18 Wines to Welcome Summer

Sparkling – Italy

Cavicchioli 1928 Prosecco DOC Spumante Extra Dry, NV; $12.99

Floral and apple blossom aroma; slightly sweet and fruity with lively mousse, bright acidity and notes of maraschino cherry.

White – California

Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc, 2016 (Clarksburg); $15

Pronounced honeydew and pear aroma; bright and juicy with hints of tropical fruit and Golden Delicious apple.

Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 (Dry Creek Valley); $20

Grassy, mineral aroma with grapefruit notes; crisp and mouth-filling with flavors of honeysuckle and bright lemon drop.

Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Chardonnay, 2015 (Arroyo Seco, Monterey); $22

Aroma of crème brûlée and baked apple; full of lush tropical fruit flavor with hints of butterscotch and vanilla.

White – France

Pascal Jolivet Attitude Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 (IGP Val de Loire); $14.99

Lemony aroma with a hint of grass and lime zest; bright, zippy acidity and crisp fruit.

J.J. Vincent Bourgogne Blanc JJ, 2015; $17.99

Subtle oak toast and orchard fruit notes; nicely balanced, with bright, ripe fruit and a hint of lime zest on the finish.

Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2015; $14.99

Rich honeysuckle aroma with stone fruit notes; lush, ripe fruit and creamy mouth feel. Good value.

Famille Hugel Riesling Classic, 2014 (Alsace); $19.99

Honey/petrol aroma with a hint of spice; lush and full, with bright acidity and loads of crisp, rich lemon flavor.

White – Germany

Nik Weis St. Urbans-Hof Wiltinger “Alte Reben” Riesling, 2015 (Mosel); $18

Seductive aroma of honeysuckle, melon and lemongrass with hints of minerals and petrol; crisp, lush and dry, with mouth-filling flavor of apricot and citrus.

White – Italy

Ca’ Donini Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT, 2015; $7.99

Lemon/lime aroma with mineral undercurrents; crisp, bright and clean with lemony melon notes.

Santi Sortesele Pinot Grigio delle Venezie, 2015; $12.99

Pleasant honeydew aroma with a touch of apple; racy acidity and vibrant tropical fruit flavors.

Red – Argentina

La Linda Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 (Mendoza); $9.99

Black licorice, vanilla and cocoa aromas with dark plum notes; juicy fruit flavor with hints of lush dark chocolate, moderate tannins and a lingering finish. Good value.

El Esteco Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 (Calchaqui Valley); $25.99

Aroma of clove, eucalyptus, black currant and plum; nicely balanced with good tannic backbone, fresh berry flavor and a cocoa powder finish.

Red – California

Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2014 (Arroyo Seco, Monterey); $30

Aromas of ripe black fruit, vanilla and cocoa; smooth and silky with lush fruit and good balancing acidity.

Cigar Old Vine Zinfandel, 2015 (Lodi); $20

Spicy, clove-infused berry aroma with hints of black licorice and smoke; jammy and smoky with notes of chocolate, vanilla and cherry cigar.

Wente Vineyards Charles Wetmore Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 (Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay); $30

Complex aroma of black licorice, eucalyptus, black currant and a hint of cherry cigar; concentrated, rich fruit on the palate with notes of Black Forest cake and baking spices.

Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel, 2015 (Sonoma County); $22

Brambly dark fruit aroma with notes of eucalyptus, baking spice and black tea; rich fruit and solid tannins balanced with peppery spice and notes of Mission fig and chocolate.

Red – France

Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône Rouge 2013; $14.99

Lush black cherry aroma with hints of black licorice and black currant; juicy and fresh tasting with notes of black pepper and earth.

Red – Spain

El Coto de Rioja Crianza Rioja DOCa, 2013; $12.99

Aromas of black licorice, eucalyptus, clove and spiced plum; clean, tart, brambly black fruit with a hint of smoke.

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