Time Flies

Time-Flies

Sheesh, feels like we were just complaining about 2014’s cold winter and now here we are in early September.  At least in NYC, the weather’s cooled off somewhat, but business is just warming up.  Soon hordes of salespeople will fill the streets of the city with bags brimming with samples.

That said, I wanted to continue offering lists of wines I think would be good to drink on a monthly basis.  As usual, I try to mix it up, both in terms of colors and styles.  For the month of September, with its reminders of summer but hints of Fall, I chose both lighter and relatively heavier ones (OK, let’s face it, not really heavy but more medium-weight).  As usual, they’re all under $20 and from small family growers.  The geeky technical stuff can be found HERE.

So here we go…

Tripoz Macon

Tripoz Macon

I’ve recommended this before, and for good reason.  It’s an incredibly versatile wine, good for the heat of summer or the cool of Fall and even the cold of winter.  It’s Chardonnay.  And it’s damn good.  Oh, and it’s screw-capped.  What more can I say?

Le Rose

Le Rose

Sacré Bleu!  Did I just recommend a Rosé????  Many people seem to think drinking Rosé after September 1st is like wearing white after Labor Day: ie a big NO NO.  WTF is wrong with them?  I don’t know, but you will find me enjoying it year-round.  I know, I know, I’m a rebel…  Seriously, good Rosé is good wine, and good wine should be enjoyed all the time.  This wine is outstanding, full of bright fresh fruit but also tons and tons of minerality and acidity.  It’ll cool you off when it’s hot and remind you of that warmth and sun when it’s cold.  So how can you NOT drink Rosé all the time?

Sinols Negre

Sinols Negre

Gotcha, you thought I was going to stay in France, didn’t you?  Well, this is a lovely little wine from the Maine of Spain.  The far, far, far Northeast corner of the Iberian Peninsula, to be exact.  This region, known as Emporda, is the oldest wine-growing area in Spain.  Basically, the Romans showed up, fell out of their boats and started planting vines on the flanks of the Pyrénées Mountains that form the border with modern France.  This is a mid-weight blend of hand-harvested, steel-fermented Cariñena and Garnacha, grown on steep slopes that are kissed by the Tramontana wind that comes down the valleys from Gaul.  Perfect for an Indian summer or a Fall day.

Chianti

Chianti

Once again, I am going to stray from France and this time we’re going to visit everyone’s perennial favorite, Italy.  Tuscany, to be exact, and Chianti to be even more exact.  I’ve written about this wine before too, but this being a 2009 it shows some Fall character on its own medium-weight frame while remaining vivaciously youthful at the same time.  Think an aging Sophia Loren, embracing her age with grace and sophistication.  A lovely wine to enjoy on those cooler September nights, or, with a slight chill, during a warm day.

So there you have it, my modest proposal for what wines of ours to enjoy in September.  Please feel free to let me know what you think or if you believe I’m full of it.

Cheers!

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