As our menus change to suit the warmer weather, so do our wines! Giving up the bold, dry wines of winter can be difficult, but follow these steps to impress your guests this summer with the perfect warm weather beverages.
Keep it Light
Full bodied wines are great for warming you up when it’s cold outside, but for summer, you’re going to want to stick with lighter, crisp wines. A refreshing Sauvignon Blanc or bright Riesling is perfect choices for summer entertaining. While red wines are typically thought of as heavier, there are plenty of well-balanced reds that are more warm weather appropriate.
Words to look for: crisp, light, bright, balanced (for reds)
Plan Your Menu
Pairing your wines with your summer menu is essential. If your menu includes something like a fresh salad with grilled salmon, a refreshing white wine with notes of citrus would pair well, but a heavy wine can overpower the dish. Don’t let your cooking get washed out by wine that doesn’t complement your hard work!
Tip: Do your research, and ask the experts! There is no shame in a quick google search while you are making your grocery list to make sure that you are choosing the right pairings. It is also a good idea to ask the experts who are selling the wine what they would recommend. They, at the very least, can point you in the right direction, and they usually have tons of unique recommendations that will make you look like a wine connoisseur!
Put It on Ice
Choosing wines that are meant to be served cold is a no brainer for summer. Many sweet, white wines are traditionally served chilled, and make a perfect, refreshing summer drink that you can enjoy on a hot day.
Try this: instead of storing chilled wine in the fridge at a dinner party, pull out some ice buckets to keep on the table so everyone can enjoy a chilled glass or two throughout the party!
Not a fan of white wine? It can be hard for you in the summertime when everyone is going for the traditionally lighter whites, but don’t worry! Summer is also a time for fruit forward red wine, which tends to be lighter, sweeter, and great for this time of year!
Words to look for: fruity, ripe, smooth, fresh
Don’t Forget the Wine Cocktails!
An easy way to incorporate wine into your menu in the summer heat is serving wine cocktails. Who can resist a colorful, fruity sangria? The best part is, wine cocktails can be made out of red, white, or even sparkling wines, so whatever your taste, you are going to be able to make a concoction that’s perfect for you!
Tip: Try updating a traditional drink, like sangria, by adding a new twist. Having a picnic? Put a twist on a typical sangria and bring along a watermelon, white wine version. It is refreshing, and allows you to put your own spin on something everyone will love!