Our office is in the midst of a renovation, so we've made it a mission to sample as much of our ever-growing wine collection to lighten the load before moving floors. With that in mind, we recently sampled all of the Rieslings on our shelf; these seven bottles, listed from dry to sweet, were our favorites. Keep reading to learn more about each.
Packing for a picnic is simple: little more is needed than a trusty blanket, an assortment of snacks, and — perhaps most important of all —a bottle of crisp, refreshing wine. Quaffable, approachably priced (all three bottles are less than $20), and food-friendly, these options are practically tailor-made for sipping in the park or on a mountaintop. Watch the video to find your perfect alfresco tipple, and then gear up for a relaxing afternoon spent outdoors.
After years of enjoying classic red version, it came as a shock, the first time I tried white sangria. It had never occurred to me that the Spanish party beverage could be even more imbibable when made with white wine. It was a groundbreaking moment, much like the time I realized gazpacho came in the color white, too.
Just as its red counterpart takes advantage of robust orange and apple flavors, the delicate, slightly-more-refreshing white sangria does well capitalizing on fleshy Summer fruits, like peaches and mangoes, especially if you're using a crisp white with fruity aromas, like the Côtes de Gascogne I employed recently. (Note that just about any seasonal fruit, from white nectarines to blackberries, would do well in this drink, too). This recipe makes a lot, but beware: you'll have reached the bottom of the pitcher before you know it. Get the white sangria recipe.
Sauvignon blanc can range from tart and tropical to vegetal and green peppery, which is why it's a love/hate wine varietal for some people. Just in time for the long weekend, we tried a number of bottles that ran the gamut. Here are six that we think are worth picking up this season for barbecues, picnics, and outdoor dining.
May 23 is National Chardonnay Day, and to celebrate the most popular white grape varietal, we rounded up seven bottles we've recently tried and adored. Whether you're a fan of the big oaky, buttery styles, prefer a clear and crisp version, or even lean toward sweeter white wines, we've got a bottle for you.
As the weather warms, turn to a classic Italian aperitif, the Bicyclette, as your go-to cocktail. This orange-hued drink is both bracing and slightly bitter, which makes it perfect for whetting appetites before bar snacks or dinner. The best part? All you really need is three ingredients that you probably already have at home. Keep watching to learn how to make this picnic-perfect tipple.
- While Grüner Veltliner is Austria's national grape — and commands the greatest acreage of any grape grown there — it's also grown (in much smaller quantities) in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, and regions in Washington, Oregon, and California.
- Grüners are known for having a marked sense of terroir, making the region from which they hail a particular point of interest. Much of the crop comes from the rocky terraced river banks of the Danube river in the northern part of Austria, which lends a pronounced mineral note to the wine — something we can certainly get behind.
It may not be exactly what the doctor ordered, but we'd argue that the best cure for long nights and harsh weather is a hearty helping of wine. So crack open one of these enticing bottles, pour yourself a glass (or two), and feel the warmth spread through your chest and chilled bones. Cheers!
Photos: Nicole Perry
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 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.