If you’ve been here a while you know how much I love wine. I am not an expert (at ALL) but my dad is, and it’s something I try to learn a little bit every time I have a glass. With the warmer weather and all of the al fresco dining and dinner parties, I thought I would take a minute to share a list of my personal favorite wines for summer. Wine is almost always part of any celebration (even a backyard barbecue!) but not all wines are good for summer wine sipping… it can be hard to find that perfect wine for warmer weather. Today I wanted to share some of my personal favorite summer sippers… a roundup of wine choices that are light and refreshing enough for hot summer days.
PS – I’m always looking for new wines to try… drop your favs in the comments!
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The 14 Best summer wines.
(Of course it’s all subjective, but these are my personal favs!)
Two rosé wines I love!
Fleurs de Prairie Rose
I always have a few bottles of this on hand once warm weather rolls around. It’s just wonderful. it is an absolutely amazing rosé from Provence. It’s so bright and refreshing (and not too sweet) with delicate flavors of strawberry, rose petals, and herbs.
archery summit rosé
I first tried this when I visited the Willamette Valley several years ago. It’s just a really nice, easy to drink rosé. Really smooth without any sort of bite.
White Wines I like.
I don’t drink white wine very often but when I do I love a citrus-forward Sauvignon Blanc. I’ve been wanting to switch things up and try more wines that have notes of stone fruit or are high acid whites. The options below are absolute favorites!
Oyster Bay sauvignon blanc
I always buy a few bottles of this anytime I’m at the wine store. It’s extremely easy to find! It’s definitely very grapefruit forward (my mom hates this one, I love it!). It isn’t for everyone but it’s one of my absolute favs. I love the crisp acidity and I find I actually crave it on a hot summer day.
Josh Sauvignon Blanc
Another favorite. There are three bottles of this in my fridge. I love that it has subtle green apple flavors and citrus. It’s really bright and delicious.
Grand Vin du Valais L’Alpage Fendant
This is a Swiss wine and came recommended to me by my wine shop. I told them I wanted a Sancerre “but more special” and I really like it on nights where I want something a little sweeter than my usual sauvignon blancs.
Orange Wines to try!
I love orange wines. A simple way to understand orange wine is that it is basically white wine, treated like a red (so the skins are left on during fermentation, which is how the wine gets that orange color!). I wrote more about orange wines in this post.
Bosman Family Vineyards Fides Grenache Blanc 2016
This is a South African wine and it is DELICIOUS! The bottle can be deceiving, it looks like a bottle of white but it’s a very light skin contact wine. I like this one because it’s not sweet at all – it tastes to me, like a cross between a dry rosé and a citrusy Sauvignon Blanc. It’s slightly spicy with a mineral finish. YUM.
Enderle & Moll Weiss & Grau 2019
This is a German wine. The Germans do orange wines so well. Enderle & Moll is most famous for their pinot noirs and biodynamic farming. This one is nice and dry, very light, and I love how creamy it is, with a sliiiiightly mineral finish. It’s been described as a gateway skin-contact wine.
Field Recordings Skins 2021
This was a new addition to the list as it was recommended so highly in the comments section by two different readers. It’s a great addition to the list. In my opinion, it alllllmost tastes like a red wine. If I close my eyes and take a sip it could pass for a lighter (chilled) gamay. As a red wine lover, I absolutely adore it. Thank you to Melissa and Sara for the recommendation! You can purchase Field Recordings wines here!
Red Wines for Summer
I need you to know that I am a die-hard red wine drinker, so this list runs heavier on red wines – all of which can be served chilled! I will often be drinking red all summer long, even when it is hot. I do find that in the cooler months I love a big red like a cabernet franc whereas in the summer I switch to a lighter wine (my favorite during summer is a slightly chilled gamay!)
Summer Water Keep it Chill Red
I found this via my Winc box and always get a bottle or two. It’s a Beaujolais Gamay and really light + easy to drink. I like that it is super easy to find and affordable, but also just delicious.
Raisins Gaulois Gamay
My friend Natalie and I were at Bin 152 (our fav CHS wine bar!) last summer and we tried this and then proceeded to drink it all summer long. It may just be the perfect wine. I ended up tracking it down online and bought a few bottles. It’s just perfect. Light and delicious!
Maison des Ardoisières Silice Rouge 2020
I was out to dinner this past weekend (and if you are in the south you know: IT’S HOT!) and the sommelier recommended this. It was delicious. I haven’t been able to find it online but screen shotted it and saved as it was the perfect hot summer night red wine.
Murphy Goode Pinot Noir
This is another family favorite. Lots of red fruit. Just a really delicious, easy to drink Pinot Noir. It is one of my parents’ more affordable favorites. It’s not meant to be served cold but I can attest… it’s great slightly chilled.
Durigutti Proyecto Las Compuertas
This is maybe the lightest red I have ever had (it’s truly just the most beautiful – almost blood red) and it is absolutely amazing. I had this at Graft wine bar in Charleston and liked it so much that I went home with two more bottles. The most perfect chilled red. I want to buy a whole case!
Stolpman Vineyards Love you Bunches Sangiovese
This is an amazing everyday summer light red. (Also from Graft in Charleston!) I think I prefer the Durigutti if forced to choose but this one is more affordable (around $20/bottle). It is light bodied, refreshing, and delicious. Perfect cold.
How Long Is Wine Good For After Opening?
The shelf life of wine heavily depends on the type, but most “table wines” are good for up to 3-5 days after opening. You should be able to tell from the taste if it’s still drinkable, but if not I’ve got some insight for you! This Masterclass article breaks down a wine’s shelf life depending on its body and is something I always refer to for drinking and storing an open bottle. Don’t worry…spoiled wine won’t harm you! It’s essentially just turned to vinegar if not stored correctly after those first few pours.