Now that the summer nights have started to cool slightly, dinner and cocktail parties are all the talk right now. Along with cooler summer nights, wine is the perfect drink to quench ones thirst. One of my favorite summer picks for this summer is a 2006 Barton & Guestier Vouvray.
Vouvray is not a well-known wine variety today however it did reach its peek during the 1960-1970's. Similar to the popularly that Cabernet Sauvignon has today, Vouvray was years ago to many people. Unfortunately for Vouvray lovers, the grape has gone out of style and there are only a few makers around the world. Barton & Guestier is one of the few still making this flavorful grape.
Pale bright color with green highlights. Fresh, intense and elegant nose, dominated by floral notes and white fruit aromas of pear and peach. Lively and harmonious wine, with a perfect balance between sweetness and acidity, and powerful, persistent fruity flavors.
Depending on the ripeness of the grapes, the grapes are pressed and settled overnight before the tanks are inoculated with selected yeasts for fermentation. In the case of semi-sweet wine, the fermentation is stopped in order to preserve the natural sweetness, which will remain as residual sugar. Once the alcoholic fermentation is finished the wine is racked several times, fined and bottled.
Serve with mild cheeses, poultry, shrimp, crab, lobster and Asian cuisine.