As the weather gets warmer and the season change, so should the wines you drink during the warmer months. Leaving the colder temperatures behind, spring and summertime mean fresh white wines, rosés, and some easy-drinking reds. Let’s talk about what to look for during the rest of spring and into the summer.
Look for lighter wines to help make the transition into the warmer seasons. Lighter wines pair well with the lighter dishes that are typical of spring also. Look for White Blend, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Unoaked Chardonnay, Moscato, Pinot Noir and of course, Rosés.
Once we cross into the summer heat, the crisp white wines are a great way to quench your thirst. There are a few easy-drinking reds that you can serve slightly chilled that are great during the summer heat as well. Try Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Chardonnay, White Blend, and Rosés. As far as easy-drinking reds try Red Blend or a nice Merlot.
When we’re looking at lighter-bodied style reds, Tasting Table says, “Varietal Gamay, especially from Beaujolais, is always a good idea. Bottles from the Loire Valley—think Cabernet Franc, Pineau d’Aunis, Grolleau—are excellent choices, as are the Trousseau- and Poulsard-based wines of the Jura. When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with Pinot Noir. Just serve all of the above slightly chilled.”
They also mentioned Pét-Nats. “These fun, fizzy bottles are produced after one fermentation. Still-fermenting wines are bottled prior to completion, trapping residual carbon dioxide in the bottle. This slight carbonation creates light frothy bubbles, usually coupled with minimal amounts of residual sugar. It’s a lower-alcohol option that’s food-friendly and fruit-forward—otherwise known as the perfect accompaniment to outdoor weekend brunches and picnics in the park.”
So, as we dive into the warmer part of the year, look for the lighter wines that can be chilled. These wines play a bigger role in quenching your thirst than some of the heavier reds that we normally drink during the fall and winter months.
Don’t forget that you can stop by Mercy Wine Bar and talk to one of their very knowledgeable wine stewards.