Quaffing regional craft beers-Americans have shown great love for home grown brews. But for sophisticated summery wines-palate pleasing value options are internationally produced...and readily available.
Some recent favs...from South Africa
|Sparkling Rosés merge the win win of summer's fresh fruity acid leaning Rosés and traditional sparkling wines. Perfect for outdoor occasions- from casual beach outings to fancier celebrations-DGB 's Boschendal's 300 years of winemaking-produces this yummy award winning, pink hued Brut Rosé - made in the traditional Methods Cap Classique - spending 12 months on the lees.|
|Bonus points for memorable names---Black Elephant Vintners' Two Dogs A Peacock & A Horse (yup there's a story MO about the name/label)...a South African Sauvignon Blanc -is spicier acidic mineral complex sip- than typical New Zealand style wines of this grape-though both have fruity overtones which make these food pairing easy... with about 5% fermented old vine Semillon blended in-with 5% barrel fermented Savignon Blanc.|
|Interesting-the French influence of many South African wineries (French Huguenots arrived in 1600s)...taste wise influence is obvs-including the three white wine selections we tasted by Dutch monikered Rustenberg. Located in Stellenbosch -the winery's traditionally made, barrel fermented 2016 Chardonnay has hints of smokey-ness (imo) with citrus overtones and is a balanced oak-acid delicious choice . The Chenin Blanc-stainless steel fermented -is crisp deeply favorable wine with pineapple-pear hints-with cold evenings- dry conditions and a warm spring yielding a superb 2017 vintage. The Sauvignon Blanc's grapes come from a 550 meters up- high altitude location, is fermented in stainless steel, with melon, gooseberry and tropical fruit flavors...a no-brainer choice to pair with a slew of global cuisines...crisp and well balanced.|