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Broadbent—Vinho Verde 2012 (Portugal) Grape: A blend of three Portuguese white grapes Price: $10.99It’s light and fresh with a little effervescence, with lime and tart apple fruit and a bit of mineral on the finish. A summer cocktail wine that is low in alcohol, affordable, and fun.
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Kirchmayr—Gruner Veltliner 2011 (Kamptal, Austria)Grape: Gruner veltlinerPrice: $15.99This is a fun grape and makes for a zippy, light wine with apple and white peach notes. Great for sipping on its own or with light dishes and salads, it’s a good one to try for you dry riesling drinkers.
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Ostatu Blanco 2011 (Rioja, Spain) Grape: Mostly viura with a bit of malvasiaPrice: $14.99With this wine, you’ll find flowers and a touch of honey on the nose, with lemon and herbs on your tongue. It’s rich and balanced, and it screams for herb-roasted chicken off the backyard grill.
We all have our old standards, and I know you love big, buttery California chard and sauv blanc from Marlborough, but Europe is full of great bottles too. So this summer, try the funky cool whites of Europe and show them off to your friends. Selection from Solo Vino, 517 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-602-9515, solovinowines.com