by Benita Johnson
What could be more refreshing than a cool glass of a crisp, white wine on a hot summer night? As the temperatures rise, it is a perfect time to pull out a bottle of Chardonnay, an Italian Pinot Grigio, or Portugal’s Vinho Verde. These wines, fermented in stainless steel casks, become reminders of the season with hints of tropical and citrus fruits. They pair well with fish and chicken.
I got a jump start to the season when Bill, owner of Grape and Cheese, 1531 W. Main St., introduced me to three fun whites that are certainly perfect to suit the occasion of summer.
The first is Fire Road Sauvignon Blanc 2008. This New Zealand wine has the classic characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry on the nose and the acidic grapefruit on the palate. In this version, the grapefruit seems to be softened just a tad with a bit of honeysuckle. New Zealand is known for their presentations of this varietal. For under $15, this is a delightful example of what the country has to offer.