A versatile wine that goes with the tastes of Summer
by Dwight Casimere
Be a little adventurous and discover a terrific versatile wine for summer that is surprisingly affordable. Puklavec and Friends Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio Blend is only $10.99 and is a delightful blend of bright, refreshing fruit, such as Meyer lemon and a hint of green apples, with the aroma of passion fruit and orange blossoms. The wine is underscored with a surprising pepperiness, that you characteristically would find in a Gewurtztraminer, that makes it especially compatible with most things you'd serve at the summertime table, like pasta salad or Cobb salad, grilled salmon and just about anything asparagus. They've been making wine in Slovenia, the former Yugoslavia, for thousands of years, going back to the time of the Celts and Illyrians, which predates the Romans. Today, Slovenia produces more than 50 million gallons of wine annually, most of it consumed right at home. Only recently has the wine started to make its way to this country. Most of the wines you'll see from that country are white wines. The wines are premium quality and surprisingly, are priced well below comparable wines from many other European wine producing countries, making them an outstanding value. Try Puklavec and Friends Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio Blend the next time you have friends over for a backyard barbeque, you'll be pleasantly surprised!
Below: Puklavec and Friends Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio Blend ($10.99) with Caprese Pasta Salad topped with Asparagus