This deep in August, refresh yourself with a crisp white. These wines are made to go with seafood and light chicken dishes.
The 2013 Priest Ranch Grenache Blanc ($22) brings a taste of Spain and the Rhône, wrapped in a peach-plum Napa Valley package. Grenache blanc contributes 35 percent of the 2014 Domaines Paul Mas Côte Mas Blanc Méditerranée ($13), a citrusy, versatile blend from the Languedoc.
Bright and fuller is the 2013 Inman Family Wines Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($35), which delivers vibrant acidity, with traces of apple, pear and hazelnuts, while restraining the creaminess for any upcoming lobster bake. Peachy and balanced, the 2013 Migration Sonoma County Russian River Chardonnay ($32) is a rich, slightly floral, focused choice that's ideal with lobster and crab. From Washington state comes the 2013 Buty Sémillon, Sauvignon & Muscadelle ($25), an appealing blend that offers a hint of apricot and citrus, plus a floral, minerally quality.
The 2014 Mazzoni Pinot Grigio and 2014 Vermentino-Chardonnay (each $19) are a straw-shaded duet, ripe and a little minerally. The pinot shines with tropical fruit; the white blend, with apple and a trace of spice. The 2013 Zuani Vigne Collio Bianco ($24) and the 2012 Zuani Riserva Collio Bianco ($37) are aromatic, focused, spirited blends that take you to Friuli-Venezia-Giulia in northeastern Italy. And the maturing, full-bodied, creamy, minerally 2011 Marina Cvetic Trebbiano d'Abruzzo Riserva DOC ($43) seamlessly delivers apple, vanilla and a foil for steamed lobster and fritto misto.