The Wine Advisor: Wines to try this Summer

Great taste at even greater prices

I just returned from San Francisco where it was nice and cool, but here in Arizona we are in the middle of another searing hot summer. When it’s warm out, I lean toward lighter red wines, whites, rosés and bubbly. Go with what you like, of course, but wines that have a lot of fruit acid are perfect for summer. Here are suggestions for crisp, refreshing, summer wines—white, rosé and even red—at attractive prices.

Single Serving RoséSingle Serving Rosé

How cute are these beaker bottles? Standard Wines “makes the perfect glass of wine, in a bottle.” Usual Rosé, a dry, Provence-style wine from Santa Barbara, comes in individual serving bottles that each hold 6.3 ounces. It’s the perfect size when you don’t want to open a bottle, so there’s no waste. It also means you don’t have to share. It’s only available in a limited release, so you’ll want to order soon.

12x bottles (large glasses) of rosé, plus a pink drink pool float and shipping is $96. Available online only at Standard Wines. Also available in Standard RedChardonnay, or a mixed order.

Summer Party White

Las Mulas Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Organic, an extra-dry, pale yellow Chilean wine, tastes expensive with good acidity and a long finish. Its citrusy and tropical notes pair well with seafood and salads, or just to sip by itself. It’s a great wine to stock up on to serve at parties.

Single bottle is $14.95. Available online at LCBO.com.

Ravenswood Zinfandel Lodi

Consistently Good Red

Ravenswood is a large but reliable producer whose Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel is bold, rich, and easily drinkable. Dark fruit such as black cherry, plum and blackberry, with a lot of spice and a hint of cocoa, make this an excellent wine to pair with whatever you’re grilling at your summer barbecue.

A single bottle is $10 to $18 depending on where you buy it. Available at multiple online resources or in-store at Total Wine, BevMo, or many local independent wine shops.

I’d love to hear about your favorite bargain wines, so send recommendations our way!

Cheers –

Liz

Liz Shabaker is the CEO of Versant Capital Management, Inc.  Her understanding of a broad wealth picture is important to our clients. Liz’s reach goes beyond the financial arena into multiple not-for-profit organizations where she serves to help abused and homeless children, along with other commitments that impact our community.  

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