Friday, July 10, 2009

This Weekend's Wine: Something New

Friday is here, which means that it's time to start thinking about what wines to drink this weekend. And, here on the East Coast at least, the forecast is for pretty nice weather. Which means one thing: Cool, crisp whites and rosés and refreshing reds. (Unless, that is, you're having a barbecue, in which case you can go with a rich red to pair with your grilled meats.)

But instead of sticking with the same wines you've always had before, this is the perfect time of year to try some new ones. When it comes to whites, you can't go wrong with a fresh, perfumed Torrontes. We're seeing more and more of these in this country lately, and the prices are amazingly affordable; two of my favorites are by Alamos and Bodega Norton.

As for rosé, maybe this is the weekend to celebrate summer with a bottle that sparkles. I always keep several of the Juve y Camps Brut Rosé Cava in my fridge. It's perfect on its own or with food, in the afternoon or evening. If ever there was an all-around summertime weekend wine, this one is it.

And when it comes to refreshing reds, the first wines I tend to think of are the Beaujolais Crus, particularly Morgon, Julienas, and Chiroubles. Chill them down for 20 minutes and they will just sing.

Finally, if you're looking for an all-around great bottle to pair with a seriously meaty meal, treat yourself to the ripasso-style Palazzo della Torre from Allegrini—it's good enough to warrant a second helping of steak...even if you're not really hungry anymore.


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