Whether you’re at a baseball game or soaking in the sun on the beach, these summer sippers will help you beat the heat and won’t break the bank. We compiled our favorite wines for summer under $25. Happy tasting!
RED CAR Rosé of Pinot Noir 2013 (Sonoma Coast, California) $25
Rosé marks the beginning of the summer sipping season- and my California rosé du saison is Red Car’s rosé of pinot noir. Light pink in color, with delicate notes of raspberry, strawberry, and grilled pink grapefruit, I have already enjoyed sipping this wine on a spring hot afternoon and with salad and fish/chicken/steak for dinner. This is a wine to be bought by the case. Find it here.
LINI “Labrusca” Lambrusco Rosso NV (Emilia-Romagna, Italy) $14
Whenever I find myself wined-out and reaching for a beer but not necessarily craving a beer, I reach for a glass of (good) Lambrusco. No longer the sweet, cloying soda-pop-esque stuff it used to be, Lambrusco has finally grown up. Or, well, at least some of it has. This particular rendition is tart, dry and refreshingly frizzante, with a pleasant grapey-ness that simply begs for a picnic, some sunshine and maybe one more bottle (at only 11% ABV, one would be remiss not to). Find it here.
MAS DE CADENET ‘Sainte Victoire’ Rosé 2010 (Provence, France) $15
A dry rosé is my go-to summer sipper. Especially rosés from Provence! I had the pleasure of visiting Mas de Cadenet in 2011 during a trip to Southern France where we traveled through the wine countries of Provence, Southern Rhone, and Langeudoc. This particular rosé is stunning, offering beautiful aromatics with notes of melon, and citrus, combined with supple red fruits including raspberries and strawberries, with a lingering touch of pepper spice received from the syrah. Gorgeous during those hot summer days and will complement any light fare. Find it here.
MASI AGRICOLA ‘Masianco’ Pinot Grigio 2012 (Verduzzo delle Venezie, Italy) $15
For summer, I want a light white wine that that pairs with most meats straight off the grill. This pinot grigio isn’t your grandma’s Kool-aid. It is balanced and displays aromas of tropical fruit and citrus. Enjoy with shrimp skewers and grilled pineapple. Find it here.
BELL's ‘Oberon’, American pale wheat beer (Kalamazoo, Michigan) $10/six pack
This Midwestern, 5.8% abv classic screams ‘bratwurst’. Or barbecue. Or just about anything grilled outside. It's slightly fruity and spicy, yet round, smooth, and refreshing as a good wheat beer should be. Find it here.
DOLAN AND WEISS CELLARS ‘Julia’s Dazzle’ Rosé 2013 (Horse Heaven Hills, WA) $15
This is the first rosé that I have tried made from pinot grigio. With a light salmon color, this wine offers notes of pear on the nose and lemon on the palate. This rosé is light, floral, and refreshing…. and a perfect pairing for most summer activities. Find it here.
FINCA LAS NUBES Torrontés 2011 (Cafayate, Argentina) $17
The tropical notes in the wine remind me of my trip to Mexico this year. This is a perfect summer sipper for relaxing with a few friends outside and enjoying the warm weather. The dry finish and nutty flavors create a wine that’s subtle yet not over-bearing. Find it here.
What’s your favorite summer sipper? Share it with us!