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Spring and Summer Sips Worth Savoring

summer wineIf you are looking for a great warm-weather wine for your Memorial Day barbeque, look no further than downtown Buffalo’s own City Wine Merchant. This locally-owned boutique wine shop just got in a great selection of refreshing white and reds perfect for washing down your favorite grilled fare or just sipping outside as you soak up the sun. What’s better, many of them are under $20, and all of them are hand-selected by proprietor Eric Geneau, who takes pride in stocking high-quality, often small-production, wines

City Wine Merchant holds free tastings every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. (as well as special tasting events throughout the year), so I had the pleasure of trying two of the spring/summer selections: a lip-smacking, lemony white Bordeaux and a delicious merlot- based blend that is light enough to enjoy when temperatures run high but not so light that it couldn’t stand up to food. It even comes in a convenient half-bottle for you solo imbibers out there.

Among the other spring/summer offerings, I was particularly excited to find a Txakolina. This effervescent white is consumed in mass quantities across Spain’s Basque Region but is much harder to find in the United States, and I spent too much time last summer trying to hunt down a bottle locally. I am happy to report I can now pick some up anytime I want (or until stock runs out) just a few blocks from my workplace.

Eric calls this Txakolina complex and really interesting, and I am wondering if that has something to do with its 11% potency (many Txakolina are young and lower in alcohol). I can’t wait to find out this weekend.

Salud, Buffalo!