Summer Sippers 2010

May 24th, 2010 by Jeff

Wines featured in today’s show:

Show synopsis and recommended food pairings from The Som:

It’s always fun doing the “Summer Sippers” show because our first public show was an SS episode.   They’re always about freshness and fun, so this episode rejuvenated us and for another year of WineGeekTV excellence .  Be prepared for the best year of WGTV yet!

As I mentioned in the show, look for freshness in your back patio sippers.  Try to find the most current vintage available.

Geez…that Ranga Ranga Sauvignon Blanc sure has developed quite the following at Zipp’s, and with good reason.  Enjoy the bright, lime zest and grapefruit note and slight herbaciousness reminiscent of freshly mowed grass. Mix up a marinade of fresh lime juice, garlic, salt, pepper and chopped cilantro, mix in some E.V.O.O. and drop in the shrimp.  Refrigerate for 1/2 hour, line them up on scewers and grill them up.

The Monte Volpe Primo Bianco is quite different; a burly blend of several grapes that is fuller bodied, but the acidity is still spot on.  It’s something that can be enjoyed with heavier dishes like pan pizza, grilled pork chops or meatier fish.

Look at that Alexander Valley Vineyards Rosé!  I do love the color.  This wine is from grapes grown specifically to produce Rosé.  Believe it or not, that’s more rare than you think.  More often than not the winemaker just bleeds the juice from their regular bottling further concentrating that wine.  When you think of summer fare, a good Rosé will work really well with almost any of it.  Why?  It’s just light enough to pair with delicate fish but has that fuller red fruit flavor that it’s able stand up to fuller bodied dishes like BBQ and/or grilled veggies.  And as Bovee pointed out…it’s stellar with pizza!

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