Warmth is finally peeking out from underneath the underbelly of winter, escaping to where people wear shorts and sandals. When the mercury rises to this level, it’s difficult to slurp red wine. And stay awake. I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to get super sleepy after drinking red wine if consumed without food. A few years ago, I asked a chemist/pharmacist friend of mine about whether my perception of tiredness with red wine and energy with white held any merit. His response was interesting and I’ve continued to believe that white wine has the ability to help me stay awake. In this vein, I recommend these five inexpensive white and sparkling wines that should quench the thirst tugging at your tongue as well as keep you going.
Mulderbosch 2008 Chenin Blanc (4.5 stars, $14-$16)
Sorelle Branca Prosecco Brut (5 stars, $15-$18)
Hess 2009 Sauvignon Blanc Allomi Vineyard (3.5 stars, $14-$16)
The Climber 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (4.5 stars, $12-$14)
Cristalino Brut Cava (3.5 stars, $10-$12)