Summer this year with temperatures high enough to make us fear the worst for July, force us start looking for fresh wines as a light option to our regular wine choices. People like me, looking deep into the red flavors and intense aromas without half measures, should change their minds, for their own sake, and make their way towards new experiences, less direct and more evocative, less aged and a little younger.
For this temporary amendment purpose, I have prepared a list of wines that I would like to try, because of their freshness, novelty and also just because. During the colder months I have been postponing these tastings, preferring the security that knowing what will happen after uncorking gives to you, but spring is in the air and this saying also applies to wines. Let’s taste.
White wines. I would start by a Palacio de Menade Verdejo 2011 or the same wine but in its Sauvignon Blanc version. Try them because after learning a little better what's behind these wines, reading their website they have seduced me with their adventurous nature, their passion for things well done and their dedication.
I am also determined to take home a Blue Nun Eiswein Riesling 2008, because seeing the bottle so stylized and original with that blue color has been like love at first sight. I will not resist to it.
And by the way, this winery also has a version, low cost, low fat and low alcohol of this very wine called Blue Nun Low Alcohol 0.5%: the ideal choice for those who have started their pre summer diet, pregnant women and anyone looking for low alcohol wines.
I must confess that pink wines are my unresolved matter, but with this heat its refreshing taste and spring color I must admit that they seem the best claim to pour a drink. I propose two of the ones I'll try in the coming weeks. A Sparkling Italian: Canti Pinot Grigio Rosé Brut, with a pale tone that gives an irresistible vintage touch to it and a Californian one, the Big House Pink, which has me crazy after a look at its great illustrated label (that all wines from this winery have).
And as I can never say no to discover a new red wine, on my list for this spring there is a Chilean wine: 35 South Carmenere 2010, a slightly lower speed than the ones I usually like, but with that touch of wood that always seek. It replaces the bitterness by sweet notes at the end and surprises with those green pepper notes that Carmenere grape gives to wines, in addition to the Cabernet Sauvignon that is also in its composition. I'll keep you informed.
And if you need further suggestions, we recommend you these 2:
Viña Albali Gran Reserva 2006, a great, affordable spanish wine
Black Tower Classic Riesling 2009, a smooth and fresh white wine