WINE OF THE MONTH- AUGUST

Well, as for the city of Chicago, the summer is officially over. The past week has been 60-ish and pouring down rain every day in August, and it’s making me wish there were some college football games on tomorrow. Nevertheless, as I look back on the bizarre weather of the summer that was 2009, we must have a lot of pleasant days, because honestly, I can’t ever remember drinking more white wine than I did over the last three or four months. I’ve featured two whites in the last two months, and I can’t think of a better way to close off the summer than to feature another fantastic light, but creamy wine just in case you still have 80-degree temperatures coming your way. As whites go, I’ve always loved Viognier for its distinctive sugary body of stone fruits like apricots and peaches, with the occasional undertone of honey, vanilla and spice. If you’re into this kind of thing, I think you’ll find my pick for this month’s wine quite pleasing. Additional note: I love whites with twist caps, since you have to keep them in the fridge after you open them anyway.

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YALUMBA VIOGNIER EDEN VALLEY 2007, 91 POINTS, $20, 1600 Cases Produced

Suave and even throughout, with pear, apricot and peach notes showcasing lively acidity. Floral on the palate with rose-water above the orange citrus notes adding character. Silky with a long citrusy finish, all above notes of well- intertwined, spicy minerality.

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