In many ways, summer is the perfect season for wine. It’s a time when we celebrate the weather by taking our socializing with friends and family outdoors. And whether standing beside a hot grill or lounging on the patio, a glass of wine is the ultimate summer accessory.
Warm weather and light meals bring to mind the incredible diversity of white wines we’re blessed with today. Gavi from Italy, Grüner Veltliner from Austria, Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, Pinot Gris from Oregon…these crisp, clean and food-friendly whites from all over the world are at our fingertips like never before.
Add to that list Provence’s exciting rosés, light reds like Beaujolais and Bourgueil, and lively sparklers from Spain, South Africa, Australia and more, and you realize there are no limits to the intriguing and delicious choices for your summer glass.
California Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are already on your radar, but what about Albariño and Malvasia? California Editor Steve Heimoff drills down into the ever expanding world of the Golden State’s alternative whites, featuring pours beautifully suited to summer meals. These easy-drinking wines match the more-than-one-glass mindset that’s so often evoked by lazy summer days.
Entertaining outdoors is the focus of Lifestyle and Entertaining Editors Mike DeSimone’s and Jeff Jenssen’s Fourth of July-focused article. Taking tips from three trendsetting locavore notables in Texas, New York and Oregon, this is the ultimate summer party guide for wine lovers, and a tribute to the eclectic wines and outstanding cuisine coming from America’s emerging wine regions (with ingredients all available in your market or online).
Make it easy on yourself when pairing beverages and food this month with Tasting Director Lauren Buzzeo’s piece. Buzzeo takes three types of drink (wine, beer and spirits) and offers home chef-friendly recipes incorporating each one. This is an excellent guide for hosting a cross-drinking guest list, with out-of-the-box dishes that update the traditional summer table.
Also in this issue: discover boozy frozen treats from the country’s top mixologists, meet Burgundy’s latest Pinot Noir prodigies and simplify your life with our easy guide to pairing wine with barbecue.