Summer Wine Picks

White wine and a stocked picnic basketBarbecues, sunglasses, suntan lotion, swim suits…summer is upon us! Here are some great wine picks to enjoy this summer.

Reds
Our guess is that no matter how big you like your wine, once the weather gets warm, you start to shy away from your usual Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. If you’re like a lot of red drinkers, perish the thought of reaching for a glass of white instead! Don’t fret, dear dedicated red drinker – we’ve got you covered. Give these a try:

• Cabernet Franc is a classic component of any Bordeaux. Cab Franc is especially great for the summer because it’s best served with a slight chill. Cab Franc’s got a nice full body, medium tannins, and the kind of plump fruit that makes those big reds so easy to gulp.
• Merlot is the perfect accompaniment to a plate piled high with barbecue. The big juicy ripe fruit and slightly dry finish of most Merlots won’t clash with even the boldest barbecue flavors!
• Beaujolais is so much more than the sweet stuff served around the holidays. It’s light, fruity, floral and really shines with a slight chill – making it the perfect companion to a summer picnic in the park or on the beach.

Whites
Summertime was made for sipping white wines. However, rather than stick to the same old Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Grigio,why not try something new this summer? Here are our picks for some great white summer quaffs:

• Grüner Veltliner is a wine that had its hay day in the 80’s but is ready for a comeback. It’s light and can be slightly sweet, best when served nice and chilly, and has subtle spice-and-citrus notes.
• Viognier is a wine that is definitely an up-and-comer and with good reason. It’s an endlessly feminine white wine that has one of the prettiest floral noses of any white wine. Its nice full body and high acidity make it super food friendly but it also drinks well all on its own.
• Torrontes is a white wine from Argentina that has a distinct nose of apricots and peaches and usually has an extremely attractive price point. Torrontes is an especially good alternative to Pinot Grigio, with the same kind of light body and crisp finish.