It’s worth thinking about some of the best wines to try for the Summer months of the year; while the weather might not be too promising at the moment, before we know it the sun will be out, and it’ll be possible to start drinking outside without freezing. With this in mind, some of the best wines for the Summer months include traditional favorites like Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as Riesling, Champagne, and Merlot. Why, then, are these wines so appealing during the Summer?
There are several different types of Rosé that are ideal from the Summer, which include Tarantas Sparkling versions of the drink, which features fresh, fruity flavors. Other Rosé wines to consider for Summer meals include Red Bicyclette, as well as Rosado from Spain, and Gama Rouge – Rosé is best for eating with fruit and cheese dishes, and with grilled meats.
This wine can be particularly effective during the Summer as a light and crispy option for meals; Mediterranean style meals are well served by a good Sauvignon Blanc, which can be sourced from Europe or California. Sauvignon Blanc also works well with seafood, and can be an excellent choice to take with you on Summer road trips. Some other recommended vintages include Bogle California, Palliser Estate Martinborough wines from New Zealand, and Sonoma County wines.
When properly blended with just the right mix of berries and vanilla, Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be an excellent choice for different meals during the Summer. Gallo Barrelli Creek wines come recommended for their versatility, while you can also find a large amount of relatively inexpensive Cabernet Sauvignons for whiling away long summer days. Serve with steak and salad for particularly strong effects.
A dry white wine that can be sourced from around the world, Riesling is ideal for its intense flavors, and for being a low alcoholic wine that can be used throughout meals. Some of the best Rieslings to try include Teschn Unplugged, as well as Schloss Reinhartshausen, and from Nahe in Germany. Riesling is also worthwhile as a wine to be drunk with deep fried food and Summer barbecues.
Still the best sparkling wine for Summer celebrations, Champagne can also be used as a more regular accompaniment to meals. Colder Champagnes can be kept on ice for use on hot Summer days, and can also be found in relatively inexpensive forms through Piper-Heidsleck Brut and Nicholas Feuillatte brands. Authentic Champagne vintages can be drunk alongside Cavas and Proseccos, making it one of the most versatile of Summer wines.
Serve this red wine slightly chilled on Summer days to really appreciate its body and acidic taste – mellower Merlots can be paired with grills and particularly pork chops, with some of the best Merlots including Wild Vines Blackberry vintages, and Livingston Cabernet. You can also find white Merlot as a more unusual choice, as well as a wide range of reds that can be tried and tested with different foods.
About the Author: Jane is a food and wine writer who regularly contributes to a range of food and drink websites and blogs. She enjoys tasting any wine, but has found that a quality champagne really tickles her taste buds.