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My pick for summer? It’s almost too easy! Claiborne & Churchill’s Gewürztraminer is the perfect wine for a warm night with friends and family. Claiborne & Churchill, an Edna Valley winery, have been making this wine for years. The nose on it alone will make you want more. My parents passed down their love for this wine to me and I’ll pass it on you now.

I picked up a bottle at my favorite wine shop in San Luis Obispo, the Monterey Street Wine Company. My family hosted our end-of-the-season bocce ball party last night (it’s true, I play in a local bocce ball league) and I figured it was the perfect opportunity to spread some Gewürz love. And wouldn’t you know everyone absolutely loved it? I had a secret grin all night knowing my addition had been a huge success.

As it was a bocce party, it wouldn’t be complete without at least six more bottles open! Here are some of my favorites from last night…

Salvestrin Cabernet Sauvignon

La Crema Pinot Gris

Provenance Sauvignon Blanc

Bogle Merlot

HALL Merlot

Cheers!

*Wine Word of the Day
nose: a fancy wine term for the general smell or aroma of the wine being tasted.

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Ahh the joys of summer…long nights…long glasses…

Last night my family and I opened a bottle of Provenance Sauvignon Blanc. There is nothing like chilled wine on a warm summer evening. As we all sat around chit chatting about the day, I took a minute to sink my teeth into my glass. At first smell, I got a fruity, vibrant whiff. As I rolled it around in my mouth, the taste was practically tangible. Very lingering. Ok, so I ramble. To me, a good Sauvignon Blanc should stick around. Ever had a wine that just dies? Ugh, not for me. I like to remember the taste after I’ve swallowed. I’m also finding that I like unoaked better. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks instead of oak barrels leaving a more fruit forward product.

You’ll laugh when you hear that I drank it with steak and rice pilaf. Ok, so shoot me. I don’t believe in only serving red wines with red meat. To be honest, if you like the combination who cares? The most important factor in wine drinking is whether you enjoy it, not some swanky wine reviewer you’ll never meet.

*Wine Word of the Day
unoaked: generally, oak flavor in a wine comes from the oak barrel the wine was sitting in. I like Sauvignon Blanc when it sits in a steel tank instead of an oak barrel leaving it…unoaked!

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