Grilling season is only just beginning, but we’re already thirsty for light, summery wines to go with anticipated warm, lazy afternoons. All these bottles can be enjoyed alone or with food; they make a great match with our grilling menu.
Bodegas Nekeas Rosado, 2006, $7
A 50/50 blend of Garnacha and Cabernet, this juicy rosé offers lush, fruity notes of strawberries and cherries and is accented with a little spice. It’s hard to beat the price.
Librandi Ciró Rosato, 2006, $11
This well-balanced spicy and floral Calabrian Rosato made from Gaglioppo grapes is young and fresh enough to be enjoyed by itself, but we like to drink it with our Oregano-Marinated Grilled Chicken with Charred Lemons.
Cusumano Insolia, 2005, $12
A splendid white with notes of bright apple and melon. Soft hints of honey and good acidity make this a great food wine.
Domäne Wachau Federspiel “Terrassen” Gruner Veltliner, 2005, $14
Stony minerality, zippy acidity, and slightly herbaceous green apple and lemon hints make this Austrian white a perfect accompaniment with almost any food.
Medici Ermete Quercioli Reggiano Lambrusco DOC Secco, 2005, $13
Not your typical Lambrusco. This elegantly effervescent red is dry, with dark fruit flavor, and matches perfectly with Parmigiano, cold cuts, or grilled stuffed poblanos.
Gianluca Rottura is co-owner of New York City wine store In Vino Veritas.