Monday, June 24, 2013

Good Ole' Summer Time - Wine for Picnic and Pool Time

The heat of summer is upon us once again and the heat usually means the coolers of beer or summertime sweet mixed drinks make an appearance. When you are looking for an adult beverage to quench that summer thirst or something to serve at a picnic or pool party - don't forget about wine!  
Not really what I had in mind!

A monster Red Zinfandel with 15% alcohol and mouth puckering tannins will not help in the heat - but there are many other options. Think about what quenches your thirst on a hot day - something like lemonade. Lemonade is crisp and clean from the acidity of lemons, a touch sweet, and served ice cold.

Great choices are acidic whites like Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand examples are great - but others will do as well) or Riesling.  For Riesling, you can get something with a bit of sweetness - we're not talking dessert wine here, but again keep lemonade in mind - acid and a bit sweet.  Also - do yourself a favor and shake off the stigma of drinking White Zin and give a good rosé a try.  
Don't be Afraid!

There are tons of rosé wines besides White Zin that are delicious and great for sipping on a hot day - ask your wine shop to recommend something - and don't be afraid to try something from France or Spain - you won't regret it!

Have a favorite Rosé - let us know by leaving a comment!

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