Our Favorite Summer White Wines

Summertime is when we do everything differently. Hot weather suggests lighter food, like seafood, fish, and fresh vegetables. This year, with dining al fresco at restaurants and of course backyard barbecues, wine pairing is especially important. At Spuntino we have a large selection to chose from, but here are our favorite options and recommendations that are refreshing and pair well with “summer fare.”

Jermann Chardonnay, Friuli-Venezia Giulia IGT 2013

WS 88
Although California and Burgundy are known for its Chardonnay, Silvio Jermann makes this high-quality Italian Chardonnay from the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Its color is brilliant straw yellow with greenish highlights, and the aroma is intense and fruity with notes of banana when young and golden delicious apple when mature. Lightly aromatic and with excellent persistence.
Food Pairing: Ideal with fish dishes with sauce, shellfish, and vegetable purées.

Fiano di Avellino, Mastroberardino, Campania 2013

Once a nearly forgotten varietal of ancient Irpinia, the Mastroberardino family has revived the Fiano grape into a world-class white wine. Straw yellow. Aromas including hints of pear, pineapple, acacia, hazelnuts and citrus fruits, with some hawthorn and floral notes. Balanced acidity and soft on the palate, with white peach and grapefruit leading to dried fruits.
Food Pairing: Pair with seafood salad, fresh, young cheeses, and baked or grilled fish.

Soave, Pra, Veneto 2017

Pale yellow in color, this wine offers a bouquet bursting with notes of flowers (hawthorn and jasmine) and yellow fresh fruits (drupe, peach, and apricots). On the palate, it is medium-bodied and flavorsome, full of fruit, with clear mineral notes. Fruity and clean with hints of dried lemons and apples and hints of cooked pears. Medium body. Easy finish. Drink now. Screw cap.
Food Pairing: Really good as an aperitif paired with delicate nibbles or sweet Parma ham and fresh cheese. Excellent with pasta or rice-based fish dishes and vegetable soups.

Sancerre, Pascal Jolivet Loire Valley 2017

WS 91
Pale and vibrant in color. The Pascal Jolivet Sancerre is fresh, clean, and screaming with racy acidity. On the palate it is fresh and tightly wound; acidity is tempered by very subtle residual sugar; very clean; alive, racy, youthful. Overall, a dry and elegant wine.
Food Pairing: Pork, Cheese-Fresh & Soft

Sauvignon Blanc, Starmont Napa Valley, California 2016

The Starmont Sauvignon Blanc displays fresh aromas of grapefruit, kaffir lime and jasmine. A crisp and delicious entry leads to a bright and fleshy mid-palate, good acidity and structure showcasing flavors of citrus, guava and mango. The finish is moderately long, clean and refreshing.
Food Pairing: Shellfish, Vegetarian Dishes, Goat Cheese

Albarino, Lagar Da Condesa Rias Baixas, Spain 2018

This wine is made from Albarino grapes at the Lagar da Condesa winery located in Val do Salnes in Galicia, Northwest Spain. A percentage of the wine was fermented in 500 and 600-liter French oak barrels and the remainder was left on its lees for approximately four months. The lees provide the roundness and structure on the palate and ensure the optimal conditions for aging this white wine. Yellow and greenish glints of color with a golden iridescence. Aromas of pineapple, passion fruit, lychee and pear. The wine has a full mouthfeel of ripe fruit, very nice acidity and a long, persistent finish.
Food Pairing: Shellfish, Crab & Lobster

Alvarinho, Soalheiro, Portugal 2018

Delicious as usual, this mouthwatering Vinho Verde is 100% Alvarinho based. A combination of ripe golden stone fruits and fruit cocktail aromas lead to a rich, yellow and gold-fruited palate. Rich and with real flavor authority, the wine still shows loads of freshness and a nice dry finish, perhaps a bit more so than the ebullient nose might suggest. The grapes are organically grown in the Vinho Verde sub-region of Melgaço and Monçao on granite soils
Food Pairing: Seafood, Fish, Poultry

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