5 Wines to beat the heat!
The scorching summer heat can be hard on our bodies, our moods and well, generally everything. Hot weather calls for cool wines. This month, Ewineasia recommends 5 wines that will help you stay cool and refreshed.
Region: Italy, Piedmont
Retail Price: S$ 36.00
About the Wine: Straw yellow with intense aromas of citrus, apricot, fig and orange blossom; taste is pleasantly sweet and aromatic like the Moscato grapes it comes from. The alcohol content makes it a delicious and natural thirst-quencher anytime as well as a dessert wine par excellence; it also lends itself to unusual combinations with appetizers, raw fish and sushi.
About the Winery:
The winery dates back to the beginning of 1900s and grandfather Michele’s dream of planting a vineyard in the heart of the Bagnario Valley, Strevi, an area especially suitable to viticulture. After the war, his son Giuseppe built his winery in the center of the village of Strevi, to be near the train station so that he could send his wines directly to his customers. A man with deep roots, he was able to convey his passion to the entire family, and today his daughters , Michaela, with her husband Dr. Giovanni Costa, Patrizia, and Doretta carry on “the family dream ” with his same enthusiasm and dedication. They personally supervise and control every step of the production process, all the way from grape to glass.
Winery Website – http://en.marencovini.com/
Region: Italy, Veneto
Retail Price: S$ 55.00
About the Wine:
Pale, straw-colored and bright, the Primo Franco 2014 is intense and persistent in flavor with an elegant fruity and balanced aroma. On the palate, it is smooth and creamy with a nice core of ripe grape and apple flavors that gain complexity on the finish. Drink as an aperitif, or pair it with liver and fish snacks. Traditionally matched with dry cakes or fruit tarts.
About the Winery: Antonio Franco founded the “Cantine Franco” winery in Valdobbiadene in 1919. Valdobbiadene is located at the foot of the Prealps, in the Venetian region, and is famous for the Prosecco vine and wine production. Thanks to a careful and wise management, the estate has been growing and evolving throughout three generations of producers. Antonio founded it, Nino expanded it and Primo improved the company performance throughout the years. 1982, when Primo took over its management, was the turning point. Primo Franco was one of the first pioneers to export the Prosecco and to introduce a different sparkling wine than Champagne into the international market.
Winery Website – http://www.ninofranco.it/en/
Region: France, Champagne
Retail Price: S$ 103.00
About the Wine: This very delicate Rosé is dominated by Pinots Noirs – selected for their finesse and their personality-, linked to Chardonnay’s refined elegance and topped by Pinot Meunier’s splendid fruitiness. At the blending, the addition of a small proportion of Pinot Noir from Champagne’s best terroirs for red wines – Cumières and Les Riceys – gives the Rosé Brut its beautiful color and subtle aromas of red fruits.
About the Winery: Founded in 1834, Champagne Boizel has cultivated excellence since its origins by respecting the values of authenticity and commitment to the best quality. In 180 years of existence, this family house has forged its reputation on the subtlety of its blends and the finesse of its different Champagnes. Then as now, each generation pursues the adventure by combining respect of tradition with a capacity for innovation to continue to produce Champagnes that are constantly more refined and more appealing.
Winery Website – http://www.boizel.com/en/
Region: Spain, Galicia
Retail Price: S$54.00
About the Wine: This crisp, elegant 2014 Albariño offers up notes of apricot, honeysuckle and a touch of peach. The flavor profile then moves toward tropical fruits like mango, but never loses that wonderful floral intensity. It’s medium-bodied and shows beautiful purity, crisp acids and a zesty, very fresh, lively finish with a hint of minerality.
About the Winery: The Pazo de Señoráns is located at Vilanoviña, in the Pontevedra town of Meis, in the Salnés area, which is one of the Rias Baixas appellation’s sub-zones. The mansion, which is owned by the husband and wife team of Soledad (Marisol) Bueno and Javier Mareque, took on its wineproducing role in 1989, although the estate had been growing vines (which now cover eight hectares or twenty acres) since the beginning of the 1980s. The estate has gained a reputation for producing high quality wines as a result of very careful and rigorous harvesting. Each plot is worked separately, enabling the grapes to be closely observed and identified. Once the vines have been selected, the grapes are carefully blended for the Pazo de Señoráns label.
Winery Website – http://www.pazodesenorans.com/index_en.php
Region: France, Loire Valley
Retail Price: S$54.00
About the Wine: An intense, aromatic, brilliantly clear and well-balanced Pinot Noir with a delicate mineral structure, a good aromatic length and a true Sancerre character. We can find raspberry, red currant and floral on the nose, with freshness and finesse. Spicy notes of pink pepper.
About the Winery: At the beginning of the XIX century, ALPHONSE MELLOT founded a tavern in Sancerre where one could savour the local wines and so began a flourishing trade that was to continue. In 1881 he was granted a licence to ship his wine throughout France and all over the World. This marked the beginning of a pacific conquest which has been pursued and developed by the family business from father to son ever since, with the eldest son continuing to bear the name of the Founder Alphonse.
Winery Website – http://www.mellot.com/presentation/presentation.php?LangueSite=en