Wines for the Summer

A new favorite find! Nisia Verdejo- a crisp dry white Spanish wine that is a great alternative to a Sauvignon Blanc!

A new favorite find! Nisia Verdejo- a crisp dry white Spanish wine that is a great alternative to a Sauvignon Blanc!

Do you ever wish that hitting your snooze button could actually stop time rather than delaying the inevitable moment when you have to get out of bed and realize you've overslept by an hour? I know I would much prefer a magical stop-time feature that would allow for additional snoozing without the regret. However since this feature is currently unavailable I've decided to come up with a great reason for getting out of bed- delicious new wines to drink at happy hour or with dinner! Now if only there was a fast-forward feature that would allow you to take on your work day in half the time? Here's hoping!

Rosé all day! Try La Sangliere (center) or Aimé Roquesante (far right)- both lovely, crisp, delightfully fruity and fresh Rosé wines from Cotes de Provence, France.

Rosé all day! Try La Sangliere (center) or Aimé Roquesante (far right)- both lovely, crisp, delightfully fruity and fresh Rosé wines from Cotes de Provence, France.

To aid in my search for new wines that would be perfect for hot summer days, picnics and barbecues, I went to my favorite wine shop in the German Village- Hausfrau Haven. Despite showing up 10 minutes before closing they gladly helped me navigate through all their offerings, helping me select some great, affordable wines that are ideal for drinking out-of-doors. Here's what I ended up with:

  • Rosé wines and warm summer days go hand in hand! Try a Rosé from Cotes de Provence like Aimé Roquesante- the beautiful curvy bottle (known as a skittle) perfectly highlights the pretty salmon pink color of this wine. Besides a nice looking bottle, this Rosé has a fresh fruity flavor- think watermelon, red berries, and citrus- balanced with a nice crisp finish. Enjoy this wine on its own or paired with seafood, fried chicken, barbecue... you name it! Other recommended Rosé wines to try include La Sangliere and Belleruche.
  • Highly recommended as a favorite "porch pounder," Saladini Pilastri Falerio is a white Italian wine made from a blend of Trebbiano, Passerina and Pecorino grapes. It's a dry, fruity wine, with apple and pear flavors and a slight nuttiness at the finish. Enjoy it with fish and white meats, or try it as a base to a refreshing white sangria!
You can't beat the price of this recommended white blend from Italy. Try finding a bottle of Saladini Pilastri Falerio today!

You can't beat the price of this recommended white blend from Italy. Try finding a bottle of Saladini Pilastri Falerio today!

  • I love the clean, fresh taste of a good Sauvignon Blanc and am always looking for new brands to try. I picked up a bottle of Les Roucas Sauvignon Blanc, another recommended wine at Hausfrau Haven and a steal to boot! Tasting notes for this Sauvignon highlight it's fresh, mineral flavor, with loads of grapefruit, lemon and lime coming through on the palate. Pair this refreshing wine with seafood, soft cheeses, or spicy Asian dishes.
  • In the spirit of adventure and trying new things, my final request at the wine shop was for a great, anytime summer wine that was outside the normal varietals and blends. I'm so happy to have asked because I think I've found a new favorite everyday white- Nisia Verdejo from Rueda, Spain. Made from 100% old vine Verdejo, this crisp light-yellow colored wine has fresh flavors of citrus and a nice flowery aroma. I absolutely insist you try it!

I hope you enjoy some of these new summer-approved wines!

See you at happy hour! Cheers!

-c.