Five wines for the warm weather


Five wines for the warm weather

by: Anthony Velasquez | .
Busan Haps Magazine | .
published: June 17, 2013

The weather is heating up and sometimes a cold beer just won't do. Wine writer Anthony Velasquez offers up five tasty picks.

Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio 2011
This pinot grigio from the foothills of the Dolomites in northeastern Italy is very crisp with citrus of lemon, kumquats and faint minerality. It is the perfect match for seafood, grilled or raw. (E-Mart, 12,000 won.)

Guntrum Riesling 2011
From Rheinhessen in Germany, this family has been making quality wine since 1648. Citrus and pear with its hallmark notes of honey and petrol, pair with spicy dishes or a cheese plate. (Sunz Gallery, 50,000 won.)

Zonin Prosecco Brut
Prosecco from the Veneto region usually made into Italian sparkling wine, offers ripe Granny Smiths, slight yeast with a lively effervescence to a graphite finish. From aperitivo to dessert, matches almost everything. (Lotte Mart, 25,000 won.)

Tesco Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
From New Zealand, specifically the world’s most southerly wine region, this pinot is replete with dusty cherry, Burgundian barnyard and tart acidity. Give it some time as it melds into cherry cola/coffee bean flavors, especially for oenophiles who enjoy the funkadelics paired with salmon, chicken and grilled duck. (Homeplus, normally 38,000 won, sometimes on sale for 19,000.)

Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2007
G-P-L comes from Pauillac, the most revered sub-appellation of Bordeaux. Despite its 1855 fifth-growth status, it perennially outclasses those of superior pedigree. Comprised mostly of rich, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s a good buy for claret collectors or imbibers. (Shinsegae’s basement wine shop, 70,000 won.)


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