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Wine(s) of the Week – 2 for Summer Sipping

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As we move toward late Spring/early Summer, we’re still drinking red wines as well as moving into the whites and rosés that sing of summer. Here are two that fit the season well – not overly rich and heavy, but well balanced. Both are wines that offer value to the restaurant and the consumer as the price points are modest ($10 retail range) and both are well made and a good fit for every day drinking.

GNARLY HEAD Malbec – Grown in Argentina (Mendoza) in vineyards located in the high eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, the wine offers a nose of dark berries – think blueberry and blackberry. The 2016 vintage saw what its winemakers call an “outstanding harvest” with bold, juicy concentrated fruit. It’s a big wine for a small price, 13.5 percent ABV, and somewhat like Argentinian Zinfandels in style. The name is for the gnarly vines of the grapes that twist around. This particular harvest was deemed “outstanding, exciting and somewhat unexpected.” It’s a nice surprise for a relatively inexpensive bottle to offer such depth of flavor. Visit www.gnarlyhead.com.

 

SMOKING LOON – This Cabernet Sauvignon is a product of Chile, imported and bottled by Smoking Loon Winery in Napa, CA. Rich and savory, it’s well balanced with notes of blueberry, dried cherry, and a hint of nuts, black raspberry, red currant and notes of vanilla and even coconut. It’s aged in American oak and is 13.5 percent ABV. Check it out at www.smokingloon.com.

Wine of the Week – Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc, 2013

Summer’s winding down but we still crave the crisp whites that cool us on hot, sultry days. The Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2013 from New Zealand reached out and grabbed our attention this week with its beautiful combination of flavors from guava, lemongrass and grapefruit to tropical fruits with a lingering finish. “Bright” describes this wine well but so do “crisp,” “dry” and “fruit forward.” It contains 12.5% ABV, is moderately priced and offers good value to diners and restaurateurs alike.

Wine of the Week – Holman Ranch Pinot Gris 2012

A perfect crisp white summer wine with good minerality, Holman Ranch 2012 Pinot Gris is a beautiful pale gold color with hints of green, and notes of peach and flowers. Serve with oysters or seafood. It’s a wine with good minerality. ABV is 12.5 percent and the suggested retail price is around $16 for an excellent value.