Perfect Wines for Summer Dining

Try these wines the next time you grill — or host a summer dinner party
TerrazasdelosAndes
Medium-bodied with soft tannins, and weighing in at 14 percent alcohol, this wine complements the char of grilled meats and is very easy to drink.

Terrazas de los Andes, Reserva Malbec 2011, SRP: $18.99

My go-to wines for grilled meat are often Spanish garnachas and malbecs — this wine, a tasteful and very well-priced malbec reserva from the Mendoza region of Argentina, could quickly become a favorite. The nose is a crush of violets and fruit —poured deep purple into the glass, it opens up with a medley of dark cherry, a bit of prune, with a light pleasant tang of spice and smoke in the finish. Medium-bodied with soft tannins, and weighing in at 14 percent alcohol, it complements the char of grilled meats and is very easy to drink. 

Grown at 3,500 feet, aged in a sequence of old and new French and American oak, this well-made wine is very drinkable now and will only improve steadily with age. No surprise, this reserva is the winery’s best seller.

Terrazas de los Andes, Reserva Torrontes 2012, SRP: $14.99

I opened this wine, lightly chilled, at a casual al fresco dinner party, and everyone who tasted it was enchanted with it. It is, to begin, very pretty in the glass: a shining pale gold with a hint of green light. The nose was a pleasant mixture of flower and fruit, although tropical fruit and pear dominated on the palate. It is exceptionally smooth at this price point, with a lovely, soft mouthfeel and a gentle finish, with enough acid to keep you refreshed and sipping happily on a warm summer night. This Torrontes is a fine apéritif wine, but also works very well with light summer food. 

Terrazas de los Andes is produced by Chandon Argentina, a grandchild, as it were, of the French Champagne house of Moet & Chandon. A very good value.

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