Sigh...those poolside romance novels are permeating my brain.
But the idea is sound. Especially at the pool, wine is truly an alternative to beer, even employing the same accoutrements: a cooler filled with ice, an opener and a couple of plastic cups.
At the pool, you don't drink heavy reds 'cause the red wine will make you sleepy, ruining the good time. There's an old European tale that white wine will stimulate your brain activity, but red will put you to sleep. Hmm...
Also, light whites and ros?s help quench the thirst you build up under the sweltering sun. You don't need a wine that requires thought or discussion, or one that distracts you from your poolside activities, such as white wine body shots, "drink" Twister, or strip poker.
Don't worry about using plastic cups (but avoid Styrofoam -- all you'll taste is, well, Styrofoam). With quaffing and quenching wines, the cold liquid won't be around long enough to be swirled and swished in a regular glass anyway.
To maximize your outdoor summer experience, mix the following whites and ros?s in with a little romance, two trembling lips, and loads of sunscreen, and you're in for sensual poolside bliss.
Erath 2000 Pinot Gris
Yummy... wet your pants good stuff. Slightly "off-dry" (geek speak for kinda sweet), this citrus-y white from Oregon has a veritable fruit salad of flavors going on: pineapple, peach and watermelon. Now THAT'S a summer pool wine. $14 **** 1/2
Miner Family 2000 Sangiovese Ros?
Dry as a stiff bone, this ros? aims to please the snobbiest of anti-pink-wine fanatics. One of these days, Americans will realize, as they have for centuries in France, that ros?s are truly refreshing and worthy of attention. $11 ****
Folie a Deux 2000 Menage a Trois LaPetite Folie
A blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and a little-known grape called Muscat, this slightly sweet chiller goes down easy. Definitely the best selection for body shots. $11 *** 1/2
Guigal 1999 Cote du Rhone Ros?
From the Rhone Valley in Southern France comes an excellent value in a dry French ros?. Hints of strawberry and other juicy berries. $10 ***
Silverado 2000 Sauvignon Blanc
To get the goody out of this wine, don't serve it ice cold. When it warms up enough to no longer have dew on the outside of the glass, it's ready to go. Ultra dry, refreshing and sporting tropical flavors, this wine pairs well with the sun. $14 *** 1/2
Burgans 2000 Albarino
Like a big wet kiss, the slightly fruity, crisp, green apple flavors linger ever so slightly on the tongue after you swallow. Albarino is a deliciously acidic grape hailing from Spain, gaining in notoriety in recent years. $12 ***1/2
Chateau Benoit 2000 White Riesling
Like biting into a Red Delicious apple. Covers your palate with deep fruit, then finishes so clean it's like it was never there. Might distract you from the pool, but this Oregon cutie will vie for your attention. $15 ***1/2
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