This is a sponsored post by Whole Foods Market®. As always all opinions are my own.
Attention all vinos! This post is for you.
I recently had the opportunity to try four wines that are being featured as part of Whole Foods Market® top 10 wines for summer. I’m not going to lie, one thing that I missed while being pregnant was wine. Although, now I’ve had to ease back into drinking all together since I was practically sober for a year. I’ve been drinking a lot of sangrias, and have an occasional glass of wine with dinner. I was excited to try four new wines. I feel like I always drink the same wines because that’s what I’m familiar with.
As temperatures soar and rhythms slow, Whole Foods Market raises a glass to its crisp, playful, delicious Top 10 Summer Wines that are perfect for poolside frolicking or sharing under a blanket of stars on a warm summer night.
Whole Foods Market’s hand-selected summer wines take shoppers on a tasty trip through some of the most prolific wine regions of the world with nothing but a wine glass in hand and a lasting finish as a souvenir. Wine lovers can sip and savor the balanced white peach and thyme flavors of a Spanish verdejo or adventure to the Rhône River Valley with a red whose aromatic black fruit and spicy bouquet pairs perfectly with blue cheese burgers on the grill.
“It is summertime, and Whole Foods Market is making the living a whole lot easier with our line-up of wines that make for a great time without breaking the bank,” said Doug Bell, global beverage buyer for Whole Foods Market. “There is something for every person and occasion – whether it’s paired with shellfish for beach picnic or mixed into sangria for a backyard barbecue.”
Here are the four wines I had the chance to try!
Frey Agriculturist Organic Blanc, California – This white blend from Frey Vineyards, the first certified organic winery in the U.S., has tropical fruit flavors with a note of sweet grass and whisper of riesling and orange blossom on the finish. Perfect wine for the summer months!
- Recipe pairing: Vietnamese Grilled Pork Chops
- Cheese pairing: Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam
Querciabella Mongrana, Italy –From the largest area of certified organic-grape-growing land in Italy, this red blend has a complexity of dark fruit and sweet anise. A lovely, rich butteriness backs up notes of sour cherry and cocoa. I’m not one to spend more than $15 on a bottle of wine. This bottle was $19.99 at my Whole Foods Market® a little more than I would normally spend, but totally worth it! I love a good table wine–this is my new go-to dinner wine!
- Recipe pairing: Spinach and Ricotta Salata Grilled Pizza
- Cheese pairing: Seaside Cheddar
Les Hauts de Bel Air Sauvignon Blanc, France – This Entre-Deux-Mers Bordeaux blanc is made by the Sichel family and has aromas of grapefruit zest, rosemary then green pepper and delicate yellow peach and citrus flavors that lead to a balanced mineral-tinged finish.
- Recipe pairing: Spicy Celery Salad
- Cheese pairing: Sevre et Belle Bucherondin
Santa Rita Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile – This Maipo Valley red has forward herbal notes of green parsley mixed with aromas of ripe black fruit. Food friendly and well-balanced, intense flavors of black pepper and ripe plum deepen the lingering finish. I love making homemade sangria with an inexpensive bottle of cabernet sauvignon!
- Recipe pairing: Flank Steak Fajitas with Mango Chimichurri
- Cheese pairing: Roquefort
In case you want to know what the entire summer list is from Whole Foods Market® here are the top 12 summer wines:
- Innovac!ón Chenin-Chardonnay, Argentina
- Frey Agriculturist Organic Blanc, California
- El Perro Verde Rueda, Spain
- Les Hauts de Bel Air Sauvignon Blanc, France
- Louis Latour Grand Ardèche Chardonnay, France
- Soleil des Garrigues Ventoux, France
- Montevina Barbera, California
- Sanford Flor de Campo Pinot Noir, California
- Querciabella Mongrana, Italy
- Santa Rita Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile
- Mas Picosa Capçanes Monstant 2013, Spain
- Deccolio Prosecco, Italy
Whole Foods Market invites wine enthusiasts 21 and older to discuss these and other favorite summer wines during the next Twitter Tastings on Thursday, June 26 from 7-8 p.m. Go to wholefoodsmarket.com/wine for more information and use the hashtag #WFMwine to follow the conversation. That’s right you can taste and tweet along with others!