The warm season brings changes to the nature surrounding us, but also to our dinner tables. During summer we change our diet, our habits and also our wines! The general rule suggests to enjoy white wines, rosé bottles, and a nice glass of Prosecco to refresh our hottest days. In this article we are going to analyze this notion in detail, choosing our top 5 best picks for wines to drink during summer.
There are wines that are usually naturally linked with this season, very famous bottles such as Ribolla Gialla, Gewürztraminer or aromatic Traminer, Riesling or Pinot Grigio, and so on. But we would like to start this article with our best pick: our marvelous Dogajolo Toscano Bianco IGT. Here at Carpineto we love producing wines for every season, and this particular white is always a summer favorite.
This wine is obtained from a blend of Chardonnay, Grechetto, and Sauvignon Blanc, produced from estate-grown vineyards. Its precious grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed, the juice is then cooled and left on the skins for a short period of time. After pressing and settling, the wine is fermented under temperature-controlled conditions. At first sight, you will notice the bright straw yellow color which immediately signals the freshness of this product.
The hints of yellow fruit and floral notes seem to caress the nostrils, without being too aggressive or excessively aromatic in any way. The sober elegance of the aroma is completely evident on the palate. The perfect balance between acidity and flavor gives life to a very pleasant and fresh sip. This wine pairs well with seafood and makes it a perfect combination with white meats or fresh salads typical of Mediterranean cuisine. Get yourself a bottle and enrich your summer evenings!
But which other bottles are good for the summer? We could start with Ribolla Gialla. Ribolla Gialla is a typical vine produced in Friuli and Slovenia, where locals usually call it Rebula. It is a fresh, mineral and fruity white wine. Versatile in combinations and also perfect as an aperitif wine, Ribolla can perfectly accompany first courses and fried fish and, in the macerated versions, elaborate dishes such as risotto with truffles.
We also should mention the fantastic Gewürztraminer! Gewürztraminer is an aromatic South Tyrolean white wine that intrigues with its tropical and spicy aromas. The meaning of Gewürztraminer is literally "Spiced Traminer", a name that confirms both the aromatic traits of this wine, and its origin from Termeno, in Alto Adige. Pouring a glass of this wine, you can observe a straw yellow color with reflections tending towards golden. You will feel hints of spices and candied fruit, with a sweet and aromatic taste. Given the structure and aromas of the wine, it can be accompanied by very complex and structured dishes.
Riesling is considered by many wine enthusiasts and critics as the most valuable white berried variety in the world. This product presents an extraordinary aromatic profile with hints of peach, apricot and varietal aromas of hydrocarbons, characterized by a marked freshness, which makes it one of the white wines with the greatest potential for aging. Its unmistakable organoleptic qualities makes it a real favorite amongst enthusiasts, but even beginners can appreciate its deliciousness with a simple fish dish that won’t cover its fantastic taste.
Like Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio has also experienced a strong international expansion and has spread widely in the Italian regions of the North-East, especially in Friuli, Trentino and the Collio area. Coppery or straw yellow, depending on the vinification, Pinot Grigio always manages to retain its characteristic freshness and intense aroma. We can enjoy this bottle with risottos and fresh or slightly aged cheeses, but it also goes perfectly with white meats and cold cuts. Enjoy one of this bottles during summer and you won’t regret it!