2009 Murphy-Goode Pinot Grigio, California; $13
With hotter weather upon us, this is the type of white wine you want on hand to enjoy with a dinner right off the grill. This pinot grigio starts with a terrific nose full of sweet floral and stone fruit notes. Once that first drop hits the mouth, the flavors explode with layers of peach, yellow apple, lemon and a slight spice and cream note. The citrus notes provide a terrific acidity, which makes this a great food wine. It goes especially well with grilled vegetables with chicken or seafood.
Alize Bleu Passion, France; $19
This is a unique drink that is a blend of passion fruit, cherries, ginger and french vodka. It has a striking blue color and an aroma that is divine, with the passion fruit and sweet cherries being most pronounced. Once the flavors hit the mouth, the taste is out of this world. The sweetness of the fruit notes with a touch of the spice from the ginger blend together perfectly to make a truly outstanding cocktail. It is not overly sweet. It's well-balanced, making it terrific for sipping on the rocks or adding to champagne for a new twist on mimosas. It would also work in a variety of cosmopolitans or mixed with other light spirits.
Lain Bradford is a wine writer and reviewer who has achieved his first level master sommelier certificate and is working toward his Certified Wine Educator degree. He only writes about beverages that are available in South Carolina and Georgia. Follow him on Twitter under the name "winereview."