As the long slog of summer continues to wind down, home entertaining, thankfully, picks back up. Without the fear of a haboob thrashing your patio and guests, we head back outdoors, around the barbecue and fire pit, to enjoy good wine and conversation.
Dinner still consists of lots of grilled meats and veggies, and so your wine selections should reflect that. I like white wines like Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay with grilled chicken, shrimp and fish dishes; and meaty reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz-Syrah and Zinfandel with beef and pork.
I’ve gathered a few new wine releases for your consideration. All are available at fine wine and spirits retailers like Total Wine & More, BevMo and AJ’s Fine Foods valleywide. Cheers!
• Trione 2014 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc, River Road Ranch, Sonoma, Calif. Winemaker Scot Covington, again, triumphs with this amazing, fruit-forward summer white. Enticing honeysuckle scents tickle your nose, leading to luscious melon-citrus flavors with mineral notes. Gentle French oak only enhances this pretty wine. Pair with grilled chicken breast or prawns. $23.
• Murrieta’s Well The Whip 2013, Livermore, Calif. Vineyard cuttings from Chateau d’Yquem and Margaux made their way to these vineyards in 1880s leading to a long, storied history of great whites. The Whip pays homage to these and other great whites around the world with its intriguing blend of Semillon, Chardonnay, Sauv Blanc, Muscat, Vionier, Gewurztraminer and Riesling. The result shows a bounty of honey-drenched fruit palate and creamy finish. Pair with a cheese course. $22.
• Murrieta’s Well The Spur 2012, Livermore, Calif. We also admire The’s Whip’s equally sexy red-headed sister, The Spur. She’s a sumptuous mix of Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot that displays lots of cherry-blueberry flavors and toasty oak. This wine screams for beef in any form – a simple hamburger or steak to marinated meats like carne asada or Korean barbecue. $25.
• Terlato Wines Jack’s House 2014 Chardonnay and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, California. Two new wines created in partnership venerable winemaker, importer and marketer Terlato and golf icon Jack Nicklaus, underscored by a mission to give back, inspired these two excellent everyday wines. The Chardonnay offers fresh stone fruit and green apple flavors and a clean finish, while the Cab displays rich, dark plum fruit and subtle dark chocolate and coffee notes. Pair the Chard with roasted or grilled chicken and the Cab with a steak. Each costs $15 with 10 percent of each purchase going to Jack’s House Foundation, providing health care to kids in need.
• Trivento Reserve Torrontes 2013, Mendoza, Argentina. Wines from this part of the world continue to make headway into our hearts and palates, and this beautiful and sophisticated new white wine is no exception. It’s vibrant yellow color with green highlights pulls you in, as does the bouquet of citrus, violets and rose. The palate is crisp with tropical and citrus impressions and lots of fruit. Chill and sip on its own, or with spicy tequila-lime shrimp or blackened fish. $11.
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