These refreshing local classics guarantee fun in the sun all season long.
CHANNING DAUGHTERS SAUVIGNON BLANC ($23 at channingdaughters.com) is crisp and aromatic, with grapefruit, wild peach, and cut-grass notes. Produced from some of the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines on Long Island, it’s “fermented in stainless-steel tanks to preserve its purity and precision,” says winemaker Christopher Tracy. Match it with white-fleshed fish or fresh chèvre.
LIEB ESTATE PINOT BLANC ($24 at liebcellars.com) bears fragrances of lemongrass and rose and bright fruit flavors. “Pinot Blanc is well suited to cool climates,” says winemaker Russell Hearn. “Here, it expresses vivid acidity and brightness, yet a delicacy in flavor. My favorite pairing: Peconic Bay scallops.”
MACARI KATHERINE’S FIELD SAUVIGNON BLANC ($24 at macariwines.com) is exuberant and citrus-driven, with savory overtones. Produced in the Loire Valley style, it’s great for clambakes and local seafood. “My family started planting Sauvignon Blanc 25 years ago,” says director Gabriella Macari, who named this intricate white for her grandmother. The vineyard offers free delivery to the Hamptons.
MCCALL SAUVIGNON BLANC CUVÉE NICOLA ($24 at mccallwines.com) shows lively acidity and aromas of citrus, passion fruit, and wildflowers. “It’s more on the riper side of the Sancerre style, with tropical flavors, elegance, and finesse,” says consulting winemaker Gilles Martin.
RG VIOGNIER ($33 at rgnywine.com) boasts peach, tangerine, and floral aromas and a soft, creamy texture. “Viognier is such a capricious grape to grow,” says Maria Rivero González, who oversees her family’s wineries on the North Fork and in Coahuila, Mexico. “The result: complexity in the finished wine.”
ROANOKE INFINITE POSSIBILITY ($22 at roanokevineyards.net) is a fragrant blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc with a trace of Gewürztraminer. Wölffer Estate winemaker Roman Roth produces this “wine for the senses” for owner Rich Pisacano, who planted Roanoke’s vineyards two decades ago. “Sauvignon Blanc brings the lively acidity, and the Chardonnay softness and body.”
PAUMANOK CHENIN BLANC ($29 at paumanok.com) exhibits a grapefruit essence and a hint of sweetness. Winemaker Kareem Massoud, who is also president of Long Island Wine Country, describes this Chenin Blanc as “low-alcohol and thirst-quenching. Just put it in an ice bucket and bring out the oysters and clams.”
WÖLFFER ANTONOV SAUVIGNON BLANC ($35 at wolffer.com) exudes sweet intense fruit, an earthy core, and a gooseberry character. “I wanted to reach for the stars with this Sauvignon Blanc,” says winemaker Roman Roth. “We planted a special vineyard with the musqué clones. I barrel-ferment and leave the wine on its lees for five months, which creates deep layers of complexity. Antonov is age worthy.”
The print version of this article appeared with the headline: Summer Whites.