What to Look For In a Refreshing Summer Wine

April 5th, 2018



If you’re exclusively drinking rosé between the months of June and August, you’re missing out on some solid summer wines. Plus, at this point, #roseallday is about as overdone as posting a beach pic with the caption “out of office.”

We’re not saying either of those things are bad—we’re just saying it’s time to mix it up. There are plenty of crisp whites and refreshing reds worthy of your next pool party. (We also love these frosé recipes that take your day-drinking to the next level.)

Here’s what you should look for in a summer wine, besides a pretty shade of pink.

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High-Altitude Whites

“Whites from high-altitude regions tend to be stronger in acidity, which makes for a refreshing wine perfect for a hot day,” Morales says. Some common high-altitude regions to look for: Salta, Argentina; Alto Adige, Italy; and Rueda, Spain.

Wine to try: “Verdejo—grown in Rueda, about two hours north of Madrid and 2,300 to 3,300 feet above sea level—is the number-one white wine consumed in Spain,” says Sarah Howard, U.S. Brand Ambassador for the regions of Ribera del Duero and Rueda in Spain. “It’s crisp, refreshing, and full of bright flavors, like lemon, lime, and tropical fruits.” Howard suggests Menade Verdejo for your next party or picnic. “It’s dry and balanced, perfect for beach parties.”


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