It’s summer and the drinking is easy. Or at least that’s the way it should be when the temperature soars and you’re out at your friend’s BBQ or lazing solo in the park.
Rosé has become the queen of summer wines over the last few years. But as my sister and I were out at brunch in Chicago (after two days at the EmpowerHER conference, more about that another day), I noticed a table of women downing their bottle of rosé and something in me had to stifle a yawn.
Don’t get me wrong: I’ve enjoyed many a glass of rosé. It’s not that rosé isn’t good, it’s that plenty of other wines are too. It was just National Rosé Day and if you happily would celebrate that every day or if you’ve got plans this weekend to make up some frosé, keep on keeping on. And then maybe next month, think about buying a bottle of one of these four wines when you’re at brunch with your girls.
At our brunch spot (Oyster Bah since you asked and plate-scrapingly good for the next time you’re in Chi-Town), they had a sign: Green Is the New Pink. Green as in Vinho Verde, equal in its drinkable deliciousness to rosé (including the Vinho Verde rosé). I started drinking this Portuguese wine a few years ago and have picked up a bottle or two every summer now to have on hand to bring to summer get togethers or to use the sparkling kind in a homemade mimosa. It’s sister wine is Albariño, a Spanish wine produced from the same white wine grapes. Go out and try some if haven’t already.
This wine will always hold a special place in my heart because it helped to cement the friendships that led to this website. The three of us (and many of our amazing girlfriends) would happily imbibe this on a hot Brooklyn summer day. It sparkles. It has some sweetness. It has some body. And don’t let your associations of Lambrusco and Riunite (you know the wine your parents had at their fondue party in the 70s), stop you either. Or if you do, that’ll just be more Lambrusco for me.
Picpoul de Pinet
Here’s one I haven’t tried yet, but I’ve put it on my Summer Wine Purchase List. Yes, I have one and yes, that’s a thing. Didn’t you see the capitalization? Picpoul de Pinet is a white wine from the Languedoc region in France also responsible for Grenache and just a grape’s throw from the Mediterranean. It’s apparently crisp, delicious, and inexpensive. Sign me up! I’ll bring a bottle to my next movies in the park outing and tell you how it goes.
Something That Sparkles
I mean how can you possibly go wrong by asking for something that has bubbles? Winter, spring, summer, there’s never a wrong time to drink sparkling wines. Prosecco, cava, champagne, pick one, pick them all. Mix them up with orange juice or grapefruit juice for a delightful brunch cocktail or let those bubbles tickle your nose all on their own.
No matter what you’re pouring this summer, enjoy it!