Kyle Meyer’s Summer Picks

Best Wines Online

Best Wines Online, Santa Ana’s hot new wine e-tailer, is featured in this month’s issue (click here for the article). At, you can make a purchase and pick it up locally—you’ve probably seen the sign off the 55. We got managing partner Kyle Meyer to spill his top five summer wine picks.

Von Buhl Pinot Noir Rosé Pfalz 2012 ($15): Germany and pinot noir and rosé, all in the same wine? Sure! Actually, this has consistently been one of the finest pink wine values we’ve tasted over the last several years, deep with that watermelon-y fruit component and a hint of strawberry; bone dry, so good.

La Ginestraia Vermentino Riviera Ligure di Ponente 2011 ($17): We’ve fallen in love with the vermentino wines from the Ligurian coast. A hint of sea salt, flowers, a touch of honey, some mineral. No oak, refreshing todrink … what more can we ask?

Rafael Palacios Sabrego Godello Valdeorras 2011 ($13): After almost disappearing from the face of the planet, godello is making a nice little comeback due to wines like this one. Crisp, yet full in the mouth, there is a tasty flowers-and-nuts-thing happening here, with a not-too ripe core of stone fruits.

Pewsey Vale Dry Riesling Eden Valley 2012 ($13): This is a classic dry riesling from Australia’s Eden Valley. 2012 was a phenomenal riesling vintage in South Australia and this wine is packed with verve, tightly coiled, but already delivering lime, green apple, stones, a touch of wax, vibrant acidity. The wine shimmers, and will age for a decade if cellared properly.

Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2011 ($14): One of our favorite California sauvignons, this one is sourced mainly from a patch of old vines in the heart of the Napa Valley, expensive real estate for white grapes. This is obviously a labor of love for these folks, and you won’t find a truer version of the genre at a better price.

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