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03
June
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paso-robles-rhone-tasting-sp12It’s finally summer and you know what that means—lakeside grilling and picnics at the park. When the temperature climbs to that nice warm breeze, all we want to do is celebrate outside. With all this entertaining and hosting parties throughout the summer, we need a nice spec of wines to choose from. If you’re struggling to decide on just the right type of wine this summer, you can borrow from this list of best summer wines for 2015.

A Classic Summer Wine

This fermented juice will be your signature wine of the summer. Everyone needs one. It’s the type of wine you purchase cases of just to have on hand in case of an outdoor barbeque emergency. Think of it as the “default” summer wine. Not too expensive, not too cheap. And if you can’t decide on your “classic” summer wine yet, try this one: Priest Ranch 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($22). This white wine, with grapes grown in Napa Valley, offers a sense of richness, and has ripe tropical flavors that dance on your taste buds. With crisp and full flavors balanced by the sours of the wine, this is a great wine for outdoor events or even nights in.

A Fresh Unoaked Pink Wine

Inside every person is the taste for a fresh chilled red wine in the summer. Choose from a list of unoaked red wines for the summer if you crave an intense wine. Unoaked, or lightly oaked wines, will generally be lighter and fruitier, and therefore more refreshing. In the summer, red wine should be chilled about 20 to 30 minutes prior to serving. The red wine of choice this summer is a light, fruity Acacia Vineyard Rose of Pinot 13 ($19). This is a crisp and refreshing wine with hints of melon, stone-fruit, and strawberry. It is mostly fruity, but with a hint of dryness. This winery in Napa Valley which produces this type of pink wine claims it to be perfect for picnics or patio gatherings.

A Signature Poolside Wine

Who says you can’t lay out by the pool this summer with a nice glass of Riesling wine? That’s the kind of white wine recommended for poolside sipping or porch swinging sunny days. Blooming with aroma of exotic flowers and hints of jasmine, the 2013 Stony Hill White Riesling ($27) is perfect for outside hangouts or laying out by the pool. The flavors are a tart citrus of sorts paired with crisp acidity.

This wine is currently sold out online, but may still be available at the Napa Valley location of Stony Hill Vineyard.

If you’re looking for other signature summer wines, Napa Valley Wine Tours may have your answer. Napa Valley is a signature place for wineries and tasting fresh wine and Wine Country Inn will be your guide to Napa Valley’s hundreds of wineries.

About the Author: Janet is a guest contributor from Churchill Manor, a comfortable bed and breakfast in Napa Valley, California.

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