Summer Hack: How to Chill a Bottle of Wine in 3 Minutes or Less
"This is a 100% chardonnay Champagne from the Aube region, which is more akin to Burgundy in style than the northern part of Champagne," explains McClintic. "The Gerbais family converted to organic farming after the matriarch of the family fell ill with an infection from pesticides. They have been working the land naturally ever since."
Pair with: Oysters and briny, clean shellfish
"Grüner Veltliner is to me the most versatile still wine on earth that can handle a range of dishes, including difficult greens and salads," says McClintic. "Martin Muthenthaler was an out-of-work truck driver who has since become one of Austria's most impressive producers. It's an amazing story, and the world is finally taking notice."
Pair with: Fresh summer salads—or funky dishes that are hard to pair with other wines
"To me the most difficult red wine to get right is syrah," says the master sommelier. "It's very finicky—really only showing its true character in very specific climatic conditions. The boys at Arnot-Roberts have cracked the code. This will be your BBQ wine, especially with lamb."
Pair with: Your best summer BBQ lamb chops, or any other grilled red meat
"I honestly can't think of better new world chardonnay then Sandhi's Bentrock," says McClintic. "This isn't your buttery, creamy chard—this is crisp and vibrant. It's also able to defy decades in the cellar."
Pair with: You would be doing alright to serve this with lobster or crab.
"The new Spain is upon us," says McClintic. "Ribera Sacra was an area in Northwest Spain, relegated to home consumption until it became an official region in 1996. Many of the vineyards, however, are as old as the hills planted by the Romans centuries ago. The new wave of producers like Envínate is made up of well-travelled young winemakers who are making wine in a natural way and thus redefining the Spanish style. This Mencía has the spicy, smoky character of syrah with the texture of Beaujolais."
Pair with: Fire up the grill with some herb chicken or pork. You will be in a happy place.