It’s finally warming up here in NY and summer is right around the corner! I can enjoy red wines all year round, but if you’re like most people, whites and rosés are the go-to choices during the hot summer months. Now is a great time to start stocking up and IWM has some terrific selections to keep around the house for get-togethers and long weekends.
A summertime wine has to be crisp and refreshing, it’s got to be something that makes you exclaim “ahhh” after taking that first cool sip. The choices below all fit the bill, some delicious Italian whites and some serious French rosés. When people think “Italian white” more often than not Pinot Grigio jumps to mind, but none of these are Pinot Grigio. Although Pinot Grigio is a very popular Italian white, Italy has so much more to offer, and these selections are so good they’re sure to convert you. Rosés are also tremendously popular during the summer months, but there’s a lot of mediocre rosé out there. If you’re going to pick up some rosé, grab the good stuff—even the best examples won’t break the bank, and I’ve tasted all the selections below. Double thumbs up!
The Guado al Tasso estate is owned by the iconic Antinori family and represents their venture into Bolgheri. Guado al Tasso is famous for its reds, but it also crafts a gorgeous example of Vermentino. This wine is fresh and aromatic with a straw yellow color and notes of citrus and minerals. It also possesses enough acidity to pair well with a variety of lighter foods and gives the wine that sense of vibrancy you want in a nice cold glass of white wine.
Castello della Sala is another estate that falls under the Antinori umbrella. This wine is from Orvieto, and if you prefer blends, this is a great alternative to the Vermentino above. It consists of Grechetto, Procanico, Pinot Bianco, and Viognier, and has notes of peaches and white flowers. In contrast to the Vermentino, this wine is a bit fuller and rounder on the palate, but also has enough acidity to keeps things lively.
Château Pradeaux is among the most serious rosés you’ll find. Bandol is located in the South of France and is world renowned for making powerful rosés that need to open up. When it does, the floral richness and perfume fill the nose, followed by tongue-pleasing nuances of strawberry, spice, and earth. These characteristics are complemented by that classic tartness and dryness that makes your mouth water with every sip.
This Pinot Noir rosé comes from one of Sancerre’s most dedicated producers, Lucien Crochet. Crochet’s winemaker chooses whole bunch fermentation, brief maceration on the skins, fermentation with only natural yeasts, and aging in stainless steel and barriques. Technical mumbo jumbo aside, these techniques result in a superior quality rose. This is a real summertime treat with strawberry and cherry fruit notes and a hint of savory Provence herbs.