We’re Toasting: Non-Traditional Whites on The Broadcast


I am always trying to introduce the ladies of The Broadcast to something a little bit different and yesterday morning that included a few of my favorites wines from Greece, Spain, Portugal and a few Rhone inspirations that are being made in California. Each of these are perfect for enjoying now, when it is still very warm outside, or even into fall paired with things like roasted chicken or creamy pasta dishes, even roasted lamb with a light lemony sauce like they serve throughout Greece. So get a little adventurous and enjoy one of these tonight! Take a look at the segment below with tasting notes.

Gaia Thalastittis Assyrtico Santorini – $29 at Spec’s. Think white washed walls and sunshine and you are transported to the islands of Greece, add in briny seafood and very light, crisp white wine with lots of juicy citrus and high acidity, acentuating the lively flavors of the island. Gaia is one of the star producers in Greece, with their Santorini Assyrtico from 80 year old vines melds the layers of lemon, steely minerality and honeysuckle that when decanted elevates those honey notes, softening some of the acidity.

L’Ecole No. 41 Semillon Columbia Valley – $14 at Spec’s. Traditionally Semillon is used as a blending grape in White Bordeaux or is the main variety used in the beloved botryitized dessert wine, Sauternes, however when bottled on its own in a still wine, as wineries in Washington state are doing more and more, the sunshine filled white balances freshness with richness, creating a wine filled with notes of apricot, honey, lemon and fig with good texture and weight. Perfect for serving with roasted white meats.

Esporao Verdelho Alentejano – $15 at Whole Foods. From the Alentejo region of Portugal, near the Spanish boarder in the hot southern part of the country. One of the top varieties of Portugal, typically used in the fortified wine, Maderia, but on its own as a still wine is filled with grassy notes, with fresh tropical fruit and lively lemon-lime citrus. A perfect patio wine.

Condes de Albarei Albarino Rias Baixas – $15 at Spec’s. I talked about these wines of Rias Baixas a few weeks ago on the show, with their mineral rich, steely white Albarino. This one from the co-op Condes de Albarei Albarino is filled with juicy melon, tropical lychee and citrus notes with a hint of minerality creating a balanced, harmonious wine that is very approachable and easy to enjoy.

Treana White Paso Robles – $17 at Goody-Goody and Total Wine. A stunning white from Hope Family in a traditional white Rhone style. Viognier and Marsanne, filled with white flowers, dried stone fruit and melon, that is delicious enjoyed young, but will continue to round out the layers of flavor as it ages to create layers of honey and sweet cream.

Stag’s Leap Viognier Napa – $32 via their website. 100% Vioginer grown in the heart of Napa Valley that shines with layers of ripe peach and apricot with richness and complexity, helped by the incredible vintage Napa saw in 2012. Juicy, fresh and balanced with great acidity keeping the wine lively while maintaining a fruit filled palate.