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With the (unofficial) start of fall feeling much like the middle of summer, most of us are still looking for refreshing and light wines. Typically I take a respite from my heavy reds over the summer, and this time of year I find myself worn out with my routine white wines.

I’m not alone in this rut, knowing many readers are reaching out for new ideas. So, rather than rant and rave about the summer heat, and the longing for heavy red wine and hearty stews, I thought a buying list would be best. In the past few weeks I have found an array of refreshing wines to revitalize my late summer wine list.


  • 2009 Whitehall Lane Sauvignon Blanc, California (about $16 retail)
  • 2009 Melini Orivieto, Italy (about $11 retail)
  • 2009 Spanish Quarter Chardonnay-Albarino, Spain (about $10 retail)
  • 2009 Chateau Bonnet Blanc, France (about $15 retail)
  • 2009 Banfi Principessa Gavia, Italy (about $14 retail)
  • 2009 Wente Vineyards Riesling, California (about $16 retail)
  • 2009 Castello Banfi Le Rime Pinot Grigio, Italy (about $9 retail)
  • 2009 Anne Amie Cuvee A Pinot Rose, Oregon (about $15 retail)
  • 2009 Nobilissima Pinot Grigio, Italy (about $14 retail)


  • 2009 Hugel Pinot Gris, France (about $20 retail)
  • 2009 Georges Duboeuf Pouilly Fuisse, France (about $38 retail)
  • 2009 Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand (about $18 retail)
  • 2009 Montinore Estate Gewurztraminer, Oregon (about $19 retail)
  • 2009 Mt. Difficulty Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand (about $22 retail)