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End the Summer on a High Note With Our August Wine Picks

Sep 3 2012 - 4:41am

With Summer coming to a close, there is no better way to end it than pairing your favorite dish with one of our favorite wines from this month. We had so much fun back in July, celebrating wine month [1] that we continued the tasting into August. As a result, we've added even more favorites to our list. We couldn't help but fall for honeysuckle-sweet Italian Rieslings, rich Austrian Grüners, red sparkling wine from California, and more. Take a look at what wines we tried every (week)day this month.

Aug. 1: Champagne Eric Isselée

The deep earthiness of this Champagne [2] ($35) is more creamy than crisp, thanks to a secondary process of malolactic fermentation.

Aug. 2: 2011 Adega Cooperativa de Ponte de Lima Vinho Verde Adamado

This thirst-quenching Vinho Verde [3] ($10) tasted like green fruits with notes of tart green apple on the nose.

Aug. 3: 2009 Layer Cake Virgin Chardonnay

The aroma of this flavorful Chardonnay [4] ($14) is clean but also distinctly buttery.

Aug. 6: 2011 Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc

Greatly enticing to the palate, this New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc [5] ($13) has a tropical aroma and pineapple-like flavor.

Aug. 7: 2011 Doña Paula Torrontés

Despite its dry finish, this unique Torrontés [6] ($15) is known for being floral and fruit-forward.

Aug. 8: 2011 Eroica Riesling

Crisp and peachy, this complex Riesling [7] ($22) is an eminently drinkable wine and earned its keep as one of our August favorites.

Aug. 9: Campo Viejo Rioja Gran Reserva 2004

A big red that deserves the title, this vino rojo de España [8] ($25) had a strong, woodsy bouquet that immediately filled the room upon opening, and its high tannin content makes it a slow-sipping wine.

Aug. 10: Santa Margherita's Vino Spumante Rosé

We love this gorgeous, salmon-colored Rosé [9] ($24) for its ability to smell so sweet and floral on the nose yet maintain a mouth-puckering dryness.

Aug. 13: Madria Sangria Moscato

This preblended sangria Moscato [10] ($6) is on its way to tasting authentic. All it needs is a few handfuls of fresh fruit to reach true sangria status.

Aug. 14: 2006 Clarendon Hills Grenache

We were drawn to this multilayered Grenache [11] ($36) that lingered on our tongues with a silky, acid-forward finish.

Aug. 15: 2010 Franciscan Estate Cuvée Sauvage Chardonnay

This Napa Valley Chardonnay [12] ($40) is no table wine, but its unique method of fermentation and big, bold flavors make it worthy of opening on a special occasion.

Aug. 16: 2010 Caricature Red Wine

For the low price tag, this Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel blend [13] ($15) possesses great "legs" and a silky smooth mouthfeel to boot.

Aug. 17: 2010 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

The intense, sweet aroma of berries, black cherry, and smoke lured us to try (and enjoy) this rich Pinot Noir [14] ($46).

Aug. 20: 2010 Domäne Wachau Federspiel Terrassen Gruner Veltliner

With a perfume of crisp Fall fruit and grass, a mineral-rich flavor, and slight effervescence, this Austrian Grüner [15] ($16) is remarkably sippable.

Aug. 21: 2008 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

To our surprise, this 2008 Cabernet [16] ($70) is mellow and smooth with hints of brandied cherries, cinnamon, and chocolate hitting the nose and palate.

Aug. 22: 2011 Domaine Les Chenevières Mâcon-Villages

This French white Burgundy [17] ($14) will capture the hearts of those who prefer wines on the drier side.

Aug. 23: Mionetto's Il Spr!z

While this spritz [18] ($12) is slightly sweeter and less alcoholic than a standard aperitif, it still retains the spirit of the classic Italian tipple.

Aug. 24: 2011 Armand Riesling Kabinett

What better way to experience German wines than by opening a bottle of this sweet Riesling [19] ($20)? Peach, vanilla, and pear give way to a zingy, citrusy finish.

Aug. 27: 2010 Landmark Overlook Chardonnay

While this particular style of Chardonnay might be too overwhelming for daytime drinking, this bracing Chardonnay [20] ($25) would play nicely after sunset with a creamy gruyère cheese plate or butter-slathered seafood.

Aug. 28: 2008 Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

This velvety-smooth Vino [21] ($20) is a blend of Sangiovese, Colorino, and Mammolo grapes. Although it sounded foreign to our taste buds, the first sip had us sold.

Aug. 29: 2010 Arnaldo Caprai Grecante Grechetto dei Colli Martani

While any variety of drinks might do the trick, this mouthwatering Grecante [22] ($20) is our wine of choice for sweltering Summer days.

Aug. 30: 2009 La Follette Manchester Ridge Pinot Noir

Hailing from Mendocino, CA, this balanced Pinot Noir [23] ($50) has a cherry and rose scent that coaxed us to pour a glass on the heavier side. Smoky, jammy, peppery, and earthy: each sip develops new flavor notes.

Aug. 31: Chandon Sparkling Red

We finished wine month strong and sweet (both literally and figuratively) by toasting with a glass of sparkling red [24] ($30) from Napa Valley's wine country.


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