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Three Italian white wines to help you beat the heat

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Surviving Miami’s hot and steamy days isn’t always easy. Drinking nicely chilled white wine is one way to beat the heat and keep your body heat in check. Air conditioning is also a big help.
Cliffhanger, Pinot Grigio, Trentino, Italy, 2013 comes from vineyards planted on the slopes of the Dolomite Mountains in northern Italy. The granite mountains make the grape vine’s roots work to find nutrition for the grapes to grow. Tough growing conditions and cool climate make tasty grapes. The color of the Cliffhanger, Pinot Grigio is bright yellow. The nose is filled with pear, apple, and hints of peach and light toasted oak. Tart lemon opens up the palate before settling into ripe Bosc pears and summer peaches. The use of malolactic fermentation gives the Cliffhanger a full mouth feel. Faint toasted oak and crisp acidity lead to a medium long finish. This wine goes with a wide variety of dishes, spicy salami, grilled swordfish or chicken. The crisp acidity would also pair up nicely with a creamy pasta dish. I enjoy the Cliffhanger, Pinot Grigio all by itself as an aperitif as well.
Stemmari, Pinot Grigio, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy 2013 is another great wine to keep cool on a hot summer evening. Light yellow in the glass with aromas of straw, lemon, lime, pear and minerals. The palate is filled with lemon peel, and ripe Georgia peaches, kiwi and pineapple balanced with minerals. Stemmari, Pinot Grigio is fine on it’s own, but also pair it with a mixed raw shellfish platter, and light seafood preparations.
Stemmari, Dalila, Grillo-Viognier, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy, 2012 is a wine that marries two grapes that work great together. Grillo (80%), is a native of Sicily and Viognier (20%), is a native of France’s Rhone valley. Grillo adds citrus aromas and flavors. Viognier adds ripe fruit flavors, and a floral nose. Stemmari, Dalila is light yellow in color with aromas of lemon, wild flowers and minerals. The palate is rich with tropical fruits such as pineapple and passion fruit along with lemon wild flowers and minerals in the background. The acidity balance with the floral notes leads to a medium long finish. Fire up the grill and cook up some Mediterranean fish varietals or even some chicken marinated in citrus fruits to enjoy with the Stemmari, Dalila.
Enjoying these wines are how I stand to stay cool this summer, you should too.

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