For Your Summer Parties, Wine Recommendations for June 2009.

Summer is here, and so are wine recommendations for June 2009. At this time of year we want to gather with friends for a weekend barbecue, or on a lovely summer evening. Wine is always a favorite drink; it echoes the relaxing mood of the season. These wine recommendations lend a carefree style to your celebration. For your enjoyment, here are good wines at good prices.

The Whites

In the types of white wine, we include:

La Playa Chardonnay Limarí Valley Block Selection Estate Reserve 2006. Crispy and bright, with notes of apples and citrus. Score of 87, $12.00 USD. Chile.

Pierre Boniface Vin de Savoie Apremont 2007. Fresh and crisp. With notes of tangerine, apples, and lemon. Score of 88, $17.00 USD. France.

Estancia Chardonnay Monterey County Pinnacles Ranches 2007. A medium bodied wine with notes of grapefruit and lime. Score of 86, $12.00 USD. California.

Hermann J. Wiemer Riesling Finger Lakes Dry 2007. Perfect for summer, fresh and lively. With notes of green apples and a bit of almond. Score of 88, $18.00 USD. New York State.

Charles Smith Riesling Columbia Valley Kung Fu Girl 2007. Another lovely riesling, this one with a fun name! Refreshing, with notes of citrus and peach. Score of 89, $12.00 USD. Washington State.

The Reds

Types of red wine are:

Bogle Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2006. A full bodied wine with notes of wild berries and a bit of oak. Score of 87, $13.00 USD. California.

Quinta Chocapalha Estremadura 2006. A complex wine with notes of cherry, dark plum, and chocolate. Score of 88, $18.00 USD. Portugal.

Joao Portugal Ramos Alentejo Loios Red 2007. Another outstanding wine from the Iberian Peninsula. Rich and spicy, with notes of dark cherry, dark chocolate, and plum. Score of 88, $10.00 USD. Portugal

Domaine de la Petite Cassagne Costieres de Nimes 2006. A medium bodied wine with notes of currant, tobacco, and fig. Score of 87, $12.00 USD. France.

Viña Bisquertt Syrah Colchagua Valley Casa La Joya Reserve 20007. Full bodied and rich. With notes of licorice, berries, and cocoa. Score of 90, $11.00 USD. Chile.

Columbia Crest Merlot Columbia Valley Grand Estates 2006. Think of cherry, herbs, and ripe berries. Score of 88, $12.00 USD. Washington State.

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