We're just at the beginning of what will be a long, hot summer — just the time to lay in some wines for summer drinking. Find something you like and then buy more of it; wines just don't sit on the shelves for months, and the good ones tend to sell out quickly. Be prepared for any eventuality with a small stash in the closet or cellar, so you won't have to run out to the wine shop every time you need it.
2013 Masseria Li Veli Verdeca Valle d'Itria (Puglia, Italy)
2013 Domaine Vacheron Sancerre Blanc (Loire Valley, France)
2014 Tendu California White Wine (California)
Steve Matthiessen of Matthiesson Family Vineyards has a great idea with this California white wine, bottled by the liter instead of the normal 750ml bottle. This year's version has a high proportion of the Italian grape Vermentino blended with French Colombard and a very small amount of Chardonnay. Matthiessen's day job is vineyard manager for a number of highly regarded estates, so he knows exactly where to source fruit for this cool-toned white. With its zesty notes of citrus and focus on fruit, Tendu white wine stakes out a new territory for table wine made in California. A great value to get you through the summer. About $20 for a 1-liter bottle. Look for it at Domaine LA and K&L in Hollywood, and the Wine Country in Signal Hill.
2013 Siete Vidas Albarín Blanco (Asturias, Spain)
This white from northern Spain is brought in by Alex Russan, who bottles handpicked sherries from Spain under the name Alexander Jules. This, his first venture outside the Sherry Triangle, comes from Bodega Vidas in Asturias. Founded in 2012 by Beatriz Pérez and Pepe Flóres, the winery has vineyards so incredibly steep they can only be worked by hand. Made from the rare Albarín Blanco grape, the 2013 Siete Vidas Albarín Blanco grabs you first with its gentle herbal perfume. The taste is clean and pure, finishing with a touch of lime. Pair this Spanish white with sushi or grilled fish. About $28. Look for it at Wine House in Los Angeles, K&L in Hollywood and Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits and Cheese in Los Angeles.
2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling (Columbia Valley, Wash.)
2014 Paolo Saracco Moscato d'Asti (Piedmont, Italy)