Pinot grigio and chardonnay may still be go-to summer whites, but there are so many others out there to try. Intimidated by seeking something new? Just ask. Waiters, bartenders, and store owners are often more than happy to show what they know. This month’s wines are from Cork Dork Wine Co.’s new location at 4703 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-721- 9463, corkdorkwineco.com
Sauvignon Blanc 2013
(Bordeaux, France) $15
A rare find from Bordeaux, this 100 percent sauvignon blanc from Entre-Deux-Mers, a wine district found in the far southeast of Bordeaux, is a fantastic wine for your spring and summer repertoire. Made by master sommelier Richard Betts, of the movie Somm fame, this wine is outstanding at twice the price with minerals and balanced acid, and a lemony/lime tartness with a beautiful flowery nose. Betts has a winner here, just ask him. A very big fan of himself, Betts is one of only nine people to pass the Master Sommelier Exam on the first try. It’s nice of him to share this wine with the world. Of the 6 billion people on the planet to fall in love with, he chose himself. Don’t ask, watch the movie.
Roussette du Bugey 2013
(Savoie, France) $16
Roussette (also known as altesse)
A different grape from an odd location delivers yummy results (don’t bug me—yummy is a wine term). This little gem, almost a secret even to the French, is thought to have been brought centuries ago from Cyprus to Savoie, a tiny growing area near the border of Switzerland. The wine is crisp and elegant, with apple and honey notes, like a dry riesling or chenin blanc. Accompanied by a hint of nutmeg spice, it has a bit more weight, like you’d expect from chardonnay. Try it with herb-roasted chicken for a delicious summer treat.