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Best of August
Best of August
What the team sipped this past month
August is one of our favorite months! There are so many reasons to sip wine. We spent weekends lazily sunbathing by the pool, hiking and picnicking, inviting friends and family over for barbecues and lounging around on the back patio, come evening. We hope you've had a delicious month, too. Below are a handful of the most memorable wines we've sipped this August.
BODEGAS NUMANTHIA “Numanthia” 2007 (Toro, Spain) $60
This is a voluptuous red Spanish wine, made from the grape tinto de Toro (aka tempranillo). It has spectacular notes of black cherry and red currants. It evolves into a welcomed spice character which is expected from a Spanish wine. It is red, juicy, and full-bodied, with silky tannins. Find it here.
BAXTER "Signal Ridge Vineyard" Rosé 2010 (Mendocino Ridge, California) $18
This is my new favorite rosé! Super dry, it’s also so light and crisp that its flavors almost resemble a sauvignon blanc. It is lovely to sip on a summer's afternoon, or would be beautifully paired with seafood, such as the winemaker, Philip Baxter had intended. Find it here.
DOMAINE VINDEMIO “Regain” Côtes du Ventoux 2008 (Rhône Valley, France) $11.
This wine makes a great candidate for a house wine. It meets the requirements of affordability and it drinks nicely on its own or paired with food. A blend of 70% grenache and 30% syrah, it's fruit-forward with black cherry, violet and spicy notes. Find it here.
ESTERLINA Dry Riesling 2010 (Cole Ranch, California) $22
Esterlina’s dry riesling is the perfect wine for the end of summer. This wine has a fruity aroma laced with hints of pear and honeysuckle and boasts a smooth, crisp finish. The subtle acidity and notes of nectarine that linger on the palate make it the perfect complement to a spicy meal. Find it here.
HANDLEY CELLARS Gewürztraminer 2011 (Anderson Valley, California) $18
I had this delicious floral wine while enjoying a locavore lunch on the beautiful deck of this winery. What a treat to have a meal so thoughtfully made with ingredients demonstrating the beauty of Anderson Valley. To have it topped off with this perfectly dry and well balanced gewürztraminer was icing on the cake. Find it here.
TOHU ESTATE Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) $14
A Thai-wine match has been made! I sipped this wine while enjoying my favorite dish at Thaiphoon: chicken pad Thai. Not only was this wine very light and refreshing, but with a hint of lemon in every sip, this was perfect to enjoy on a warm summer night. Find it here.
What was your favorite wine this month? Tell us below!
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