As the temperatures rise, summer menus lighten and we look for unique, refreshing ideas and tastes. The following are some of our favorite summer wines, along with food pairing suggestions.
Wines from Gruner Veltliner grapes are a great match with fresh herbs. Many of our dishes are simple and fresh during the summer months. Gruner Veltliner offers a balancing act with the herbs’ freshness and the simplicity of lighter meals.
- 2010 Michlits Stadlmann Gruner Veltliner, Austria (about $18 retail)
- 2010 Hirsch Gruner Veltliner, Austria (about $21 retail)
Pinot grigio shines with the catch of the day. Fish is a staple in the kitchen during the summer, and pinot grigio is the aristocrat of the white fish pairing — dry, crisp and austere. Keep in mind this pairing is at its best with fish’s simplest preparation, without heavy sauces and toppings, and without the flavor of a charcoal grill.
- 2010 Loredona Pinot Grigio, California (about $8 retail)
- 2010 Kris Pinot Grigio, Italy (about $15 retail)
Moscato d’Asti is the goto wine for fruity summer desserts. This summer pairing can be as simple as fresh peaches and ice cream.
- 2010 Michele Chiarlo Moscato d’Asti Nivole, Italy 375 ml (about $14 retail)
- NV Marco Negri Moscato d’Asti, Italy (about $20 retail)
Dry rose is summer’s perfect companion. Dry roses maintain summer’s laid back attitude, not needing detailed analysis or cellar notes to be enjoyed.
Simply grab a glass and begin the exploration. A few of my favorite pairings are tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil drizzled in olive oil, salad Nicoise and grilled vegetables.
- 2010 Chateau Bonnet Rose, France (about $13 retail)
- 2010 Turkey Flat Rose, Australia (about $20 retail)