Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group. He's also worked as the sommelier at Frances, Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday.
1. Riesling—any Riesling, though I'll pull out a Dr. Loosen from the Mosel region of Germany because it's low alcohol, light and crisp. And if you choose a Riesling kabinet, then just a little sweet. Try: Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinet 2008
2. California Sauvignon Blanc used to not be very good, but over the last couple of years, a bunch of great ones can now be found on the cheap. Look for locals like Cep, Crocker & Star, Selene & Manifesto, to name a few. Try: Cep Sauvignon Blanc Russian River 2008
3. Chablis—the French stuff, not the posers who wear the name but can't walk the walk! The real deal is undergoing an upswing in quality across the board so you can now reach for affordable selections from Fevre, Moreau and Billot-Simon. I'll still take the splurge on a Raveneau even if it does make my wife cry. Try: William Fevre Chablis 2008
4. Gamay, the grape of Beaujolais, but also found in Oregon and the Loire Valley. I never enjoyed these until I met the wines of JP Brun, and now I can dig it. A little chill makes them even better. Try: JP Brun Beaujolais 2008
5. Trousseau. Yes, that really is the name of a grape and I'm recommending it. It's from the Jura region in the French Alps. See? Just saying that cools you down. French Alps .... brrrrrr. These wines can be like the Gamays from above, but more raspberry and earth. A little heavier, but at the right temperature, they are so refreshing. Look for the Tissot wines or the Domaine de la Tournelle, I know they have them at BiRite. Try: Domaine de la Tournelle Trousseau des Corvees 2008
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