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If it’s summer in New England, one of the first thing that comes to mind is: Where can I get a good lobster roll?
Well, after you find it, the next hunt should be for a delicious cool summer white or rose to accompany that sweet, succulent lobsta’ meat.
Here are few suggestions from my recent tastings:
• EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Chile, $15 — From Matetic Vineyards and Casablanca Valley comes a tropical fruit sensation. Like Bogey is
to Bacall, EQ Coastal is to lobster and melted butter. Better still, have it as a warm-up with steamers. Screw off the cap and fresh grapefruit aromas come pouring out. The citrusy spark is joined with lime, mango and a clean, uplifting minerality.
Here’s why terroir matters: The grapes in this bottle are sourced from sloping vines that sit close to the Pacific Ocean and grow in loose, granitic soil. The
salty air deposits minerals on the vines while the roots pull up rich nutrients from below the surface. To get the “true” expression of Sauvignon Blanc’s taste and texture, the winemaker ferments the pressed juice in stainless steel tanks and dispatches a small portion to age in concrete vessels. While there’s citrusy taste galore in EQ Coastal, it’s layered with balanced acidity. The result is an elegant style rather than an overpowering push on the palate. One note: Don’t over-chill. Too cold and you’ll mute the release of its wonderful aromas and flavors. At a steady 56 degrees, it’ll stay vibrant and refreshing to the last drop.
• Domaine Tassin Sancerre 2015, Loire Valley, $16.99 — For pure minerality — clean, crisp, consistent — there’s no better place to go for Sauvignon Blanc than the limestone-rich Loire Valley. Filled with freshness, this white penetrates the senses for its subtle grassy aromas and citrus flavors that are very refined and stay true to the finish and beyond. Tassin Sancerre usually sells in the $20-25 range, and it’s available at the Wine ConneXtion in North Andover at the listed price.
• Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2015, Alto Adige, $16 — From the elevated land of Alpine skiing comes a flavorful, extracted white that’s built for a slalom run along the palate. Let me explain. A lot of pinot grigios are watery and mediocre, but Zemmer’s captures the varietal’s best characteristics: lively acidity, ripe pear and melon flavors, hints of nuts, and a whisk of Alpine air. Your mouth feels full and refreshed after a sip. Maybe it’s the pesticide-free farming that makes the grapes respond better to Mother Nature, but all in all Zemmer’s got his game in gear with this vintage.
• Anna de Codornîu Brut Rosé, Cava-Penedés, Spain, $15
— Present this beautifully-designed pink bottle to your guests and they’ll think Reese Witherspoon sent it over. If the “Legally Blonde” actress wanted a sparkler to call her own, Anna would be the perfect match. The Pink Cadillac bottle is a stunner. What’s inside — a Pinot Noir-Chardonnay blend — is equally captivating. Great pains are taken to produce this bright rosé: it goes through two fermentations, just like French Champagne, and yields a light, breezy, smooth-as-silk effervesence. The watermelon color and strawberry-green apple flavors mesh beautifully. This deserves a good ice bucket and chill (44 degrees). Its dry “sweet” finish will go great with boiled or steamed lobster tails.
• Galil Mountain Rosé, Israel, $12 — I got caught off-guard by this Sangiovese-Pinot Noir-Grenache blend from vineyards in the Upper Galilee Mountain Range. Needless to say, it exceeded expectations. The beauty of wine is that it transports you to faraway places and history. Wine-making in the Galil region dates back 2,000 years! This
Kosher rosé features a dazzling reddish-orange color, weighty texture, and pleasant cherry-strawberry marmalade taste. Kudos to winemaker Micha Vaadia who specializes in sustainable farming practices.