This is the time of year that I look for the summer wines I will serve to our endless crop of summer guests. The wines I look for are like the ‘wines by the glass’ at restaurants and wine bars.
In Massachusetts, we entertain in our backyard or in the back porch.
In New Jersey, our 20 foot balcony serves the purpose.
Food and wine is often our focus.
Wines, as I mentioned earlier that can be served by the glass.
I found my sacred summer wine in record time. The name of the wine that I found is ‘Decopas’, when translated into Argentine slang, ‘Decopas’ means ‘by the glass’.
The tradition in Argentina, as in many countries, is that after the conclusion of a work day, Happy Hour begins. Argentinians have their own expression for Happy Hour, which is, ‘De copes’ or by the glass.
That translates into a summer of enjoyment with a small investment.
The two wines I chose are from Decopas and harvested in Mendoza, Argentina.
You may ask why I chose a Sauvignon Blanc from Argentina? Think about the alluvial soils, high altitude at the base of the Andes and its geographic location. Those are a couple of reason why I chose this wine.
The red wine I chose is the 2014 Decopas Malbec. Fresh, fruity and straight forward is how I would characterize this velvety wine. Its medium body and smooth mouth feel makes this acidic wine a perfect food wine. The grapes are hand harvested and aged for four months in stainless steel. The alcohol content is 13.5%.
This is a great value wine and a wine that can be served day after day. Maybe that’s called a ‘go to wine’?
Hopefully, these recommendations will work for you, as they did for me. It’s time to get a jump on summer before all of the good summer wines are gone.