Every year as the temperature rises, I purposely reach for more white wines than reds. You still need a good solid red when you BBQ a tri tip steak or ribeye, but most likely it will be eaten indoors in air-conditioning. But while sitting outside on a warm late afternoon or evening, nothing quenches your thirst and hits the bullseye better than a cool white wine.
I have been asked repeatedly by friends to provide some guidance for white wines to be consumed as the thermometer soars above 90 degrees. All of these wines I have tasted in the last six months. Some white wines have nuances and specific flavor profiles that still are excellent with meals and some are flat out “porch pounders”. So here are my recommendations being sorted by three categories, all which can be enjoyed with or without food. I have purposely not provided information on Rose’s or light reds like Grenache for this article. Those designated with an asterisk are stories that I have written about previously. Those can be found on the website https://californiawinesandwineries and simply use the search button to find out more information.
Harken (Barrel aged)
La Rue Winery*
Maritana La Riviere*
Mer Soleil Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve
Nickel and Nickel Stiling Vineyards*
Raeburn (Russian River)*
Rosa Fierro (Oaked)
Wood Family Vineyards*
Crocker & Starr*
Ledson (Russian River)*
Unique and Other Whites
Acquiesce* – Picpoul Blanc
Acquiesce* – Roussanne
Hovey C2 – white blend
Jazz Cellars – Rhapsody (blend)
Lavender Ridge* – Roussanne
Ragbag Wine Works* – Albarino
Saddleback Cellars* – Pinot Blanc
Tenbrink* – Assyrtiko
Terminim* – Cepages d’ Or – White Blend
Tolenas* – Eclipse – White Pinot Noir
Enjoy the summer with any of these refreshing white wine recommendations!