Wine Thieves-Recommendations for Summer Sipping, June 2007

Dear New York Vintners Friends,

As we sit on the cusp of summer, New York Vintners has been exploring some warm weather wine prospects. Each of the following six wines is not only an excellent and precise representation of its old world region, but also seems particularly fitting for a summer of new world social events and gatherings. Enjoy!

SPARKLING
Coste Petrai NV Prosecco Brut – $14

Region: Veneto, Italy
| Varietal: Prosecco
This exciting newcomer is more traditional in style and less intensely fruity than others. It’s light and dry – perfect for meet-and-greets, bellinis at brunch, or even a refreshing finish to a warm weather meal.

WHITE
Summerer 2005 Gruner Veltliner ‘Steinhaus’ – $15

Region: Kamptal, Austria | Varietal: Gruner Veltliner
You may tiptoe around Austrian wines, assuming they are all sweet, but this bottle will change your mind. With its classy and convenient glass stopper and its dry, persistent, more minerally taste, ‘Steinhaus’ makes us think of the summer’s outdoor weddings or just a simple salad on the patio.

Phillipe Colin 2005 Bourgogne Blanc – $25
Region:
Burgundy, France | Varietal: Chardonnay

This entry level white Burgundy comes from a top, though tiny, producer. We love its hints of pear and peach, and imagine it with scallops or even a roast chicken. It’s also shaping up to be a real crowd-pleaser and would be a perfect endeavor for anyone who has been scared off by new world Chardonnay.

ROSÉ
Chateau de l’Escarelle 2006 ‘Les Belles Bastilles’ – $12

Region:
Provence, France | Varietals: Syrah, Mouvedre
In today’s bolstered rosé market, this salmon-colored charmer tastes almost more like a balanced white wine. A traditional rosé that emphasizes acids and minerals over sweet fruits, ‘Les Belles Bastilles’ seems great for a casual sushi dinner or a late lunch on the beach.

RED
Yves de Suremain 1999 Mercurey ‘Les Sazenay’ – $30

Region:
Burgundy, France | Varietal: Pinot Noir
We love this quintessential Pinot Noir for its sweet candy tastes, its tinge of orangish color, and the earthy smell it has developed with age. We imagine such a rustic, high quality wine with a wild mushroom pasta or with roasted chicken and other lighter meats.

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