Leaves are turning yellow and they’re soon to be glorious red and brown so can the frost on the pumpkin be far behind?
It’s a gloriously beautiful time in vineyards across the Midwest as grape harvest has been underway for nearly a month, with another week or two likely in some areas.
But don’t leave summer behind just yet. There will be mild and warm days in October perfect to clear the shelves of those summer wines. Here are a few easy-to-find lighter style white and Rosé wines I’ve enjoyed this summer.
Domaine Ott Rosé – The 2011 Les Domaniers was still on the shelves early this summer but the 2012 shouldn’t be hard to find. Wonderful floral scents with a well-rounded mouth feel that will hold up to barbecue and bigger meals or sip fine all alone. It’s a classic blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah. ($19)
Whispering Angel Rosé – My absolute favorite Rosé from Château d’Esclans of Provence represents Southern France’s best effort at pink wine. The 2012 is dry, light, and still delivers full flavor. It’s fabulous Rosé for the price point. ($16-$23)
David Hill 2011 Estate Pinot Gris – This has bright and pronounced acidity with aromas of stone fruit. Many of these white wines don’t offer much of a finish but David Hill delivers. Try this with some grill shrimp on the barbecue. It’s great white wine from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. ($18, Trade Sample)
Franciscan 2012 Equilibrium – Red blends are all the rage, so why not a good California white blend? Franciscan makes great wines and reasonable prices. The blend is a mix of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Muscat. It’s a well-balanced glass of wine with a hit of peach. It would be a perfect match to a salad or spicy food. ($23, Trade Sample)