Some summer’s favorites that we'll feature include:• Domaine de Montbourgeau NV, AOC Crémant du Jura, $22 - A great find this summer. This is a delicious Chardonnay based sparkling wine from the Jura region in Eastern France. Smooth persistent and lively bubbles with toasty brioche and creamy ripe apple flavors.
• 2008 Channing Daughters, Scuttlehole Chardonnay, North Fork, Long Island, New York, $16 – I simply love this unoaked Chardonnay. It is full of flavor but not heavy. Beautifully crisp with lovely flavors of greengage, apple, Asian pear and citrus notes.
• 2008 Spiropoulos "Meliasto" Rosé, Peloponnese, Greece, $13 – I am still in love with Greek wines, which offer great quality and value. Made from a blend of Moschofilero and Agiorgitiko grapes it is brimming with watermelon and red berry flavors with spicy herbal overtones. I love this with summer salads, freshly grilled fish and even meat dishes.
• 2005 d’Arenberg Shiraz, Footbolt, McLaren Vale, Australia, $18 – d’Arenberg is one of my favorite Australian producers, making wines that are full of flavor but not overly jammy or over-ripe. This one has a great mix of flavors – blackberry, plums, blueberry, smoke, black pepper, spice and notes of roasted meat that begs a cookout with lots of grilled meats.
Have a great week-end and some great wines!