We have a stretch of nice weather ahead this week. It’s time to find that place on your porch, patio or garden to sip a little wine, soak up some sun and shake off the winter mold. Here’s a few suggestions to accompany your weekend.
Aval Artisanal Gold Cidre $3.50 12 oz can
Combines 5 varieties of apples exclusively from Breton, representing the 4 main categories of apple (bitter, sweet, bittersweet and acidic). This unique blend gives the drink a crisp and citrusy taste. It’s the perfect balance between subtle sweetness and refreshing bitterness. 6% alcohol by volume
2019 Vera Vinho Verde $10
60% Arinto, 30% Azal, 10% Loureiro
00%estate fruit, estate bottled, low RS and a very light carbonation. The wine is clean, lively flavors of lime, ripe pink and yellow grapefruit. Bring on the sunshine. 12.5% alcohol by volume
2018 Palazzo Malgara Inzolia $12
A crisp and refreshing Sicilian White. Aromas of white flowers and lemon citrus. The palate is full with good structure, and notes of subtle herbs, kiwi and lemon fruit. Good match for shellfish or sunshine. 13% alcohol by volume
2016 Weingut Neiss Riesling Trocken $15
A crisp Riesling from the Phalz. dry, mineral, and chiseled. This wine is no exception and shows all the hallmarks of Riesling. From the petrol nose to a lime-zested, white flower, citrus fruit core. 12.5% alcohol by volume Was $19 now $15
2018 Domaine des Forges Chenin de Loire $14
Chenin de Loire is from St. Aubin de Luigne, in the south of the Loire Valley, where the vines are low yielding and are on a base of some of the finest schist soils to be found in the region. Lively aromas of fresh Golden Delicious apples, and some floral characteristics. Beautifully fresh and crisp on the palate, with apple crispness and a lingering and vibrant finish.
2018 Massimo Bassani Isola Augusta Fruili Chardonnay $15
Refreshing Friuli Chard with aromas of fine dry bread crust. The palate is dry, soft, full bodied and well structured. 13% alcohol by volume
2014 Marques de Caceres Antea Rioja Bianco $15
93% Viura, 7% local Malvasía
This limited edition white wine, fermented on its fine lees, in new oak barrels, reveals an intense and complex bouquet of apples and white peaches with a depth of mature pears and refined toasted notes. 13% alcohol by volume
2020 G.D. Vajra Rosa Bella Rosado $15
Nebbiolo, with small amounts of Barbera and Dolcetto.
2020 Rosabella is floral on the nose, with roses, pomegranate and cherry and shows a mineral imprint in the mouthfeel. 12.5% alcohol by volume
2017 Palazzo Malgara Negroamaro Puglia $12
From the region of Puglia near the town of Lecce Intense dark red color, aromas of liquorice and cinnamon, dry, velvet flavor of mixed fruits and herbs with a pleasant aftertaste of liquorice and raspberry. 13% alcohol by volume
2018 Luigi Bosca Lujan de Cuyo DOC Malbec $20
Intense violet color with aromas of cherry and ripe plum. Spiced, with mocha and blackberry hints. Gracefully sweet, with a persistent, delicate perfume and an elegant structure.
2015 Poblets del Montsant $24
75% Grenache, 10% Carignan, 10% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
From the neighboring Do of Priorat, comes this rich red wine. Red fruits on the nose evolve to a more spicy, balsamic, toasty character and great freshness. Full and rich in the mouth showing hints of oak and a delightful spiciness. The tannins are present but not overbearing. A delightful, elegant Montsant with a fresh and persistent finish.