The Three Best Wines So Far This Summer

Through my work as a wine writer for a variety of publications, I taste through a lot of wines.* Sadly, many great bottles that I taste don’t make it into the stories I write.

Say what?

No, I’m not being stingy with the good stuff. You see, the trouble is, when I write for national publications, the editors usually want wines that are widely available, with a distribution of 5,000 cases (60,000 bottles). Certainly, it’s not to hard to find excellent wines that fit that criteria.

But what, then, to do with the gorgeous bottles that don’t have a large US distribution? I’ve decided to share them the best I can on my site and through other social media outlets. I’ve even gone so far so as to reach out to the Marketing Heaven so that I could get some traffic to notice my content. And do my best to tell you were to get them.

Here are three of these winners—and they’re among the best wines I’ve tasted so far this summer. If you’re interested in buying, check that great wine shop in your area that specializes in painstakingly hand-picked bottles. If you can’t find it locally, click on the link for more ordering information (and no, I do not receive a kickback for this):

• Dry Creek Vineyard Sonoma County Fumé Blanc ($14): Although this Sauvignon Blanc goes by the oh-so-80s Fumé Blanc moniker, it’s made in a contemporary no-oak, crisp, clean style. It’s bright and racy (as you’d expect an unoaked Sauvignon Blanc to be), but has a lush feel on the palate, with fresh and steely mineral side that makes me think: Hmmmm…..Loire Valley? Nope, Dry Creek Valley, at an affordable non-French price.

• Domaine Franck Millet 2011 Sancerre ($17): This is great French Sauvignon Blanc at a really good price (considering the depressing dollar-to-euro exchange rate these days). Lovers of any kind of Sauvignon Blanc will go nuts for the bright, fresh citrusy-grassy appeal—but those whose hearts belong to the Loire Valley will especially love that elegant flinty finish.

Terrazas Reserva Chardonnay 2012 (Mendoza; $14): For the casual wine drinker, it’s pretty easy to find a highly drinkable Chardonnay for under $15—but finding one to write home about is another story. This one is a head-turner for the price. Enjoy a tropical-fruit style of Chardonnay framed by a refreshing zip of lime. Light toasty notes linger on the delightful finish.





• Disclosure: I am often sent wines free of charge for purposes of reviewing them for the publications I write for. I am never obligated to write about wines I receive in this way. All opinions are my own, and I’m not compensated in any other way. 

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