Quick Sips — 02 July 2015
Cool, refreshing and thirst-quenching wines

By Bob Hosmon and Mark Gauert

We pause now to thank the inventors of air conditioning — and the people who make these refreshing, thirst-quenching wines that beat the summer heat:

If you’re looking just for a sipping white, opt for the Lost Angel moscato from California.  It’s a refreshing blend of moscato and chardonnay that tastes of oranges and honey — and it’s a refreshing crowd pleaser.  This is the wine you’ll want to enjoy on the patio or by the pool. $12. - BH

The Murphy-Goode pinot grigio from California is a light-bodied white with hints of citrus and spice in every sip. It’s the perfect picnic or beach party wine that can be enjoyed just by itself or when paired with fish tacos or light pastas. $13. - BH

The Wither Hills sauvignon blanc, named after the hills that border the vineyard in the Marlborough region of New Zealand, shows grassy, herbaceous undertones, making it the wine of choice for ceviche or Asian foods, including Japanese sushi and Szechuan Chinese. $13. - BH

If it’s been a while since you had a German riesling, you’re  missing out on some of the best white wines in the world.  Consider the St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett, a fruity, crisp white and pair this German winner with fish, chicken, spicy Thai or Creole foods. $23. - BH

Nothing can relieve a hot summer day faster than cold fruit, and Frank Family Vineyards’ 2013 Carneros chardonnay is a veritable produce case of crisp apple and pineapple flavors that persist long after the bottle’s opened. Wine judges at this year’s American Fine Wine Competition in South Florida also gave it a cool Double Gold medal. $35. - MG

If you’re looking for a special white for the perfect dinner party, then you want the 2013 En Route “Brumaire” chardonnay from California’s famed Russian River Valley. This chardonnay is meant to complement yellow tail snapper, pompano, crab or lobster (Florida and Maine).  $55. - BH

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