The last several days have been scorching hot. The lowest highs have been in the low 80s. The highest have been in the high 80s! As we generally only get a few days in the 80s all summer, this is very unusual, especially so early in the summer.
To keep cool, we have had our fans going all day long, and are trying to strategically open and close windows and blinds to let in cool air and keep out the heat. It is only sort of working. The first floor of our house was 80 degrees when we went to bed last night. Our bedroom was several degrees hotter.
All that heat means summer whites! I found a great New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc It is a pale straw yellow, with crisp acidity, and flavors of grapefruit and lemongrass. It was so good! A perfect patio sipper, and a steal at less than $10!
A couple days later, I opened the Evolution White by Sokol Blosser. A kitchen sink blend, with Pinot Gris, White Riesling, Muscat, Gewürztraminer, Müller Thurgau, Semillon, Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner, and Chardonnay, this wine has nice tropical flavors of peach and citrus. Though not as crisp as the Monkey Bay, it is a great summer white with its crispness balancing out the sweet, tropical notes.
Now if only I were on vacation!