As long as summer smothers on, let's keep chilling with bright new whites from Spain.
This one is a sharp blend of old, new and borrowed too. Chardonnay came from the international generic inventory, but macabeo, a.k.a. viura, is a Spanish favorite in easy whites and cava sparkling.
Castano is rebuilding the vineyards and credibility of Yecla in the very sunny south of Spain, and elevating macabeo grapes too.
This punched-up blend has a little peachy fun, fruit in the nose and a clean, dry, well-balanced taste.
It's pleasant drinking when the day is hot, the wine is cold, and the chicken chilled. Not bad with a plate of shrimp salad, either.
Availability: $10 to $12 in wine shops and liquor stores.
Chris Sherman, Times staff writer