Summer is coming on and with it the need for summer whites. They come in all guises, from crisp and dry to fruity and aromatic on through the pleasures of off-dry Riesling or sweet Muscat. Here's a summer basic that will see you through any occasion: the 2012 Inama Soave Classico from the Veneto.
The packaging is classy, the flavor profile appealing. There's honey and apricots in the scent, and it's much more than just another pretty white. An underlying minerality and round ripe fruit give this classic Soave made from 100% Garganega some heft. It's also tremendously food-friendly, playing just as well against a bowl of toasted almonds as a seafood or vegetable risotto, simple grilled fish or a platter of shrimp.
Region: Veneto, Italy
Price: About $14
Style: Aromatic and fruity
What it goes with: Toasted almonds, seafood risotto, grilled fish, shellfish.
Where to find it: BestWinesOnline, (888) 817-8880, www.bestwinesonline.com; Fine Wine House in Pasadena, (877) 981-6555, www.finewinehouse.com; Lincoln Fine Wines in Venice, (310) 392-7816, www.lincolnfinewines.com; L.A. Wine Co. in Marina del Rey, (310) 306-9463, www.lawineco.com; the Wine Club in Santa Ana, (714) 835-6485, www.thewineclub.com; the Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303, www.thewinecountry.com; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, www.winehouse.com; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (800) 678-9463, www.whwc.com.
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