September is often a tricky wine month, so I picked some wines from around the world that work in warm or cool weather. I have written before that it matters where a grape is grown, and these selections are from regions where they do a certain variety very well. Just mix and match them with friends and the weather.
This month’s selections are from Solo Vino, 517 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-602-9515, solovinowines.com.
Petit Chenin Blanc 2009
From: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Bright and crisp with a clean, flowery nose like a peony. It has a nice light-bodied acidity, full of apple and lime. No oak, no butter, just good. Try it with herbed grilled chicken or a fresh fruit salad.
Michele Alois Caulino Falanghina 2009
From: Campania, Italy
Falanghina is the grape, and it’s delicious; don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of it. It’s medium-bodied and refreshingly full of pear and peach flavors with a hint of mint. This is another white to add to your seafood list.
Casa Silva Reserve Carmenere 2008
From: Colchagua, Chile
Carmenere is the next hot thing in red wine and Chile’s answer to malbec. This one has lots of fruit with hints of coffee. Like malbec, it is a cabernet lover’s ready-to-drink wine, no need to wait. This one should be a hit with steaks and friends.
Ecker Zweigelt 2007
From: Kirchberg, Austria
Price: $12.99 for a liter
This is your fruity, warm-day red. The grape is Zweigelt, crossed between Saint Laurent and Blaufränkisch about 90 years ago. It’s inexpensive, with tons of berry fruit, a little spice, and lots of fun. You can even put a little chill on it if you like.