Looking for the perfect wine to pair with long, lazy days and breezy star-filled nights? The perfect Rosé for sitting in a hammock? An ideal red for a backyard cookout? Look no further. Here are four must-sip wines that we’re pretty infatuated with now that our favorite season is in full swing. Sip a little, dream a little, and pour yourself a glass of summer loving.
Cosentino’s THE Rosé has all the light, fresh fruitiness you expect of summer’s signature wine—but it also digs a little deeper. With hints of apple, cranberry, pink grapefruit, and fresh aromatic herbs it serves up a bolder and more complex flavor than the average rosé. And since it pairs beautifully with everything from sorbet to salad, we predict it will be your new go-to for summer entertaining.
Tastes a little like: Red Cherry, Fresh Herbs, Apple Blossom, Cranberry
Pairs well with: Ahi Tuna Steak, Chicken Salad, Sauteed Greens, Sorbet
Try it you like: Throwing backyard dinner parties
This citrusy pale white was born of grapes grown during a summer with nearly perfect weather. Just the right amount of sunshine, rain, and magic went into it—and the proof is in the glass. Serve it with an heirloom tomato BLT or fresh shucked oysters on the half shell, either way this zesty and crisp beauty has “best summer ever” written all over it.
Tastes a little like: Herbal, Kiwi, Lime, Grapefruit
Pairs well with: Baked White Fish, Oysters, BLT, Jambalaya
Try it you like: Skipping work to go to the beach
Who says this time of year is just for rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, and the lighter side of the wine color spectrum? Not us, especially not after trying this soft, velvety Pinot Noir from BR Cohn. It’s like a cool, starry night after a hot day on the beach—equal parts earthy and ethereal, bold and refreshing. With notes of dark cherry, pomegranate, and strawberry, it’s the perfect light red to pair with chopped salads, shellfish, or any summery fare you’re cooking up.
Tastes a little like: Dark Cherry, Pomegranate, Strawberry, Green Peppercorn
Pairs well with: Grilled Striped Bass, Beet & Goat Cheese Salad, Grilled Chicken
Try it if you like: Stargazing and fireworks
This lively white from Swanson offers up an entirely different flavor profile from the Girard Sauvignon Blanc. Its heavier fruit flavors and perfect balance of sweetness and acidity will have you singing its praises right through Labor Day. Pair it with savory cookout fare, rainy day soups and stews, or fresh grilled seafood—you can’t go wrong.
Tastes like: Melon, Peach, Herbs, Citrus
Pairs well with: Bacon-wrapped Scallops, Chicken Stew, Feta Cheese.
Try it if you like: Pina Coladas and taking walks in the rain.