Keeping life simple is essential to staying cool as the temperature rises and a chilled glass of white wine is one of the chicest and easiest ways to handle the heat. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris are three refreshing summer sips and Kim Crawford Wines offers each for under $20 and in screw cap bottles that eliminate that pesky extra step of trying to find the corkscrew. One of New Zealand's best-known and acclaimed winemakers, Kim Crawford Wines can be found around the world.
I think there's a law that says that you can't discuss New Zealand wines without mentioning Sauvignon Blanc. And for good reason - the grape may have its roots in France but New Zealand's terroir really unleashes Sauvignon Blanc's zestiness. Kim Crawford 2014 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($17.99) tastes like summer with its vibrant acidity and juicy flavors of pineapple, melon, and peach with a sassy touch of that signature New Zealand grassiness - a perky and pretty wine! Suggested food pairings - asparagus, oysters, salads.
Kim Crawford 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay ($16.99) reminded me how delicious Chardonnay can be if you just let the grape shine without oaking it into submission. Full-bodied but fruit-forward; flavors of citrus, pear, apricot, and a hint of butterscotch shine in this lovely wine. Suggested food pairings - fresh seafood, grilled chicken.
Kim Crawford 2014 Pinot Gris ($17) is a well-balanced wine with an easy sophistication. Hints of spice & earth with a touch of flint are a nice complement to the wine's flavors of pear, honeysuckle and citrus. Suggested food pairings - antipasto, fresh seafood, South Asian cuisine.