May 27, 2013

Summer Wines

I haven't posted much about wine lately. Not sure my posts on wine are helpful to anyone, considering most people aren't crazy enough to invest the time and money needed to track down many of the wines I drink. It's a bit of a sickness, be glad if you don't have it. However, I recently had some good wines I sourced locally that are perfect for summer drinking now that the heat is upon us.
I recently picked up the 2010 Nikolaihof Gruner Veltliner Hefeabzug some interesting white wines from my favorite wine shop, Le Caveau in Chamblee. The Nikolaihof is a gem of white wine from the Wachau region in Austria. Gruner is primarily an Austrian grape variety that shows a load of minerality and brisk young fruit. This one, while young, is refreshingly clean, with lively acidity making it a total winner for summer white wine drinking in the $20 range.
Another interesting little wine that Le Caveau carries is an Altesse from Franck Peillot in the Bugey region in eastern France, not far from the border with Switzerland. You most likely haven't seen or heard much about Altesse; it's just not a widely grown or distributed grape. It's reminiscent of Chardonnay, this one similar to a baby white Burgundy, just without the depth. It is a rugged wine with crisp acid that makes it ideal for summer drinking around $20. I liked it a good bit.
Finally, I also picked up a couple bottles of Rose from The Little Wine Shop in Avondale Estates.The Couly-Dutheil is an interesting Chinon Rose made from Cabernet Franc. As such, it has a bit more body than many roses you may be used to drinking. It stands up well to burgers and grilled stuffs as it did for us Saturday night. Well worth a purchase in the $16 range.

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