Warm Weather Wines
It's not quite summer yet, but with the temperatures rising and lighter cuisine gaining popularity over winter's heavy fare (think juicy turkey burger on the grill rather than pot roast in the oven); we're headed in the right direction.
We caught up with Sam Bennett, our wine guru and sommelier at Hostile Grape and had him share some of his summer wine selections with us.
“In the summer I always enjoy white still wines and especially sparkling wines. There is something very refreshing about Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and champagne when the temperature heats up," said Bennett.
Honig Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley has always been one of his favorites for the warmer seasons.
"The gooseberry, melon and touch of grapefruit with crisp acidity is really refreshing. Monchhof 'Mosel Slate' Riesling-Spatlese from Germany is lower in alcohol than most still white wines and has a nice touch of sweetness. The aromas or fuzzy peaches and other stone fruits present in this Riesling also make it a huge crowd pleaser."
Although wines are not to be missed during the summer months, champagne always holds a special place for Bennett.
"Its effervescence (that’s bubbles if you don’t have a wine dictionary neary you!) and refreshing qualities make it perfect for pool time as well as patio time. Yeasty, bready, Brut Champagne is my favorite in the summertime."
For unique summer wines Bennett recommends 'Brachetto D'Acqui,' Banfi, "Rosa Regale."
"It is a sparkling wine that is a little closer to red wine than a rose that comes from the Piedmont region of Italy. It has a slight touch of sweetness and is really great when served chilled."
Summer wines available in Hostile Grape
- Honig, Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley
- Monchhof, Riesling-Spatlese from Germany
- Perrier Joet, Grand Brut, Champagne from France
- Cloudy Bay, Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand
Budget-friendly price point
- Monchhof, Riesling-Spatlese, from Germany $43
- Honig, Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley $35
- Perrier Jouet, Grand Brut, Champagne $75
Splurge price point
- Cloudy Bay, Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand $70
- Illumination by Quintessa, Sauvignon Blanc $88
- Henriot, Brut, Cuvee de Enchanteleurs, Champagne 1995 $200
If you’re looking to sample any of these wines, the Honig, Sauvignon Blanc as well as the Monchhof, Riesling-Spatlese and Cloudy Bay, Sauvignon Blanc are available on Hostile Grape’s Enomatic machines in pours of one, three or five ounces.
It shouldn’t be forgotten that with our Happy Hour 24/7 Guarantee bottles of wine are a 1/3 off throughout the resort.