One of my dear friends -- a woman of impeccable taste -- brought a bottle to a recent outdoor picnic and I was so pleasantly surprised. Tart, fruitful and crisp, but with more complexity and body than most of the whites I typically favor in the summer. Completely refreshing on a midsummer's eve. And I've been on a kick ever since. How had I completely ignored this entire category for so many years?
So here are some of the bottles I've been digging...
Grand Bois, Domaine Les Cote du Rhone -- About $13 at my local wine store
Medium-body, with sweet florals.
Mulderbosch -- About $10 at my local wine store
Refreshing acidity, with a hint of berry.
Best Budget Buy...
La Ferme Julien -- Available at Trader Joe's for around $9
Less tart, but fruit-filled.