Planning Your Summer Wines - Four Styles to Keep On Hand

Planning Your Summer Wines - Four Styles to Keep On Hand

Eric Jackson

 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.

There are more (and better-tasting) low- and no-alcohol options all the time. Wine coolers and beer are great choices. So is water. Stay hydrated out there!

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).

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