Giorgio Rivetti 2014 “Indigenous” Prosecco Brut ($14.99)

"Indigenous" Prosecco Brut

Very light straw color with a faint greenish hue; pours up with a frothy mousse, but the bubbles fall back fast. Prickly carbonation remains on the tongue, though, with simple, crisp aromas and flavors of apple and pear shaped by pleasantly tart, food-friendly acidity and light (11.5%) alcohol. It’s no high-end Champagne, that’s for sure, but it doesn’t pretend to be. It’s Prosecco, and that’s my pick for relatively affordable bubbly that goes very well at the dinner table. U.S. importer: Indigenous Selections LLC, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; “Selected by Giorgio Rivetti” (Aug. 20, 2015)

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Eat your veggies … with wine?

Okra from the garden

It’s midsummer, and despite a brief mild break this week, it’s too hot and humid for comfort, and likely to stay that way around here for another month or two. Ugh. But here’s the good part about high summer: It’s also the time of year when I can walk out the kitchen door and grab a ripe tomato right off the vine.

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Pratsch 2014 Niederösterreich Grüner Veltliner ($14.99/1 liter)

Pratsch 2014 Niederösterreich Grüner Veltliner

Sold in a 1-liter bottle with a metal screw cap, this clear, straw color wine is made with organic grapes. Good, simple scents of white fruit and subtle wildflowers lead into a tart, briskly acidic flavor focused on a blend of citrus – lime, maybe, and a whiff of tangerine – with tart green apple and a subtle back note of that “rainwater over rocks” minerality that’s desirable in Austrian whites. Zippy acidity and balanced flavors combine with modest 12% alcohol to make it a very good food wine. U.S. importer: Winesellers Ltd., Niles, Ill. (Aug. 12, 2015)

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Wine snob tastes wines from box – and lives!

La Petite Frog Picpoul de Pinet

The box wine concept makes sense. You put wine into a collapsible plastic bag protected by a colorful cardboard box. There’s a handy spout. You’re rewarded with one or two extra bottle equivalents. And you don’t have to worry about spoilage if you only want one or two glasses. But how do they taste? Our tasting panel found out. Read article.