I write this article as the rain pounds outside my window. It certainly feels like winter and that I should be reaching for a hearty red wine. But summer days will surely come and you will want to be prepared for all the outdoor events that are celebrated at this time of the year like graduations, Father’s Day, and the big holiday weekends. Get out the picnic table, the BBQ grill, and the Paella burner and get cooking and entertaining. Here is a list of my favorite white wines at bargain prices. All the wines suggested should be easy to find in the San Francisco Bay Area and online at many retailers.
Albariño is my go-to wine for the warm summer days and evenings. Costco has a very good one, the Paco & Lola 2009 for $13.99. Or try the Seta Cepas 2009 at Burlingame’s famous Weimax Wines & Spirits for $13.99. These are wonderful wines. Grill some shrimp and pass the Albariño.
One of the better deals around at the moment is Brassfield’s Pinot Grigio. This wine is from Lake County and is the top selling wine at Brassfield. This wine is delightful, with nice melon flavors and good acidity. The wine has a solid mouth feel and the flavors linger in the mouth. This one sells at BevMo for $9.99
This is the same grape as Pinot Grigio but is made in a different style. One of the most popular Pinot Gris wines in this neck of the woods is the King Estate Pinot Gris from Oregon. I find the 2009 vintage to be very similar to an Albariño wine. I found this one at Costco for $12.99 and the Wine Stop in Burlingame for $13.99. It is clean and enjoyable, with citrus characters of lemon and lime. It is very refreshing.
Riesling wines are always a good summer choice. We like the dry ones. My two favorites are Poet’s Leap from Washington for $16.99 at Costco or, if you happen to be in Hopland, CA, stop in at McFadden’s tasting room and try their Riesling from the Potter Valley. You can order it online. Awesome!
Sauvignon Blanc is probably the California standard for the great outdoors and picnicking. I think the best deal around is the Hanna 2009 at Costco for $10.99. The 2010 should be just around the corner and we hope it is the same price and quality. This wine sells on the Hanna Website for $19.
Sparkling wine is fun no matter what the occasion and bubbly always goes with sunshine and a variety of foods. It is a “can’t miss” wine for entertaining and celebrating. Best deal around is the Spanish Cava, Segura Viudas Brut Reserva for $9 at Cost Plus stores.
Next week, we will mention some Rosé wines for the summer months.