After decades of corporate neglect and a slide in quality, Sterling Vineyards has returned to its roots and is making excellent wines that are garnering awards and high ratings from wine critics.
During the summer of 2002, I discovered Vinho Verde and found it to be the quintessential white wine for hot, muggy weather.
Prisma, which is Spanish for “prism,” is a good representative of Chilean coastal Sauvignon Blanc, wine that has been getting excellent reviews, yet seems almost undiscovered because of its bargain prices. I find Prisma regularly on sale for less than $10.
Fess Parker Marcella’s is a bright, fresh white-wine blend with flavors and aromas of peach and green apple that’s perfect for drinking during the warmer months.
Domaine Bousquet Chardonnay is a refreshing wine that is well suited for sipping with appetizers or with a meal of grilled fish or chicken on a warm evening.
Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay has stayed on the top of the U.S. sales charts every year since it was introduced in 1983, but it’s not the same white wine that hit the market 36 years ago.
The 2016 A to Z Oregon Chardonnay is a well-balanced unoaked, versatile white wine that’s good to drink by the fire in winter and on the porch on summer evenings.
Started in 2002, Bodegas Naia had a straightforward purpose: making high quality white wines using grapes from old, indigenous Verdejo vines. The experiment worked. The winery has succeeded in making some of the best Verdejo in the world, and its affordable Naia is no exception.
Sparkling wines are terrific year round, not just for special occasions. Still, there is a persistent belief that the only time to drink sparkling wines is when you’re celebrating on New Year’s Eve or some other momentous event.
Rodney Strong Sonoma County Chardonnay is lightly oaked with subtle vanilla and baked fruit flavors and apple and lemon aromas, a wine with enough fruit-forward character to make it a good companion for most holiday fare.