I'm always in search of great summer wines, something that you can sip while sitting on the patio on a warm summer afternoon or evening. I like them to be light enough to stand on their own, however have enough taste and body go with a nice grilled dinner. I've already found two great options this summer!!
Sterling Vineyards Malvasia Bianca (2012) - A friend brought this bottle over on a nice sunny afternoon, and all I can say is I wish we'd had two bottles! I think this is probably my all time favorite summertime wine! This is a pretty sweet wine, with a lot of fruit. I'm not a fan of sweet wine, or overly fruity wine for that matter but this one is a definite exception. It has just the right amount of sweet and fruit with a little bit of fizz!
Fizz 56 Sparkling Red Wine - I came across this bottle while grocery shopping at Mariano's recently. They were offering a tasting and I have to say, sparkling red wine is one of those things that I'm never sure I'm going to like. I've had a few good ones, but those seem to be outweighed by the bad ones. I took one taste of this and knew I'd be coming back for more bottles! It's an Italian wine from the Piedmont region; a little sweet but not over the top. It is great for sipping on its own on a warm day, however also goes really nicely with a meal. We had it with the pork tacos I recently posted about and I have to say it made the perfect companion.