Picnic Perfect Wines
By Jessica Laniewski
Pölka Dot Crisp Riesling 2009
A crowd pleaser and German native, Riesling ranges from sinfully sweet to perfectly crisp. These particular grapes are grown in the Pfalz region of Germany, where skilled locals have been making wine since 100 BC. The white-gold-hued wine is accented with bright fruit flavors of green apple, key lime and grapefruit and perfectly pairs with salads or light entrées. Uncork a bottle for a leisurely lunch on the boat or with your first course at dinner.
Laguna Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
This Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley does not disappoint. The winemaker carefully selects from the handpicked grapes to ensure only ripe fruit enters the mix. Native to the Burgundy region of France, Chardonnay garners most of its subtle flavor from the soil it is grown in and how it is aged. Laguna Ranch Chardonnay, with notes of apple, pear, quince and tangerine, was aged for a year in French and American oak barrels. Well-balanced and rich with a slow finish, this wine is perfect for drinking alone or alongside a meal.
Starborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009
A crisp mouthfeel, imparted by the stainless steel barrels in which it was aged, make this wine remarkably drinkable. Wine making has been an important industry in the Marlborough district of New Zealand’s South Island since colonial times, and this Sauvignon Blanc is marked by notes of passion fruit, guava and kiwi. Marlborough’s unique location, with a mountain ridge to the west and fjord-like bays creating a maritime climate, lend the wine a rich and refreshing character.
Mirassou California Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Take a sunny trip to the West Coast with this crisp wine displaying hints of tropical fruit and melon as well as grapefruit and pear. During a year marked by challenging weather, the Mirassou family quickly harvested the grapes when temperatures turned suddenly hot in the fall. Their hard work has paid off in the wine’s balanced flavor and delicate aroma. Enjoy with a light shrimp salad or spicy summer vegetables.
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