RosésRosé might be the official drink of summer. The crisp acidity and soft fruit flavors make rosé the perfect food wine—delightful as an apéritif or as the meal’s vinous star. Tasting notes courtesy of Vine Lore: Conde Villar Rosé, Vinho Verde $10.99 DABC code: 918759 The Portuguese region of Vinho Verde is known for crisp and fruity wines. This rosé made from native Portuguese grapes is no exception. The color of ripe raspberries, this wine wafts refreshing red fruit and a slight fizz plays on the palate. Pair with salads with grilled chicken, or even burgers. Lorenza Rosé, California $18.99 DABC code: 919829 This winemaker loves rosé. In fact, it is the only wine she makes. A blend of four French varietals, Lorenza is hand-harvested and gently vinified. It has a subtle pink hue, tastes of white peaches and bright citrus, and carries a mouthwatering acidity. This old vine beauty is a touch lower in alcohol, too—making it the perfect Sunday brunch wine.
WhitesWhite wine is a Summer classic. Of course, we love Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, but often we reach for old world favorites too. These versatile wines are a great match for cold salads or grilled veggies—yes, even asparagus. These international beauties may end up as your summer go-to’s. Alpha Zeta Soave, Vento $9.99 DABC code: 909882 Soave (Swah-vay), it’s a bit like Pinot Grigio, only hipper. This northern Italian favorite is still uncommon in the U.S., making it quite a steal. Sustainably farmed at the foot of the Dolomites, Alpha Zeta Soave is light and crisp with notes of green apple, pear, and lemon. Surprise your friends with your good taste and hip wine knowledge and serve this with apps and salmon burgers. Zocker Gruner Veltliner, Edna Valley $18.99 DABC code: 918166 Gruner Veltliner (grooner velt-leener) is Austria’s national grape and many vegetarians’ best friend. While Zocker’s primary flavors are melon, lemon, and white pepper, the slight herbaceousness found in Gruner Veltliner aligns perfectly with hard-to-pair veggies (artichoke, asparagus, leafy greens). Sustainably grown in California’s Edna Valley, Zocker is winning awards all over the world. This wine is crisp enough to cut through creamy sauces but for summer try it with shish-kebabs.
RedsRed wine is truly an all-year-long libation, but in the summer we look for reds that can pair with casual backyard fare and those that can take on the truly impressive butcher cuts of high-end outdoor dining. Il Faggio Montepulciano d’Abruzzo $10.99 DABC code: 919330 This delightful everyday-drinker can handle just about anything you pull off the grill, from zucchini to pork. Il Faggio’s dark fruit notes are balanced with beautiful food-friendly acidity. Sustainably grown and hand-picked, this Italian classic is the perfect wine with pizza off the grill. Pendulum Red Blend, Columbia Valley $17.99 DABC code: 495000 The Columbia Valley is growing a reputation for stellar Bordeaux varietals. With Cabernet Sauvignon the dominant grape, Pendulum Red Blend shows concentrated fruit—plum and blueberry—with the weightiness of dark chocolate, spice and tannin. Partner this with some ribs or your best steak. Vine Lore is a locally owned fine wine and craft spirits brokerage made up of passionate advocates and knowledgeable educators dedicated to bringing the best in wine and spirits to Utah.
Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC and The Utah Review; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.
I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for more than a decade. I’m largely fueled by Uinta Cutthroat, alliteration and the use of too many big words I don’t understand. I ate all the pies.