Summer Picnic Wines

Summer Picnic White WinesI found some delicious summer white wines to accompany your next picnic or light lunch. These will keep you cool under the summer sun and save you money since they are all under $15!

A Chardonnay can be both creamy or very light and refreshing. Pair this varietal with white fish, grilled chicken or salad to keep it light.

2009 Four Sisters Chardonnay

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2009 Four Sisters (4/5) – fruity flavors of peach and melon and subtle notes of flowers, apple, fig, lemon and toasty oak. It has a nice balance and smooth finish.

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Hess Chardonnay

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2009 Hess Chardonnay (3.5/5) – offers a smooth, oaky taste with tropical notes of pineapple, apple and pear.

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2009 simi chardonnay

2009 Simi Chardonnay (3.5/5) – a medium bodied wine with the aromatic aroma of fruits – nectarine, pineapple, orange, and green apples. The taste is very balanced with distinct flavors of tangerine, peaches and green apple with hints of vanilla and honey as well as a slight toasty oak.

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2011 Dominican Oaks Chardonnay

2011 Dominican Oaks Chardonnay, unoaked (3.5/5) – aromas of green apple, pear, lemon and tropical fruit with flavors of melon, orange and pineapple. It is a lighter wine with a firm acidity that has a lingering minerality at the finish.

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Sauvignon Blancs are especially refreshing with summer salads.

2009 Slingshot Sauvignon Blanc

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2009 Slingshot Sauvignon Blanc (4/5) – a perfect pairing of refreshing citrus, hints of honeydew and key lime with a crisp fruity finish.

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2011 Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc

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2011 Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc (3.5/5) – a sharp citrusy New Zealand wine with flavors of lemon, lime and grapefruit accompanied by notes of pear and grass. A nice light wine for the price.

 

 

Want a slightly sweeter but crisp wine you can opt for a Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris. Again it pairs great with seafood, appetizers and salads highlighted with fruit. Here are my daughter’s absolute two favorites.

santa margherita pinot grigio.

2010 Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (4.5/5) – This is a dry, crisp and refreshing wine with fruity aromas of citrus, pear and golden delicious apples.

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2008 Kris Pinot Grigio

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2008 Kris Pinot Grigio (4/5) – A light flavorful Italian wine with refreshing notes of apple, peach, pear and melon. It has a very crisp, citrusy taste with hints of  almonds and honey as well as a nice body and soft finish.

 

 

And lastly, try a sparkling viognier, albarino or prosecco for just sipping or to pair with appetizers such as cheese or fruit, a lunch of tuna or chicken salad or with a light dessert.

2010 Casillero del Diablo Voignier

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2010 Casillero del Diablo Voignier (4/5) – a medium-bodied wine with aromas of rose petals, apricots and peaches and creamy flavors of the same along with papaya and just a hint of oak and vanilla.

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2011 Conde Villar Alvarinho.

2011 Conde Villar Alvarinho (4.5/5) – a full, rich wine with complex aromas of jasmine and orange blossoms and refreshing flavors of pear, lemon and melon. Very nicely structured and a smooth finish.

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Riondo Prosecco

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Riondo Prosecco (4/5) – a light bodied, fruity wine that has a wonderful effervescence and a fresh clean taste.  It has subtle, slightly sweet flavors of tangerine, pears and apples and ends with a crisp, citrusy finish.

 

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Cheers!

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