Summer finally got here, and so did another WinedUp column. We’ll focus on some summer wines whites, pinks and a few interesting reds— just in time for the SJ Hot Chefs Farm to Fork Week.
And here’s the WinedUp:
Wine: White Spumante, Sparkling
Producer: Cavicchioli 1928
Region: Modena, Italy
I never saw this one coming. If you tried to get me to try a sparkling Lambrusco, I’d run away! But a friend poured me a glass, and said “it’s the perfect patio wine.” And it is. The nose suggests peaches and a bit of lemon. There is a light, pleasant sweetness and just enough bubbles– the Italians call this frizzante— to tickle your palate. It’s a great first course pour and at just 8%, it’s perfect for the lighter meals of the season. It comes in a pretty bottle that would make a great hostess gift for any summer party even if there’s no patio. Seen at Canal’s Bottle Stop & Wine Warehouse stores, -about $15.
Wine: Sparkling Riesling
Producer: Dr. Lippold
Region: Mosel, Germany
Here’s a great aperitif wine. If you’re a fan of prosecco, give this sparkling Riesling a try.
There’s a little apple & grapefruit in the nose, it’s a touch on the dry side and has just enough acidity to make it a very food friendly wine. Another perfect summer wine.
Seen at Wine Works and Roger Wilco/Pennsauken. About $17
Wine: Cote de Provence Rose
Producer: Domaine Pont de Cagnosc
Region: Provence, France
Grape: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan
Alcohol: 12.5 %
In my opinion, Provence makes the best rose in the world. They are one of my summer favorites and I look forward to trying the when warm weather arrives. This wine is a delicate pink color, with notes of strawberry, cherry, I love the bone-dryness of it. Nothing fussy here, it’s a nice, light taste of summer. Seen at Wegmans/Cherry Hill. About $10
Wine: Vin Gris Rose
Producer: Sean Minor 4 Bears Winery
Region: Carneros, Napa, CA
Grape: Pinot Noir
A friend & I often joke about Tuesday night wines-to us they’re easy on the wallet and easy drinking. No high alcohol ones, just a glass with a friend wine. In the same vein, Sean Minor describes their wine as “Monday thru Thursday on your pocketbook.” I’ve enjoyed their approachable reds and recently tried their rose, Vin Gris. Its salmon colored in the glass, and I detected strawberry & cherry on the nose. There’s a crisp acidity and long finish to this wine that’d make it pair well with clams, oysters, branzino, striper, even calamari. Seen at Canals, Joe Canals, Roger Wilco, about $13
Wine: 19 Crimes Red
Producer: Baileys of Glenrowan
Region: SE Australian
Grape: Blend of Shiraz Durif, Pinot Noir, Grenache & Cabernet Sauvignon
There are lots of wines whose marketing is way better than what ends up in your glass. Sure, this blend is all over the place. But this is definitely not one of those. The clever marketing comes from 18th century Britain’s 19 crimes whose punishment was a one-way transport to Australia. Two of the 19 crimes are Stealing Fish from a Pond and Clandestine Marriage. You can find all 19 crimes on the website. This wine is well-made, with an intense deep purple color. The nose has coffee, blueberry and spice. One taste reveals a great tannic backbone balanced with pleasant acidity. It’s a big step up from all the fruity, sweet Aussie reds that flood our market. You’ll want a glass or two of this one. Seen at Canals Bottlestop, Marlton, Joe Canals, Canals. A steal at $9
Wine: Cherry Tart Pinot Noir
Producer: Cherry Pie Wines
Region: Carneros, Napa, CA
Grape: Pinot Noir from Sonoma, Monterrey & Santa Barbara counties
Here’s a great 4th of July and Farm to Fork Week Wine. Jayson Woodbridge of Layer Cake fame set out to make approachable and distinct Pinot Noirs. Cherry Tart comes from three single vineyards: Rogers Creek, Alta Loma and Los Alamos. With a deep garnet color in the glass, the nose does hint of cherry pie, Bing cherries, blackberries & plums. Great tannin & acidity balance too.
Seen at Roger Wilco/Pennsauken, about $16
About this column: I’m a male, over 25 and I drink mostly reds and interesting whites.
Every time I think I know a lot about wine, I learn how much more there is to learn and I like that. I have no affiliation to the wines/spirits wholesale or retail business, so this will always be TheWineUp and not the pitch. All opinions are my own.
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Looking forward to the next glass…