If you must drink wine on the beach...
Sometimes beer and piña coladas just don’t cut it. We feel your pain. Here’s what wine to sip when whiling away on the sand.
Beat the Heat
Acid is key to tempering oven-bake temperatures. Grüner Veltliner is citrusy, offers bristling acidity balanced with a delicate floral flair and finishes with a dash of white-pepper spice. To up the ante further, add effervescence to acidity by pouring a bottle of extra brut Champagne. Irresistibly dry, with bracing lemon acidity, is there a better way to luxe-ify your day at the beach than with a bottle of bubbly?
Tame the Tides
Fresh from a swim in the waves, a surf session or a bout on a stand-up paddle board, when the taste of salt is lingering on your lips you’ll want a wine that’s brisk with minerality and just a touch of the sea. Muscadet, from the coastal reaches of France’s Loire Valley is a crisp white wine with notes of crushed oyster shell and sea salt and bright lemon and apple flavors. It’s known as a classic pairing for oysters, but when lounging sur la plage, it’s the perfect post-dip drink.
Pair the Protection
Covered in suntan lotion with notes of coconut, cocoa butter and tropical fruit? Then reach for an uber aromatic white wine to sync with your sun worshipping. Gewürztraminer, with its luscious aromas of lychee, pink grapefruit and rose petal, bursts with tropical fruit power. For a Gewürz with more thirst-quenching acidity than found in Alsace, turn to New World, cool-climate offerings from New Zealand, Washington State or the Finger Lakes region of New York.
Summer in Provence
European Editor Roger Voss picks his favorite rosés of the season.
92 Château Vignelaure 2012 Rosé (Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence). Complex, rich and ripe, with a tannic edge and full red-fruit flavors. Deserves a few more months in bottle. Blue Coast International.
abv: 13.5% Price: $22
90 Château de Calavon 2012 Rosé (Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence). Ripe and fruity, this is a concentrated rosé that shows its origins. A Tres Vite.
abv: 13.5% Price: $20
90 Château Maupague 2012 Rosé (Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire). Strawberry-flavored wine with a balance between crisp acidity and the ripe, warm texture. Frank Johnson Selections.
abv: 12.5% Price: $22