15 Summer Wines To Enjoy When the Temps Are High

 Summer WinesRaise a glass to the warm weather with one of these refreshing wines. Rosé is the perfect choice for those looking for a cold, crisp drink to pair with summer foods. Unoaked whites are a bit more refreshing in hot temps. And these lighter reds with less tannins offer a heavier, but still refreshing choice. Here are recommendations by Sharon Sevrens, sommelier and owner of Montclair’s Amanti Vino:

summer winesRosé

  • CHATEAU PIGOUDET ROSE (2012) $11.99
  • EDETARIA VINYA D’IRTO GARNATXA ROSATO (2012) $12.99
  • TXAKOLINA “RUBENTIS” ROSE (2012) $23.99
  • L. CROCHET SANCERRE ROSE (2012) $29.99
  • SINSKEY VIN GRIS OF PINOT NOIR (2012) $32.99

White

  • DE FORVILLE PIEDMONTE CHARDONNAY (2012) $16.99
  • LA FORET DES DAMES SANCERRE RESERVE (2011) $15.99
  • DONNHOFF TONSCHIEFER RIESLING TROCKEN (2011) $24.99
  • ALMONDO ROERO ARNEIS BRICCO CILIEGIE (2012) $24.99
  • VINCENT LATOUR (LABILLE) BOURGOGNE BLANC (2011) $29.99

Summer WinesRed

  • LA FRAMBOISIERE COTES DU RHONE (2011) $13.99
  • TENUTA TERRE NERE ETNA ROSSO (2010) $19.99
  • S&B BORGOGNO BARBERA (2009) $19.99
  • POGGIO NARDONE “RIVUS” TOSCANA ROSSO (2010) $15.99
  • VINA ALBERDI RIOJA RESERVA (2006) $19.99

What’s your drink of choice when the mercury rises?

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15 COMMENTS

  1. “T-Bird” cut with a little lemonade rips all the above suggestions to shreds.

    (And $32.99 for a summer sipping wine? There you simply have to be kidding.)

  2. Back in the day it was either Black Tower Liebfraumilch or Mateus Rose for warm weather evenings with good friends.

  3. Whether the weather is hot, cold, warm or cool – it’ll be a red for me. Just can’t stomach the sweetness of whites or rose wines. I’ll give those reds a look.

  4. Great selection, These Whites and Roses are not sweet. Dry and refreshing, yes. Try a gin, club soda, Rose’s Lime, over ice. Stay out of the sun. “Alcohol is a diuretic–meaning that it promotes dehydration–and interferes with your body’s ability to regulate its own temperature. “Alcohol also dilates your blood vessels, as does warm weather, and therefore makes you more susceptible to passing out.”

  5. All whites and roses are sweet to me, no matter how many times I’ve been told they aren’t. Just they way my taste buds work I guess.

  6. For anyone who would enjoy a sweetish (though not as sweet as a riesling or fruite wine) wine with a little “effervence”, consider a Vinho Verde. They typically come from Portugual and Spain and are white with a slight greenish tinge. I most enjoy the Casal Garcia brand, but there are plenty of others to try with different balances of sweet/fizzy.

  7. Cathar, I think one could de-grease a crankshaft in a barrel of Boone’s Farm. Uggggh. Don’t forget Ripple, Night Train, Bali Hai. Double ugggghhh!

  8. NZ Sauvignon Blancs are nice and crisp and citrusy and great summer wines. They pair nicely with seafood. Kim Crawford is good, but I’ve yet to try one I haven’t liked.

  9. I am every now and then reminded that my first spouse and I served Boone’s Farm Apple wine at our wedding reception back in the 70’s (Hey, it was hippie time).
    I am definitely not partial to German Rieslings but will go out of my way to drink Pacific Rim Dry Riesling, a good buy and dry! The best red blends are coming out of Paso Robles and environs. Blends are the best of three or four different worlds, usually Cab, Pinot, merlot & Zin & sometimes Shiraz. Apothic and Dreaming Tree are boosting me into the weekend now.
    Don’t be afraid to throw some cubes into your grapes to cool you off because it’s all about you and not some fascisto wine snob.
    PAZ in Coyoteland GRNJ

  10. MellonBrush, t’was a time in my life when I (of course!) swore by Night Train. And also some akin swill called “Golden Spur.” Both were advertisers on Jocko’s Rocket Ship show, which sealed the deal. Yes, one descends a social class with every bottle, but that is to the point. The times I’ve been in Amanti Vino, I’ve never quite “felt the love,” but at Willner’s Discount Liquors they always smiled widely when handing over my $3.50 gallon jugs of “Train.”.

    PAZ, you may have just not hasd the right Riesling yet. I swear by German whites for certain dishes, especially Ausleses,

  11. Guess you mean “auslesen”, you pretender you.

    I like to drink them when reading my dsily fodder.

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