Granted you can drink any type of wine whenever you want, but sometimes pairing the right selections with the seasons is the way to go. Similar to how you pair whites with chicken and seafood and reds with a steak, I tend to go a little light in the summertime, staying away from heavy reds such as a cabernet or merlot.
This tends to lead me on a search each year for something new to fit my excitement of summer. This year I discovered organic wines and to my surprise, I like them. I also love wines from Argentina, so these two by Domaine Bousquet that are made with organic grapes caught my attention right away.
The Bousquet-Al Ameri family is behind these beautiful offerings that are crisp and light. Starting with the rosé made from malbec, cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc and pinot gris grapes, the pale pink color is a prelude to the berries that you taste, specifically strawberries, on the palette. Fruity and medium acidity, this vegan-friendly vintage is what a great summer is made of. I paired it with my tacos and chicken dishes, as well as with my several desserts.
The second one I tasted is the sauvignon blanc. Think lime for a little tartness that is accompanied by a juicy green apple. The balanced crispness is really refreshing on hot days. If you tend to like wines with a little sweetness, I think you’ll like this. Instead of just having by the glass, I added a little to my pan to deglaze it when making a sauce and surprisingly it worked with the other flavors I added. But by the glass is just as good.
Both wines have a suggested retail price of $13, but this will vary depending on where you purchase. The wines are just making it on to the market, but I was able to find the sauvignon blanc on wine.com. They also carry the 2018 vintage for both as well that I am sure are worth checking out.
For additional wines by Domaine Bousquet, visit https://domainebousquet.com.