Looking for a perfect wine for a summer party? Consumer Reports just tested two kinds-pinot grigio and riesling. Turns out you've got lots of good choices for summer sipping.
Whether you're choosing a wine at a restaurant or at home, you want to be sure you'll enjoy it.
Consumer Reports just tested dozens of white wines-22 pinot grigios and 16 rieslings.
Wine experts look for a wine's distinct qualities when tasting.
Paul Reynolds of Consumer Reports says, "Pinot Grigio is a fairly simple varietal. It's generally dry, and it's generally leaner and lighter than many other white wines."
Pinot grigio is good with light pasta dishes or grilled fish. Rieslings can vary a lot.
Reynolds says, 'Drier Rieslings are quite versatile and go well with everything from pork, veal, and scallops to milder cheeses."
And a sweeter riesling can be good dessert wines.
When Consumer Reports' tests were done, there were plenty of very good, inexpensive wines to choose from.
For riesling, the 2010 Hogue Late Harvest topped the ratings. It costs ten dollars a bottle.
For a pinot grigio, try the 2010 Black Swan Vineyards. It rated very good, and it costs a "light" eight dollars a bottle.
Another pinot grigio Consumer Reports rated very good is even less expensive. It's the Pinot Grigio Wine Cube 2010 from Target.
Yep, it comes in a box. The cost-$18 for the equivalent of four regular bottles. But be aware, if you're shopping for it, it's not available at every Target, so check before you go.