There is no question Chardonnay is at the top of the popularity list for white wines. As the summer heats up, here are a couple of different white varietals to cool off with while hanging by the pool, sitting on the patio, or grilling with family and friends. We discovered these great white wines while exploring California wine regions over the years. The price points are all $15 or less and are fairly distributed. Grab a bottle (or two) and enjoy the summer!
Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc ($13)
100% Sauvignon Blanc, 64% stainless steel tanks, 36% older French oak
Cool, stainless steel tank fermentation gives this wine a crisp freshness while the subtle oak character from barrel aging adds great complexity and depth. This wine has a medium-light yellow color, and has tastes of melon and kiwi, finishing with a splash of citrus. Enjoy with a light salad, herb chicken and vegetables, lightly grilled fish, or even oysters.
Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc ($15)
99% Pinot Blanc, 1% Chardonnay, Five months in stainless steel tanks, 12% aged in new and used French oak, 4% aged in French Acacia wood barrels
Rich complex flavors of pear, apple and nectarine. The finish is lengthy with zesty acidity. This wine is refreshing, crisp, and very drinkable. It's light flavor makes it enjoyable with a variety of foods. Enjoy with a nice chicken salad, or scallops. It is also a great wine for Sunday brunch.
Simi Sauvignon Blanc ($12)
95% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sémillon, 100% stainless steel tanks
Very clear in color and full of crisp, clean fruit flavors. It starts with a burst of bright citrus, and finishes with a lemon-lime zest. Enjoy with a light salad, some grilled shrimp, or simply while enjoying sunshine out on the patio or by the pool.
You can find these wines at BevMo
Seghesio Pinot Grigio ($15)
100% Pinot Grigio, 100% stainless steel tank fermented
Bright nose with flavors of sweet melon, pear and peaches. The rich and creamy mouthful adds complexity and the firm acidity provides a clean finish. Enjoy this wine with Asian food, grilled pork chops, or before dinner with gruyere-style cheese.
Husch Chenin Blanc ($10)
100% Chenin Blanc,100% stainless steel tank fermented
Chenin Blanc is one the most versatile grapes used in the wine industry. This ‘off-dry’ wine has tastes of tropical fruits, and the acidity gives it a hint of zest. Even ‘non-wine drinkers’ have been known to enjoy this wine. It is ideal for picnics, or with a fruit and cheese course. It would also pair well with seafood or spicy Asian cuisine.