Cool Wines for a Hot Summer

June 2023
Written By: 
James Ginley
Photographs by: 
courtesy of the wineries

These refreshing beverages will hit the spot! 

Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2019 
Rhone Valley, France $22
Guigal Domaine produces and ages wine for many Rhone estates. Under their own label, this white blend of 60% Viognier and five other lesser Rhone grapes, brings aromas of white flowers and acacia. The taste profile is peach, apricot and pear, with a long finish. Serve with grilled pork, rich fish, and hard cheeses.

Carol Shelton ‘Wild Thing’ Rosé 2022
Mendocino, CA $21
Carol and her husband opened their winery more than 20 years ago, and now they produce many varietals, with plenty of Zinfandels to choose from. This Rosé offers juicy flavors of strawberry and melon, with orange zest and a tart, dry finish. Try it with BBQ, shrimp dishes, and cheeses.

Chandon Garden Spritz
Argentina $25
The world famous French champagne house, Moet & Chandon, operates in several countries, and this winery opened in Argentina in 1973. A special blend of sparkling wine with macerated oranges, herbs and spices all add up to a different style of bubbly, known as a spritz. It’s the perfect summer beverage!

Chateau Thauvenay Sancerre 2021 
Loire Valley, France $23  
The epitome of the Sauvignon Blanc grape, and the home of Sancerre in the Loire Valley. A pale-yellow color, with an aromatic nose of citrus and exotic fruits. The palate has bits of anise, chervil, lime, and pear, combining for a crisp and lively finish. The perfect choice to accompany dishes like stuffed mushrooms, poultry, fish and shellfish.

Fess Parker Rodney’s Vineyard Dry Riesling 2020
Santa Barbara 
County, CA $25
First planted in 1989, this block of grapes has delivered a quality Riesling year after year. Aromas of white flowers, ginger and lemon lead into a mouthfeel of apple, peach, and pear highlights. Distinctive fruit, some minerality, and a smooth texture add up an enjoyable finish. Plus, it earned 92 points from Wine Spectator.