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Drink this: Simi Chardonnay

Look to the celebrated Simi Winery in Healdsburg, Calif., for a Chardonnay to take the edge of an 80-degree day and dazzle your taste buds. The 2010 Simi Chardonnay from Sonoma, $18 top price, is a bright, fruit-packed powerhouse that’s like Chardonnay on steroids. It’s a cocktail of green apple, nectarine, lime and pear, and spice … Continue Reading →

Drink this: Franciscan Estate Sauvignon Blanc

This wine sparks a sensory explosion. It’s Sauvignon Blanc with a honeyed/pineapple core wrapped in lime zest, grapefruit, guava and kiwi. It’s the midpalate blast of tropical fruit that carries through to the finish. Oh, yes, there are notes of grass and herbal notes, but they are integrated.  It’s made off various sub-Napa Valley  appellations, chosen … Continue Reading →

Drink this: Cono Sur Riesling

This Riesling from Chile may be your first experience with a Riesling from this part of the world, a place perhaps you never expected the cool-climate flagship of Germany to grown. Cono Sur “Bicycle” Riesling Valle Central Chile 2011, $12, is joy in a glass. It’s a cocktail of floral, citrus, jasmine and lime flavors, with … Continue Reading →