Whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue, lounging by the pool, or simply enjoying a quiet evening on the patio, having the right wines on hand can elevate your summer experience. In this guide, we'll explore the essential wines to keep at your cottage, camp, or other summer paradise through the summer months.
A dry white
Summer calls for whites that are light, crisp, and refreshing. Opt for styles that are known for their lively acidity. Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio are mainstay choices, or you can mix it up with unoaked Chardonnay or Viognier.
Dry white wines with above-average acidity have the versatility to be enjoyed with or without food.
A bold red
The warm weather means outdoor cooking, and no barbecue is complete without a full-flavoured red to pair with steaks, grilled chicken, and all your other favourite summer proteins. Australian wines are generally a solid pick, but any Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon will serve you well.
A crisp rosé
Rosés are versatile, fun and food-friendly. They can also be extremely diverse, so don't be afraid to ask for a recommendation. If your summer include lighter fare like seafood, salads, and picnic fare, something like a Grenache rosé is a great choice.
A lower-alcohol option
Most of us are a little more prone to day-drinking on those lazy summer Saturday. Full-strength wines are 10-15% abv, which will hit you pretty quick if you start a lunchtime.
Non-alcoholic wines are much better than they were ten years ago, but take a look at the label before purchasing -- some are loaded with sugar (and taste like it too).