The first real heatwave of the season has descended upon us here in the east, with temperatures near 100, scorching sunshine, and TV meteorologists in a de facto contest to see who can terrify their viewers most.
Drink a gallon of water every hour!
Hook yourself up to an IV line of Gatorade!
Crank up the air conditioning to 50 degrees!
Personally, we prefer a different coping mechanism for the heat here at GoodLife Report: Sancerre. Nestled in the bucolic Loire Valley, Sancerre is among the great summertime whites – refreshing, able to express itself well even when chilled down aggressively, and perfect alongside the kind of lighter foods we all tend to crave when the mercury climbs toward 100. With a forecast like we’re dealing with right now, this is as perfect a Sauvignon Blanc as you’ll find.
Domaine Fournier Père et Fils Sancerre “Les Belles Vignes” 2010
Even before you take the first sip of this wine, it’s abundantly clear that this is a white built on a base of refreshment and vivacity. Minerals, citrus fruit, and bright, crisp acidity intertwine with something that reminds me of green herbs or grass – not underripe by any stretch, just fresh and perfect for the season. It’s good enough to almost make you wish the heat sticks around for a while.