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The Dozen - No-Thinkin' Drinkin'

At last you can safely social distance outside and finally get that great sunburn you’ve been waiting for.

Today’s Dozen is mainly a selection of mellow whites with a minimum of zip, plus a few fruity reds for no-thinkin’ drinkin’ on the deck or at the sand pit beside the ocean.  But for those of you sitting comfortably under the umbrella reading the latest Times best-seller or that classic novel which is making you want to doze off, here are also a couple of delicious, complex Hamel Family wines – one red, one white.

Sure. It’s okay to drop your mask while sipping.

2019 Garofoli “Macrina” Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore ($15). Fragrant green fruitiness with a little cream; medium body, nice finish.

2018 Pasqua “Romeo & Juliet Passione Sentimento” Veneto Bianco ($15). Fruity sweet with gooseberry and light pineapple tastes.

2019 Umani Ronchi “Vellodoro” Terre di Chieti Pecorino ($15). Green fruitiness with mellow cheese/whey notes at the end.

2018 Cedar + Salmon Willamette Valley Pinot Gris ($16). Juicy mix of green fruits and peachy flavors.

2018 Ron Rubin Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($18). Soft fruity – a medium-bodied, mellow, creamy wine.

2019 Dog Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($21). Crisp, very vegetal green fruit.

2019 Hamel Family Sonoma Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($50). Good piercing lime and other green fruits but also with strands of spiciness and a creamy touch of yogurt.

2019 Beronia Rioja Rosato ($15). Smooth strawberry-orange flavors with a nice tanginess in the finish.

2019 Pasqua “11 Minutes” Italian Rosato ($16). Enjoyable – light floral notes in the beginning with a slightly earthy, pungent ending.

2018 Umani Ronchi “Podere” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ($14). A little like a nouveau in a good, refreshing way – crisp with some ending notes of minerality and a pleasant prickliness.

2018 Umani Ronchi “San Lorenzo” Rosso Conero ($18). Enjoyable, easy-drinking, medium body dark red with spicy cherry fruitiness.

2017 Hamel Family Sonoma Valley “Isthmus” Red Wine ($86). So, you’ve waded through all those pleasant but everyday wines for something delicious, and here it is. Very nice black currant fruit with smooth integration of barrel flavors and lots of nice, puckery tannins at the end – drink now or save for later.


Prices listed are generally SRP or from wine-searcher.com.

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