When I think about summertime, I think about long, hot days sitting by the pool, fun days on the boat, grilling out, and sipping on a cool and refreshing drink. Drinking seasonally is very similar to eating seasonally, and if you crave a particular wine, you want to pair it with a food that’s in season. Now that the summer season is upon us, let’s talk about fun, carefree wines.
Let’s be real— it’s hot in the summer. Cooling down with a light, dry white wine can be quite refreshing and relaxing. The wines mentioned here pair extremely well with summer vegetables. This time of year, sliced tomatoes are at their peak, so indulge in them as often as you can! Drinking seasonally is more common than you think. I love a good hearty red wine, but you won’t find me enjoying one on a boat in the middle of June. This is the time of year for light, dry, white wines and rosés. You want something crisp and cool on your lips, and these wines nicely pair with simple summertime meals. Below are a few of my favorite wines in order of lightest to heaviest. All of them can be sampled where I work, Fisher’s Dockside and Fisher’s Upstairs, at the Orange Beach Marina in Orange Beach, AL. Drop in, say hello, and let’s celebrate summer together!
Txakoli Xarmant Arabako Txakolina ’15
Txakoli (pronounced Chacolí) is a slightly sparkling, low alcohol wine with super high acidity. Produced in the Basque region, which borders France in northern Spain, the main grapes are Hondarribi Zuri, and Hondarribi Beltza. The flavor profile on this wine is fun and festive. A serious wine that doesn’t take itself too seriously, it’s perfect for sipping on a hot summer day.
Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Louis Métaireau “Grand Mouton, Sur Lie” Loire ‘14
The grape in this region is Melon de Bourgogne, and it has a refreshingly clean flavor. Muscadet Sèvre et Maine region is located in France’s Loire Valley. This part of France is famously known for Muscadet wines and oysters, so you can best believe it is the perfect pairing for Alabama’s own Murder Point oysters!
Vermentino La Spinetta Tuscany ’15
La Spinetta is a passionate winery producing classic Italian wines since 1977. This bright and refreshing entry has notes of lemon rind and green apple skin. Grüner Veltliner Nigl “Freiheit” Niederösterreich ’15
Grüner Veltliner hits you with flavors unlike any other wine. The salty, tart fruit and almost green vegetable note is pretty amazing. It’s also a wine that pairs very well with artichokes and asparagus, which are usually a sommelier’s nightmare. Carrying a touch more weight than the wines above, it makes a great pairing with chicken dishes and meatier fish.
Château Simone Palette ‘16
You can’t have summer wine without a little bit of rosé, and this one’s in a league of its own. Composed of 45% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault, 20% Syrah, Castet, Manosquin, Carignan, Muscat Noir and Blanc, this wine proves yes, you can age rosé! Showing its structure and power with each passing vintage, grilled meats and vegetables love this wine.