Anthony`s Picks: Five Wines for the Warm Weather


Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio 2011 Guntrum Riesling 2011 Zonin Prosecco Brut

This pinot grigio from the foothills of the Dolomites in northeastern Italy is very crisp with citrus of lemon, kumquats and faint minerality. It is the perfect match for seafood, grilled or raw. (E-Mart, 12,000 won.)

From Rheinhessen in Germany, this family has been making quality wine since 1648. Citrus and pear with its hallmark notes of honey and petrol, pair with spicy dishes or a cheese plate. (Sunz Gallery, 50,000 won.)

Prosecco from the Veneto region usually made into Italian sparkling wine, offers ripe Granny Smiths, slight yeast with a lively effervescence to a graphite finish. From aperitivo to dessert, matches almost everything. (Lotte Mart, 25,000 won.)

 

Tesco Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010 Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2007

From New Zealand, specifically the world’s most southerly wine region, this pinot is replete with dusty cherry, Burgundian barnyard and tart acidity. Give it some time as it melds into cherry cola/coffee bean flavors, especially for oenophiles who enjoy the funkadelics paired with salmon, chicken and grilled duck. (Homeplus, normally 38,000 won, sometimes on sale for 19,000.)

G-P-L comes from Pauillac, the most revered sub-appellation of Bordeaux. Despite its 1855 fifth-growth status, it perennially outclasses those of superior pedigree. Comprised mostly of rich, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s a good buy for claret collectors or imbibers. (Shinsegae’s basement wine shop, 70,000 won.)


 

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Anthony Velasquez
Prior to moving to Busan in 2009, Anthony Velasquez worked in the Alexander Valley of Northern California as a winery lab tech. He has nearly a decade of experience serving, bartending and teaching wine in the finest farm-to-fork restaurants in Sacramento, California.

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