Some of these wines are my “go to” wines and others are new discoveries. All are available at most well stocked grocers or wine stores around Tampa Bay. Keep a nice selection on hand for impromptu summer gatherings.
If you are confident you have some good wines on hand, the impromptu becomes a more regular event. Take the good juice to a friend’s house and see if you get invited more often!
VILLA MARIA – $15 – $16
Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Private Bin 2011 – good with seafood.
This is a new addition to my list that will help you cool down as the weather warms up. Serve chilled.
KIM CRAWFORD – $13.99 – $18
Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011 – every vintage is good, serve very cold.
My go-to Sauvignon Blanc. Always highly rated and crowd pleasing. Keep an extra bottle in the fridge or wine cooler.
CHALONE – $23.99 – $25
Chardonnay Chalone 2008 – sip with appetizers or roasted chicken.
The hint of oak does not overpower the melon and citrus notes. At a dinner party you will often drink white wines before reds wines with dinner. Start with the really good stuff , Chalone, while your guest’s palate is fresh. Later in the night they won’t care what they are drinking. The 2009 is good, too.
BOGLE – $11 – $12
Petite Sirah California 2008 – Great value red wine.
Noted as a Best Value by one of the fancy wine magazines. I discovered this at Moon Under Water in St. Pete. Petite’s are not petite. They are big and flavorful.
Seghesio – $22.99 – $24
Zinfandel Sonoma County 2010 – great with grilled meat and BBQ.
My favorite Seghesio memory: The day after Thanksgiving my brothers and I carried the pre-set dining room table out through double doors to the back porch so our family could enjoy the beautiful weather and some family style BBQ. We had a Seghesio Zin with that evening.
To read Chef Jeff’s restaurant review of St. Petersburg’s Z-Grille click HERE.
Here is a list of some Tampa Bay stores that carry these wines:
Most Sweetbay and Publix supermarkets
1002 S Howard Ave. Tampa, FL 33606
915 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Brandon, FL 33511