Wine of the Week

Light Mediterranean wines cool off Austin's hot, dry summer

Wine of the Week

It's Too Darn Hot: Wines to Cool You Off

All this hot weather has most of us grabbing for something cold and refreshing. Right now, we need light, dry, and thirst-quenching wines just right for quaffing. Spain, southern France, and Italy get their fair share of hot weather with stark sunshine and the occasional sirocco, so they figured out how to create refreshing wine long ago.

Americans have a love affair going on with Pinot Grigio. Alois Lageder's Riff Pinot Grigio ($10) is a delicious wine that has all of Pinot Grigio's benefits but with a touch more oomph than usual. The Spanish along the Bay of Biscay are big fans of a Basque wine called Txakoli. This wine has three main benefits: good acidity to match up with the local shellfish, just the tiniest frizz to clean the palate, and a price that runs $5-10 a bottle. The wine costs more in the U.S., but the brand Xarmant Txakoli often shows up for around $12. Finally, wines from around the French town of Tavel are always a treat. Imagine grinding a light dusting of white pepper over some fresh raspberries, and you have a good idea of what it's like to sniff Château d'Aqueria's Tavel Rosé ($17). Drink all of them cold!

Alois Lageder's Riff Pinot Grigio is available at the Austin Wine Merchant, the Xarmant Txakoli is on hand at Spec's, while Central Market North and several Spec's carry the Château d'Aqueria Tavel Rosé.

Sign up for the Chronicle Cooking newsletter

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

If you want to submit a recipe, send it to

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Summer wines
Beyond the Spritzer
Beyond the Spritzer
Cooling off with summer wines

Wes Marshall, July 18, 2008

More Wine of the Week
Wine of the Week
Superb Spanish Wines at Bargain Prices
Superb Spanish wines at bargain prices: Bodegas Franco-Españolas reds

Wes Marshall, Oct. 18, 2013

Wine of the Week
Wine of the Week
Homefront Red: grapes for a good cause

Wes Marshall, Sept. 20, 2013


Summer wines, wine, Pinot Grigio, Alois Lageder, Xarment, Txakoli, Basque, Château d'Aqueria, Tavel Rosé, Rosé

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle