Fact: Argentina produces a white wine that is perfect for summer quaffing: Torrontés. The hotter it gets outside, the more refreshing this wine becomes. Most examples that you find on the market are under $10 and are well worth investigating. For those not used to it, Torrontés may seem odd. It has a hugely floral nose yet the wine is bone dry. That means if won’t make you hotter when you drink it, unlike a sweet wine.
Don’t store these beauties to drink at a later date. They are all about youth and vibrancy, and that is especially true of the Filus, which comes from Salta at the base of the Andes Mountains. Aromas of jasmine and honeysuckle explode out of the glass, leading to crisp zing on the tongue filled with flavors of pear and apple before ending in a tangy finish.
This wine calls for shrimp off the grill, Asian food with a touch of spice, or fish with a buttery-wine sauce.
The Filus sells for about $7.99 a bottle at Spec’s and Costco.
Feeling: Chill this lovely wine down, get it icy cold, and just keep pouring yourself glass after glass as long as the temperature remains too hot to bear.