What happened to the month of September? Not only is September almost over but summer too. I’m sure it was just a week ago my husband, our dog Rooster and I were in Boone, NC celebrating the Labor Day weekend. I can tell you Mother Nature knows what’s she’s doing and she has a schedule to keep.
So the time has come to ease up on the easy drinking summer whites and start filling my glass with warming reds. But before I do, one last write up on some summer white wines. I won’t hang up my white wine glass for good, there will still be plenty sprinkled in throughout the fall and winter.
Kim Crawford Marlborough Region Sauvignon Blanc
Intense herbacious, minerality, and lemon aromas. Light bodied with acidic and green vegetative flavors. Stellar Sauvignon Blanc for anytime of year.
New Zealand is to Sauvignon Blanc as Oregon is to Pinot Noir. The rich loamy fertile soils and gravelly drainage provide ideal growing conditions. The Marlborough region represents 80% of all Sauvignon Blanc producing pungent gooseberry, passionfruit, herbaceous, lime and melon flavors.
Cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks gives the varietal its zip or zing on the tip of the tongue.
Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
TA: 7.4 g/l
RS: 2.5 g/l
Fisheye Pinot Grigio
Aromas and flavors of ripe green apple and peach. This Pinot Grigio is low in acidity and I was pleasantly surprised as it was very drinkable. I received this wine as a sample and I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of Fisheye. However, I think this wine changed my opinion of their wines, well white wines anyway, and the next time I encounter it at the store, I won’t be afraid to look it in the eye.
Varietal: Pinot Grigio
Appellation: South Eastern Australia
Acre Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2011
Bottled specifically for Trader Joe’s you won’t find this particular wine on the Acre website. The wine is considered one of their lower end wines and for $7.99, it wasn’t too bad. Not fabulous, but drinkable.
I wasn’t able to find any info on the wine but I can give you info on the Russian River Valley. Located in SonomaCounty, the Russian River Valley AVA accounts for one-sixth of the vineyards in the county and over 6,000 acres of planted Chardonnay vines. The cool climate and maritime fog rolling in off the Pacific Ocean provide excellent growing conditions for Chardonnay.
Fall is right on schedule, the leaves are beginning to turn and this morning’s dog walk temperature was a brisk 54 degrees. Time for me to restock on Cabernet, Merlot, Malbecs and those cockle warming Ports!
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