From Pittsburgh’s East End the Bridges Wine Company will be bringing their wines to the Pittsburgh Public Market, 2401 Penn Ave. in the Strip District for the next two weekends. Get a taste of what Bridges Wine has to offer on Saturday March 14th & 21st from 9-5 and Sunday March 15th & 22nd from 10-4. The newly released 2014 Washington Moscato will be available for $15 along with the Bridges 2012 Pinot Noir and 2012 Zinfandel. James and Rebecca McCeney will also be offering special discounts on multiple bottle purchases.
As we enter into the final weeks of summer you don’t want warm weather to pass before you try some light-bodied young wines. These fresh flavored immature wines are made from low-sugar early harvest grapes that yield a high-sugar and low-alcohol wine. You will find these wines to be sweeter than average and more acidic on your taste buds but lighter on your wallet. I think a good place to start would be with an Italian-Style Moscato so we can savor its delectable floral and fresh fruit aroma. Some interesting choices can be found including an offering from Cavit at $8.99 for 750ml PLCB code 3602 and Moscato D’ Asti Montefiore $11.99 for 750 ml PLCB code 5021. The 2010 Vintage of Moscato D’ Asti Montefiore was rated as the highest scoring Moscato under $15 by Wine Spectator. When pairing these wines you should think sweet foods, like desserts and local farm market fresh fruits. The French are excellent producers of this next category of wine and because of their skill I recommend sampling a French-Style Vouvray. Barton & Guestier Vouvray $11.99 PLCB code 5525 and Château de Montfort $14.99 PLCB code 8747 are the two most easily found examples at PLCB stores. These wines pair well with cheese plates, dried fruit and cold seafood appetizers. Before summer ends be certain to try some of these refreshing young white wines while conditions are ideal.
I will use the next few posts to look at light bodied wines that I believe would be good choices for your summer outings. I like the lighter wines for warm weather entertaining because they are easy to drink and allow you to enjoy the company of friends and family without having to worry about what wines to serve. Beringer Red Moscato 2011 fits nicely into this category by being light with fresh fruit flavors and a floral aroma. It is a little sweet but often described as “not too sweet or not too dry with a smooth refreshing finish”. This deep scarlet colored Moscato is produced in Argentina from a blend of Moscato, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah grapes and bottled in the Napa Valley of California. I don’t think you will be disappointed if you take this one with you to the park for an evening concert under the stars.