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It’s been hot enough, long enough, that some of you are probably already bored with Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and the like. Wouldn’t it be great if there were some alternatives to see us through the summer? Well, here are three wines you may have never heard of, that may help you survive August. Grüner Veltliner (Grew-ner Velt-liner) is one of Austria’s most important white grape varieties, capable of producing a range of styles from light-bodied, fruity and easy drinking, to full-bodied, complex, and age-worthy. At their best, these wines show aromas of stone fruit, citrus, salad greens, lentils, fresh green beans, spice, white pepper and notes of honey. Torrontés (Tore-on-tess) is one of Argentina’s most distinctive white varieties. Highly aromatic, with vibrant floral notes and exotic fruit on the nose, Torrontés tastes of lychee, citrus and stone fruit. Torrontés has always reminded me of how a blend of Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc might taste. White Bordeaux (Bore-doe) has been with us for centuries, but isn’t widely known outside Europe. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and sometimes Muscadelle, these wines are generally crisp and lively, and show a variety of tropical fruit and citrus flavors. You will find all of these wines to be refreshing when well chilled; but be careful, these great-tasting wines may make you forget about Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio.


Axel des Vignes Bordeaux Blanc from Bordeaux, France

White Bordeaux Blend - Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon

Notes: Very elegant and refined, with a fruity and floral bouquet. At first impression it is clean and dry which turns to rich and soft on the palate.

A Crisp White – Cost: $ out of $$$$$


Finca el Origen Torrontés Reserva from Cafayate, Argentina

White Varietal - Torrontés

Notes: Pale yellow color with greenish hues. Complex aromatic, intense and attractive, with balanced floral and fruity aromas, such as rose petals, lavender, orange peel and pineapple. The wine has a sweet entry with balanced acidity that makes it especially refreshing.

A Crisp White – Cost: $ out of $$$$$


Höpler Grüner Veltliner from Burgenland, Germany

White Varietal - Grüner Veltliner

Notes: Yellow-green color with spicy hay, pear and mineral-like aromas. On the palate multi-layered, with a juicy and white pepper finish.

A Drier White – Cost: $ out of $$$$$


Local oenophile David Dickson has been a wine educator for nearly 30 years. He welcomes questions and suggestions for this column at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit his website at to learn more about enjoying wine.




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