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Transitioning from winter wines to spring, summer wines

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Changing from winter wines to spring, summer wines

The label on the Vin Gris de Cigare 2018 displays a calm and sedate classical pastoral scene. There is just one small difference, in the upper left hand corner; just above the trees, is “Le Cigare,” the French term for a flying saucer.

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Transitioning from winter wines to spring, summer wines

By Bennet Bodenstein

Mar 8, 2019 Updated 14 hrs ago

Changing from winter wines to spring, summer wines

The label on the Vin Gris de Cigare 2018 displays a calm and sedate classical pastoral scene. There is just one small difference, in the upper left hand corner; just above the trees, is “Le Cigare,” the French term for a flying saucer.

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With the coming of warmer weather, the trend in wines is to swing away from the dark heavier reds of the colder seasons in favor of the light and bright warm-weather wines.

The dark reds are being pushed to the back of the dealer’s shelve and are being replaced by white and rosé wines.

Honoring to this dramatic change in both weather and wine preferences, I would like to introduce the reader to some wines that befit the upcoming season.

Terlato 2017 Friuli Pinot Grigio ($19.99) This wine originates in Friuli, the heart of the Pinot Grigio growing region, which is at the foot of the Alps and is about as far north as one can go and still remain in Italy. The Pinot Grigio grapes from this region are blessed by being irrigated by the mineral ladened rain water running down from the mountains. This water gives the grapes their signature mineral background. The Terlato 2017 Friuli Pinot Grigio is alive with the aromas of pear, melon, flowers, cinnamon, and nutmeg. These aromas carry over to the flavor and then on to the mineral and fruit finish. If you are one who enjoys a Pinot Grigio and has never has one from Friuli; you are in for a very pleasant surprise.

Raeburn 2016 Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($20) When I write about the wines of the warmer seasons, it would be almost blasphemous not to include a Chardonnay. In this case I have found two that are truly worth your attention. Raeburn’s Chardonnay is a very representative example of the grape when grown in the Russian River Valley. An attractive nose of peach, pear, and green apple mingle with notes of toasted oak, vanilla, and lemon custard on the palate. This wine is a fine escape from the ordinary.

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