It’s summertime and while the drinking may seem easy, divorcing Tom Cruise could prove simpler than finding a wine to match casual, warm afternoon dining.
Of course while it all depends on the menu, most seasonal midday eats on my back deck are light and refreshing with a typical foundation of greens or something from the sea.
Though I hate being a weather wine snob, except for a fruity Pinot noir or gamay-based red (which I can chill), I’m all about whites this time of year. That’s especially true for something fresh and zesty to match with salads (as long as I take it easy on the dressing), shellfish and simple chicken dishes.
Pinot grigio produces some great all-purpose wines in regions all over the world. But if you prefer a white with a tad more weight (but not gobs of wood or heavy fruit), reach for a glass of New Zealand sauvignon blanc.
Villa Maria Private Bin 2011 Sauvignon Blanc ($18.99 – $23.19) has all the grassy, gooseberry personality that’s the hallmark of the grape accompanied by some food-friendly, lip-smacking acidity that, to put it simply, tastes like liquid summer.
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