Picture this: It’s Friday evening, it’s been a long work week full of unexpected events. Unwinding with your friends is just what is needed. It has been a warm week in the DMV and a cold refreshing crisp white wine with an awesome cheese platter will surely hit the spot. Enter two perfect summer white wines into the picture. Greg Norman Chardonnay and Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc. Both will be crowd pleasers.
It is always a good idea to have two types of white wine to serve when having friends over. Having options will ensure that your guest will all be happy, and Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are the perfect duo. Both very different in style, but something for everyone. Side note: Just because it’s Summer and a tad warm out, don’t discount having at least one friend who wants a glass of red. (It is always a good idea to have a bottle of red on hand.)
A great crisp clean Sauvignon Blanc is Nobilo from Marlborough New Zealand. Marlborough is one of the ten major wine growing regions in New Zealand. Marlborough is a southern region where the growing conditions are longer and cooler. This makes for higher acidity levels and crisper wines.
This particular Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of pineapple and fresh cut grass. Yes, fresh cut grass is not an uncommon characteristic in Sauvignon Blanc. It is actually quite nice. Sipping this wine you are hit with tropical fruit and pineapple with some clean acidity. The perfect summer white wine to pair with cheeses, fish or poultry. As always, it’s great to sip on it’s own. This wine can be found in most stores in Arlington. TJ’s, Safeway, Harris Teeter, Whole Foods and Total Wine & More $7.47. Really hard to beat that price.
Another Summer crowd pleaser is Greg Norman’s Santa Barbara Chardonnay. Santa Barbara is a perfect growing region for Chardonnay . The cool breeze from the Pacific Ocean keep the temperature mild. These particular Chardonnay grapes come from the Cat Canyon which is at a higher elevation. With that comes lower acidity and tropical fruit characteristics.
The first impression of this Chard is tropical fruit and pineapple. Sipping this wine juicy lemon-lime jumps out at the palate along with a wonderful vanilla backdrop. This finishes out with a creaminess and subtle spices. This is not your typical oaky heavy Chardonnay that some folks despise. However, those characteristics aren’t bad, just not everyone’s cup of “wine”. Lucky for you this Chard can be found all over Arlington. Total Wine & More has it for $11.49.
So, if sitting outside with friends is on your list of things to do, add these wines to your list and make it a party!