I popped into third-generation, family-owned Zachys Wine and Liquor, last week to see if they would share their top summer wine picks with us — requirements were delicious, refreshing and under $20 a pop. Here’s what Alex Javadi, Senior Wine Consultant, recommends (and in the interest of journalistic integrity, I purchased all three, and can vouch for them too!):
Box O’ Birds Sauvignon Blanc 2011. A (somewhat clueless) oenophile, my go-to order when handed a menu this time of year is sauvignon blanc from New Zealand (or Kim Crawford, if they have it). Box O’ Birds fits the bill; it’s been described by Sonoma Wine Journal (SWJ) as starting with notes of “grapefruit, star fruit, lemon blossoms, gooseberries, and a faint whiff of summer grass.” Truly delightful and it goes great with just about anything food-wise. Currently a steal for $13.99 (regularly $16.99).
Cotes de Provence Rose Chateau de Pampelonne 2011. If you can’t make it to Provence this summer (darn!), then you can close your eyes and pretend with a glass of this lovely rose. Wine Enthusiast describes it as an “impressive wine that’s full of fruit, structure and acidity. It’s well-balanced, rich and crisply fresh — a real-food friendly rose.” The bottle simply looks pretty, too. We enjoyed it with grilled pizza. Pick it up on-sale now for $17.99/bottle (regularly priced at $24.99).
Pouilly Fuisse Louis Chevallier 2009. This went perfectly with smoked ribs at a friend’s house last weekend. SWJ says, “Upon opening, the aromas are fresh and bright, with notes of crisp Macoun apples and minerals.” With a “super clean finish,” this versatile wine is said to be perfect for a festive gathering or for pairing with grilled meats or Italian dishes. Impress your friends — Mr. Chevallier himself is recognized in particular for his participation in the sale of Louisiana to the United States. It’s flying off the shelves at $16.75/bottle (regularly priced at $24.99.)
Mr. Javadi is also available for private wine tastings, but he’ll cost you. His fee is $2,500. When I asked how on earth he gets away with that, his response was, “You can fly to Europe on a charter flight or take a private jet.” Cheers to that!
Zachys Wine and Liquor, 16 East Parkway, Scarsdale; 914-448-3026.