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Wines That Pair Perfectly With Every Summer Soiree

From their packaging to their palate-pleasing flavor profiles, there are myriad marvelous wines on the market that simply scream “summer” in a glass.

Given the sheer number of choices, how does one go about selecting the best seasonally inspired vintage to sip this summer? Try a pick (or two) that best pairs with the meal or event for which they are intended!


Hosting or Attending a Pool party?

Consider a 2020 Schramsberg Brut Rosé ($50) for the occasion. Crafted from a lively blend of pinot noir and chardonnay grapes, it has a bubbly effervescence that is easy to enjoy on its own while lounging on a float or with an outdoor spread of light bites like chicken skewers, caprese salad, or even ceviche—all perfect to enjoy on the deck or in the water.

Similarly, RUMOR Rosé ($29.99) from Provence bursts with strawberry, pomegranate, and cherry, and it has a zippy acidity at the end that makes a beautiful splash on the taste buds.

For those who usually drink more robust wines and are stuck regarding what to do when outside in the heat, opt for JUSTIN 2022 Viognier ($30). It is rich with a complex fruit character. There is some oak in it but is certainly not a butter bomb, and it can be effortlessly enjoyed with citrus, firm cheeses, or even a chilled salad dish.

And for a Summer Brunch …

Guests will melt when they enjoy a glass of Trefethen Katie’s Acre Chardonnay ($55) with avocado toast, chia seed pudding, or anything with salmon given its bright aromatics of stone fruit and toasted brioche coupled with its notes of lemon meringue and pear on the palate. The bottle also makes for a great conversation starter: It is named for a single acre on the Napa vineyard that served as a home for a towering old oak tree on the property. Co-founder Katie Trefethen fell in love with it, so rather than cutting it down, they planted chardonnay vines around it in her honor.

Serving something a bit more substantial like French toast or bacon? Try Bouchaine Las Brisas Vineyard Riesling 2022 ($45). Traditional German Kabinett-style wines were the inspiration behind this tangy and floral California white wine. It is a celebration of fresh peaches, tangy apples, and white flowers, all of which come together in perfect harmony with heavier dishes.

Planning a Summer Picnic?

Do not forget to pack a 2022 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley from Clif Family Winery ($38). Crafted from organically grown estate grapes, notes of vibrant citrus from limes to grapefruits dance on the nose here, followed by kisses of tropical fruit like guava and passionfruit to the taste, making it a gorgeous pairing with light salads and fresh cheeses. (Yes, this means charcuterie boards, as well!) The 2022 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay from Flowers Vineyards & Winery ($55) is also a stunner. Its distinctive minerality finish and notes of fresh herbs and citrus amplify its savory character, making it magnificent with a smattering of summer veggies, especially corn, squash, and asparagus, as well as with plant-based sandwiches.

And for the sunniest of days, pack a bottle of Cass Winery’s 2023 Oasis Rosé ($32). Cold-fermented in stainless steel, its dizzyingly delightful blend of strawberry shortcake and grapefruit play  perfectly with any kind of carb, especially a fresh baguette with hummus or even salty chips with a playful array of yummy cold dips.

Getting the Grill Going?

While beer has historically been king of the barbecue, many wines were tailor-made for meat. Case in point? The 2021 Davies Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($75). Alluring aromas of blackberry, black cherry, and plum, along with flavors of raspberry, black pepper, and a touch of tobacco, lends a helping hand to grilled meats, including marinated tri-tip, dry-rubbed St. Louis style pork ribs, or a well-marbled rib-eye.

For slightly lighter grill masters, stock up on 2019 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon ($60) for the summer. This well-balanced wine exudes elegance, acidity, and spice notes that pair especially well with herb-crusted lamb, roasted chicken, and grilled pork loin. If the barbecue has a little added spice, look no further than Ram’s Gate 2020 Syrah, Richards Vineyard ($80). Complex and integrated with notes of cranberry preserves, olive tapenade, and fig paste, it stands up exceptionally well to everything from pulled pork to short ribs in even the hottest of sauces, ramping up the flavor without overpowering the ever-so-pleasing piquant zip on the tongue.

And for Dessert …

Any summer treat—lemon bars, fruit tarts, macarons, sorbet, and even light mousses—will be made all the sweeter with a glass of ONEHOPE Reserve Prosecco ($30). This Italian Reserve Prosecco is made from Glera grapes, which are known for their balance and delicate hint of sweetness. Each bubble erupts with pear and green apple on the nose and lifts practically any dessert’s flavor profile tenfold.

Enjoy a glass of Trefethen Katie’s Acre Chardonnay with avocado toast, chia seed pudding, or anything with salmon.

Any summer treat—lemon bars, fruit tarts, macarons, sorbet, and even light mousses—will be made all the sweeter when paired with a glass of ONEHOPE Reserve Prosecco.