White Wines for Summertime

June 2022
Written By: 
James Ginley
Photographs by: 
courtesy of the wineries

Chill out with these hard-to-find selections

Grape Abduction Orange
Stajerska, Slovenia $16

A truly unique blend of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Riesling. Very aromatic, with notes of honey, apricot, and tangerine, followed by a mouthfeel of citrus, honeysuckle, lime and pineapple. Add a light spritzy finish, and you have the perfect wine for a picnic at the beach with cheeses and snack

Jehan Emonin Bourgogne Aligoté 2017
Burgundy, France $20

Harvested from vineyards close to Meursault, the Aligoté grapes for this white Burgundy come from 70-year-old vines. White stone fruits on the nose and palate, with citrus and limestone hints throughout. A perfect match for light dishes, finger foods and cold shrimp.

Maison La Berthaude “Cuvee Laura” 2019
Cotes du Rhone, France  $15

A rare white Cotes du Rhone, blending Viognier, Marsanne, and Grenache Blanc, three Rhone grapes, by one of the leading vineyards, Domaine Roger Perrin. Aromas of tropical fruits and white flowers are followed by a juicy palate. Take your time with this one: as it warms up, it gains complexity with a lingering finish.

Stadt Krems Gruner Veltliner 2019
Kremstal, Austria $13  

This winery was established in 1452 and over 500 years later, it’s still in business. Now, only six wines come from this small vineyard, blended in stainless steel tanks. The result is fruity and juicy light-bodied wines displaying mineral and citrus characteristics. This example stands out and has earned a 92-point rating from Wine Enthusiast. 

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier Blend 2020 
Napa, California $12

This blend of 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Viognier is a great palate pleaser. It’s both fruity and well balanced, with a bouquet of honeysuckle, orange and white peach. The mouthfeel is full of tangerine, lime and lemon curd, with a hint of lime in the clean finish. A charming, light-bodied wine to enjoy this summer with friends and light foods on the beach!