Summer is the season for going places, reuniting with old friends and family, recharging by the pool or at the beach, entertaining. Here are our top picks for summertime wines and the occasions they’ll pair perfectly with.
It should be the first thing you open out of the picnic basket. Lively, creamy effervescence. Fleeting tartness, juicy peaches. Perfect to sip while setting everything up. Keep it chilled in a wine sleeve or wrapped in a towel for insulation. Also pairs nicely with weddings and graduations.
Luscious, floral. Notes of pear, apples and papaya. Enthusiastically food-friendly. Goes great with Uncle Bob’s famous burgers and Cousin Mary’s travel stories. Also great when manning the grill.
Beach Bonfire PartyFlor de Campo Pinot Noir
Bright red raspberries and bing cherry flavors. Ripe and juicy. Black pepper spice, earthiness on the finish. Gaze at the flames through your wine glass. Think about dancing, or taking another sip. Also lovely when out on the water.
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Complex. Dark fruits and sweet anise aromas. Rich and buttery texture supports flavors of fresh cherry and cocoa. Appealing tannins in the finish. The Red for important dinners and momentous occasions. Also nice with evening concerts in the park.
Trashy Novel by the PoolSoleil des Garrigues Ventoux
Aromatic. Black fruits, spices. Intriguing minerality and sweet anise develops late. An easy-to-sip Red blend from France’s Rhone Valley. Perfect for page-turning pooltime. Also well suited for foreign film festivals.
Louis Latour Grand Ardèche Chardonnay
Aromas of fresh green apple and pear. Delicate flavors of vanilla and toasted oak move to a richness and depth in the smooth, ripe finish. Just the right inspiration for the perfect graduation toast. Also serve with weddings and summertime celebrations.
What wines will you be pairing with your favorite summertime activities? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below. For more of our summer wine picks, visit wholefoodsmarket.com/wine.