Published on July 2nd, 2013 | by Laura Billingsley

5 wines to try this summer

If you’ve been craving something other than a cold beer for a mid-summer cool down, July is a great time to try some new wines. Abbe Hendricks, wine and beer director at Gateway Market, encourages people to check out something different.

“Typically a lot of people do whites,” she said. But rose and even red wines can also work when the mercury is rising. Hendricks suggested five wines that are perfect to sample during summer months.

Wiltinger Scharzberg Sparkling Riesling $13: “Riesling in the summer is super refreshing,” Hendricks said. A higher level of residual sugar than some other whites gives the wine a fruity but not sugary taste.

“It has that sweet fruity quality to it, so it’s going to satisfy somebody’s sweet tooth,” she said. The wine could serve as a replacement for dessert, or for a sweet cocktail. The wine is a sekt, the German term for sparkling, and the bubbles add to its refreshing style.

Sitios De Bodega Con Class Verdejo $16.99: Made from 100 percent verdejo, a grape varietal of Spain, this wine is a good substitute for sauvignon blanc, Hendricks said. Sav blanc is “typically going to be your summer white wine that a lot of people lean toward, because it’s got that bright citrus and it’s really refreshing and nice and dry,” she said, while the verdejo “has a cool kind of silky texture to it—great citrus flavors but also some nice tropical stone fruit flavors and a little bit of minerality, which makes it really refreshing and really easy to drink.”

Gobelsburger Kamptal Grüner Veltliner $18.99: Another good replacement for sauvignon blanc, Hendricks described this wine as an entry level grüner veltliner, which has its roots in Austria. This wine comes from the Kamptal region.

“I preorder this every year for spring and summer specifically because grüner veltliner is a good substitute for sav blanc; it’s really food friendly,” Hendricks said. Some summer foods, such as asparagus or arugula, have more bitter flavors and can be difficult to pair with wine.

She said, “Grüner is that go-to for me just because it has those green, almost bitter vegetable flavors to it along with the citrus.”

Dandelion Vineyards Fairytale of the Barossa Rosé $20: “I love rosé for the summer,” Hendricks said. She described it as thirst quenching but also great for pairing with food. It’s also a good substitute for people who like red wine but find it too heavy in the summer. Served chilled, Hendricks said rosé has the rich flavor of a red, but with more lift and freshness. It does not have the citrus taste of summer white wines. The Dandelion Vineyards rosé is made from 100 percent grenache grapes from the Barossa region in Australia.

Berger Zweigelt $18: For those who want to stick with red wine, Hendricks recommends zweigelt from Austria. She said the wine is lighter, somewhat like a pinot noir, but with brighter fruit flavors.

“You’re going to get lots of strawberry, raspberry and cherry flavors, but it’s very bright and fresh like when you walk into a strawberry field and you can smell it,” she said. She explained the fruit flavors are not overly sweet, and you can even put a slight chill on the wine for hot days.

Gateway Market
Where: 2002 Woodland Ave.
Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
Info: 243-1754,

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Laura is contributor to Juice Magazine.

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