It ?s hot. It ?s sticky. So how many of you will drink the biggest, most tannic, most alcoholic red wine possible to celebrate July 4?
Which, of course, is fine with the Wine Curmudgeon, since I believe that everyone should drink what they want, and rules be damned. But, if you don ?t mind a suggestion, live dangerously. Try something lighter and, dare I say, more pleasurable ? a porch wine, even. Because the only thing I ask is that wine drinkers be willing to try something different.
Which leads to these suggestion, after the jump:
? Mark West Pinot Noir 2011 ($10, sample, 13.8%): The wine that launched what will soon be a 1-million case brand. Soft, with red fruit, and very professionally made. That it doesn ?t really taste like pinot is only a minor inconvenience.
? El Coto Rosado 2012 ($11, sample, 13%): This Spanish wine from one of my favorite producers is surprisingly New World in style, with lots of ripe cherry fruit. Still bone dry, but not the arid, desert-like Spanish rose of past vintages.
? Availability may be problematic, but Chateau Unang Ventoux 2009 ($15, sample, 13%) is well worth looking for. It ?s a dark, peppery, earthy red Rhone blend that combines the best of traditional French style with modern winemaking. One of the best wines, at any price, I have tasted this year.
? Pepi Pinot Grigio 2012 ($9, sample, 12.5%) is a refreshing California white with big dollops of pear and melon and a reasonably mineral-like finish. Not as clean or elegant as some New World pinot gris or Italian pinot grigio, but still delivers plenty of value.
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