Looking for some wines to keep you refreshed and your party going this summer? On warm days we want juicy mouthwatering wines with the crisp, fruity, floral flavors of summer. Here are three styles perfect for summer wines.
Because we live in Oregon we stuck with cool wines that are abundantly available here. You can find these specific wines and these general grapes and styles anywhere.
We think a hallmark of a good summer wine is it can be enjoyed with or without food. A porch swing, outdoor concert, or picnic summer wine should be as good paired with just a glass and friends as with a meal.
Check out our segment on KGW’s Portland Today and then keep reading for more details on these perfect for summer wines. Y’all will have to forgive the fact that I am feverish in this video and have lost my voice – darn awful summer cold.
Summer Wines – Rose
While we think rose can be a year round wine, it comes into its own as a summer wine. Just the array of colors reminds of summer gardens in full bloom. We selected:
2017 Duck Pond Fries Family Cellars Rose of Pinot Noir Willamette Valley $20
Ballerina pink with light floral and and strawberry notes. Crisp, refreshing, citrusy and light.
See Rose Roundup for some other rose recommendations.
Summer Wines – Pinot Gris
We love pinot gris for summer wines because it is fruity and rich but still has refreshing acid. While most made in Oregon fit this description, this grape can also be tart and citrusy.
Buyer’s Tip: If you want stone fruit and richness ask your wine steward for an Alsatian style Pinot Gris. If you want tart and citrusy ask for an Italian style Pinot Gris aka Pinot Grigio.
2017 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Gris Willamette Valley $19
Rich with stone fruit and melon.
Summer Wines – Pinot Noir
Red wine lovers, don’t despair! You can have your summer wine and your red wine too! Pinot Noir typically has less drying tannin than bigger reds like Cabernet Sauvignon. This makes it much more sippable for summer. If you find one that says “Whole Cluster” this will be lighter with fresher fruits and less tannin. It can even be served slightly chilled!
Buyer’s Tip: Pinot Noir is a good choice for a red summer wine. Even better, look for one that says “Whole Cluster” on the label.
2017 Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir Willamette Valley $24
Raspberry, cherry, vanilla, and juiciness.
What are some of your favorite summer wines?
Killer round-up! I’ve been a big fan of what Duck Pond has been putting out there for these most recent couple of vintages, and Elk Cove is one of my FAVES. Love it! My favorite summer wines are Oregon Rieslings and Spanish whites 🙂
Yes to all of the above. Oregon makes some very nice Rieslings.
Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life says
Yummy wine picks for summer! I’m loving Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Rosé of Pinot Noir right now, but I do also enjoy their Whole Cluster Pinot Noir that you’ve featured here. Both are lovely for BBQs and picnics — although I’ve been known to enjoy them on their own for late night RHONYC marathons 😉
I have polished off my fair share of the Whole Cluster at outdoor movies.
Martin Redmond says
Looks like a great line up. So cool you’re on TV….love it!
Thanks Martin. Once a month they let me tell people what to drink!
Erin @ Platings and Pairings says
Love this roundup so much!!! I always revert to Rose in the summer, but love to sip on some lightly chilled Pinot too!
We are lucky we live some place with lots of good local wine choices.
I’m a total duck pond fan! Love their rosé! Great article!
Renee @ The Good Hearted Woman says
We’ve had some the Duck Pond Rose recently and thoroughly enjoyed it! I’ll have to give that Elk Cove Pinot Gris a try soon.
Let me know what you think.