Thursday, August 14, 2014

Other Whites That Delight!

It's hot in Dallas and with that comes the need for a supply of crisp white wines on hand. Not just two or three bottles, but a case or two for those spur of the moment barbecues, family dropping by, or as gifts to dinner parties. Whatever your need, it's always a good idea to have a case or two on hand instead of having to run to the store. No one likes to wait for wine to chill the way white wine needs to be chilled.

There are many to choose from and don't be afraid to come out of your comfort zone and try something new. Ask your local wine store to suggest some whites for the summer. It may be crisp to dry, or fruity to sweet and aromatic, or off-dry. 

Here are a few Don and I have tried:

2010 Jean-Luc Colombo La Redonne Cotes du Rhone  ($17). We had this lovely French wine at the Broadmoor Hotel & Resort in Colorado Springs this past January for our one year wedding anniversary. It is a blend of 70% Viognier and 30% Roussanne. A light gold color, with exotic flavors of mango and apricots balanced by a nice acidity. Full notes of honey and peach with a creamy finish.

Also at the Broadmoor we had a 2010 Jean-Luc Colombo Viognier La Violette ($16). This French wine is an elegant dry wine with flavors of acaia flowers, white peaches and exotic fruits. Texturally similar to Chardonnay with a long finish.

2011 Gaetano d'Aquino Soave ($?) I had this wine in California at one of my daughter's friends home. This Italian wine is a light golden yellow, dry, harmonious, velvety with a light almond flavor. 

Valoroso Toscano ($7) is a wine that is served at Macaroni Grills. I don't know if you can buy it other than there. It was okay.

There are always Pinot Grigios for a great summer wine! I'll get to those next time.