The Other Side of Summer
In 1991 I used to listen to a song by Elvis Costello called “The Other Side of Summer” (from the album Might Like a Rose). Why this is important is because the tune recently got stuck in my head again … and at first I was not sure why.
I was thinking about wine (big surprise, I know) and about a variety of different white wines to serve this summer beyond the usual unoaked Chardonnays, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Rieslings and Rosés.
The above mentioned are all fine and dandy and I have plenty on hand, but what if I wanted to serve something more exotic … something I could be proud to serve yet keep my guests guessing as to what is in their glass.
Grapes that are, for lack of a better term, part of the other side of summer.
If you’re looking for something new to serve out on the deck, dock or patio – or even at the table this summer maybe you’ll want to give these ones a shot:
Hermanos de Domingos Molia 2012 Torrentes, Argentina ($16.95)
Never tried Torrentes? Think of it as a kindler gentler Gewurztraminer. This one is a good place to get your first taste of it: floral and pineapple with hints of lime meringue.
Ripa Marchetti Capolino 2011 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico, Italy ($16.95)
I find Verdicchio hit and miss but this one was quite a hit with its quince, pear and apricot notes.
Ilocki Podrumi 2011 Premium Grasevina, Croatia ($23.95)
The most planted grape in Croatia (Grasevina) – this can be a real talking point for your guests: honey, tropical, melon, mineral and hay; seems to be better at room temperature.