Gear Up For Summer, Oenophiles!

With summer right around the corner, beautiful “light on the palate” wines that will pair beautifully with all your barbeques and beach days are on their way. The first thing to remember while enjoying wine is that this is your journey. Begin to understand what it is you like about a wine. Nuances that you may be drawn to or want to stay away from such as acidity, tannins, fruit, etc. The good news here is the more you taste, the more discerning and understanding of your own palate you will become. People are often apprehensive when they first dive into the world of wine. Don’t be. It is important to remember that everyone has their own unique palate and that is what makes wine so fun! There are SO many wonderful varietals, so many ways in which wines are made and so many regions to choose from. Wine is about your experience, so follow your own palate and truly enjoy the journey.

Whites:
•Borgo Maragliano Sparkling Brut Chardonnay from Italy. This sparkling is 100% Chardonnay. Its bright straw-yellow color precedes a marked and delicate aroma. It offers an intense, deep and harmonious taste. Best paired with grilled fish and cheeses that offer delicate flavors and creamy texture.

•Meyer Family Cellars Rose from Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino County, CA. This beautiful wine is 100% Syrah with only 368 cases produced. It has notes of pink grapefruit and a twist of lemon that gives way to strawberry rhubarb tart and fresh raspberries. Best paired with light salads, seafood, raw and lightly cooked shellfish as well as grilled fish and goat cheeses.

•Scarbolo Pinot Grigio from Italy, another small production wine. The aromas are of golden delicious apples and honey with an elegant mineral undertone that harmonizes with its generous structure and balance. A perfect wine to serve as an aperitif or to pair with seafood appetizers, poultry and fish dishes.

Reds:
•Rozak Pinot Noir Gold Coast Vineyard. With only 200 cases made, this little beauty has spice, cherry, earth and herbs with a perceptive yet approachable acid profile. Undefined and unfiltered. Best paired with roasted pork tenderloin, oven baked salmon or roasted mushrooms with herbs.

•Torre De Ona Finca San Martin Crianza from Spain. This wine is 100% tempranillo and boasts some wonderful notes of strawberries and red currants against a balsamic, aniseed, liquorice and cedar background. Best paired with Spanish dishes, especially lamb and pork with red peppers, pimenton, garlic and saffron.

RELM Wine & Beer Bistro will have these wine selections and many others available to enjoy by the flight, the glass or by the bottle. RELM also offers many homemade dishes to accompany wine selections. RELM is an acronym for Relax, Enjoy, Laugh and More and carries boutique, small production, hard to find affordable wines, as well as local craft beers and great noshing options. For monthly educational wine classes, tastings, in-house and catered wine events, visit RelmWine.com