Fruity white wine recommendations for a spring evening?
Apr. 26th, 2011 @ 04:57 pm
Dear wine lovers, I have much enjoyed this comm's recommendation of Menage A Trois for an inexpensive, and yet really good, red with fun spice/fruit notes. This evening, I would love to have a glass of white wine, but I don't drink white wine often and do not know what to get.|
I would love some recc's for an equally inexpensive (under $15) white wine with some body (I don't like the super crisp, watery whites) and yet that is light, fruity, and refreshing.
I generally enjoy a Pinot Grigio ( it is an Italian white wine, ususally) on warm evenings like tonight. Some are more dry than others, but usually it works for me... and they are usually about $10 in the stores where I find mine. Bella Sera is a good one.
If you're going cheap, I recommend Cavit Pinot Grigio. It's become my go-to since developing a serious migraine reaction to my first love, which is anything dry and red.
Menage a Trois also makes a blush and a white. It's actually the only blush I've ever really enjoyed, FWIW.
I'm told the blush and whites are even sweeter than the red, and the red is just under the too-sweet line for me unless I'm aiming for dessert wine. :) I have had Pinot Grigios I've liked, but I'm most wary of them as they tend to be the super dry/crisp/watery wines I sometimes do not like at all... would I be better off with a Sauvignon Blanc?
Menage a Trois also makes a white wine blend. It's delicious!
I would also recommend a Riesling if you don't mind a sweet wine. I love the tang of a Riesling when it's very well chilled.
Is the white overly sweet? I was told it might be. I do like some Rieslings as the sweetness is balanced by the crispness. Any specific brands you might recommend? :)
Columbia Winery's Cellermasters Riesling is fantastic, easy to find and generally about $10.
I like Bree Riesling...it comes from Germany... home of the Riesling. I think the price is more in the $15 range, but worth the extra few dollars.
I don't find it to be overly sweet. I tend to not like wines that are too sweet. It might be worth picking up a bottle to try since it's so wonderfully inexpensive.
I've had Polka Dot Riesling and thought it was quite good.
|Date:||April 26th, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)|| |
You don't say in your user-info whereabouts in the US you live, but I think most parts of the country have wines made from Niagara grapes. The ones made here in Arkansas are definitely light and fruity, and not watery.
|Date:||April 26th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)|| |
You might consider a Viognier. Fuller-bodied than Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc, has a nice crispness balanced by a touch of sweetness and a lovely aromatic floral bouquet like a Reisling. Loads of them availabe for under $15.
I also second the recommendation for Menage a Trois white blend--that's one of my go-to summer whites.
|Date:||April 27th, 2011 07:44 am (UTC)|| |
viognier is exactly what id go with for a recommendation here.
Martin Codax Albarino, Ecco Domani Pino Grigio, Kendal Jackson Savignon Blanc, Sterling Chardonnay, and....on the cheap, Chateau St. Michelle Resling.
The most expensive on this list is Sterling ($18 here but $12 other places).
Let us know what you finally choose.
PS - I've not had Manage a Trois yet and now my curiosity is peaked.
I endorse the Albarino, it was the first thing I thought of.
I discovered that little gem of a wine at a Spanish restaurant last summer. Fresh and crisp, with a hint of pear, it was the perfect complement to a sunny afternoon on the veranda. Now there is a thought--sunshine in a bottle. I may have to go in search of some Albarino to counteract the deluge that has become our weather as of late.
Kuhl Reisling... bloody fantastic. Unfortunately haven't seen it in a long time.
I think I need to try it again myself to be more fully certain of my opinion, but why not give yellow tail's unoaked chardonnay a whirl?
If you can find Fingerlakes white wines made with American grapes vs. the vinifera European grapes; they fit that description perfectly and come in a range from very sweet to very dry.
For a fruity white wine, under 15. try Blue Heron by St. Julian's. It is like a fruity sweetish Riesling. Try it chilled, sitting in the sun, on your back porch. It should set you back about $6 to $10, depending where you buy it.