Wines of the Week: Whimsical Whites

As the summer season winds down, many of us savory every last warm day and evening before the weather starts to change. So, while you can still enjoy the sunshine, here are some whimsical whites, sure to make you smile, that can all be found under $20 a bottle.

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San Simeon 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
Winery: San Simeon
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Paso Robles, California
Year: 2018

Special Designation: n/a
Farming Certification: n/a
Price: 10-15

The nose offers aromatics of pineapples and citrus fruits, along with hints of fresh herbs. On the palate, flavors of grapefruit, lime, and pineapple come forth with accents of herbs and minerals. A fresh acidity and good body make this a wine to open when serving your favorite shrimp dish.
Rating: 89

Cambria 2015 "Katherine Vineyard" Chardonnay
Winery: Cambria
100% Chardonnay
Region: Santa Maria Valley, California


Special Designation: n/a
Farming Certification: n/a
Price: 15-20

Aromatics of peaches, pineapples, citrus fruits, and toasty vanilla greets the senses. The palate delivers flavors of peach, pineapple, and lemon along with accents of vanilla, nutmeg, white blossoms. A nice, balanced Chardonnay, open a bottle when you're enjoying fresh crab cakes.
Rating: 90

Donnafugata 2017 Sur Sur
Winery: Donnafugata
Region: Sicilia, France

Year: 2017

Special Designation: n/a
Farming Certification: n/a
Price: 15-20

A bouquet of melons, stone fruit, minerals, and herbs rises up from a glass. The palate opens up with notes of honeydew, peach, and pineapple that flow into hints of wet stone and fresh herbs. A good body and balanced acidity make this a wine to enjoy with swordfish.
Rating: 90

By Jason Barlow

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Ratings Key:
96 — 100
92 — 95
89 — 91
85 — 88
81 — 84

*Wines rated with a "+" need a bit more time to reach peak quality
but will do so over the coming years


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