areas of California when it comes to wine, but inland, close to the capital of the state, great wines are being grown in their mineral rich, fertile soils in Amador County and Clarksburg. Terra d’Oro Winery sources fruit from both regions for their inaugural release of 2013 Chenin Blanc/Viognier blend. Handpicked from lush, sunkissed California fruit this floral and fruit forward, yet very dry wine, fills the palate with juicy tropical fruit notes mingling with just a touch of ripe stone fruit. $16, widely available throughout Dallas at local grocery stores, Wal-Mart and Sam’s locations.
Ricossa Gavi, several years ago I had the chance to travel to Piemonte Italy with Ricossa
, sipping their hearty Barolo and Barbera wines, as well as their light Moscato and sunshine filled Gavi, the dry white wine of the Italian region. This is a wine that sings of summer, filled with juicy lemon-lime, slight hints of herbaceous and mineral notes, with a clean and crisp finish. Delicious with summer salads, grilled seafood or light pasta dishes. $20 available at Whole Foods locations.
The story behind Inman Endless Crush Rose
is almost as good as the delicious juice inside the bottle. Created by winemaker Kathleen Inman as an anniversary gift to her husband the Inman Endless Crush Rose of Pinot Noir is as delicate, delicious and elegant as the beautiful couple behind the bottle. Juicy strawberry, wild cherry and raspberry aromas lift from the wine, followed by hints of tangerine and juicy melon, balanced by light notes of fresh herbs and spice. $20, available via their website.
I am a big fan of the wines of Paul Hobbs, and this, his entry level Cross Barn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, from his estate vineyards show how special both Sonoma is for growing Pinot Noir, and the passion this wine lover has for creating stellar wines. Classic Pinot Noir notes of cherry and strawberry, with touches of cola, Asian spice and a hint of earthiness, without overpowering keeping this entry level wine in Hobbs’ portfolio on point for pairing with grilled salmon, chicken, pork or even pasta. $40, available at Pogo’s
Lange Twins Winery continues to create fun and food-friendly wines from their sustainably farmed vineyards in Lodi. Their latest release adds to their Charicature wines, this one a Red Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon/Zinfandel. Fruit forward Zinfandel begs to be paired with barbecue, like a rack of ribs or even balsamic glazed, grilled veggies like eggplant and zucchini. Adding hearty Cabernet Sauvignon with the Zinfandel, bringing in layers of cherry, licorice and cedar notes, creates an additional layer of flavors to create pairings with anything on the grill from those ribs to juicy rib eye steaks to hearty pasta with a pork or beef ragu.