The Best 15 Wines for the Summer

June 13, 2013

The Best 15 Wines for the Summer

With summer sneaking up on us quickly, many of the shelves at your local liquor stores will bring great summer wines in with a light, fruity flavor. These wines will pair perfect with summer salads and lighter meals for the hot days ahead. It’s time to put away some of your favorite robust choices and turn to some of the lighter wines fit for lazy summer days.

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During the hotter months, white and sparkling wines become the popular choices for many because of the fruity notes and the lighter flavor. Blush wines are another popular choice as we head into summer and many wine drinkers will turn to some of the top champagnes from around the world.

No matter what you usually prefer, it might be a good time to consider a new favorite for the hotter days of the summer. Here’s a list of some of the top choices, chosen by wine experts and considered ideal for the summertime.

•    2008 Genesis Syrah
•    2009 Sokol Blosser Pinot Gris
•    2010 Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rose
•    Monte Velho Red
•    Icardi Barbera d’Asti
•    Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc
•    Mont Gravet Cotes de Gascogne
•    Donnafugata Anthilia
•    Vinum Cellars Chardonnay
•    SeaGlass Santa Barbara Pinot Noir
•    Lamatum Ribera del Duero Crianza
•    Cupcake Vineyards Riesling
•    2007 Masi Campofiorin Veronese
•    2010 Leitz Dragonstone Riesling
•    H&G Washington State Merlot

This is certainly a diverse list, but all of these wines provide a lighter flavor making them drinkable during hotter months of the year. The Rieslings on the list are very popular choices, especially when enjoying a salad or a light fish entree. You can enjoy all 15 throughout the summer or just choose a new favorite, such as the Cupcake Vineyards Riesling, which is considered one of the best on the list. Many of the wines above are perfect for a picnic in the park or a balcony as you watch the sunset over the ocean.

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