Summer is here and we are celebrating each and every day of these warmer temperatures with winter tucked away far behind us! It is full swing patio or deck season, so fire up the grill, turn on the twinkle lights and pour yourselves a glass of a great summer wine. Here is what we are drinking this summer at our house.
HM Hoffer Gruner Veltliner
This is in all honestly our go to, perfect summer white. It comes in a 1L, pretty, green bottle that also makes a pretty vase or table decor, and it is perfect wine to just have open daily in your wine cooler or fridge during the hot summer months. Clean and refreshing with notes of green apple, citrus and white pepper. It is one that you will want to snag now since it is more limited in quantity - and it is a Meza staff favorite so it goes fast!
The Ned Sauvignon Blanc
I love New Zealand Sauv Blanc in the summer months, but I prefer a drier style - not the over zealous grapefruit bombs that some can be. The Ned is dry and crisp with hints of fresh cut jalapeño and pink grapefruit and lime zest. Amazingly refreshing!
Any and All Sancerre
Flinty, mineral driven and elegant, Sancerre is my go to white wine for summer and always a great bet on any restaurant wine list. One of our favorite producers is Henri Bourgeois - he makes several wines from various specific terroirs in Sancerre that are all exceptional for the value.
Michel Schlumberger Pinot Blanc
We tasted this wine while visiting the winery in Sonoma and it has been a favorite ever since. Sort of one of those easy to drink whites that has a little more character to it, but that wouldn't offend anyone. Just all around good stuff! They pick the grapes earlier to avoid over ripeness and to preserve some of the acidity. Sustainably farmed so you know you are drinking a wine made with great care for the juice and for the surrounding environment.
Rosé - All Day Every Day
We seriously cannot get enough!! We have so many great options to chose from at the moment - and price here is actually sort of irrelevant. Some of the best Rosé wines we have in are in the $12-$15 range, from France or Spain, and they seem to be outshining some of their domestic counterparts at the moment. Not sure where to start with Rosé? Try out a Spanish Rosado (often inexpensive and a bit fuller in flavor/darker in color) or a rosé from Provence or from the Loire (France).
What all will you be drinking this summer? We want to know!
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