To toast the sunny, carefree days of summer, Whole Foods Market shares its Top 10 favorite warm-weather wines â€“ from crisp, fragrant whites to earthy, spicy reds â€“ all priced between $7.99 and $14.99. This yearâ€™s selection of wines offer super variety at a value â€“ from every day sippers and old classics making a comeback, to hearty reds that stand up to grilled foods.
The companyâ€™s Top 10 Summer Wines include a one-of-a-kind organic grÃ¼ner veltliner from Austria as well as the old favorite Bolla Soave Classico, an Italian favorite from the 1970s that has been bottled in classy, retro packaging.
â€œWe have found some great wines that are like â€˜bottled sunshineâ€™ for our shoppers who will also be pleasantly surprised when they see the prices of these gems,â€ said Doug Bell, Whole Foods Market global wine buyer. â€œWith our selection and diversity of summer wines, shoppers can easily find the perfect bottle or two for the beach, outdoor picnic and/or backyard barbecue.â€
Whole Foods Market invites wine enthusiasts to share their thoughts about the Top 10 Summer Wines during two different Taste & Tweet online chats. Go to wholefoodsmarket.com/wine for more information about the Twitter Tastings and use the hashtag #WFMwine to follow the conversation.
Summer Wines Twitter Tasting 1 â€“ Thursday, May 31, 7-8 p.m. CST
- Mionetto Prosecco
- Pratsch GrÃ¼ner Veltliner
- Tormaresca Neprica
Summer Wines Twitter Tasting 2 â€“ Thursday, July 12, 7-8 p.m. CST
- Kyklos Moschofilero
- Yalumba Christobelâ€™s Eden Valley Riesling
- Pallas Tempranillo by Jorge Ordonez
Hereâ€™s a look at Whole Foods Marketâ€™s Top 10 Summer Wines that are priced so well, shoppers will want to keep several on-hand for last-minute summer soirÃ©es:
Mionetto Prosecco (Italy): With golden apple and elderflower flavors, this lively and delicate sparkling wine has a clean, lingering finish â€“ perfect to sip or pair with seafood. Made with organically-grown grapes.
Recipe pairing: Mussels Vinaigrette
Cheese pairing: Fromager dâ€™Affinois
Kyklos Moschofilero (Greece): This light straw-colored white has melon, white rose, and citrus flavors with some fresh vegetable notes, providing a zingy, pleasant finish. A great pairing with seafood, this is a fun substitute for chardonnay or pinot grigio.
Recipe pairing: Calamari Pasta
Cheese pairing: MahÃ³n
Bolla Soave Classico (Italy) â€“ What is old is new again with this classic Italian white with aromas of flowers and fresh stone fruit and a clean, fresh finish. This is an easy-drinking white that pairs well with fish. With a new vintage label, this is the perfect summer porch wine.
Recipe pairing: Shrimp and Mango Ceviche
Cheese pairing: Wellspring Creamery Cranberry Orange Goat Cheese
Louis Latour ArdÃ¨che Chardonnay (France) â€“ With a toasty bouquet, this white has delicious apple notes and a crisp acidity and round finish. This is a bargain for a French chardonnay from one of the most innovative producers in Burgundy.
Recipe pairing: Waldorf Salad with Honey-Yogurt Dressing and Fresh Mint
Cheese pairing: Mons Camembert
Pratsch GrÃ¼ner Veltliner (Austria) â€“ Made with organically grown grapes, this fruit-forward fragrant white offers apple, citrus and white pepper notes paired with great acidity for a crisp finish.
Cheese pairing: Morbier
Yalumba Christobelâ€™s Eden Valley Riesling (Australia) â€“ With aromas of nectarine and white peach, citrus zest, tropical fruits, and some minerality, this white offers a touch of sweetness. This riesling would be perfect paired with apple pie and cheddar cheese.
Recipe Pairing: Sesame-Peanut Noodles
Cheese Pairing: Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog
Hogue Late Harvest Riesling (Washington) â€“ This dessert wine offers zesty aromas of sweet tangerine, honeysuckle and apricot flavors, with hints of mint on the finish.
Recipe pairing: Grilled Fruit with Caramelized Orange Sauce
Cheese pairing: Rogue Creamery Oregon Blue Cheese
Vinum Cellars Pinot Noir (California) â€“ With classic earthy, cola and ripe cherry flavors, this full-bodied red has soft tannins and drinks like a gem. It is a perfect pairing with grilled salmon and pork loin with fruit.
Recipe pairing: Firecracker Grilled Salmon
Cheese pairing: Borough Market Cheddar
Pallas Tempranillo by Jorge Ordonez (Spain) â€“ This lush, ripe red has aromas of red and dark berries, smoky herbs and spices â€“ the perfect pairing with barbecue, shish kabobs, and Spanish chorizo.
Recipe pairing: Spanish Chickpeas and Chorizo
Cheese pairing: SolÃ© Gran Queso
Tormaresca Neprica (Italy) â€“ A blend of negroamaro, primitivo and cabernet sauvignon, this lean red has dusty aromas, black raspberry and pepper flavors, and silky tannins. This is a top-notch pick for pepper steak.
Recipe pairing: Skillet Fajitas with Jicama Salsa
Cheese pairing: Drunken Goat
Columbia Winery Merlot (Washington) â€“ With black cherry and plum flavors, and mint and smoky undertones, this merlot is the perfect â€œgo toâ€ wine for burgers and eggplant parmesan.
Recipe pairing: Eggplant Bolognese
Cheese pairing: Parrano
Bubo Cabernet Sauvignon (California) â€“ Rich layers of black cherry, blackberry, spice and cedar create a jammy red for pizza, barbecue and sangria with berries.
Recipe pairing: Grilled Vegetable Pizza
Cheese pairing: Grafton Classic Reserve Cheddar Aged Two Years