How to Pick the Perfect Wine for the Weather
It has been consistently over 85ºF outside here in Los Angeles for the past two weeks. And that means I've been sitting by the pool, taking a dip in the ocean, or completely trying to avoid the heat by staying inside. There's really no in between.
Since I began my journey learning about wine, beer and spirits, I've been asked the same question: "Amanda, what's your favorite kind of wine." And of course different variations of that question: "Red or White? Which is your favorite?" Umm, I believe you're forgetting rosé, sparkling, fortified...okay I'll stop.
But in reality I like to approach this question with another question. Well...four questions:
1) What's the weather outside?
2) Am I eating something? If so, what?
3) What time of day is it?
4) What time of the year is it?
If you can set up a scenario for me, then I can pick the wine. So for the purpose of this blog, I'm going to give you the most likely scenarios and then SOMM recommendations ;).
It's summer time, you're enjoying a hot day by the pool. Maybe having a salad or a turkey sandwich for lunch that you would like to pair with a wine. There are several options here, not just chardonnay; however Chablis would be a great pair!
- 2016 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ $14
- 2016 Triennes Rosé, Provence, FR $14
- 2015 Saint Aubin 1er Cru, Chablis, FR $50
It's the middle of winter and you're going for dinner with your new significant other's parents, at a steak house. You order the duck. They each order steak, but you want to all share a bottle.
- 2015 J Vineyards Pinot Noir, Monterey County, Sonoma County, Santa Barbara County, CA $20
- 2012 Gianfranco Bovio Rochettevino Barolo DOCG, IT $32
- 2014 Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA $70
- 2012 Pahlmeyer Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA $75
It's almost spring and you're going out to sushi dinner with your friends. The warm weather outside is perfect because all you really need is a light jacket. (what's that quote from Miss Congeniality?)
- 2017 Banfi La Pettegola, Vermentino, Toscana IGT, IT $14
- 2013 Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé, Carneros, CA $35
- 2015 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese, Mosel, DE $30
- 2016 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, Napa, CA $65
There are plenty more scenarios and pairings to learn about, but here are a few for right now! Hopefully you'll be able to use these recommendations next time you pick up a bottle!