WHAT A WINE GEEK DRINKS ON A BUDGET: SUMMER WINES OF 2018

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Maggie Walters

Hello there! Wine Consultant Maggie here with another edition of the ever-popular and continuing blog series. As always, I write about wines that I am excited about that DON’T break the bank. Price tags can sometimes be a reflection of quality, but Colonial has good wines in many price ranges. Here are a few wines to cool you off on a hot day, from all over the world!


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Guild Rosé
Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2017
$14.99

I think we can all happily agree that Rosé is finally accepted as a dry and refreshing summer wine that no longer has to be compared to white Zin. Pinot Gris and Gamay Noir are the two grapes that make up this wine and (fun fact) are blended together to make Rosé! That’s right, red wine and white wine are being blended together to make a pink wine –with direction from skilled winemakers, of course. The result of this blend is a wine comprised of red fruits like strawberry and watermelon in addition to an aromatic nose of white flower. This wine is delicious, period. And it has the added perk of being under fifteen bucks!


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Calcu Reserva Especial Sauvignon Blanc
Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2016
$13.99

If you haven’t discovered SauvIgnon Blanc from Chile yet, let me help you out! Chile is becoming a new region for this citrusy white grape that somms all over the world are raving about. The Chilean wine market hasn’t exploded yet in popularity, so price points are still in favor of the consumer. The fruit for this wine is grown in the foothills of the Andes Mountains and carries with it crisp tart green apple notes followed by tropical fruit. It’s crisp, tart and refreshing, everything you want on a hot day. Sauvignon Blanc lovers of New Zealand should definitely give this a try.


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Kuentz Bas White Blend
Alsace, France, 2016
$11.99

A blend of Sylvaner, Muscat, and Auxerrois is a match made in heaven for these cold climate grapes. This winery was founded in 1795. If that alone doesn’t clue you in on how successful this winery is, I don’t know what will. I should also add that this wine is imported by Kermit Lynch – a highly sought-after importer in the wine geek world. He goes out into the world and finds delicious wines made by small farming families and brings them into the U.S. Without him, these families would not have otherwise been able to share their wines. This dry white wine is reminiscent of cold mountain air with hints of yellow apple and spices like cardamom. Drink alone or with spicy dishes like creole and curry.


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Sisters Forever Un-Oaked Chardonnay
Central Coast, California, 2016
$11.99

Produced by the Donati family (which also makes some fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon), this Chardonnay is fermented in 100% stainless steel. This means the wine retains bright acidity that is sometime changed into a creamy profile from other winemakers. I think featuring a Chardonnay with fresh acidity is great for a summer pick. It’s a lighter and fresher style wine that has a crisp finish.

I've done the hard work for you; now, come in to Colonial and try some new wines!

 


All sizes and vintages are in stock at the time of publication. In the event advertised vintages sell out, substitute vintages may be offered at the same price. Products and prices are subject to change.

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