"We talk regularly about Champagne and how it can define a moment, or even create one, but the same applies to most any sparkling wine," writes Richard Fadeley. Why not look at the "second stringers" of sparkling wine? "They are not too shabby in their own right." Here's his report.
Michlits 2013 "BioKult" Nieder österreich Grüner Veltliner ($14.99)
Certified organic, this wine is clear light gold in color. Fresh citric lemon-lime on first tasting, adding a touch of "wet wool" and a faint whiff of white pepper as it opens in the glass. Rather rich for a GV, some aromatic peach over citrus on the palate. Light petillance ( a hint of prickly carbonation on the tongue), gentle 11.5% alcohol,, and a subtle edge of minerality, "rainwater over rocks."
"Although rosé wines are quite tasty all year round, summer is high season for all things chilled and pink," writes Taylor. "Rosés are custom-made for thirst quenching. It only makes it better that they're affordable too." Taylor's been exploring the California dry rosé scene. Here's her report.