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Fine, Fine Summer Wine!

Jun 20 2013

by Melissa Lee

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I met with Mark Gagliano to talk about this year’s trend in summer wines. The heat is on here in Coastal Georgia with temperatures reaching into the 90’s and the humidity soaring. If you love good wine like Mr. T and I do you may be wondering what is new, refreshing and perfect for a hot summer evening. Mark, endearingly know as The Wine Guy at our local Harris Teeter, is an expert and I’m presenting five of the wines we discussed yesterday for your summer entertaining.

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Casal Garcia’s Vinho Verde, a light, refreshing wine with a slight “spritz”, perfect with all of your summer favorites. Pair it with melon and prosciutto, seafood, salads of all kinds…it holds its own deliciously!

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Las Rocas’ Rose’. Mark thinks Rose’ has gotten less attention than it deserves in recent years. Making a good Rose’ involves leaving the skin on the fruit for less time than required in the making of a good red wine. Rose’ can come from any wine producing country. Las Rocas Rose’ is from Spain. Mr. T and I sampled a bottle last night and I really enjoyed it. We are big Pinot Noir fans so this was a bit different, but very tasty. Again, it’s great on sipping on a hot afternoon or to accompany lighter summer fare. You can also try uncorking the bottle, adding a sprig of fresh rosemary and replacing the cork for the afternoon as the wine chills to infuse the wine with a bit of the herbs flavor.

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Bex Riesling. This delicious white wine has an undertone of pear and peach….yummy! It is a bit on the sweeter side and goes well with fruit and cheese platters, sweet Georgia shrimp salad, almost any lighter fish dish or on its own with some frozen green grapes thrown in for decoration. Light and fruity for a hot summer lunch or dinner.

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Meiomi Pinot Noir. This is at the top of my list. We enjoyed a bottle of this at dinner the other night when friends brought it to go with a Paella dinner I prepared. We dined al fresco and this wine was absolute perfection. A bit fruity but light and so full of flavor. Chill it a bit before serving and enjoy.

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Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. This is an old favorite of mine from my New York City days. I used to buy it by the case during the summer. It is light, a bit dry and so perfect with an antipasto platter, cold shellfish, veal piccata, perfect paired with pizza Margherita.

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Savigny Les Beaume Pinot Noir. This is one of the Cadillac’s in the Pinot Noir world. This fine wine comes from the Burgundy region of France. Full bodied, yet still light and perfect for a warm evening. Again, try chilling it a bit before serving.

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Mark says it’s about style not brand when it comes to a good wine. Prices range anywhere from $9.99 on up. And it isn’t about price….that does not define a good wine. I think a great idea for summer entertaining is a wine tasting party where appetizers are paired with various wines, guests find their favorites and votes are cast. It’s fun for everyone!

Don’t forget about spritzers either. Mark suggests mixing your wine with sparkling water instead of seltzer. He also gave me a tip I never thought of. The next time I’m having pizza I’m going to order a glass of white zinfandel to test his theory that this is a great pairing. Since he has never steered me wrong in wine selecting I’m sure this will be something new to enjoy and add to my list! A Votre Sante’!

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  1. thesoutherncoterie

    Great post, Melissa! Those are great summer choices! May have to make a stop to stock up today!

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