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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Damn Delicious Wines for Summer Lounging!

If you are looking for that great "cocktail" wine that you can sip easily at the beach, on the lake or just out on your deck this summer--with help from Certified Sommelier Ryan Mullins and The Vineyard Wine Market, we recommend seven surprising Summer Wines under $20.00! We have tasted all seven and we will highlight our favorites we took home! There is one bonus wine at the end that is over $20.00, but we highly recommend it for your summer activities!

Summer Wines Line-Up
2010 Elizabeth Rose "Rose" from Napa Valley, CA:  $13.00

  • Easy Drinkin'
  • Dry, drink fairly cold at 55°
  • Crisp and very refreshing!  Hints of cranberry, juicy flavors, with a hint of citrus
Ryan Mullins at Vineyard Wine Market
2010 Aveleda "Follies" Alvarinho from Minho, Portugal: $13.00
  • If you like CRISP wines, this one is for you!
  • Great with Seafood dishes
  • High is acidity, makes you thirst for more! Tastes of mandarin juice
***2010 Bodega Valdesil "Montenovo" Godello from Valdeorras, Spain: $16.00
  • Known as "The Valley of Gold", aged in old oak barrels
  • Orange, lemon zest, creamy lemon
  • Intriguing
2009 Joseph Mellot "Destinea" Pinot Noir from Loire Valley, France: $17.00
  • 100% a true food wine
  • Full in flavor, light in color
  • Earthy in taste
The Summer Line-Up

***2009 Familia Castano "Hecula" Monastrell from Yecla, Spain: $16.00 
  • "Old Vine Zin on Steriods!"
  • Crazy good value
  • Decant for 1 hour and amazing with BBQ!
  • Gets Bigger and Bolder with a little chill on it (15 mins at 55°)
2008 Green Hills Organic Cabernet Sauvignon from Lodi, CA: $16.00
  • "Sit Around the Fire" wine
  • Bourbon flavors, jammy
  • Hints of smoky mocha and oaken vanilla
***BONUS WINE: 2010 Frank Family Chardonnay from Napa, CA $35.00
  • If you visit Napa, save this stop for the end of the day! Frank Family Vineyards over serves :-)
  • As if you are drinking Apple Pie, just damn delicious!
  • Pairs well wish seafood, buttered popcorn, french fries!
  • Pair with the pool, Pair with the beach!
  • "Creamy" and can be consumed without food!
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