Staff Picks: What We’re Drinking This Summer

Summer is in full swing and we can’t stop fantasizing about escaping the city. Check out the video to hear how our staff likes to relax with wine on these warm days of summer.

Moschofilero Peloponessos, Antonopoulos – 2013
This easy Moschofilero gives fresh stone fruits, apricots, and ripe citrus. A note of rose petal with slight sweet spice finishes the profile. This classic Greek wine is delicately-balanced with zip and a clean focus. Perfect for fish sprinkled with herbs, tangy summer salads with potato and chicken, or pesto and salty cheese!

Schlossböckelheim Felsen Riesling Spätlese, Dönnhoff – 2011
“Felsentürmchen” is a delectable little parcel just below the newly renovated castle tower of Schlossböckelheimer Felsenberg. This is all porphyry and volcanic soils, yielding a multi-faceted, dusty, and elegant wine. Floral and exotic, this is a perfumed, dry Riesling, evoking late-summer smoke and finishing with swathes of white pepper.

Vouvray Brut, Ch. Greffe – NV
Superb value, a pretty box… what more do you want? Dry and crisp, effervescent white peach and pear tickles the taste buds and finishes with Meyer lemon freshness. The ample body pairs well with smoked salmon, French charcuterie, classic blanquette de veau, or even an apricot tarte tatin.

Raventós i Blanc Cava Rosé de Nit – 2011
An intriguing rosé that conceals the soul of a white wine in its purity and transparence. A splash of Monastrell imparts a special complexity and elegance to Raventós cuvée de Nit, though the classic mineral freshness of this revered Cava house is untouched. A wonderful selection for special occasions with delicate sandwiches, sliced ham, and young cheeses. This wine is made up of the traditional Cava varieties with a touch of Monastrell. The hand-harvested grapes are assembled and secondary fermentation occurs in bottle, which rests for at least 15 months before disgorgement.

Burgenländer Rot, Pittnauer – 2010
On the east shore of the Neusiedlersee in Austria’s Burgenland region, Gerhard Pittnauer works his land Biodynamically to create expressive, easy-drinking wines like this fruity and delicious red blend. Rot (pronounced “rote”) means “red” in German, and simply refers to the color of the wine.