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International white wines for red hot days

Friday - 6/10/2011, 12:41pm  ET

by Scott Greenberg, Special to WTOP.com

Here are a few white wine we're loading up in our frig, hoping we can make a summer in Washington - or anywhere it's hot, hot, hot - just a little more bearable.

If your tongue is on fire, try chilling it down with the 2009 Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Torrontes from Argentina, South America. It has white flower aromas such as orange blossom and rose. Fruity notes of pear, mango and passion fruit play on the palate where the excellent acidity provides outstanding freshness. $18.

When the weather warms up in Spain, the Spanish turn to Albarino. The 2009 Nessa Albarino from the Rias Baixas region of Spain is a delicate, well-integrated white wine that features scents of honeysuckle, jasmine, nectarine and melon. Flavors of orange blossom and white peaches are buoyed by delicate mineral notes and soft acidity. Medium-bodied and highly versatile, this will pair beautifully with a wide range of seafood dishes. $13.

The wine drinkers in New Zealand keep their cool with the 2009 Seifried Riesling from Nelson, New Zealand. The bright notes of lemon zest, nectarine and slate on the palate are welcome relief for any palate dying of thirst. Best of all, the ever-so-slight residual sugar provides just enough sweetness to tame the heat of spicier fare. $17.

Of course, the Romans know a thing or two about hot weather. So when in Rome - or anywhere it's hot - try the Fontana Candida Frascati Superiore from the province of Lazio in Italy. Delicate fragrances of wild flowers and green apples fill the bouquet while lively flavors of peaches, nectarines and almonds refresh the palate. Bright acidity keep the finish light and bracing. $10.

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