Best Wines for Summer

Summer weather has arrived! And despite spending more of our time at home these days, we’re still reaching for cooler wines as temperatures go up.

What are the best wines to sip for summer?

We’ve put together recommendations of some of our favorite wines to enjoy on a hot day, whether you’re hanging in the backyard, having a picnic, or staying cool indoors. Read below for our ideas on summer rosé, whites, and reds!

Summer Wine Idea #1: Rosé All Day!

While we’re a fan of drinking rosé any time of year, this refreshing style of wine definitely hits its stride when the weather gets hot.

And with National Rosé Day coming up on Saturday, June 13th, it’s the perfect time to start thinking pink (wine)!

While winemaking styles vary, rosé is most commonly made when red wine grapes macerate in their juice for a short period of time before fermentation. Then juice is drawn off the skins, giving them that irresistible color ranging from pale salmon to deep pink!

A chilled glass of rosé is the perfect way to stay cool as you begin to spend more time outside. We like ours in the dry style, with refreshing fruit flavors and crisp acidity. 

While rosé wines often vary in sweetness, ours is made without any residual sugar, so it’s not sweet but perfectly refreshing!

Summer Wine Idea #2: Easy Drinking White Wines

Summer wine is a drink best served cold: and what better style of wine to chill than whites?

Some of our favorite varietals for casual summer drinking include Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Albariño.

Riesling, a wine that is food friendly but equally enjoyable on its own, is the perfect aperitif. With lower alcohol, high acidity, and a crisp, fruity profile, ours is just the refresher you need when it’s hot out! (P.S. – worried that all Rieslings are sweet? This is a common misconception! Ours is made in a completely dry style, meaning it has no residual sugar.)

Sauvignon Blanc is just asking to be enjoyed on a patio. With tasting notes of herbs and lemongrass, ripe fruit, and bright acidity, our version of this lighter white wine is ideal for sipping in the backyard.

Summer Wine Idea #3: Warm Weather Reds

Warm weather doesn’t mean you have stop enjoying red wines! There are plenty of flavorful styles that go great with summer activities like grilling and barbecues.

For easy summer day drinking, try a lighter red blend, like our Cuvée Noir. This blend of thinner skinned varietals offers notes of vibrant fruit and moderate acidity – totally drinkable on its own, but also pairs well with most grilled meats and veggies!

Looking for something a little more full bodied that you can still enjoy all summer? Sip on some Zinfandel. The ripe fruit flavors with body and good structure of our zin make it perfect with burgers or s’mores (summer evening campfire anyone?!)

What will you be drinking this summer? We’d love to hear about it! Send us a note on social media so we can share your ideas. Click here to shop all Brooklyn Winery wines online.