QUERCIABELLA “Batàr” 2010 (Tuscany, Italy) $89
Step 1: Pour yourself a glass of wine – any wine – right now. Step 2: Read this review while imbibing just enough to make you feel a bit reckless in the spending department. Step 3: Click the “Find it Here” link below and treat yourself to this extraordinary wine. One sip and your buyer’s remorse will melt away, I promise. 50% chardonnay and 50% pinot blanc make up this dreamy white, which is produced under biodynamic principles with what can only be described as poetic vision and attention. I had the good fortune of visiting this winery years ago, and the only thing better than what I suggest above is sampling this wine at the actual place where it is produced. Consider yourself to be living life to the fullest if you do either. Find it here.
INAMA "Vigneto du Lot” Soave Classico 2011 (Veneto, Italy) $23
We’ve sampled a few bottles of Soave in the office this summer, and for me, Inama’s “Vigneto du Lot” was the most distinctive of the bunch. The wine displays beautiful aromas of white flowers, butterscotch and nutmeg, along with apple pie and pear tarte Tatin. The entry is much riper, with orchard fruit, while citrus flavors such as lemon drop take center stage. The wine reaches a nuttier finish of crushed peanuts and marzipan. This is a Soave full of surprises. Find it here.
CANTINA TERLANO-KELLEREI “Terlan Classico” Gewurztraminer 2013 (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy) $15
This is an uber fun wine and absolutely worth trying. Fruit forward and funky-good on the nose, it’s loaded with apricots and hazelnuts. The aromas might make you think it’s a dessert wine; however it is 100% dry. The palate offers pears, stewed fruits, and a balanced acidity. I love the pinot grigios from Alto Adige; so I thoroughly enjoyed this complex gewurztraminer! Find it here.
ADRIANO ADAMI “Bosco di Gica” Brut Prosecco DOCG non-vintage (Valdobbiadene, Italy) $18
This Prosecco took me by surprise in the best way possible. I paired it with a delicious shrimp salad, and I couldn't get enough. With peaches and yellow apple on the nose and a bit of spiciness on the palate, this wine is a fantastic aperitif or the perfect complement to any light meal. Find it here.
SORELLE BRONCA Prosecco DOCG non-vintage (Veneto, Italy) $18
I had this Prosecco on the 4th of July celebrating with my family and found it to be both well-balanced and refreshing on such a hot day. Not only that, but it paired well with our dinner of seafood and poultry, complementing the food without overpowering it. A great summer wine that I will definitely be having again soon! Find it here.