Mount Pleasant Magazine May/June 2022

67 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www.MountPl easantPodcas t . com Summertime Sips SAVI Somm As the Lowcountry weather heats up and the long sunny days entice us to go out and enjoy the natural beauty, you may wonder which wines are ideal. The good news is, there are options for red, white and rosé drinkers. As many know, temperature can play a big part in our perception of a wine. In warmer weather, it’s recommended to find wines that naturally quench thirst and provide elevated freshness and acidity. Luckily, there are several—even bubbles—which fit the bill. I love bubbles all year long! However, bubbles naturally provide freshness and invite a deep chill, which is ideal for summer in particular. Champagne is always a crowd pleaser, but the quality of an Italian prosecco from the Hills of Conegliano Valdobbiadene should not be overlooked. This Prosecco Superiore landscape is also a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO) world heritage site, which adds to the intrigue. My go-to is Bisol, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut Crede, which is as clean and refreshing a prosecco as you may ever encounter. White wine is another summer staple. While you can pretty much pop any crisp white and call it a day, I like to find wines which transport me to the places they come from…and that special bottle for me is Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso Vermentino from the coast of Bolgheri. This wine is special, characterized by a nose that emits mineral notes, floral aromas and fresh citrus typical of the Bolgheri Tuscany area. It truly transports me to the beaches of southern Italy. Who wouldn’t love that? In previous issues, we’ve talked about rose wine, which is perfect for seafood and charcuterie. These tend to be prevalent in warmer-month outings. The spectrum runs wide, and I typically prefer a delicate and refined rose wine from Provence, France. However, I recently fell in love with DAOU’s latest blend, made from 95% Grenache Noir and 5% Sauvignon Blanc. The profile here shows light peach, apricot, rose petal and lemon peel on the nose, but then it tightens firmly on the sip where fresh melon and stone fruit flavors come to life. If you are a red wine lover, don’t fret. There are many refreshing red options where you can apply a chill (~60-65 degrees Fahrenheit) and still get all the fruit aromas and structure we love in red wines. Look for Pinot Noirs from the Sonoma Coast. Mencia, from Spain, and Gamay, from Beaujolais, France — my all-time favorites — are also great options. In France, these wines are called “vin de soif ” or “glou glou,” a.k.a., chillable thirst-quenchers and highly drinkable bottles. My favorite Gamay is actually called “Glou Glou,” and hails from the Duperray BeaujolaisVillages. It boasts fresh strawberries and raspberries, and has a structure to quench that summertime thirst. No matter your style, there are many chillable wine options for the SAVI wine shopper. Let the fun begin!