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Summer Wine List

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Ah, sweet memories of summer. You and your significant other drinking wine slushies on the back porch watching the sun go down. You and your significant other drinking pineapple moscato sangria in bed watching the sun come up. You and your significant other drinking rose spritzers on the beach watching the sun go down again. Summer just wouldn’t be summer without wine. So, whether you’re barbecuing, throwing a little get-together, or just sipping for enjoyment, here are some of the wines you need to have on your summer wine list.

Rosés For Summer
When most people think of summer wines, rosés inevitably come up first. However, most wine aficionados would agree that any time can be a good time for any wine, and most who have had rosés in the winter would agree. As long as you pair the wine with a complementary dish, the weather kind of fades into the background. In fact, according to Allie Poindexter from Henrietta Red in Nashville, “During the summer months when there is a wider array of produce available, our menu gets lighter, with heavier items replaced by simple and seasonal offerings that pair will with subtler wines.'” Below are a few favorites that Poindexter says are, “all perfect for sipping on hot summer nights;” and she’s not necessarily limiting her selection to rosés:

Corvezzo Terre si Marca Prosecco, Veneto, Italy
Pondexter point sour that this prosecco, naturally fermented and made from organic grapes, may be a little different from what you expect from the typical sparking. Poindexter says its,”subtle effervescence and floral, funky quality…makes it the perfect pairing for cheese and charcuterie.”

Friends' get-together with wine

Christoph Hock Kalkspitz Pet Nat, Kamptal, Austria
Pet-nats are made using a traditional method of producing sparkling wine in which the wine is bottled without additives before the primary fermentation is finished. The result is an unfiltered naturally carbonated wine with a taste comparable to apple cider.

Pouillon And Fils Premier Cru Brut Rose, Champagne, France
This rose and sparkling wine combo is unique in that the Pouillon family grows their own organically farmed grapes; a process not normally used in the region. The result is a pleasurably drinkable wine perfect for summer nights.

Quinta do Montalto Medieval de Ourem Rose, Lisbon Portugal
Poindexter notes that, while the dark ruby color of this wine may not be typical of most roses, drinking the wine will clarify it as pure rose. “It drinks like a rose with lots of red berry fruit and a soaring acidity,” she says, “It has an interesting woodsy character, the result of being aged in chestnut barrels.

Mica Vinho Verde, Minho, Portugal
Made from biodynamic, organic grapes, Poindexter described this vinho verde as, “super light and drinkable, ” adding that it has a “pronounced mineralogy and a low ABV of 10 percent.” and is a “fantastic pairing for oysters and crudos.”

wine glasses clinking

Arndorfer Kamptal Vorgeschmack White, Niederosterreich, Austria
Poindexter informs, “Vorgeshmack means appetizer in German, and like an appetizer this wine is meant to be an introduction into the Arndorfer family vineyards.” Apparently, it’s an enticing one. The chef says, “Reisling lands fruitiness and dynamism while Gruner Veltliner brings florals and spice.”

What are you drinking this summer? Cocktails? Or are you more of a strict wine purist? Let us know!

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Let’s Hear the White Wine Argument – Vine Vera Reviews

Pouring a glass of white wineWhy the white variety is just as good as red for health benefits

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few years, you will undoubtedly know that research has shown red wine is good for your health when consumed in moderation. I must stress the word ‘moderation’ there!

This is all down to a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol which is found in the skin of grapes. Now, when red wine is made, the skin is left on the grape, which means the antioxidant properties of resveratrol are absorbed into your glass of vino at the end of a long fermentation stage. This means that red wine has been shown to help keep your heart healthy, lower the risk of high blood pressure, lower high cholesterol, and basically keep you fighting fit for longer.

It’s a great excuse to grab a glass of red.

Now, on the other hand with this news you can expect white wine to be sat in its bottle feeling a little sorry for itself, but now we find this isn’t the case!

White wine has many health benefits too, and recent studies have shown that some of the best forms of white wine could be just as good for your heart as red.

How so? Well, during the production of white wine, the skin is removed from the grape, so therefore it doesn’t retain the resveratrol like red wine does. Whilst this is a negative, white wine has two antioxidants of its own – namely tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol. These two rather scientific-sounding names have been shown to be present in olive oil. We all know that the Mediterranean diet contains plentiful olive oil, and this has been shown to be good for your heart and help you live longer. Do you see where I’m going with this?

Whilst red wine might win the obvious prize for health benefits, white wine simply goes about it in sneakier way, but gets the same level of benefit in the end, flying under the radar a little, so to speak. Similar cardiac protection is gained from drinking white wine in moderation compared to red, as well as containing SIRT1, a compound which has been shown to help slow down the ageing process.

Not everyone likes red wine that much, as everyone has their own preference, so this is great news for white wine drinkers out there, meaning that a glass with a meal could help you stay healthy and live longer as a result, as well as tasting crisp and delicious at the same time!


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