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10 Best Summer Wines

These great summer wines are cool, relaxing, and perfect for outdoor parties.

By: Kristin Anderson, Editor, TheWineBuyingGuide.com
10 Best Summer Wines
10 Best Summer Wines
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The longer days of summer just beg to be enjoyed with a glass of wine. Whether you’re making dinner in your apartment, or watching the sun go down in your back yard, the perfect wine will make your summer relaxing and memorable.

Rosé wine is experiencing an increase in popularity and may seem like the queen of summer wines. It is a great light and fruity summer drink! However, certain red wines and white wines can also be perfect for drinking during the summer.

White wines are light and refreshing and can be sweet or dry, which is perfect for summer wine. If you’re grilling foods, then a light red wine is just what you need. The right red wine will complement your delicious meal and make your mouth water!

Enjoy your summer with a light and delicious sipper, and be sure to share with your favorite friends or family. Nothing says “summer” like an outdoor party with wine and food.

Here are 10 of our best summer wines

Red Wine

  1. Pinot Noir
    This light-bodied red wine won’t weigh you down in the summer heat. With its aromas of strawberries, raspberries, and black cherries, this wine smells like a summer berry patch.

  2. Gamay
    If you’re looking for something light, but with some spice, then this is a good summer wine choice for you. This light-bodied wine has aromas and flavors of cherries and black peppercorn.

    Try this delicious Yohan Lardy Les Michelons 2013.

  3. Barbera
    For a red wine that’s inky dark, but still light and fruity, try a Barbera. This Italian wine has light tannin, high acidity, and flavors of strawberry and sour cherry.

White Wine

  1. Vinho Verde
    This dry, citrusy white wine is a perfect summer wine choice. The flavors of lemonade, apple blossom, and yellow grapefruit are refreshing, and a low alcohol content means you can keep sipping.

    Try this lively Cazas Novas Avesso White 2014.

  2. Torrontés
    This aromatic white wine smells sweet, but is made in a dry style. Aromas of rose petal, white peach, and Meyer lemon provide a refreshing and floral bouquet to this tasty white.

    Try this irresistible Kaiken Terroir Series Torrontes 2014.

  3. Riesling
    For a perfectly summery combination of sweet and dry, look for a Riesling. This white wine has fruity flavors such as apricot, apple, and pineapple. It also pairs excellently with food.

  4. Chenin Blanc
    This sweet and zesty white can vary in its flavors – French varieties are sweet, while South African dry – but it’s always an excellent complement to a warm evening and dinner (try pairing with Mediterranean food or sushi).

  5. Viognier
    For a summer wine that has a little more body, look for a Viognier. What sets this varietal apart is its perfumed aromas of tangerine and honeysuckle, ranging to vanilla and spice in oaked versions. This white wine will remind you of a warm summer night in the garden.

Rosé Wine

  1. Grenache Rosé
    This gorgeous red rosé is the perfect blend of fruity and spicy, with a nice acidity. Serve this chilled, perhaps with a Greek feast and your most fun group of friends.

    Try this fruity Abacela Grenache Rose 2015.

  2. Zinfandel Rosé
    What better time to drink this popular pink wine than on a summer night? This sweet rosé wine has flavors of strawberry and cotton candy. Serve it cold.

What is your favorite summer wine? Give us your best recommendations below in the comments!

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There is definitely something summery about Riesling! I like it because it's not quite as sweet as moscato, but it's still light and refreshing.

I would say I probably do the majority of my wine drinking in the summertime, so these are definitely going on my shopping list!

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