Chill Out

We’ve handpicked a collection of refreshing, off-the-beaten beach path whites that are meant to stock your fridge all summer long.

1. Gramona, “Gessamí”
(Peñedés, Spain—2011)


This gem from Spain’s north-east coast is a blend of muscat and sauvignon blanc with a dash of exotic gewürztraminer. It’s sexy and floral without be-ing cloying. Try it with chicken satay skewered with pineapple hot off the grill.

Available at Barsha in Manhattan Beach,


2 Barberani, Orvieto Classico Superiore, “Castagnolo”  
(Umbria, Italy—2011) 


We love this wine from the under-represented Orvieto region in Umbria. A traditional country blend of trebbiano, malvasia, grechetto and other grapes, it’s the epitome of delicious, unpretentious Italian wine that tastes great with just about everything.

Available at Barsha, Manhattan Beach


3. Szoke Matyás, Zöld Veltelini – Grüner Veltliner
(Mátra, Hungary—2011) 


Grüner veltliner has long been the darling grape of sommeliers because of its versatility. This bottling from Hungary is crisp, green and peppery with notes of lime rind and clover on the finish.

Available at Uncorked in Hermosa Beach,


4. Clendenen Family Vineyards, Aligoté
(Santa Maria Valley, CALIFORNIA—2010)


An expert in all things chardonnay and pinot, Jim Clendenen’s more maverick bottlings, like this aligoté—Burgundy’s other great white grape—have always piqued my interest and my personal pocketbook. I love this wine, and you will too.

Available at Uncorked in Hermosa Beach


5. Argiolas, Vermentino, “Costamolino”
(Sardinia, Italy—2011)


Wishing you had a villa in southern Italy? It doesn’t get more southern or more Mediterranean than the gorgeous island of Sardinia, where vermentino is one of the archetypical white grapes. With notes of basil and pignoli, this is a wine that begs for homemade pesto pasta or a killer spinach quiche.

Available at Bacchus in Manhattan Beach,


6. Mulderbosch, Chenin Blanc
(Western Cape, South Africa—2011)


Chenin blanc is kinda like the sweet, plump cousin of elegant chardonnay or lean sauvignon blanc … perhaps less finesse but still a voluptuous wine that delivers for under $20.

Available at Bacchus in Manhattan Beach