Posted On: 08/01/2012
Glenn Bardgett, Annie Gunnís wine director and a member of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board, weighs in on which wines to drink this month. Check your favorite wine shop or liquor store for availability.
Lucien Albrecht Cremant díAlsace Rosť Brut, Alsace, France Itís French, but itís not Champagne. In fact, itís 100-percent pinot noir grown along the German border in Alsace. Offering exciting flavors and beauty in the glass, this is a pleaser for all your senses Ė including the great sound of the cork popping. For about $22, it will produce plenty of smiles.
Sokol Blosser Evolution Red, 2nd Edition, Oregon A new addition Ė or edition Ė to the Sokol Blosser family is this red blend companion to the estateís hugely successful Evolution White. Syrah-based with nearly a dozen other varieties, the blend is a secret Ė but its slightly off-dry style is sure to make new friends for this chill-able red. At about $20, the question of which wine to bring to that picnic has been answered.
Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Casablanca, Chile Owned by the famed Rothschild family of Bordeaux, this is a super bright and happy white. Itís deliciously mouthwatering without the ďcat peeĒ character that you might find in some sauvignon blancs from New Zealand. At only $12, itís perfect for sipping on the deck after work.
Itís August. Itís St. Louis. And itís hot. Enjoy these lighter offerings in an attempt to keep cool.
†††Ė Cory King, certified Cicerone and brewer at Perennial Artisan Ales
Ace Perry Cider This Perry looks like Champagne when poured into a glass. It has the aromatics of hard candies and honey with an upfront sweetness that finishes off-dry but leaves enough fruitiness behind to remind you itís a hard cider.
Charleville Half-Wit Wheat There may be no style of beer thatís better on a hot day than a wheat beer. Brewed with whole oranges and corriander, Charlevilleís Half Wit Wheat has a tingly, acidic back with a medium, hazy wheat body and a clean, sparkling finish.
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale The original APA, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is an amber-colored, slightly hoppy, wonderfully balanced, refreshing pale ale thatís perfect any time of the year. The fact that itís now available in cans Ė well, that just makes it an even better choice for poolside sipping.
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