This week's top picks
Five ways to say (and stay) cool
There are few things more refreshing than an über cool glass of racy, crisp rosé or white wine on a hot summer day. Except when said chilly beverages are refreshing new finds, from as-yet undiscovered wineries, places, and grapes. It’s our favorite way to look at the season through new-colored glasses. Here are five deliciously diverse favorites for the hot days ahead!
Lost River "Salish Sea" White — $15
Chenin Blanc plays a starring role in this edition of Salish Sea, with sauvignon blanc and pinot gris delivering perfectly nuanced harmonies. Distinctively Washington aromas of savory wild brush accent tangerine fruit and citrus blossoms. That theme returns on the palate in a generous, but focused texture of bright fruit flavors, underscored by cool minerality and zippy acidity. Stylish, sleek and oh-so easy to drink!
Folk Machine Tocai Friulano — $13.50
This Mendocino County interpretation of one of northern Italy's classic white grapes is both intriguing and unprententious. Aromas and flavors of sweet grapefruit, lemon rind and pear skin wrap around a core of crisp acidity and cool minerality, the whole expressed with a gorgeously fresh purity. Bright, lively and refreshing, it's perfect with pasta with fresh vegetables, shellfish and moderately piquant cheeses.
Godelia Bierzo Blanco Godello — $15
While the words "Spanish wine" are often nearly synonymous with "red", don’t let that keep you from enjoying some of the world’s most singular, enchanting whites (like this one). Made primarily of the indigenous godello and dona blanca grapes, it's vibrant, racy and edgy, while offering a generous texture of bright citrus fruit. Accents of apricot, chamomile and mountain herbs with a mineral undercurrent round out a super bottle of wine.
La Valentina Trebbiano d’Abruzzo — $11.50
Workhorse grapes (like horses), are especially brilliant when farmed in the right place, by skilled, caring hands. Grown in the coastal hills of Abruzzo, the grapes are treated with scrupulous care to preserve their lovely, fresh Mediterranean floral and fruit characteristics. Pleasantly tangy, its lush texture is nicely balanced by bright acidity that highlights notes of mineral and underscores its refreshing personality. Can you say al fresco?
Domaine Malavielle “Charmille” Rosé — $14.50
If it were possible to combine just about everything we love about dry French rosé in one bottle, this just might be it. Biodynamically farmed syrah, cinsault, mourvèdre and grenache offer lively aromas of strawberry, peach and cherry, laced with notes of pepper and orange rind. That theme grows on the sleek, dry, but generous palate, where notes of garrigue and rose hips add complexity and spice. Luscious, lovely and dry, dry, dry!
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The fine print:
All tasting notes are written by the PCC wine team, except where attributed otherwise — and in those cases, we wholeheartedly agree, and simply couldn't say it any better ourselves.