Summertime Wines

Summertime Wines

Although summer doesn't technically start until June 20th, everyone is starting to feel warm and bright sunlight now. Backyard parties with family & friends and beach days can start early. Bringing wine to a party can be a great gift to say thank you. Here are things to consider when shopping for a wine that pairs well with the beautiful weather. 

  1. Light and Refreshing: Opt for wines that are light-bodied and refreshing, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, or Vinho Verde. These wines are crisp and easy to drink, making them perfect for hot summer days.

  2. Rosé All Day: Rosé wines are a quintessential choice for summer, offering a balance between the refreshing qualities of white wine and the fruitiness of red wine. Look for dry rosés with notes of strawberry, watermelon, and citrus for a delightful summer sip.

  3. Chillable Reds: Choose red wines that are lighter in body and can be served slightly chilled. Examples include Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, and Grenache. Chilling these red wines for about 15-30 minutes before serving can enhance their refreshing qualities while still showcasing their fruit flavors.

  4. Sparkling Selections: Sparkling wines are perfect for summer celebrations and outdoor gatherings. Opt for Prosecco, Cava, or sparkling rosé for a festive touch. Their effervescence and acidity make them incredibly refreshing and palate-cleansing.

  5. Consider Alcohol Content: Look for wines with lower alcohol content, typically around 11-13%, to keep you feeling light and refreshed in the heat. Wines with higher alcohol content can feel heavy and overwhelming in hot weather.

  6. Versatile Pairings: Choose wines that pair well with a variety of summer dishes, from light salads and seafood to grilled vegetables and barbecue fare. Versatile wines like Riesling, Chardonnay, and Gamay can complement a wide range of flavors.

  7. Crisp Whites for Seafood: For seafood dishes like grilled fish, shrimp, or oysters, opt for crisp, acidic white wines like Chablis, Albariño, or Grüner Veltliner. Their bright acidity can cut through the richness of seafood and enhance its flavors.

  8. Fruity Reds for BBQ: When serving grilled meats or barbecue dishes, reach for fruity red wines with soft tannins, such as Zinfandel, Malbec, or Syrah. Their ripe fruit flavors and gentle spice notes can complement the smoky flavors of grilled food.

  9. Experiment with New Varieties: Summer is a great time to explore new wine regions and grape varieties. Consider trying wines from lesser-known regions like Austria, Portugal, or New Zealand, or discovering unique grape varieties like Vermentino, Grüner Veltliner, or Gamay.

  10. Trust Your Palate: Ultimately, the best way to pick out wine for summer is to trust your own taste preferences. Whether you prefer crisp whites, refreshing rosés, or light reds, choose wines that you enjoy and that suit the occasion. Don't be afraid to try something new and discover your next favorite summer sip!

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