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Top Summer Leisure Wines

Nope, these wines are not decked out in leisure suits but they are perfectly suited to sipping while lounging in a deck chair! Delicious pool-side, lake-side or any-side, these wines are great for hot days and leisurely sipping. Chosen from our popular “Top Ten Summer Wines” program, these can’t-go-wrong wines also sport prices that won’t make you sweat. Here are our leisure wine picks: SOKOL BLOSSER EVOLUTION WHITE BLEND (Oregon)
  • Floral aroma and tropical flavor in a juicy, off-dry Chardonnay alternative
  • Blend of nine grapes, including Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer
  • Shines with Mexican or Caribbean food or cheese
Recipe pairing: Chicken, Corn and Roasted Pepper Quesadillas Cheese pairing: Epoisses – a deliciously runny French cheese with distinct aroma and mild salty flavor OPALA VINHO VERDE (Portugal)
  • Fresh, juicy and easy to throw back
  • Citrusy Portuguese tongue tingler
  • Enjoy alone or with ceviche, shrimp cocktail or grilled salmon
Recipe pairing: Tropical Scallop and Mango Ceviche Cheese pairing: Robiola – a buttery, Italian soft-ripened cheese made from both cows’ and sheeps’ milk PLOW & STARS RIESLING (Washington) Made with Organically Grown Grapes
  • First-release orange blossom and honeysuckle gem
  • A hint of sweetness and good acidity
  • Match with spicy Thai food
Recipe pairing: Pad Thai Tofu Cheese pairing: Humboldt Fog – a distinctive, soft-ripened aged goat cheese with subtle tanginess BLOCK NO. 45 PINOT NOIR (California)
  • Full-bodied and balanced
  • Savor its oaky vanilla and dried cherry notes
  • Sip with turkey burgers, pasta
Recipe pairing: Grilled Caribbean Pork Tenderloin Cheese pairing: Amadeus – a semi-soft, creamy, mellow-flavored cow’s milk cheese from rural Austrian alpine pastures Check out our Top Ten Summer Wines page for a complete list of our featured wines along with cheese and recipe pairings.

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Abel says …

How about some of the Rieslings of the finger lakes in NY? Are the west coast rieslings better?



Wine Wench says …

Perfect list! Sokol Blosser Evolution is my number one pick as well. The warm, lazy days of summer only make it better.

Joel says …

Chris, only a few wineries have undergone the extensive process to become certified processors of organic wines. For a wine to be labeled “Organic” and bear the USDA organic seal, it must be made from organically grown grapes and give information about who the certifying agency is. A wine in this category cannot have any added sulfites. It may have naturally occurring sulfites, but the total sulfite level must be less than 20 parts per million. Sulfites are a natural preservative but additional sulfites must be added to age wines beyond a year or two at most. Many all natural red grape wines and most grape juices will have higher levels than 20 parts per million. Bottom line- to be labeled "organic", nothing can be added even if it is useful and even if it has been a wine making tradition for hundreds of years.

George says …

@Abel I've seen some NY Finger Lakes rieslings at my local Whole Foods in California. Personally I think this region makes the best domestic rieslings, better than the West Coast. Cooler climate and all that. Still not quite as good as the best German rieslings IMO, but well worth drinking from time to time. My other favorite summer wines are roses from Provence (WF carries Domaine Sorin and some other good selections) and vinho verde from Portugal.

John says …

What about the Portuguese wine Orlana Vihno Verde?? YUM! Are you still getting this? Haven't seen it.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JOHN - Since this post is a bit older, I would suggest reaching out to your local store to see if they still have this brand of wine.