Summer is a time for iced drinks and fruity flavors. So, if you enjoy wine year-round, you'll want to stock up on some lighter, fruity varieties as the temperatures climb and the days grow long and sunny. Save those full-bodied reds for fall and winter enjoyment around a warm fire.
Here are 5 great ideas for summer sipping:
Traditionally served over ice, and with the addition of pieces or real fruit, traditional Sangria is perfect whether you buy it in a bottle or blend your own with wine, fruit juice and the addition of fresh citrus. Either way, enjoy it poolside in the afternoon or with a light lunch of salads and sandwiches. It's always a hit!
Commonly considered the Italian alternative to French champagne, Prosecco actually isn't always a sparkling wine and is made from a totally different grape. But that in no way diminishes its appeal as a summer cooler. Look for just a hint of sweetness and savor the flavors of pear, apple and lemon.
Light and refreshing, but full of surprising flavor and aroma, Rose´s are good all year, but are especially appealing with simple hors d'oeuvres in the summer. The best are incredible with Porterhouse steak and enhance the delicate flavor of simply-prepared wild salmon, but they'll also hold their own and win a place in your heart served with hearty Mexican fare or a gourmet potato salad and burger. Always serve chilled.
This is another year-round favorite that is extremely versatile and balanced. If you haven't tried a full, fruity variety with barbecue, you're in for a great surprise. Lighter than beer, and more exciting than cola, this wine is destined to become a seasonal favorite with meals that range from early brunch to late night snacks.
A Sweet Red
It may be a slightly unusual option, but think about a blend of watermelon and peach, or something to complement the after-dinner chocolate you just don't want to resist. Pick the degree of sweet you enjoy, and plan to sip a glass under the stars this summer.