A Summer Wine Guide
Stack Wines California Variety Stack
You can take it with you! Tear-apart stacked stemless wineglasses—filled with single servings of a variety of wines—complement both meat and fish. $12
William Hill Estate 2012 North Coast Chardonnay
This wine hails from the Silverado Trail, just the other side of Napa Valley. Its notes of citrus and hint of tropical fruit match perfectly with grilled seafood. Serve well chilled. $13
Black Box Red Elegance
Think of it as an upgraded juice box. This new velvety blend from an award-winning winemaker is a mix of varietals, including Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, displaying hints of red fruit and blueberries. It's ideal with a burger or veggies, and the vacuum seal keeps opened wine fresh for a month. $25 for a 3-liter box
Lapostolle Casa Sauvignon Blanc ($12)
This crisp Chilean white features hints of lime and grapefruit and partners well with shellfish, such as clams.
Chandon Brut Classic ($20)
For a limited time, the Chandon mainstay is available in a nautical-inspired bottle. Try this dry bubbly with fried calamari, sushi or Caesar salad.
Château St. Jean Chardonnay ($20)
Nectarine meets vanilla spice in a creamy oak-aged white that complements grilled chicken and portobello mushrooms.
Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Pinot Grigio ($16)
Pineapple and tangerine aromas combine with apple and mineral flavors that are spot-on with grilled fish or pork.
Alamos Torrontés ($13)
Dry with well-balanced acidity, torrontés is an Argentine varietal that pairs nicely with Asian dishes and fresh seafood.
Caposaldo Sweet Moscato ($15)
Enjoy this effervescent dessert wine, with touches of pear and stone fruit,
alongside grilled peaches or fruit cobbler.
Hahn Central Coast GSM ($15)
Grenache, syrah and mourvèdre add up to a blueberry- and pepper-forward blend that works
especially well with grilled steak.
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages ($12.50)
Velvety with traces of strawberry and black currant, this versatile wine is terrific with everything from roasted vegetables to burgers.
Pedroncelli Mother Clone Zinfandel ($17)
This full-bodied, spicy California zin—ripe with berry flavors—makes a delicious match for red pasta sauces or smoked beef brisket.
Rioja Bordón Crianza ($13)
Break out this Spanish red to enjoy with all types of barbecue. Balancing fruit and spice with soft tannins, it also makes a terrific sangria.
Herdade do Esporão Monte Velho($10)
The perfect burger wine: slightly oaky and peppery with big berry notes, by way of Portugal.
Louis Jadot Pinot Noir ($18)
Salmon, pork tenderloin and soft cheeses are ideal pairings for this medium-bodied pinot noir with notes of cherry and strawberry.
SeaGlass Riesling ($10)
Crisp acidity and slight sweetness with notes of apricot and honey. Pair with spicy Asian dishes and cold seafood salad.
Masi Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico ($14)
Moderate acidity with a ripe cherry flavor and hints of vanilla. Pair with tomato-based pastas and red meat.
Mulderbosch Rosé ($9)
Dry and super fruity, teeming with strawberry. Pair with fresh summer salads and sushi.
Looking for something a little different? Eppa SuperFruit Sangria ($12) is a modern take on a Spanish classic. It's a blend of organic grapes and superfruit juices, including açaí, blood orange, pomegranate and blueberry. Pour over ice and garnish with fresh fruit slices.
This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and styles are subject to change.