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Summer Sippers for the patio

Posted June 28, 2008 in Wine, Wine Everywhere

Summer is finally here and everyone is enjoying the great outdoors. What goes great with summer sunshine? White wine, of course. Every year there are a million articles published showing what the new “hot” wine everyone will be drinking. We thought we would chime in with what wines are being enjoyed on the patio at the Intercontinental Chicago location. �

Dusted Valley Viognier - only 450 cases are made of this stunning wine. New world viognier has a reputation for resembling the little fruit cup your Mom used to send to school with you. But when it is done right, the minerals shine just as in the Rhone. Bright and crisp with apricot and white peach on the finish.

1997 Iron Horse Brut - Bubbles and patios seem to go hand-in-hand. The perfect firework watching wine. While everything Iron Horse does is generally very good, this wine really shows what sparkling in California can achieve with a little practice. Check out the “Wedding Cuvee” for special occasions.

Twisted Oak Verdelho - Surprising little wine. At first we thought it would be something we would have to talk people into trying. It is on a flight as well. It quickly became one of our most popular whites. Portuguese in origin, this grape has found a home in the Sierra Foothills with Twisted Oak. It has the aroma of white flowers and is very subtle at first. The finish on the wine brings on acidity and crispness often associated with sauvignon blanc. Very versatile wine.

We still have quite a few people drinking red, but the patio is dominated by white wine. At night, as the cool breeze blows off the lake, a few glasses of Eola Hills Pinot Noir from Oregon can be found as well. Personally, I find a nice balance with the Garretson “Celeidh” Rose from Sonoma. A dark rose, this Syrah, Mouvedre, and Grenache wine bridges the gap between red and white nicely. �


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