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These Are the 6 Best White Wines for Summer

A cold, crisp white wine is the perfect pairing on a summer night.

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May 24, 2024 at 5:24 AM PST
Updated on May 22, 2024 at 2:28 AM PST
Entertaining White Wines

These Are the 6 Best White Wines for Summer

A cold, crisp white wine is the perfect pairing on a summer night.

By
May 24, 2024 at 5:24 AM PST
Updated on May 22, 2024 at 2:28 AM PST

Summer’s just around the corner, and with it comes the perfect excuse to uncork some refreshing white wines. Whether you’re planning a picnic, a backyard barbecue, or a quiet night at home, there’s a white wine to make the occasion a bit more special.

Here are the best white wines to keep you cool this season.

Sauvignon Blanc

There’s nothing like a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc on a hot day. Known for its sharp acidity and lively fruit flavors like green apple and lime, this wine is a summer favorite. It pairs well with seafood and a crisp, garden-fresh salad. The zesty flavors make it a go-to for cooling off and kicking back.

 

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Chardonnay

During summer, lean toward the lighter, unoaked varieties that bring out a blend of citrus and melon. Pair it with a creamy seafood pasta or decadent lobster roll.

Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio is perfect for those laid-back summer gatherings or impromptu hangouts. It’s a straightforward wine with subtle hints of pear and citrus, making it easy to pair with light dishes like fresh seafood, simple pastas, or your favorite cheese platter.

Riesling

Whether dry or sweet, riesling is a refreshing pick-me-up with its bright acidity and flavors ranging from tart lemon to sweet honeysuckle. It’s particularly good with spicy food, as a sweeter riesling can soothe the heat while a dry version can enhance the flavors.

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Albariño

From the coastal regions of Spain and Portugal, Albariño is a lesser-known but excellent summer wine. This wine typically features flavors of peach, lemon, and mineral undertones, with an acidity that makes it perfect for hot weather. Enjoy it with seafood paella or a fresh seafood platter this summer.

Viognier

For those who prefer a wine with a bit more body and aromatic complexity, Viognier is a great choice. With aromas of peach, tangerine, and honeysuckle, it’s like summer in a glass. Viognier pairs well with dishes with floral and fruity notes, such as a summer fruit salad or mildly spiced Asian cuisine.




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