Do you want to know what my favorite thing about the summer is?
It’s getting out early from work on Friday, heading home and pouring myself an ice cold glass of wine.
I don’t think I can imagine anything more refreshing (except taking off your bra).
I’m a red wine girl at heart, but when it comes to summer wines, I like something I can drink chilled that has a nice dry, acidic flavors to it.
Here are my top 4 picks of wine you should be sipping on a hot summer day.
Let’s first start with the quintessential summer wine, Rosé.
Rosé has literally taken over the world.
In the last year, the consumption of Rosé in the United States increased by 27%.
That is insane and of course, millennials are the main consumers.
Big shocker there.
Contrary to what most people think, Rosé is not made my combining red and white grapes. It is made only from red wine grapes and it develops its beautiful pink hue from a quick maceration with the skins of grapes. France produces the most Rosé in the world, but places like California and Italy are coming up close behind.
Rosé is best served very cold and has delicate fruity flavors like strawberries, peaches and grapefruit. The flavor will vary depending on which grape was used and where the grapes were grown.
Some of my favorite brands of Rosé are:
Riesling is one of my favorite white wines all year long, but in the summer it holds a higher spot on my list.
Riesling is primarily made in Germany, but the US, Australia and France also dabble.
This type of wine is literally the best summer white because it is fruity AF and has a great acidity to it. (Keep in mind that fruity doesn’t mean sweet!! There are many different Rieslings that range from sweet to dry.)
Give Relax a try if you’re looking for a sweeter Riesling.
I used to work at a country club and after the ladies would finish golfing, they would always get a glass of Pinot Grigio. I’m pretty sure they ordered it because it has less calories per glass than most, but I’m sure they had some wine knowledge and knew how refreshing it would taste after being in that hot Florida heat.
Pinot Grigio is a nicely balanced white. It’s not too much of one thing (fruit, acidity, dry, body).
A good Pinot will have range in flavors but most contain either lemon, apples, peaches, or melon.
For an inexpensive but delicious bottle, try Swanson Vineyards Pinot Grigio.
I had to add some bubbly on this list because who doesn’t love bubbles?
There are three main types of bubbly, Champagne, Prosecco and Cava. My personal preference is Prosecco.
First, it is way cheaper than Champagne and let’s be honest, I’m here to get drunk on a budget. Prosecco is also made in Italy (opposed to Champagne which is made in France) and is sweeter. It’s perfect by itself or in bellinis, punches, mimosas, sangria.
The list is endless.
There you have it guys! I hope you spend the rest of your summer drinking these fantastic wines! Check out Chelloveswine for more great wine tips, tricks and facts.
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