The Bookshelf: A Year of Wine

A Year of WineAuthor of the highly praised Dr. Vino blog, Tyler Colman brings a budget-conscious and highly seasonal approach to wine that guarantees greater enjoyment. In anticipation of Colman’s appearance at tomorrow’s Beard on Books, we asked the wine expert and author of A Year of Wine: Perfect Pairings, Great Buys, and What to Sip for Each Season for his top summer wine picks. La Spinetta, Moscato d'Asti (about $15) This is probably the ultimate wine for sipping poolside with a light fizz, peachy aromas, and five percent alcohol. Because it is slightly sweet, it's also a perfect wine for newbies. Wild Rock, Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (about $15) This kiwi Sauvignon Blanc has the customary refreshing acidity but adds an aromatic lift from a dash of riesling and viognier. Pair with lunch on the deck or try as an evening opener. Bernard Baudry, Rosé 2008 (about $16) Rosé may be best known from the Provence region of France but this one comes from one of my favorite wineries in the Loire, who happens to farm organically. A beautiful, food-friendly wine. Yellow + Blue, Malbec 2008 (about $12 for one liter) This dark purple, Argentine wine is unoaked and from organically grown grapes. It will help offset the carbon emissions of a barbecue since it comes in an lightweight one-liter carton (think juice box for adults) that holds one-third more wine than a regular bottle, while weighing less. Les Heretiques, Vin de Pays de l'Herault 2007 (about $9) A bargain from the south of France, this full-bodied red has tannins and acidity that crave grilled meat. This is one to stockpile in case unannounced guests drop by the backyard. Can’t make it to the Beard House tomorrow? Purchase A Year in Wine today.

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