What better way to celebrate the joys of summer than with party bottles, or large-format wines? These 1,000 mL (or 1 liter) bottles offer two major benefits: they are the perfect aging vessel for long-term storage in your collection, but also equal to two bottles of wine, which is more than enough for sharing in a celebratory tipple. Try out these five large format bottles from Austria and Germany to toast the reemergence of the world with some big flavor.
Hugl-Wimmer 2018 Zweigelt (Niederösterreich); $13, 89 points. The nose is shy at first but, with some air, reveals juicy cherry notes. The palate is easy but juicy, fresh and packed with ripe vivid cherry. It’s almost like fruit juice for adults, but with a lovely balance and dry finish. Kysela Père et Fils. Best Buy. —Anne Krebiehl MW
Adolf & Heinrich Fuchs 2019 Skeleton Grüner Veltliner (Burgenland); $10, 88 points. Green-pear freshness on the nose is immediate, and a little more air adds riper notions of yellow pear, too. The palate is light, bright fresh but also has a gentle creaminess. This is easy, totally refreshing and dry. Multiple U.S. importers. Best Buy. —A.K.
Weingut Binz 2018 Nackenheimer Trocken- Dry Estate Bottled Riesling (Rheinhessen); $14, 88 points. There’s a cooling, river-rock minerality that exudes from this light-bodied but fully dry Riesling. The palate offers firm strikes of stone and steel, but also a zippy edge of lime and white grapefruit. A racy white that would accompany raw oysters or other seafood quite well. Drink now–2024. Winesellers, Ltd. —Anna Lee C. Iijima
Weinhof Thomas Stopfer 2019 Zweigelt Rosé (Niederösterreich); $20, 88 points. Just a hint of ripe strawberry strafes the nose. The palate shows more fruit, with soft hints of strawberry and lemon on a slight, light but fresh palate. The finish is dry and fresh. All Star Imports, LLC. —A.K.
Köster-Wolf 2019 Trocken Riesling (Rheinhessen); $21, 87 points. Notes of greengage plum and crisp green apple abound in this light-bodied, dry-style Riesling. It’s a brisk, easy-drinking white that finishes on a bracing hit of lime zest. A good value for a one-liter wine with broad appeal. Artisans & Vines. —A.I.