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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Seaglass and Red Fish: Hot Wine Labels & Cool Summer Wines

Charlie’s weekly wine-ings 

I think summer is finally here. Last week we had a few days when we hit the low 80s and the air conditioning was running nonstop. On days like that, a cold beer may come to mind to many. But, to me, I think about my favorite summer wines. For my guest this week, I selected two great wines I found last summer at Cellar 55. I re-tasted the current release of Rosso Pesce and SeaGlass and I am excited to share them with my guest this hot July 4th weekend.

Rosso Pesce is produced by the Tuscany Winery, Vicchiomaggio, and it is 100% Sangiovese grapes. The winemaker created it to “shatter the white wine with fish rule.” So this "red fish" wine is easy drinking; with red fruit flavors and very light tannins that go great with fish or anything off the grill. I love the label; it says it all.

SeaGlass is a very refreshing Sauvignon Blanc produced by the SeaGlass Wine Company in St. Helena, CA. Although located in Napa Valley, all of the grapes are from vineyards in Santa Barbara County. The movie Sideways and a fascination with Pinot Noir may have put Santa Barbara on the map, but it has long been known for it Sauvignon Blanc. The cool ocean air and abundant fog are perfect for this grape variety. The stainless steel tank fermented wine has great tropical flavors and crisp acidity. It is the perfect "deck or patio" wine on a hot summer afternoon. The town of Sandwich was the world center of glass production in the 1880s and our guest still can find pieces of Sandwich glass on our beaches. SeaGlass is a wine that fits into the history of our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast and tastes great too.

Happy wine-ing

Charlie Preus, the Innkeepers' Assistant and Resident Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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