With the promise of summer just around the corner, liquor retailers are progressively giving more shelf space to light, crisp, fruity and bubbly wines as people seek out thirst-quenching varieties to accompany al fresco dinners and the heady, sweltering heat.
Like winter coats and snow boots, it’s time to put away the rich, complex reds and oaky whites and stock the wine fridge with lighter wines, particularly rosés which get their star turn during summer, and bottles of bubbly.
Sparkling rosés, for instance, have become increasingly popular as the ideal summertime drink, combining the light fruity notes of a blushing wine with the effervescence of champagne or sparkling wine.
Many of France’s top champagne houses, for instance, have released blushing pink versions of their bottles, notably La Maison Duval-Leroy, Veuve-Clicquot and Pol Roger.
Meanwhile, here’s a selection of wines deemed ideal for summertime sipping by experts at premium organic retail chain Whole Foods, and Food and Wine magazine that come from California, Washington, France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Portugal.
- Mont Gravet Cotes de Gascogne
- Donnafugata Anthilia
- Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc
- Vinum Cellars Chardonnay
- SeaGlass Santa Barbara Pinot Noir
- Monte Velho Red
- Icardi Barbera d'Asti
- Lamatum Ribera del Duero Crianza
- H&G Washington State Merlot
- Chateau Grand Claret Cotes de Bordeaux
- Cupcake Vineyards Riesling
- Pizzolato Moscato Dolce
- 2010 St. Supéry Sauvignon Blanc
- 2009 Sokol Blosser Pinot Gris
- 2007 Masi Campofiorin Veronese
- 2007 Bodega Norton Reserva Malbec
- 2010 Leitz Dragonstone Riesling
- 2010 Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé
- 2008 Genesis Syrah