Best swallows of August

Hot temperatures call for the summer’s coolest white wines.



The old proverb, “One swallow does not a summer make,” obviously isn’t referring to wine drinking, but it could. Because there are plenty of refreshing white wines you’ll want to swallow to keep cool in August’s scorching temperatures. 

Many white wines have higher acidity than red wines and are therefore perfect to cleanse the palate and wipe away one’s thirst. Whites are served chilled, and honestly, doesn’t a chilled glass of anything sound better than one at room temperature?

There are the old standbys such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio ... but come on, don’t you get tired of the same ol’ choices? Let’s remove the dark sunglasses that blind our judgment from time to time and branch out a little.

Here are a few of my favorites: Albariño from Spain; Grüner Veltliner from Austria or California; Pinot Blanc from Alsace or Austria; Picpoul de Pinet from the Languedoc, France; Riesling from Germany; Viognier from California; Ugni Blanc from France or California; Colombard from France; Marsanne/Roussanne from France or California; Vinho Verde from Portugal; and Vermentino from Italy. And the list goes on.

Remember to pair your white wines with foods of a similar weight. One example: light mozzarella cheese is best paired with a light wine like Vermentino versus a heavy, oak-laden Chardonnay.

Whatever you swallow should leave you lusting after your next sip. One swallow of the right white truly does a summer make.

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