by Vic Hubbard, Downtown Wine Manager
These summer wines are perfect for the beach, picnic, barbecue, or toasting the newlyweds.
While most wines are good any time of year, the arrival of summer—with its lively celebrations, outdoor activities, and wealth of fresh produce added to our daily menu—is the perfect time to enjoy wines with a light and fresh style that not only help temper the weather, but match well with seasonal foods.
And, our Co-op wine coolers are well-stocked with a diverse selection of white wines, rosés, and sparkling wines for every budget.
Cordata wine manager Tim Johnson and I have selected a few highlights. Watch for these, and plenty of other fine choices, in our Co-op wine departments throughout the summer. Salud!
Ponga • Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Malborough, New Zealand • $9.95
Bright, zesty, and fresh. This bargain-priced white made from New Zealand’s flagship varietal—sauvignon blanc—is a crowd-pleasingly dry style that will match well with anything on a picnic table. Look for aromas and flavors of starfruit, grapefruit, and tropical components like citrus and mango. This bang-for-the-buck white is a great addition to the ice chest.
Airfield Estates • Chardonnay 2015
Yakima Valley, Washington • $12.95
Nothing says wine on the deck like chardonnay. This winemaker is noted for its range of estate-grown, well-priced quality wines. And for price and quality this may be one of its best. It walks the line between big oak-driven California style and leaner mineral-driven style chardonnays of French Burgundy, with a good grip of acidity, balanced by richness and hints of oak.
Vignobles Bulliat • Beaujolais-Villages 2015
France • $11.95
Looking for a red wine that is light in body, moderate in alcohol, good chilled, an easy match with everything from salad to burgers, and will please even the most discriminating wine drinkers? Look no further than this classic 100 percent Gamay from the Beaujolais region of France. We love this wine, made from certified organic grapes, for its quality and price that is well below comparable wines.
Chateau Lestrille Capmartin • Bordeaux Supérieur 2010
France • $14.95
Does that steak on the grill call for a wine to match? For summer grilling season this wine is an amazing value. The Roumage family has owned this 96-acre vineyard for over 100 years. Husband Jean-Louis grows the grapes and wife Estelle makes the wine. This merlot-driven, almost black-colored wine is reminiscent of cedar and black currants. This is not a show-off wine, but one that unfolds with each sip.