Plenty of Days Left to Chill with Summer Wine – White or Rosés
Even with Summer winding down and school upon the horizon, the weather won’t be cooling down anytime soon. What better way to beat the late-Summer heat than with a cold glass of wine?! Forty-nine to fifty-five degrees Fahrenheit to be exact. The best summer wine to chill in the refrigerator are whites and Rosés.
A perfect Summer white is Sauvignon Blanc. The name Sauvignon Blanc means “wild white”and it is wild indeed with its green and herbaceous flavors. Its medium acidity and floral aromas makes Sauvignon Blanc a festive wine for the sizzling Summer months. Two of our favorite Sauvignon Blancs here at City Vineyard are Kim Crawford and Fire Road, which are both imported from New Zealand.
To give some history on the vineyards of New Zealand, the country’s first grapevines were planted in 1819 by an Anglican missionary named Samuel Marsden. It wasn’t until twenty years later that a separate gentleman by the name of James Bugsby successfully created the country’s first wines. Both Marsden and Bugsby had written of New Zealand’s promise as a wine producer because of the country’s climate and terrain that appeared exceptionally well suited to grapevines.
To this day, New Zealand continues to grow and prosper in terms of vineyards. The number of wineries nearly tripled in the decade between 1988 and 1998. In just the five years between 1993 and 1998, vineyard land grew by more than forty percent. Despite this vast expansion, New Zealand’s wine industry is still small. The country makes about one-twelfth as much wine as Australia. To put this into perspective, the United States produces about two and three quarters as much wine as Australia. Of the twenty or so grape varieties grown in New Zealand today, Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most renowned and widely planted.
If you’re into summer wine, specifically white, you’ve got to come in and try this!
In addition to white wines, Rosés are a Summer wine staple. If you can get past the pink color, Rosés are actually deliciously dry wines that soothe the palate of any red wine drinker. Rosé wines are made with red grapes, but the skins are removed early enough so that the wine displays a beautiful pale pink color. The Fontsainte Gris de Gris (from Corbieres, France) has quickly become one of our favorites this Summer.
Stop in and grab a bottle of all of our favorite summer wine selections, or better yet have a glass in the lounge or on the patio!