Column: White-Hot Summer Wine

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By Elizabeth Morse

I enjoy unique wine varietals and there are so many great whites out there. I thought I’d share some of my current favorites as we jump in to the heat of summer. These are all great to enjoy on your patio, or by the pool, but I’ll also give you tips with each on how to pair them with food in case you’re curious.

First up is a Grüner Veltliner, an Austrian white that is typically enjoyed as a young wine. A great value is Hugl Grüner Veltliner: A big, litre-size bottle will only set you back about $15. It’s fresh with flavors of citrus, stone-fruit, flowers and the signature white pepper. A great match for grilled artichokes, asparagus or spicy Asian dishes.

My next pick, Paco & Lola Albariño, is ideal for pairing with aged cheeses, sushi, chicken salad or grilled fish. Alabriño hails from the Rias Baixas region in Spain and is a crisp wine that’s perfect for summer. It’s gives a flowery, tropicaI impression on the nose but you’ll enjoy the lean flavors of citrus and green apple in your mouth. The bottle ($19) boasts a cunning black & white, polka dot label that creates a stylish focal-point on your table.

Finally, I’ll suggest a dry, Hungarian wine called Furmint. Furmint comes from the famed Tokaj region of Hungary and is an indigenous grape (not the dessert Furmint, which is very sweet). I’m loving the 2015 from Patricius Tokaj right now, $14. A bright wine with a perfumed nose, driven by minerals with ripe peach and a little almond. It’s tangy and a great accompaniment to seafood, chicken and pork.

Let me know what you think, and cheers!

Elizabeth Morse owned the Corner Wine Bar in Broad Ripple for close to 20 years. She is a graduate of IU, is a Hoosier chef, food writer, wine guru and Hamilton County Master Gardener who believes in supporting all things local. Morse has been a resident of Hamilton County for more than a decade. Check out her blog: schlepicurean.com.

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