RYE, N.Y. -- With Memorial Day in sight and warm weather finally sticking around, folks are beginning to uncork their favorite wine for a drink alfresco. So, what goes well with the unofficial start of summer?
Cai Palmer, owner of Rye's Wine at Five which prides itself on its affordable and eclectic vino varieties, shared his suggestions.
Among those to try:
- A Los Viñateros Bravos Cinsault 2014: Made in Chile from French grapes, this medium to light red wine is a complex and pleasant alternative to pinot noir.
- Botanica Pinot Noir 2013: This delicious, warm-weather pinot noir is made in South Africa. Slightly chilled, it brings out all of the flavors of soft cherry baking spice. "For summer, you can sit outside, have a chilled bottle of red wine and feel satisfied," explained Palmer.
- Quarticello Despina Malvasia 2012: This rustic sparkling red wine shows aromatics of orange blossom, yeast, and lemon that are mirrored on the palate. Unfiltered and fermented in its natural yeast, the wine has a cloudy look to it. "Sparkling wine is about the most friendly type of wine ever," added Wine at Five Employee Bruno Peixoto.
- Tendu Vermentino 2014: This fragrant vermentino, made in California from an Italian grape, is similar to Sauvignon Blanc. In other words, it's crisp and cool on the palate.
Wine at Five is located at 4 Purchase St., (914) 921-5950, www.wineatfive.com /.