Summertime and the wine is easy…or at least, easier with a list of the four best alternatives to the usual fare of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio. On this episode, I dig deep into the cellar (aka the fridge) and come up with four cool, refreshing, low-alcohol wines made from some peculiar if not obscure varietals, all of which are easily available to buy. The winemaker for my #1 choice makes an appearance via Skype (no spoilers!), while wine author Kathleen Wilcox shares her Wine Virginity Story.
Pairs With The Top Four Alternative White Wines Of The Summer
- by John Taylor
And that’s what’s really at the heart of this decision: I can’t shake this story or these characters. It’s what I always come back to. So, I think this is The Universe trying to tell me something: finish this story before you move on to something else. And so I will.
The 2016 Altocedro Gran Riserva Malbec es muy loco, but in all the good ways. To start, Altocedro harvests from 70-year-old vines from a 107-year-old vineyard. Not unusual, especially for Mendoza malbec. BUT, then they take the harvested Malbec in whole clusters and barrel co-ferment with 4% Semillon in French oak.