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Summer Sips: Picnic-perfect bottles from wineries around the world

July 2, 2021

Sophisticated Living‘s summer wine feature was inspired by several wineries in the VINTUS portfolio, including from Juvé & Camps, Guigal, Dog Point, Masseria Surani and Errazuriz. The story offers a range of wines from around the world to enhance your next picnic, and will be published in the following regional editions: Louisville, Indianapolis, Lexington, St. Louis, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus and Nashville.

Each wine featured has a great paragraph to accompany it, offering winery background and tasting notes. A quick snapshot to inspire your next bottle:

  • Cava for Spritz Season: Juvé & Camps Reserva de la Familia Gran Reserva 2017 and Brut Rosé Pinot Noir NV
  • Add a Certain Je Ne Sais Quois to Your Next Picnic: Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2019
  • Live La Dolce Vita: Masseria Surani Fiano 2018 and Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2017
  • A Sauvignon Blanc for the Season: Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2020
  • Chilean Choices for Summer Sipping: Errazuriz MAX Chardonnay 2019 and MAX Pinot Noir 2019

You can read the full story online HERE or in the full PDF below.

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Related Wines

    Juvé & Camps

    Juvé & Camps Reserva de la Familia Gran Reserva 2017

    Cava

    “Reserva de la Familia” (translating to ‘Reserve of the Family’) is the leading Gran Reserva in the world, always vintage-dated, and all the more notable because of the quality needed to produce it without dosage (‘Brut Nature’ designation).

    Juvé & Camps

    Juvé & Camps Brut Rosé Pinot Noir NV

    Cava

    Originally developed for the United States and now as popular as Reserva de la Familia, Juvé & Camps' flagship rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir. Following the "Méthode Traditionnelle", it is aged for 15 months in the bottle. Categorized as 'Brut' with only 5g/l of dosage, it is intense, fresh and exuberant with aromas of bright red fruits.

    E. Guigal

    E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2018

    Côtes du Rhône

    Guigal’s Côtes du Rhône Blanc both sets and steps outside the standard for the appellation and showcases one of the great secrets of the Guigal family: their specialization in the great white Rhône varieties. While only 8% of the Rhône's production is white, a full 25% of Guigal’s production is white and they are today the single largest producer of whites in the Rhône Valley.

    Masseria Surani

    Masseria Surani Fiano

    Puglia IGT

    In keeping with a tribute to the local land, the winemaking process is noninvasive and allows the characteristics of the local terroir to shine through. The resulting wine is aromatic, marked by notes of white flowers, tangerine, and lime.  The premium fruit required for making this wine is obtained as a result of strict clonal selection, modern vine training systems, and severe pruning, in order to produce a small amount of high quality wines with respect for terroir and tradition.

    Masseria Surani

    Masseria Surani Primitivo 2017

    Puglia IGT

    This 100% Primitivo is rich and forward, with notes of baking spice, licorice, blackberry and black cherry fruit, as well as hints of chocolate. Despite the boldness of the flavors, the wine retains bright acidity and restrained alcohol levels, keeping it fresh throughout. 

    Dog Point Vineyard

    Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2019

    Marlborough

    Dog Point's Sauvignon Blanc has become the icon in its category, a stainless steel Sauvignon Blanc that pulsates with energy, expressiveness and complexity that push the boundaries of what you may expect from Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. 

    Errázuriz

    Errázuriz MAX Chardonnay 2019

    Aconcagua Costa

    One of Francisco Baettig’s favorite varietals to work with, year after year MAX Chardonnay is noted for its crispness and lively acidity. The exceptional soils and cool ocean breeze provide optimal conditions for Chardonnay in Errazuriz' coastal vineyards, located just 8 miles from the Pacific. Th­e diverse soils control plant vigor, producing fruit that is balanced yet intensely concentrated, with a beautiful fresh citrus and mineral profile.

    Errázuriz

    Errázuriz MAX Pinot Noir 2019

    Aconcagua Costa

    Hailing from a daring planting nearly 15 years ago of vineyards fewer than ten miles from the Pacific Ocean, MAX Pinot Noir is a stunning expression of Pinot Noir that we believe makes it one of the highest quality, most interesting, and most original Pinot Noirs available at its price from anywhere in the world.

Related Producers

    Juvé & Camps

    Penedès

    Juvé & Camps is indisputably the worldwide leader of Gran Reserva Cava. This family-owned, 100% estate-based producer is revered in Spain for its painstaking focus on quality and sustainability, and its important role within the country’s conversation on fine wine in general. A winegrowing family for over 200 years, in 1921 Juvé started producing the first sparkling wines under their name. They have been pioneers in the viticulture and production of Cava since then and, today, while Gran Reserva only accounts for 2% of all Cava production, it remains the focus of the estate."

    E. Guigal

    Rhône Valley, France

    The more you learn about the Guigal family, the more astounding becomes their story.  Their wines are the benchmarks for every Rhone appellation, and over the last thirty years they have become arguably the most lauded producer in the world.  Year after year the Guigal family produces wines of exceptional quality that in all classes offer exceptional value.

    Masseria Surani

    Puglia, Italy

    Masseria Surani is located in Manduria, one of the most renowned areas in Puglia for the cultivation of the native Primitivo grape. Manduria was first colonized in 700 BC by the ancient Greeks, and Masseria Surani pays homage to the winemaking heritage of the area by producing high quality wines that respect the terroir and tradition of the land on which they are cultivated.

    Dog Point Vineyard

    Marlborough, New Zealand

    Almost since its inception, Dog Point  has been recognized as among the very top (arguably the very top) wine producers in New Zealand.  Their two very different Sauvignon Blancs, their Pinot Noir, and their Chardonnay are all wines of astounding quality and complexity not just in the context of New Zealand wines, but globally.

    Errázuriz

    Aconcagua Valley, Chile

    Errázuriz is recognized as perhaps the single top quality producer of Chilean wines, within recent years alone Eduardo Chadwick, President, named Decanter Man of the Year 2018, and the winery awarded Best Chilean Winery 2017 by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.