Happy National Wine Day! The holiday comes with temperatures rising and summer sets in, at least in our new Las Vegas home. As we need a cool down, we turn to these bright, clean, and refreshing white wines that are as thirst-quenching as they are delicious. Drink well and enjoy!
From Andrews Vineyard in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley, Barnett Vineyards crafts an expressive, luscious Sauvignon Blanc that delivers zest and lively appeal, and gorgeous texture. The whole cluster pressed grapes are fermented completely in stainless steel and racked off the lees to ensure the freshness of the fruit is at the forefront of this bright, clean, beautiful wine. The style is much more European than New Zealand’s, thanks in part to the warm climate of Dry Creek ensuring full fruit ripeness, with layers of kiwi, guava, and honeysuckle mingling with ripe citrus and lilikoi.
From Gil Family Estates in Galicia, Lagar da Condesa Albarino tastes like a sunrise lifting from the ocean. The clean, crisp white wine is slightly briny from cool breezes sweeping in off the Atlantic Ocean through Rias Baixas vineyards with match layers of minerals from the influence of granite-filled soils housing the grapevines. These characteristics meld with fresh white flowers, crisp apples, and juicy citrus to create a perfectly balanced, delicious wine paired with seafood and shellfish.
Though primarily known for their production of red wines, Sonoma’s B Wise Vineyards produces a stellar Chardonnay from the Nobles Vineyard in Fort Ross-Seaview, a region on the edge of the world just up from the Pacific Ocean. The water’s influence is felt in every aspect of the wine, as it is extremely lively and bright. Ripe melon and orchard fruit meld with crushed stone and vanilla cream, with gorgeous texture thanks to the wine going through partial malolactic fermentation. This is a wine you can easily enjoy with light pasta or fish dishes, as well as a Sunday roast chicken.
From the island of Santorini, Gai’a THALASSITIS Assyrtiko is a lively white wine that tastes like the sea. It is crafted from Assyrtiko fruit growing in vineyards averaging 80 years old. The vines are wrapped into baskets with grapes nestled on the inside to protect the fruit from blustery sea breezes. The soils have little nutrients, so roots must dig deep into the earth to find water and food, creating concentrated, intensely flavored grapes that create unique wines with character. With aromas of white flowers and citrus, that lead to crushed stone, saline, and lemon zest, the racy, lively wine is ideal with summer seafood dishes.
Smith & Hook Sauvignon Blanc is zesty and vibrant from vineyards dotted throughout California’s Central Coast. Warm days lead to cool nights, ensuring a long growing season that allows the fruit to gain complexity and structure while maintaining its light and bright appeal. Aromas of gooseberry and lemongrass lift from the glass, followed by grapefruit, lemon-lime, and soft herbal flavors that end with a clean, crisp palate.
From the Entre-Deux-Mers region within Bordeaux, winemaker Véronique Barthe crafts approachable wines from almost 240 acres of vineyards for her Vignobles Véronique Barthe. Her Chateau La Freynelle White Bordeaux blends Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and a touch of Muscadelle, adding weight and aroma, creating a well-rounded wine with crisp acidity that reveals flavors of fleshy yellow fruits, golden citrus, and soft herbs.
And, to top off our list, because every holiday needs a bubbly, so toast with Louis Vallon Cremant de Bordeaux Brut. It is a traditional method sparkler produced from the unusual combination of Semillon and Cabernet Franc. With an abundant mousse that leads to aromas of honey, white flowers, and blanched almonds, the inviting wine is perfectly refreshing and easy to toast on its own or with light bites as an aperitif. #cheers