Time to get out of your Chardonnay rut, open your palate to these alternative whites. Great on their own or pair with light fares such as salads, fish, shellfish and asian dishes. So unbelievably complex these wines are so darn tasty and refreshing you might just forget how hot it is outside.
Filippo Gallino 2008 Roero Arneis, Italy
The Arneis grape can be found in the hills of Roero in the wine region of Piedmont.
Silvery straw color, the nose shows grapefruit and a touch of fresh herbs. Delicate and crisp on the palate with lots of ripe, juicy citrus fruit, nectarines, and fresh tarragon. The wine has good acidity and finishes with a touch of brown spice.
Vina Famatina 2007 Reserve Torrontés, Argentina
Made from 100% Torrontes, the wine is silky gold colored, with an enticing nose composed of flowers, honeysuckle and lychee. Floral, pretty and delicate on the palate, with white fruit set in a flowery meadow. It finishes up with a light touch of white pepper.
Uriondo 2009 Bizkaiko Txakolina, Spain
Made from 70% Mune Mahatsa and 30% Txori Mahatsa fermented in stainless steel. Silvery straw color, with citrus fruit and river stone on the nose. A mouthful of minerals, lime zest, tropical fruit, river stone, and sea salt. Amazing complexity, with intriguing flavors.