Summer Sparkling / Good Stuff Cheap

The snow piles are finally gone, spring flowers are almost over and summer is coming at long last.

As we think of sitting back and enjoying our family and friends during the warmer months we look for lighter lively wines to enjoy. In this blog we will look at US made sparkling wine to sip and enjoy on a hot summers day. You will also find a few wines to serve at those big barbecue parties.

My last blog reviewed current offerings from France. Yesterday I was looking for a nice white wine to accompany the fresh Wellfleet oysters and clams Joan and I fished for on Sunday. I purchased a no name French white from the 2014 vintage. We were pleasantly pleased with the crisp light white obtained for $10. A pleasant surprise for sure.

United States Sparkling Wine

Many consumers think of sparkling wine as a Holiday drink to celebrate the New Year. Trade journals indicate summer consumption of sparkling wine continues its march upward. You will find increased quality in US sparkling wines from low-dosage (exceptionally dry) to Rose sparkling wines.

summer white

Mumm Napa Brut Napa Valley Prestige rated 91 points @ $22

Packs in a lot of complexity, with aromas of apple, fresh ginger and rubber that lead to crisp and layered flavors of raspberry and spice. Drink now. 173,000 cases made.

Michelle Extra Dry Columbia Valley rated 88 @ $14

Fresh and lively, brimming with pure pear and toasted coconut flavors on a sleek frame, lingering easily on the lightly sweet finish. Drink now. 25,000 cases made.

Korbel Brut California Organic Grapes rated 87 points @ $14

Crisp and lively, with easygoing flavors of lemon, tropical fruit and creamy spice. Drink now. 14,000 cases made.

Piper Sonoma Brut Sonoma County Select Cuvée rated 87 $18

An easygoing bubbly, with flavors of raspberry, cinnamon apple and blanched almond. Drink now. 85,000 cases made.

Michelle Brut Rosé Columbia Valley rated 87 points @ $14

Fresh and lively, lightly sweet, with pretty watermelon and guava flavors on a delicately peppery background. Drink now. 15,000 cases made.

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The following four wines crossed my path.   Two are great wines to buy and enjoy and two wines are for those large gatherings around the barbecue.

Wines to buy and enjoy:

2013 COLUMBIA Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2013 rated 90 points @ 16

This dense and focused red plays its coffee and mineral-accented blackberry flavors against a blanket of fine tannins, coming together smoothly on the purposeful finish. Best from 2016 through 2019. 105,000 cases made

2013 FOUR VINES Santa Barbara County Naked Unoaked 2013 rated 88 @ 12

This offers a mix of citrus-infused green apple, pineapple and mango notes, presented in a fresh, snappy style, with flavors that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2019. 50,000 cases made.

White wines for the gathering:

2014 Jacob’s Creek Pinot Grigio South Eastern Australia Classic rated 87 points @ 8

Light and refreshing, with grapefruit and pear flavors on a polished frame. Drink now. 10,000 cases imported.

2014 Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay South Eastern Australia Classic rated 85 @ 8

Light and refreshing, with appealing apricot-scented apple and spice flavors. Drink now. 25,000 cases imported

all wine notes and ratings from WineSpectator

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