Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Favorite Wine Hits the Spot of Summer


Sarah Michelle Gellar. Photo courtesy of Pure Bright

Sarah Michelle Gellar may be best known for her blockbuster TV and movie roles, but this wife and mother of two is also an accomplished author, entrepreneur, and culinary expert. as founder food, a baking tool subscription company, and cookbook author Fun with food: Over 115 simple and delicious ways to get creative in the kitchenGellar’s gastronomic skills and know-how are well proven. So when she recommends her current favorite wine, we take notice.

This summer, Gellar wine glass is full [yellow tail] pure bright, a lower alcohol wine (available in Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Chardonnay) goes well with the best summertime bonus. [yellow tail]America’s best-selling imported wine brand has spent the past several years creating PURE BRIGHT via a proprietary process that maximizes flavor while reducing calories and alcohol.

Gellar fell in love with Australian wine while filming Down Under. “I think it’s more about experiencing being able to tastefully document time and space,” Gellar said. “You learn a lot about the culture, the city and the country based on what they drink…The Pure Bright variety has very specific flavor characteristics. The Yellow Tail has retained the essence that makes a beautiful wine.

Photo courtesy of Pure Bright

“I guess now it’s all about enjoying the moment after the year we’ve all been through and already present. I want everything to be plump, if that makes sense—not just my wine. I want to experience the taste, the sense, the smell and all that. Nothing is better than a reward End of the day, and you feel like you’re on a mini vacation.You take your first great, crunchy sip, and say, “Yeah, I can do that again tomorrow.”

said John Casella, managing director of Casella Family Brands, which makes [yellow tail] Bright pure. “This was a trade-off we weren’t prepared to make. We took the opposite approach, ensuring great taste and then worked our way back up to introduce it to make it lighter.

“Like many busy moms, I’m constantly multitasking,” Gellar said. “But at the end of the day, I want to lighten things up a bit. PURE BRIGHT tastes great and is the perfect way to bring some balance back into my life.”

And one of Gellar’s favorite ways to enjoy PURE BRIGHT (as well as enjoying a glass of bubble bath with a really good book) is to pair it with seasonal summer dishes that perfectly complement the wine’s light, crisp flavors. Here are two of her favorite summer recipes:

Grilled shrimp skewers with citrus sauce


1 lemon

Half a cup of olive oil

2 cloves minced garlic

Half a teaspoon of salt

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

Half a teaspoon pepper

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deodorized (tail inside or outside)

2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

4 skewers approximately 12 inches long (if using wood, pre-soak in water)

citrus sauce

cup orange slices, cut into small pieces

cup fresh mango, cut into cubes

¼ cup finely chopped orange or yellow bell pepper

2 tablespoons orange juice

3 tablespoons fresh chopped chives

1 teaspoon minced garlic

salt and pepper as needed


Put the lemon zest in a small bowl. Cover and set aside.

Juice juice from lime and reserve.

Heat the grill or grill pan to medium to high.

Thread shrimp on skewers.

Put the skewers on the grill or grill tray; Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until shrimp are opaque or pink.

Sprinkle shrimp with lemon peel and chopped parsley.

Citrus sauce: Combine ingredients in a medium bowl and serve with shrimp.

Grilled shrimp skewers with citrus sauce. Photo courtesy of Pure Bright

Fruit biscuit with maple ricotta cream


8 plain sugar biscuits

Half a cup of ricotta cheese

2 tablespoons maple syrup, divided

Half a teaspoon of vanilla extract

Half a cup of apricot jam (without added sugar)

1½ cups fresh chopped fruit or berries


Beat ricotta cheese, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and vanilla until creamy. Sit aside.

Spread the jam evenly on each cookie.

Spread the ricotta mixture over the jam layer.

Arrange the fruit pieces on top of the biscuits.

Sprinkle with remaining maple syrup.

Fruit biscuit with maple ricotta cream. Photo courtesy of Pure Bright

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