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WineUnleashed Jun 23, 2009 12:49 PM

Warm weather brings a yearning for certain wines. Living in San Francisco, the fog can dampen the feeling but when I do escape the fog I tend to reach for Rieslings, Chenin Blancs, rosés & Zinfandels. What about you? Do you have certain wines you like to have with warmer weather?

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    carol land RE: WineUnleashed Jun 23, 2009 01:02 PM

    Dry Creek Fume Blanc, any decent pinot grigio

    1. scrappydog RE: WineUnleashed Jun 23, 2009 01:08 PM

      We definitely drink more Rose and Vino Verde in the summer. Probably more of other white wines (sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, various rhone varietals and various white blends) also as temperatures climb. In general, we do not drink a lot of zinfandel, but almost all of the ones we open accompany the summer barbecue season.

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        Brad Ballinger RE: WineUnleashed Jun 23, 2009 01:17 PM

        Riesling, Muscadet, Torrontes, Arneis, Falanghina. And all sorts of rosé wines.

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          WineUnleashed RE: Brad Ballinger Jun 23, 2009 01:22 PM

          Ooohhh I forgot about Falanghina. I just LOVE that varietal. I should also list Albariño.

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            maria lorraine RE: Brad Ballinger Jun 23, 2009 06:42 PM

            That's a good list, Brad.

            Add to that Gavi, Ribolla Gialla, Semillon, and cold Champagne!

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              Brad Ballinger RE: maria lorraine Jun 24, 2009 09:32 AM

              IF Semillon is on my list, it has to be COLD. Ribolla Gialla for "heavier" white wine fare--at least based on the few I've had.

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                maria lorraine RE: Brad Ballinger Jun 24, 2009 10:56 AM

                Yup on the Ribolla Gialla. Though all are not "thick." I love Semillon at slightly below cellar temp; the fruit is round and lemony then. White Bordeaux (blend with SB) is my favorite way to have it.

                And, I forgot one of my favorites: Rousanne. Love that varietal.

                Marsanne, too. And Pinot Gris.

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                  WineUnleashed RE: maria lorraine Jun 24, 2009 11:15 AM

                  For me, in the summer, I like a little levity on the palate—thus, the lighter white varietals. I usually reserve Semillon, Bordeaux Blanc & champagne for other times of the year. So glad I asked for it is interesting what people prefer.

                  ML and BB, I would opt for the colder temp for "heavier" fare. I have even chilled down some reds when it is warm outside.

                  Another addition, I will do flips for prosecco or cava during the summer.

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                Aaron RE: maria lorraine Jun 24, 2009 01:34 PM

                Yes! And Greco di Tufo and groovy.

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                  zin1953 RE: maria lorraine Jul 3, 2009 07:07 AM

                  In the FWIW mode (mood?), Champagne is pretty much an "all year 'round" thing for us, as opposed to a "Summertime wine," but a Vin de Bugey-Cerdon -- like that from Patrick Bottex (imported by Kermit Lynch) or the Domaine Renardat-Fâche (Louis/Dressner) that carswell mentions below -- is pretty much the quintessential warm weather sparkler at our house . . .

                  As for Sémilion -- some white Bordeaux are wonderful during the warm weather (typically Fall, rather than Summer, in the SF Bay Area, but with global warming -- who knows?), but for us, it's mostly Entre-deux-Mers. More serious whites from Pessac-Léognan and Graves, or so-called (and incorrectly) "dry Sauternes" like Château Y, R, G, etc., along with Sémilions from producers like L'Ecole No. 41, Ahlgren, and Kalin get more use at our house in the cooler months.


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                    PolarBear RE: zin1953 Jul 11, 2009 06:09 PM

                    Jason, while in Healdsburg this past week picked up a bottle of the Saxon Browne Cricket Creek 2007 Alexander Valley Sémilion specifically to acquaint myself with the varietal. Wondering how this compares with your reco's? TIA



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                      zin1953 RE: PolarBear Jun 8, 2014 03:27 PM

                      Never had the Saxon Browne, but I love Sémilion -- Ahlgren, specifically, but several others as well.

              3. thegourmetbachelor RE: WineUnleashed Jun 23, 2009 06:25 PM

                I like Cotes du Rhone in the Summer

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                  Chinon00 RE: thegourmetbachelor Jun 23, 2009 07:20 PM

                  What makes it more appealing to you in summer versus other seasons?

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                    thegourmetbachelor RE: thegourmetbachelor Jun 23, 2009 08:49 PM

                    I'm not sure...possibly Rhone Valley wines pair very well with BBQ and Cote du Rhone tends to have less tannin than other Rhone wines. So a bottle of Cote du Rhone can bring a table of casual wine tasters and wine experts together. What do you like to drink in the Summer?

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                      scrappydog RE: thegourmetbachelor Jun 24, 2009 11:14 AM

                      Agree with your thoughts on Cotes du Rhone. CdR is one of our current favorite "house" reds. We like it for the same reasons you suggest. (We seldom find one that we do not like, and we generally consider them a good value given the quality.) We pair them with a fairly broad variety of dishes. The only difference is, I think we drink them fairly consistently throughout the year without regard to the seasons. Of course, here in SOCAL, the concept of "seasons" generally involves less extreme variation in climate than some other locales.

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                        thegourmetbachelor RE: scrappydog Jul 1, 2009 04:21 PM

                        Speaking of Cote du Rhone..i'm totally enjoying this 2005 Coudoulet de Beaucastel. It's slightly one dimensional but I like the dimension : )

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                      zin1953 RE: thegourmetbachelor Jul 3, 2009 07:07 AM

                      Red AND white . . .

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                      cavandre RE: WineUnleashed Jun 24, 2009 06:04 AM

                      Almost any New Zealand Sauvingon Blanc. Even when chilled may be more than they should, they have a crispness than is very refreshing in the dog days of summer (which have already started down here in FL.)

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                        vinosnob RE: WineUnleashed Jun 24, 2009 08:53 AM

                        Verdejo, grenache blanc, albarino, tons of rose, txakoli

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                          Brad Ballinger RE: vinosnob Jun 24, 2009 09:33 AM

                          Do a combo--Txakoli Rosado. Good ones available from Ameztoi and Gurrutxaga.

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                            vinosnob RE: Brad Ballinger Jun 24, 2009 11:46 AM

                            Yup! Already gone through a half case of the Ameztoi rose.

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                          whiner RE: WineUnleashed Jun 24, 2009 10:18 AM

                          Good dry Roses deffinitely have more place in my warm weather drinking than at other times.

                          Chenin Blanc, Scheurebe (Spatlese) from the Pfalz, and SBs all also seem a bit more to my liking.

                          1. shaogo RE: WineUnleashed Jun 24, 2009 10:21 AM

                            A good Gruner Veltliner (I particularly like Hoepler). In summer I also love to try the lovely light reds from Provence - Coteau d'aix en Provence in particular, and all its cousins.

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                              wineman13 RE: WineUnleashed Jun 25, 2009 08:24 AM

                              Roses from Provence!

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                                bob96 RE: WineUnleashed Jun 26, 2009 11:22 PM

                                Any non-fruit candy rose below $10, esp Ciro, Corbieres, Bergerac; Soave Classico, Verdicchio di Matelica, Greco di Tufo; Clare Valley Riesling; Touraine sauvignons, Entre deux Mers, Picpoul de Pinet. Chilled lightish Cotes du Rhone, Rosso Conero and Vapolicella, Bergerac/Cotes de Castillion.

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                                  wineman3 RE: WineUnleashed Jun 29, 2009 11:06 PM

                                  Muga Rose from Spain, Campo Grande Orvietto from Antinori

                                  1. ChefJune RE: WineUnleashed Jun 30, 2009 01:40 PM

                                    Summertime, Rose becomes our "red" more or less, except for a few Pinot Noirs or our "barbecue blends," like Marietta Cellars' Old Vine Red.

                                    Love love love whites in the summer. Especially the crisp, light ones like Albarino, Friulano, and our quick fix, Vinho Verde.

                                    White Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blanc, Gavi, Fiano, Moschofilero and the list goes on.

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                                      Vlajos RE: WineUnleashed Jul 2, 2009 07:55 AM

                                      Muscadet, rose, sancerre, albarino, beaujolais, loire reds, dolcetto, barbera, rueda, so many good ones.

                                      1. carswell RE: WineUnleashed Jul 2, 2009 05:37 PM

                                        The main additions to this summer's rotation:
                                        - Renardat-Fache's Bugey Cerdon
                                        - Domaine Alzipratu's 2008 Corse-Calvi "Fiumeseccu", the most vibrant rosé I've tasted this year
                                        - Castello di Ama's 2008 Rosato
                                        - Bruno Clair's 2007 Marsannay rosé
                                        - Selbach's 2007 MSR Riesling QbA
                                        - Muller-Catoir's 2007 Pfalz Riesling trocken QbA
                                        - Gamay-based reds from the Loire and Beaujolais, lightly chilled TYVM
                                        - Some of the few big New World wines (Australian Shirazes, California Zins, South African Pinotages, Argentinean Malbecs, etc.) that always seem to end up in my cellar, since the only thing I can conceive of pairing them with is grilled red meat (grilling season is roughly May through October chez nous).

                                        Other than those, I can't think of any strictly seasonal quaffers, though I do shy away from high alcohol wines (too easy to overdo it when you're thirsty because of the heat) and do find myself even more attracted than usual to brisk acidity.

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                                          sedimental RE: WineUnleashed Jun 8, 2014 12:26 PM

                                          I just discovered a Brazilian wine, Salton Flowers, demi-sec. Inexpensive and a easy "patio wine". Pairs really well with spicy food and light summer foods in general. It is not overly sweet and flabby as so many of these wines are! It is bright and floral and easy, think " house wine" for the summer. I have had it with brunch, shrimp, spicy thai cold noodle salad, and chef salad with blue cheese. All good.

                                          My distributor said it is selling retail for about 9 dollars a bottle, or thereabouts.

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                                            GasperTheWineGuy RE: WineUnleashed Jun 10, 2014 01:09 PM

                                            We go through a lot of Tavel Rose during the summer. Lots of Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc as well. Substitute Pinot Noir when the food demands a red.

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