what to drink in summer

What to Drink in Summer

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I get more particular about what I drink in summer than other times of year. When it’s hot, my wine choices are strictly refreshers. If I’m going red, it’s usually a Pinot or a straightforward Malbec (maybe a chilled Beaujolais). Mostly, I reach for whites with a mineral, herbal or steely edge as well as rosés. My perfect summer moment is breathing fresh air loosely holding a glass of something icy and pink, condensation droplets rolling down to my wrist like a personal air conditioning system.

Rodney Strong Vineyards
Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Charlotte’s Home
This is truly a go-to wine for me during July and August, particularly when I’m on the East Coast. I find it’s one of the best value refreshers on most store shelves. With a nice balance of ripe passion fruit and lemongrass, it’s big in the mouth and refreshing on the finish.

Gustafson Estate
Estate Rosé of Syrah
This wine is a new find for me and definitely one I’ll enjoy again and again. A fresh and bone dry rosé, it offers a surprising array of intense red fruit aromas and flavors, including strawberry, red currant, cherry, cranberry and pomegranate. It is rounded out with minerality on the finish.

Perrier Jouet
Grand Brut
To me, this wine is the benchmark for NV Champagne. It’s got citrus, bread dough and a touch of sweetness, but not too much of any one thing. In other words, it’s crisp, balanced and a great, sophisticated choice for brunch or drinks on the porch.

what to drink in summerChateau Trinquevedel
Tavel Cuvee Traditionnelle
A wine that’s at once robust and bone dry, this rosé is my summer substitute for red wines. It offers a pleasing tartness without too much fruitiness and just one whiff of its honeysuckle aroma gets me every time.

LaZarre Wines
Pinot Noir
Although this wine is distinctly Central Coast, winemaker Adam LaZarre exercises enough restraint to make it a year-round red. There’s smoke and spice, fruit and gaminess but just the right amount of acidity to refresh the palate.


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