Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Favorite Summer Wines

Happy Independence Day! I hope you and your family have some fun celebrations planned. Aside from enjoying fireworks later tonight, we are just taking it easy today. My husband actually has a cold and isn't feeling very well on this day off, poor guy. 

Today, I thought I'd share some of our favorite summer wines. These wines go well with light, summer foods and are great for sipping on the porch. 

First up, Cederberg Bukettraube from South Africa. This award-winning wine is currently one of my overall favorites. In fact, I'm enjoying a glass of it now, as I write this post. It is well balanced, slightly sweet with crisp acidity. It has a lovely floral and peach nose. It makes a wonderful aperitif and pairs well with slightly spicy foods. The Bukettraube grape originates from the Alsace region (currently in France) when it was part of Germany in the 19th century. We purchased this wine at a local wine shop for $15, so it is a well-priced, excellent quality wine.

Next is a red that's perfect for summer: Eppa Red Sangria. We discovered Eppa (pronounced eh-PAH) at a wine tasting event. I was skeptical because I've tried other bottled sangria and haven't been impressed. But Eppa is very tasty -- and it's organic! Made from a blend of pomegranate, blueberry, blood orange and acai juices, it's fruity and perfect for summer when served chilled or over ice. Add a few slices of citrus and some berries. Eppa also makes a white sangria. See their website for some fun recipes using their sangria. If you're in the mood to make your own sangria, try this red sangria or this raspberry-mango sangria that I've shared here on the blog previously.

Next is a French white, Christian Salmon Sancerre. Made of Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown on old vines in the Loire Valley of France, this wine is crisp, but not tart, with flavors of mineral and citrus. It's very easy to drink. We purchased this at Total Wine; it's a little more pricey at $27 a bottle.

Riesling, which ranges from dry to sweet, is a favorite of ours in the hot months of summer. My husband and I prefer a slightly sweeter Riesling. Some of the best Rieslings are made in Germany. Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler Riesling, from the Mosel region, is a favorite. It runs about $13 a bottle. Riesling labels provide information on the level of sweetness. A Kabinett ranges from dry (not sweet) to off-dry (slightly sweet). Sp├Ątlese is sweet. Auslese is sweeter still. Beerenauslese is very sweet and the sweetest is Trockenbeerenauslese (try saying that three times fast -- or even once, for that matter!). My husband and I like the Kabinett and Sp├Ątlese Rieslings.

Another nice German wine is Sun Garden Riesling, which I bought at World Market for $10 (Total Wine sells it as well for a couple dollars more). The funky color of the bottle and the label might make you think it's not a serious wine, but we like it very much.

So those are just a few of the wines I recommend for your summer drinking pleasure. What are your favorite summer-sipping wines? Or do you prefer beer? Please share by leaving a comment (click the word "comment" below). I love hearing from you! Enjoy the rest of your holiday, and thanks for visiting My Little Bungalow.

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