I’ve never been much of a seasonal wine drinker. The thought of avoiding some bottles in favour of others because of the time of year has never made sense to me.
Sure, some wines have temperature issues. Now that summer has finally arrived, a heaping glass of full-bodied red can come across flabby and uninspired when it’s hot.
I have to admit, though, summer is really the realm of whites: The kind of wines that refresh and thirst-quench without running amok all over your palate.
Some will suggest that a rich, dry Sauvignon Blanc is the king of summer. Others might choose an aromatic white like one made with Viognier or Chenin Blanc.
While all worthy contenders to the throne, riesling is my go-to warm weather white grape.
Schmitt Söhne’s Fünf 5 Riesling ($9.95 – $13.99) is ripe and relaxed with apple-oriented fruit that’s drinkable right out of its powder white bottle (OK, maybe with a straw).
The great thing about riesling is that it’s amazingly food friendly.
It will help wash down everything from standard barbecue fare, seafood dishes and salads to more exotic menus inspired by Asia, India and, especially, Mexico.
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