Summer White Wines

summer white winesOur enjoyment of summer white wines increases every year. Until recently, our palates preferred Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio. But these days, we also appreciate the refreshing, wallet-friendly Turbiana grape from Lugana, Italy and Marsanne from here in Washington state. Most importantly, there are so many wonderful summer white wines. For example, here are 25 that we have enjoyed from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Italy, France, South Africa and New Zealand. Most of them are everyday, good-value porch pounders or deck wines, but a few shine with an elegant meal.

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Monte De Oro

Monte De Oro and vineyardsWe discovered Monte De Oro on our recent road trip to Temecula wine country. The winery offers 180-degree panoramic views, in addition to an expansive tasting room with a large glass floor overlooking the barrel cellar. We shared small pours of nine standout wines. Consequently, we found it difficult to choose which bottles to bring home. Read on for more details about this impressive12-year-old winery.

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L’Ecole Wine Gifts

Wine GiftsTrying to find wines or gift sets for the wine enthusiast in your life? Consider L’Ecole wine gifts – there are options for everybody, including select gifts with shipping included. But you’d better hurry because if you live in the northwest and want it to arrive by Dec. 25, the cutoff date is Dec. 20 to place your order. Similarly, if you live outside the northwest, Dec. 20 is the cutoff point for second-day air. In addition, you can give a gift to become a L’Ecole wine club member.

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Succession

 Brock Lindsay, co-owner and winemaker of Succession Wines In September, we visited Succession Winery in the Lake Chelan Valley with our good friends, Chuck and Rita Kinzer. And we were instantly reminded why we decided two years ago that Succession is a winery to watch. That’s when we first met talented winemaker Brock Lindsay, who is co-owner with his wife Erica. This year, Brock was on the crush pad processing Merlot when we stopped by. But he kindly took a break to chat. Read on for details of their story and wine.

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