From our friends at Terlato Wines here are some “$18 & Under” quintessential summer wines from around the world.
M. Chapoutier “Belleruche” Blanc / Cotes-du-Rhone, France
Famed French winemaker Michel Chapoutier says that one of the most difficult tasks of a winemaker is to make a serious, high-quality wine, yet have it remain a good value. His “Belleruche” wines accomplish just that. M. Chapoutier Belleruche Blanc is a great introduction to one of the world’s most celebrated wine appellations, the Côtes-du-Rhône, with aromas of green apple and white blossoms and a fresh and well-balanced finish.
Seven Daughters Moscato / California
Best known for delightful red and white blends, Seven Daughters will be releasing its first single varietal wine this spring! With a vibrant bouquet of fresh flowers, peaches, lychee and honey, this effervescent Moscato is light and lively on the palate. A light-bodied wine, it can be enjoyed as an aperitif or paired with fruit, mild cheeses, and light desserts. Keep your eye out for the newest daughter at your local store…she’ll be wearing a hint of pink!
Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc / Marlborough, New Zealand
The zingy, grassy, grapefruit style of sauvignon blanc is always a refreshing choice for the beach. Wairau River’s aroma displays ripe passion fruit and tropical fruits while the crisply defined palate is underlined with lots of minerality, guava, and ripe pear.
Evolution (14th Edition) / Dundee, Oregon
Evolution white is a seamless blend of nine grapes, creating a smooth, layered white wine that can hold its own or stand up to just about any food pairing you dare to serve it with. With intense tropical fruit notes up front and a crisp, clean finish, it is extraordinarily food-friendly and pairs perfectly with a variety of dishes from light salads to grilled meats to the hottest fusion-style cuisine. As the winemaker puts it, “It is like mixing nine colors of paint and ending up with a rainbow instead of a muddy brown.” Who doesn’t like rainbows in the summer?
Tamari Torrontes 2009 / La Rioja, Argentina
Torrontes is slowly gaining popularity as a must-try varietal. Tamari Torrontes gives very delicate and elegant aromas with notes of white flowers and tropical fruit like cherimoya. Meanwhile the taste is extremely balanced, all at the same time being fruity, floral, and spicy – making it the perfect accompaniment with food.
Greystone Chardonnay 2009 / California
We couldn’t leave Chardonnay off of the list. This new wine from Greystone Cellars has some of the most talented palates in the country behind it. Markham Vineyards and the Culinary Institute of America have teamed up to bring you a Chardonnay with aromas of succulent melon and apple, while the taste is an elegant balance of apple, chalk, mineral flavors and a juicy texture rich with vanilla and caramel apple character.