Womanista Food + Drink: Best Summer Wines under $20

Ah, Wine. I’m a big fan (Ok fine, a really big fan. I love wine. Especially when I’m drinking it over chit-chat with my girlfriends and eating cheese!)

I am not the kind of wine-lover, however, who knows the wine “lingo” (I am literally the person who goes into my local wine shop and asks, “Can you recommend something that tastes like dirt?”) And by “dirt” I of course mean “Earth, with a hint of cocoa and spice.”

In my hunt to learn more about wine in a way that is accessible and fun, I came across a FAB-U-LOUS website that takes the uppity out of wine-drinking. It’s informative, fabulous, and a great tool for womanistas who love wine, but have no idea what “it’s jammy with smooth tannins” means (I don’t even know if that’s a legit phrase because I just made it up with random, uninformed wine jargon.) Womanistas, Bottlenotes.com is your new winecyclopedia! (You’re welcome.)

Oenophile Alyssa Rapp of Bottlenotes.com has created a seriously illuminating and easy-to-use platform where you can research wines, read tasting notes, check out events, and get great tips – all in one handy website (and iphone app!)

For instance…Brides, have you ever fretted “Ugh! I need some wines to serve at my wedding that will get my guests buzzed but not wasted, and don’t taste, look, or insinuate cheap? But I kinda need them to be cheap?” Well, Bottlenotes has your answer! Along with a lot of other awesome info.

Alyssa was also fabulous enough to share her Top 3, budget-friendly summer wines, along with tasting notes and how to serve them! Check them out, and please enjoy responsibly (you are too classy & awesome to be the drunk girl slurring at the party!)

Gloria Ferrer NV Sonoma Brut (California $16.00).

90% pinot noir, 10% chardonnay, and made exclusively from hand-harvested grapes, Gloria Ferrer’s Sonoma Brut balances stone fruit (nectarine, white peaches) and “brioche” notes that you’re likely tasting at your local farmer’s market these days. Pairs perfectly with clams, shellfish, crab claws, or lobster tail. You can’t go wrong with this delightful summer sipper.

Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand, $19.99) 

Quintessential New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. You’ll taste passionfruit, kiwi, pink and yellow grapefruit notes. Perfect for summer sipping when you’re lounging by the pool or on the beach!

Thierry Germain 2008 Saumur Blanc Cuvee “Soliterre” (France, $16.95)

Chenin blanc is such a delicious grape. It’s full and lush, mid-weight, round mouthfeel, with bright enough acidity to be great with appetizers, cheeses, soups, salads, fish, and chicken…some of my favorite summer fare. Serve this one at your next BBQ.

Happy imbibing, womanistas! (And thank you, Alyssa, for sharing your expertise and keeping us all sipping the good stuff this summer!)

xo, the Womanista



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  1. Kelley July 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    Perfect timing! I’m going to a wine tasting in a couple weeks and have been thinking about what wine I should take. I’ll definitely check out the budget friendly suggestions and will be perusing bottlenotes.com beforehand so I’ll be able to understand the wine “lingo” a bit better (round mouthfeel? I’m going to have to look that one up).

    • Woman July 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

      Ha ha, awesome! I think “mouth round feel” means it tastes “balanced and full” ha. Thanks for reading and let me know what you end up trying! Xo

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