Saturday, August 6, 2011

White Wines For Summer Refreshment, OR Not!

White Wines are so much fun.
Many are less expensive than Micro-Brews, and often much more refreshing.
I'm not going to be presenting "serious" wines here, just Crisp White Wines, refreshing, easy-drinking and fun, with food or not. If you shop at most large markets in NH, you'll likely find these inexpensive White Wines (Look for coupons). This month NHLStores are doing 15% off 12 bottles or more NW wines.

As an alternative to expensive Champagne (France), Prosecco (Italy) is a light bubbly White Wine that will please almost anyone. I've heard it said, the vino veracity of the statement is undetermined by me, that you can't get a "good" Champagne for under $40, but these two offerings of Prosecco are wonderfully delightful and under $20.00.

Caposaldo Prosecco, $13.99, 89 points, swells you glass with a frothy fresco, frivolous and fun, fine alone or with food. Having a hint of lemon/lime on the nose, and will-o-the-wisp creamy citrus flavors, this crystal hued dynamite in a glass is sure to please.

Santa Margherita Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, $17.99-$22.99, 90 points, is very much the same as the Caposaldo, but with a bit of nondescript tension, an edginess that subliminally says: there is more here than just a gulper sprits.

Rex Goliath Pinot Grigio (No vintage given), $6.00-$9.00, 88 points, especially at the $6.00 price point, is a great buy. Not a complex mind-bending wine, but delicious, crisp, and refreshing, goes with light food-fair; I had mine with not-so-light fried lobster and sautéed scallops.
The color is light metallic lime, with pome notes on the nose, and tangerine on a mild citrus finish.

Big House 2009 White Wine,
 $6.79-$7.99, 88 points, is another great buy. There's a number of varietals in this wine, but what I'm after here, is down-home inexpensive fun with food and wine.
The color is clear lemon/lime, the nose has a slight citrus aroma and just a hint of honeysuckle, and the flavor is marked by hints of pear-tangerine, and finishes with zesty citrus.

Ferrari Carano 2010 Flume Blanc, $13.99-$16.99, 88 points, has a bright lemon/lime color, a lemon-grass aroma (cold), with a slightly creamy texture, yet crisp with just a hint of sprits, zesty, but not frizzante.  While cold, there was very little oak to distinguish this Flume Blanc, though it did spend time in old French oak and stainless steel.
I liked this wine, though it is not the best QPR wine mentioned here, it has a character that is interestingly smooth, which, for some, is a betrayal of varietal character; I think it is ever-so-slight.

Now for the "OR Not" in the title; these White wines are not recommended, either for price, or flavor, or both.

Dry Creek Clarksburg Wilson's Ranch 2009 Chenin Blanc, $11.99-$13.99, 86 points, is not a bad wine, but with so many pleasing wines out there, including MAN-Vintners Chenin Blanc, Wilson's Ranch is not my recommendation.
Light straw color, followed by a grassy aroma, and flavors of fruity white grape, nutty late palate, and lemon-meringue pie on lips, with a hint of sour ginger on the finish.

Woodbridge 2009 Chardonnay, $5.99-$7.99, 83 points, has a straw yellow color, aroma has hints of lemon, the flavor has too much dry hay, and is just unpleasant to me.

Conundrum 2009 White wine (a blend of four varietals), $18.99-$22.99, 89 points, is in my "OR Not" group, because of the price; the wine is complex with layers of honey and aromas of honeysuckle, and having a golden color, this white would be fine at $15.00-$17.00, if you can find it for that price, or if you are like me, and just want to experiment.


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