Summertime, summertime, sum-sum summertime as the song goes. When I think of hot July weather I think of think of refreshing white wine. None of these five wines are well known so they all offer terrific value. The five can be served as an aperitif but can also transition to dinner as they are all summer-food-friendly. Two are from Spain, two are Italian, and there’s even an Austrian wine represented in the bunch.
Listed in no particular order….
This grape is the poster-child of summer whites. It is grown in Spain’s northwestern province of Galicia (although some are attempting to grow this varietal in California). In some ways resembling a Sauvignon Blanc because of its citrus profile, Albarino has some Viognier-like characteristics due to its peach and apricot flavors. But Albarino is more than fruit. Adding to its complexity are often layers of minerals. For me, this varietal screams summer.