Summer’s Here.. sort of

The weather this year has been so up and down, it’s tough to decipher what season it really is. Summer is about a week away now, and although we’ve had some really great summery days, the weather doesn’t seem ready for summer.

Here in New England, we’ve definitely had more cold, wet and rainy days than warm and sunny ones. But if you’re anything like me, once you’ve had one day to remind you of the wonderfulness that is summer, you embrace it. The grill is out, the comforters are put away, and the wine is chilled! So even though the weather’s not quite there yet, here’s a few wines that are guaranteed to get you pumped for summer!

The Whites:

Zum Martin Sepp
Region:
Austria
Grape Varietal: Gruner Veltliner

Tasting Notes –

Fresh, bright, slightly vegetal scented wine with notes of flowers and white pepper accenting the green berry juicy fruits with a slightly sweet mouth-feel

Pairing –

Perfect for steamers!

Price: ~$15 for 1Liter bottle

Domaine Labbe Vin de Savoie ‘Abymes’
Region:
Savoie, France
Grape Varietal: Jacquere

Tasting Notes –

Bright crisp acidity loaded with green apple and crisp mineral flavors. Mouthwatering acidity makes for a perfect wine for a hot summer day!

Pairing –

Shrimp or Lobster

Price: Under $30

Domaine Cherrier et Fils Sancerre
Region:
Loire Valley, France
Grape Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc

Tasting Notes –

It’s tangy and crisp with grapefruit and lemon-lime citrus, with a wonderful minerality that is so indicative of this region. It’s not overtly fruity which makes it even more refreshing for a hot summer afternoon!

Pairing –

It’s wonderful on it’s own but also pairs great with spinach, goat cheese or a seafood ceviche!

Wine Spectator: 89pts

Price: Under $25

The Roses:

2010 Mulderbosch Rose
Region:
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting Notes –

It has the hearty fruit characteristics of a cabernet – dark berries and black pepper – while being light bodied and crisp. It has a bright acidity that makes it refreshing while holding some of those cabernet characteristics.

Pairing –

This makes it perfect for smokiness of bbq’d meats and vegetables, as well as being light enough to be paired with summer fruit or chicken salads!

Price: $12-16

Domaine Houchart Cotes de Provence Rose
Region:
Provence, France
Grape Varietal: 35% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 20% Cinsault, 10% Cabernet, 5% Mourvèdre, & 5% others

Tasting Notes –

– Probably one of my favorite value Rose’s. It’s light, crisp, and perfect for sipping on the beach! It is bone dry, but has a sweet nose from the fresh cut strawberry flavors. It’s very acidic and wonderfully refreshing!

Pairing –

Perfect as an aperitif!

Price: $11

The Cocktail:

Sangria!

Sangria is the perfect red wine based summer drink. Use your favorite red wine, and make it a few days before your BBQ to let the flavors really melt together.  I prefer to use a lighter style red wine, like a pinot noir, but if you like heavy spices, a cabernet or shiraz is a great choice!

One bottle of Red Wine

2 Cups Orange juice

1 Cup Lemon Juice

2 Cups Brandy

Sugar to taste (I would use simple syrup so that it will mix in better. Equal parts sugar and water boiled together)

One lemon

One Lime

One Orange

Cherries, apple slices, strawberries, and any other fruit you may like

Serve straight or with club soda, or for an extra special cocktail, top it off with some Prosecco or cava!

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