5 Fresh Picks to Enjoy This Summer
As the weather warms up and the drinks cool down, it’s time to refresh your wine supply with summer-friendly options to enjoy in the coming months. Wally’s wine directors have recommended 5 choices that you can enjoy outside in the sunshine this summer.
2020 Emrich-Schonleber Riesling Trocken, Germany ($30)
This vibrant German white will level up your summer meals with aromas of stone fruits and key lime, and a lively and energetic acidity. The concentrated fruit and saline minerality make it a perfect match for lighter meats, such as crab cakes or sausages.
2021 Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand ($16)
The epitome of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, this wine was named Wine Spectator’s 2021 Wine Value of the Year, for good reason. It’s fresh, zesty, and fruit-forward, punching well above its weight for the price. Striking a balance between mouthwatering acidity, herbal notes, lemon and lime, it’s the perfect wine to serve ice cold on the patio or alongside seafood.
2020 Domaine de L'Ile Rose, Cotes de Provence, France ($35)
This zippy French rosé is everything you want in a summer wine: fresh acidity, juicy fruit notes, and wonderful versatility. Keep a few bottles in your fridge to easily enjoy outdoors in the sun, served with brunch, or paired with a charcuterie board.
2019 Dalrymple Estate Pinot Noir, Tasmania, Australia ($45)
One review of this wine called it a “must-buy for pinot freaks everywhere!” And whether or not you’re a freak about Pinot Noir, chances are you’ll enjoy this deeply flavored, balanced red from Tasmania. It can even be chilled to highlight the juicy plum and blackberry notes. Pair it with grilled veggies or chips and salsa for the ultimate experience.
2020 Gramenon Cotes du Rhone La Sagesse, France ($50)
This beautiful expression of Grenache from the Côtes du Rhône combines notes of spices and elegant dark berries to produce a wonderful summer sipping wine. The silky tannins and complex flavors make it a great bottle to enjoy at a barbecue.