Best Wines for Summer
2010 Estate Argyros Atlantis White ($17)
Made mostly from the Assyrtiko grape, this crisp, citrusy blend gets a floral hint from a bit of Athiri.
NV Tío Pepe Palomino Fino Sherry ($19)
A fabulous aperitif, thanks to its crisp, refreshing apple and straw tones and a hint of saltiness.
2009 Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon ($16)
Aging in used Hundred Acre barrels gives this red’s luscious blackberry flavors a gentle cedar note.
2009 Chehalem INOX ($17)
This unoaked Chardonnay, which brims with lemon, lime and green pear, is an excellent value.
2010 Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Rosé ($16)
A great candidate for a house rosé, bursting with juicy melon, berry and orange-zest notes.
2007 Bodega Norton Reserva Malbec ($18)
Muscular tannins support rich berry, herb and vanilla flavors.
2010 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc ($18)
A wonderful balance of brash lime, herb and tropical flavors.
NV Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco ($18)
Accessibly priced and very appealing, this delivers a mix of stone fruit, flowers and apples.
2008 Genesis Syrah ($16)
The cool 2008 vintage gave this spicy, fragrant Syrah its particularly firm structure.
2010 Leitz Dragonstone Riesling ($18)
Full of slightly sweet lemon chiffon and cherry flavors.
2007 Masi Campofiorin Veronese ($19)
A secondary fermentation using partially dried grapes adds richness to this bottling’s silky red-fruit flavors.
2009 Pieropan Soave Classico ($17)
Crisp and bold, with supple apple, quince and chalk flavors.
2008 Edmeades Zinfandel ($20)
Winemaker Ben Salazar adds some Petite Sirah and Syrah to give this racy, berry-driven Zin its oomph.
2010 Sigalas Assyrtiko ($18)
Dense yet not heavy, this zippy Assyrtiko has a chalky minerality and savory lemon flavors that linger on the palate.
2009 Selvapiana Chianti Rùfina ($17)
Deliciously fresh and balanced, with ripe fruit and floral notes.
2009 Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling ($20)
Light-bodied and vibrant, with bright apple, lime and orange tones.
2008 Quivira Vineyards and Winery Zinfandel ($20)
A juicy, robust wine with wild berry and plum flavors that firm up in the finish.
2010 Honig Sauvignon Blanc ($16)
A bit of effervescence adds freshness to citrus and grass notes.
2009 Hofstätter Joseph Lagrein ($20)
Vibrant, lightly earthy red plum and raspberry tones showcase Lagrein’s supple, accessible side.
2009 Sokol Blosser Pinot Gris ($18)
Fresh and medium-bodied, with intriguing notes of green fig.
2010 Château St-Martin de la Garrigue Picpoul de Pinet ($17)
The Picpoul (pronounced “peek pool”) grape makes zingy, super-refreshing whites such as this citrusy, mineral-rich version.
2009 Qupé Marsanne ($20)
Made with Marsanne that was fermented and aged in neutral oak and a bit of Roussanne aged in French oak for a year, this white shows a thick texture, zesty citrus and minerals.
2009 Potel-Aviron Vieilles Vignes Moulin-Ã -Vent ($20)
Made only in the best vintages from very old vines, this is structured and serious, with lush, spicy fruit.
2010 St. Supéry Sauvignon Blanc ($20)
Guava, passion fruit and peach flavors are fragrant and crisp.
2010 Terras Gauda Abadia de San Campio Albariño ($20)
Albariño’s sea-salty, citrusy side is clearly evident in this delicious single-vineyard wine.