Five Perfect Summer Wines!

Summer is NOT over, so there’s still plenty of time to think (and drink) warm weather wines. There are quite a few we’d recommend that are perfect for the summer months, but below are some that we’ve really been into lately. Take your pick and cheers to summer in the city!

1) Crémant.
You know Cava, Champagne, Prosecco (and Vixen?). But do you recall having a Crémant recently? Now’s the time! Full of refreshing, mouth-filling bubbles, and made in the Champagne method without the Champagne price tag. Score.
Our top pick: Monmousseau Cremant d’Loire ($22)

2) Chenin Blanc. 
The champion grape of South Africa (where it’s called Steen) and the Vouvray region in France. Usually produces wines with great acidity making it super versatile and a great pairing with seafood/shellfish. Hold a “Chenin Blanc-off” to see which style (France v. South Africa) you like best!
Our top pick: Radley + Finch Chenin Blanc ($14)

3) Xinomavro.
The Greeks know heat, so understandably they know how to beat the heat with crisp whites/rosés and smooth reds. The Xinomavro grape is worth seeking out as it’s great as a red (for grilling!) or rosé (for patio-chilling!).
Our top pick: Kir-Yianni Akakies Rosé ($15)

4) Counoise
Tired of Pinot Noir? Go Counoise! The French grape is normally used for blending, but on its own it produces fruity, light-bodied wines. Serve chilled and be refreshed.
Our top pick: Groundwork Counoise ($20)

5) Mencia
You know who else knows heat? Spaniards. They need siestas just to get through the day! Check out “Spain’s Pinot Noir” a.k.a. Mencia. Full of fresh acidity and delicate red fruit flavors. Pair with tapas. Olé!
Our top pick: Peique Mencia ($15)