Enjoying a refreshing wine while outdoors is a sublime pleasure. Rich, spicy varietals can be set aside for light, crisp options when the heat becomes oppressive. Discover ideas for beach parties, Summer BBQs, and casual sipping on the porch. Maintaining the best serving temperatures of your wine is key, setting the bottle in a wine chiller before bringing it outside.
This is chardonnay’s vivacious expression with delicious fresh flavors of apples and nuts; they can zip into your glass with tart quince or linger in delicate spices. Found in the Côte de Beaune, Chablis and Mâconnais regions in France, it can be paired with crab, smoked fish, creamy dishes, or childhood favorites like macaroni and cheese.
Interest in this complex, aging friendly wine is growing in California’s wine country, where it is often blended with zinfandel, creating a voluminous swirl of dark berries, chocolate, licorice and black pepper. Bring it out for grilled steak, burgers and heartier Summer foods, where it will shine with its structure of tannins.
Pleasing and smooth, it is a reliable wine for parties, ranging from juicy cherry flavors to lush plum and the occasional tobacco or leather notes. It is a bright, straightforward wine without a lingering finish, allowing a wide range of food pairings, from chicken and goat cheese to grilled mushrooms and pasta.
Splash into this zesty melon, nectarine, mango and citrus adventure with sweet, enticing aromas. Its acidity balances with creamy cheeses, vegetable soups and light shrimp or scallops, and should be enjoyed as a young wine, rather than aged.
Ripe tropical fruit flavors mix with ginger, floral aromas and tart apple for an acidic potentially sparkling wine treat that is a refreshing Summer choice with turkey, avocado, roasted bell peppers and peach cobbler.
Touches of minerality influence the sweet wash of fruits and floral notes. High in acidity, they range from dry to sweet dessert wine, often with luscious pear, honey and apricot flavors or tart citrus. When aged, riesling can waft petrol aromas that are off-putting, although the wine itself is smooth and rich. Pair it confidently with spicier dishes, cheeses like colby and monterey jack, or pork and chopped salads.