Whites are cool and refreshing for summer. And now that we had another great weather weekend we can now say that summer has officially arrived. I thought it would never happen with all the rain we had. It was not pleasant for my flower beds. The innocent flowers were soaked and did not live to see the beautiful sun. I will try again, plant new flowers, and hope they will live up to the unpredictable weather. Now with the temperatures warming up in the northeast there are some great white wines that are fresh and young and can live up to a reputation of refreshing and crisp. There are many white wines that fit in this category but I’d like to explore some Old World wines from Alsace. I like old world regions, especially Alsace with its quaint villages and beautiful window boxes. Alsace is traditionally known for producing riesling, gewürztraminer, pinot gris, muscat, and pinot blanc. These whites are bold, dry, full-bodied, and very aromatic. With all these fine qualities, these whites are the perfect pairings for the vast array of foods on our summer tables. Riesling — considered the queen of Alsatian wine, is one of the most intense whites. It comes in a wide range from very dry to sweet. These are easy drinking wines with smoked fish, grilled chicken or pork. Choose a dry wine with your fish or meat entrees and a sweeter riesling with sweet fruit desserts. Gewürztraminer — has distinct aromas and flavors with a hint of spice which makes it the perfect match for spicy Asian style meals. Don’t be shy about asking for “Gewürz” and give it a try with Thai and other spicy dishes. Gewürztraminer also comes in dry to sweet styles. Muscat — is very dry and fruity that has aromas of peaches, orange peel and tangerine. These fruit flavors make this white wine perfect as an aperitif as well. Pinot Gris — is native to Alsace and has flavors of almond, herb, and a bit of smokiness. In Italy this white is called Pinot Grigio known for its crisp acidity. Pinot Blanc — is a light white wine that has a creamy quality which makes it a great pairing with many of the foods served on your summer table. Here is more information on white wines.