It’s almost summer. Here are June’s recommendations for sipping this coming season…and all of them can be found for about 20 bucks.
- Gruner Veltliner: I’m wild about this white varietal from Austria. If you don’t know it you should. Try it…you’ll like it!
- Cabernet Franc: I can’t get enough of this light-weight red. One of the blending varietals used in Bordeaux, it’s not so easy to find it alone. France’s Loire Valley makes some stunning renditions, and the prices are usually reasonable. This is a drink-young-wine with approachable tannins.
- Albarino: Northwest Spain’s Holy Grail, this dry white is a stunner. Its small amount of effervescence is perfect for a warm summer’s aperitif.
- Torrontes: Like peaches? This wine has your name on it. Made in Argentina, I never tire of this crowd pleaser…or its great quality price ratio of $15-20.
- Frappato: Summer is also the season for strawberries. If this flavor resonates with you, don’t miss this hidden red gem from Sicily. Bravo!
- Vermentino: Last, but in no way least, this white varietal from Italy’s northwestern coast is one of my personal faves. Love, love, love it.