Pewsey Vale Riesling [Eden Valley, South Australia]
This is a dry and refreshing Riesling with tangy acidity, intense lime flavors, and a screw cap bottle that makes this an adult version of limeade. But, don't be fooled by its charms. There’s surprising complexity here for those that need some gravitas with their wine.
Bernard Baudry Les Grézeaux Chinon [Loire Valley, France]
For the European wine lover who needs something substantial but not too heavy during summertime, this wine has the earthy elements characteristic of European wines, intensity of flavor, but is not as heavy as big Cabernet Sauvignon's.
Mas de Daumas Gassac Frizant Vin Mousseux Brut Rosé [France]
There is no better choice for an outdoor evening event. This wine is like the person who can run around the pool in a toga, but then sit and talk Nietzsche. The attractive shade of rose indicates how fun and appealing the wine is upon tasting, and then the finish becomes serious and complex. This wine works for almost anyone and allows for a versatile choice of dishes.
Whether you’re sitting fireside sipping the best beers or mixing your choice of seasonal cocktails at home, the possibilities for pairing the perfect beverage with a summer meal or activity are practically endless. Throw wine in the mix, and the choices become overwhelming.
Luckily James Tidwell, the beverage manager and master sommelier at Four Seasons in Dallas, has the best wines for summer at the ready, and he’s sharing his picks with us. With many a leisurely summer night in mind, we caught up with this expert for a list of what wine to drink now.
“There’s something so great about being able to sip on a bottle of wine all day,” Tidwell says. Where beer can get filling and spirits pack a powerful punch, a bottle of wine strikes the perfect balance, he adds. “There’s no getting up to get more beers or mixing more drinks. You can just sit there with a bottle of wine and enjoy it.”
And while Tidwell suggests lighter reds and less oaky whites for the summer, there’s ones he finds more seasonal than something pink, or with a bit of spritz.
“Sparkling wines in general are refreshing, clean, crisp wines that work well on hot days,” he says. “When you have a group of people getting together, there’s nothing that gets them to socialize more than bubbles.”Besides for feeling celebratory, the carbon dioxide also expedites the alcohol, helping to bring on the buzz—and the conversation—a little faster, he says.
Otherwise, Tidwell’s go-to is a crisp rosé. “There are rosé’s that are slightly sweet and very fruity, but there are also rosés that drink like red wine and don’t have the unctuousness of a big red that you would have in the winter,” he says. “They’re appropriate for summer and its beautiful in a glass sitting out on a terrace somewhere. They just express summer,” he says.
But this is only the beginning. For the full round up of the best wines to try this summer, check out the slideshow above. From Moscato d’Astito sauvignon franc, pinot noir to riesling, Tidwell offers the ultimate wine list for what wine to drink now.