Flora Springs must have a crystal ball in the wine cellar to predict wines that excel.
From sustainable grown grapes from the Napa Valley, the 2015 sauvignon blanc ($25) is perfect way to relax in these “dog days of summer.”
(Here’s the fact about that term: the phrase doesn’t refer to languid days lying in the hot sun. It comes from the ancient Greek’s beliefs about a star. These “dog days” refers to the period roughly between July 3 and August 11 when Sirius (the dog star) and the sun rise at the same time.”)
But, here’s more about the fresh, crisp sauvignon blanc that evokes those lazy summer afternoons with the fragrance of fresh mown grass wafting in the air. This opalescent wine with just a hint of green tempts with minerality, white flowers and citrus aromas. Pink grapefruit, lemongrass juicy citrus and zesty kiwi flavors add to the excitement.
Many argue they are the best California whites for serving with food because of their freshness.
Pour this selection slightly chilled with any shellfish, sushi and grilled white meat fish.
For a robust addition to your summer fun open a bottle or two of Floral Spring’s exceptional merlot ($30). The grape is thinner-skinned and more fruit forward than its famous cousin cabernet sauvignon. It has a lush floral bouquet with vibrant red to purple hues. This rowdy grape opens with enticing blackberry, cassis and plum aromas followed by robust baked cherries, licorice and dark chocolate flavors.
Pair this merlot with Mexican food and loaded burgers just off the barbecue.