Here’s a fantastic line-up of $14.95 SUMMER WHITES from Vintages.
Ready for a little splurge? Not on fancy wine, but investing in a stash of whites for drinking 4 – 6 months from now? Recently I tasted the wines below all on the same day and each one begged to be on the summer stage – patio, dock, garden, wherever. But don’t just pick one – your summer days will be much more fun if you invite the whole gang. Get at least 2 or 3 bottles of each – and enjoy them in pairs. Twice the fun!
Each of the following wines has a little twist, setting it apart from the everyday. Wines at this price is the real strength of Vintages – not the over-priced, fancy stuff they love to tout.
ZENATO 11 Lugana ‘San Benedetto’, Veneto, Italy 707158 Vintages $14.95
. . . freshness combined with delightful, pretty flavours. Charming en route to seductive. Careful with this!
CHATEAU ROQUEFORT 11 Bordeaux Blanc, France 313346 Vintages $14.95
. . . zesty and savoury. Brings something different to the Sauvignon/Semillon show. Nothing like having your own Chateau wine!
VILLA TONINO 11 Inzolia, Sicily 100552 Vintages $14.95
. . . Pinot Grigio-style refreshment with a tease of exotic fruit. Excellent patio sipper. “We switched from PG to Inzolia.”
KELLEREI ST. MAGDALENA 11 Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige/Trentino, Italy 249466 Vintages $14.95
. . . high octane PG. Almost spritzy. Wild as the wind. Instant chill-out.
ANSELMANN 11 Gewurztraminer, Kabinett, Pfalz, Germany 909697 Vintages $14.95
. . . dry, refreshing wine with a blast of sexy Gewurz flavours. Lazy, summer day in a glass. Low alcohol. “Another glass pleaser”.
MANFRED BREIT 11 Riesling, Mosel, Germany 307611 Vintages $14.95
. . . zippy, dry Riesling in a ‘cool’ package. Party with your arty friends!
VOLKACHER KIRCHBERG 11 Silvaner, Trocken, Franken, Germany 314880 $14.95
. . . great freshness and minerality. Cold stone feeling. Bring on the heat. Love the ‘kitchy’ Franken bottle. Friends will ask, “Where the heck did you get this?!”
WAKEFIELD 11 Riesling, Clare Valley, South Australia 301523 Vintages $14.95
. . . austere, dry Riesling. The hotter the day, the better it will feel. Did they add a splash of lime? Just kidding.
CASALI ‘Borgodel Boiardo’ Lambrusco Rosato Secco, Emilia-Romagna, Italy 314526 Vintages $14.95
. . . a dry, Rosé edition of Lambrusco that’s not just a novelty, but an excellent wine. There’s no better partner for a prosciutto platter on the patio! I wrote about this recently – see http://billysbestbottles.com/planning-for-the-rose-season/