Labor Day Weekend is just around the corner, and as you're planning your weekend retreats and backyard BBQs, be sure to include a light, crisp wine to enjoy these last sips of summer! We've outlined our recommendations for the best summer wines to close out the season.
This Italian sparkling wine is often thought of interchangeably with Champagne, however differences in the grapes utilized, production process, and bottling differentiate the two. You'll typically see more affordable, quality Prosecco options, as the overall production costs are lower than that of Champagne.
The crisp, citrus flavors inherent to Prosecco brings a level of versatility to enjoying the wine. You might drink Prosecco alone, chilled in a flute, or utilize it as a cocktail ingredient for a Bellini or Aperol Spritz.
For the white wine drinkers, sauvignon blanc brings a bright, acidic taste to your summer celebrations. The wine is a Bordeaux varietal, but we're also seeing some noteworthy releases out of Napa and New Zealand, providing you with plenty of options as you make your selection.
Sauvignon blanc's bright flavor pairs well with summertime staples such as oysters and fresh veggies, and is a perfect wine for poolside sipping.
There's a reason the phrase 'rosé all day' becomes popular in the summer months. The blush-colored wine is produced by leaving grape skins in the juice of crushed grapes for a short period of time prior to fermentation. The color and taste of rosé wines can vary widely, as winemakers utilize different varietals and can manipulate sweetness and tannin levels during the production process. What's more, the wine can be made still or sparkling.
Rosé wine is served chilled, allowing you to enjoy the subtle fruity nature of its flavors. Its mild taste makes it a great sipping option at any outdoor event.
While some say that red wine is best enjoyed in the cooler months, we have a few favorites that are perfect for a summer shindig. Pinot noir, specifically, offers plenty of options, with wines on the fruitier side as well as ones with more tannin.
We recommend including pinot noir for a summer BBQ, as red meats such as steaks and burgers pair well with the tannic flavor.
Whether you're headed to the beach for one last summer vacation, or simply grilling out in the backyard, we hope you'll make the most of your Labor Day celebrations with one of these wines fit for warm weather.