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Time for Summer Wines!

By: Todd Templin | VP of Beer, Wine, and The DLM Cheese Shop
On: May 31, 2014

Lake Chalice Cracklin’ Savie Sauvignon Blanc

From one of our favorite Marlborough, New Zealand producers comes this really wonderfully unusual wine… which is why we like it! Possessing the vivid and bright citrus, passion fruit, black currant, and touch of grassy nuances associated with NZ whites. Perfect paired with antipasto, fish, or anything on the barbecue for a crowd pleasing patio wine. $15 save $5

Setzer 2011 Easy to Drink Grüner Veltliner

Among the leading growers in Weinviertel, Austria, the Setzer family has been making estate-grown wine since 1705! We find this wine just as the label suggests, easy drinking with a crisp minerality that lends itself to food so well, but is just as good on its own. $14 save $5

Vin de Savoie 2012 Abymes

Savoie is located in eastern France, very close to the Swiss border near Lake Geneva. Made from the grape Jacquère, this wine is extremely vibrant and crisp, with a dry finish and a stone fruit nuance. Perfect for lunch or light dinner dishes, it is a very pleasing wine. $13

Kruger-Rumpf 2012 Münsterer Kapellenberg Riesling Trocken

Münster, home to Kruger-Rumpf, lies in a narrow valley between the Nahe and Rheinhessen rivers. I had the pleasure of visiting Stefan and his son Georg in 2006 and found the wines incredible. The vines are farmed sustainably and great care and work goes into the vineyards before the first grapes ever make it to the winery. I recall Stefan stating, “You can’t improve wine in cellar, only make it worse!” I love this wine! $20

Bayonette 2011 Côtes-du-Roussillon Villages

A fun value in an everyday dinner wine, this blend of Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah is full of fresh-cut flowers, raspberry, black pepper spice, and tobacco nuances. A partnership between famed Maury winemaker Jean-Roger Calvet and our friend Napa winemaker Dave Phinney that made this a go-to barbecue wine. $15A

Domaine La Hitaire

The Grassa brothers, who I visited with in the south of France this past January, make stunning whites that are fresh, lively, and super values! This is a blend of Ugni Blanc, Colombard, and Gros Manseng that would be nice paired with grilled chicken or a seafood salad dish. $13

Veleta 2012 Vijiriega “Viji”

Native to the mountains of Granada, Spain and produced by our own local Juan Palomar, it’s true that unless you are fluent in Spanish nobody can pronounce the name of this grape, so it’s simply shortened to Viji! Unpronounceable or not, it is bursting with flowers, citrus, and green apple fruits while finishing quite dry. $12

Blau 2012 Montsant

The Montsant D.O. is a horseshoe-shaped appellation that surrounds the D.O. Priorat on three sides and the Can Blau comprises about 60 acres averaging 35 years of age. Smooth and rich at the same time, this red wine is oozing black cherry and berry fruits and would be perfect paired with grilled meats or hearty cheese plates. $14

Château Clerc-Milon 2009 Pauillac Grand Cru Classé

An ideal special occasion wine! This winery is owned by the magnificent Baroness Philippine Rothschild, owner of the first growth property Château Mouton Rothschild, and represents a value at the high end. I had the opportunity to visit the Baroness and her properties in May of 2013 and found this wine to be full bodied with tons of crème de cassis, espresso, chocolate, and well integrated tannins. A bold wine that will drink beautifully for decades to come. $100