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Wine(s) of the Week – Rustenberg Chardonnay ’15 & Niro Pecorino ’16

It’s summer and white wines are the beverage we want to be sipping on hot 80+-degree days! Here are two we recently tried and found to be good options for steamy summer drinking.

The South African Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chardonnay, 2015 is made with grapes from the best vineyards and are fermented and aged for 12  months in French casks. You’ll detect notes of apricot and orange peel with hints of marzipan and citrus as well. From Italy, there is the Pecorino Terre di Chieti from Italy’s Abruzzo region, made from Pecorino grapes which offer hints of tropical fruits, herbs and minerals. Nero Pecorino, the winemaker says, is “an authentic example of Abruzzo’s recently rediscovered signature white grape.

The two offer pleasurable drinking on these warm and often humid summer days and evenings. Enjoy!

Wine of the Week – Marina Cvetic Riserva Trebbiano 2010

When it comes to Italian wines, Marina Cvetic Masciarelli takes top honors from us and this luscious white is no exception.
Golden in color, aged 22 months in oak barrels, it offers deep aromas of fruits such as peach and papaya, with notes of vanilla and honey. Elegant, fresh and well balanced it’s a wine you’ll want to return to more than once. It’s from a small village in the province of Chieti Abruzzo, said to date to the 10th century.

Case Sugan 2011 Pinot Grigio Friuli Grave Doc

Pinot Grigios on many wine by the glass lists generally tend to be less than memorable. This
fresh, full-bodied Pinot Grigio from Friuli and part of the San Simone portfolio, it is one of the nicest tasted in some time and takes its name from Sugano in Porcia, Italy where the vines are located. Drinkable now and fresh and young, it can be held up to three years. Fruit flavors of apple, apricot and pear come through as it matures, along with some nutty notes.The wine is sustainably produced High in acidity, the wine is clean and delicious. Serve with Pappardelle in mushroom sauce or rice with vegetables and ginger-scented shrimp, say the vintners. The wine is 13% alcohol by volume. Suggested retail price is around $20.