The Wine Guy: An Al-Fresco-Friendly White

This affordable French blend is perfect for warm weather sipping.

As summer winds down, there’s still time to find new, interesting white wines for patio dining. Never a white without a red to follow, never a red without a white before it. Why settle for the same old, same old?
Saint André de Figuière “Cuvée Valerie” Côtes de Provence 2006
evokes the south of France with its sunny, rejuvenating acidity and slight, enticingly herbaceous flavor. The blend is unconventional: 60 percent Ugni Blanc, 25 percent Rolle (the French name for Vermentino), and 15 percent Semillon, which gives it some body. Enjoy it by itself, with patio finger food (olives, cheese, chips and dip), or grilled seafood.
Imported by the Country Vintner and available for $14 at the Vineyard, 1445 Laughlin Ave., McLean; 703-288-2970.