Best Summer Wines of 2022, According to Sommeliers

IDEANEWSINDO.COM - When searching for the perfect summer wine, there’s no right or wrong selection. 

Everyone’s palate varies—but there are certainly wines that are more favorable during the warmer months and thus preferred for summer sipping. 

While rosé tends to steal the show during this time of year, there’s more than one style of rosé. Moreover, a variety of unique mineral-forward white wines and fruity-centric red wines are equally thirst-quenching and refreshing, and worthy of a spot in your fridge or cooler.

The list of great summer wines is likely longer and broader than you thought, but don’t take it from us. 

We asked nine top sommeliers to share what they’re sipping this season to inspire us to try something new. 

From chilled Beaujolais to biodynamic whites and an effervescent rosé, here are nine summer wines for sipping at barbecues, lazy beach days, and poolside afternoons.

1. Granito Cru Alvarinho Vinho Verde

“When I’m in the mood for something salty, super fresh, and relatively low-alcohol, I tend to crave alvarinho from Vinho Verde,” shares Michael Kennedy, founder of Component Wine Company in Napa Valley. 

“One of my favorites for this wine from Portugal is Luis Saebra’s Granito Cru Alvarinho. It’s a truly iconic wine. Even better—tasty, simpler versions of it can be found for around $10.”

2. The Marigny Piquette

In New Orleans, Coryn Caspar, director of operations and wine director at Bacchanal Wine advocates for a wine that can stand up to the sticky, humid summer. 

“I’m all about the piquette,” she beams. “I’m so glad there are more producers making and exporting this low ABV [think 4-9 percent], crushable beverage. 

Some say it’s technically not wine, but I say nay to the naysayers!” Since piquette is not fermented, it’s produced by adding water to grape pomace. 

This is where Casper’s “naysayers” come in. We’ll let you decide for yourself with a bottle like The Marigny Piquette.

3. Domaine des Roches Neuves by Thierry Germain "L'Echelier" Saumur Blanc

“This time of year, when I find myself grilling mainly fish and hearty vegetable dishes, I dive into Chenin blanc from the Loire Valley in France,” says Debbie Jones, head sommelier at Jungsik in NYC. 

“Chenin blanc in general has a great texture to stand up to more substantial fish and vegetable preparations—as well as lighter meat dishes I often find myself eating in the spring and summertime.” 

Jones suggests Domaine des Roches Neuves by Thierry Germain “L’Echelier” Saumur Blanc as a newer producer using biodynamics and low-intervention winemaking for a mineral-driven Chenin blanc with bright acid that gradually develops with time.

4. Clos Sainte Magdeleine Cassis Blanc, Provence, France

“Tomato season is short here in the Northeast and I use a ton when the local heirlooms start to come into the market with garlic and herbs,” says Jason Percival, sommelier and beverage director at Himmel Hospitality Group in Boston. 

“For those dishes I like a fuller-bodied, minerally white. The marsanne grape-based wines of Cassis, on the southern French coast, are perfect for this type of cuisine.”

5. Es Okay North Coast Rosé 2021

“Although I’m a firm believer in drinking rosé year round, summer is the season in which it shines—so it’s a must to have your cooler full of this year’s current releases of pink pool pounders,” says André Hueston Mack, owner and winemaker of Maison Noir Wines and sommelier-at-large of & Sons Hospitality Group. 

“Es Okay North Coast Rosé 2021 is one of those wines where the label lets you know what’s in store—unicorns and rainbows. 

It’s a serious wine that doesn’t take itself too seriously.” You’ll pick up notes of strawberry, rhubarb, and cotton candy.

6. Dr. Loosen Riesling Blue Slate Kabinett 2020

Riesling is often misunderstood as a “sweet” wine, and thus overlooked for its white grape counterparts. 

While there are varying levels of sweetness when it comes to riesling, there are also dry riesling offerings (labeled “trocken”). 

Chris Campbell, owner and sommelier at Boston’s Troquet on South, suggests Dr. Loosen Riesling Blue Slate Kabinett as one of his favorites. 

“It’s crisp, clean, and refreshing with great acidity, not too sweet, but open and fruity,” says Campbell, adding that this particular bottle clocks in at eight percent ABV, which means you can enjoy it on a warm summer afternoon and still make it to dinner.

7. Anne-Sophie Dubois Fleurie 'L'Alchimiste' 2020 Beaujolais

“This summer I am drinking all of the chilled red wines,” states Victoria James, director of beverage and partner at COTE in NYC and Miami. 

“Usually people think red wines are for the winter, but during the warmer months I love light-bodied reds [i.e. lower alcohol, higher acidity], which are more refreshing this time of year versus fuller-bodied varieties. 

I even designed stemware just for these. Their bright acidity is highlighted further with a nice chill, so store them in your fridge and pull out 30 minutes before drinking.” 

James suggests a Beaujolais from Anne-Sophie Dubois out of France.

8. Txomin Etxaniz Rosé

“In New England, we have to make the most of the few long summer days we have,” prefaces Benjamin Appleby, wine director at Tavistock Restaurant Collection, New England. 

“I love refreshing, lower alcohol wines that you can have on a restaurant patio at lunchtime without leaving you sleepy for an evening barbeque. 

There’s no greater joy for me on a hot day than a dozen east coast oysters paired with a flinty sparkler or crisp, dry rosé. Happily, this style of wine also tends to be budget-friendly.” 

Appleby suggests Txomin Etxaniz Rosé, “a rosé version of the delightful Basque country specialty, txakoli [pronounced chock-oh-LEE-nah].” The wine is semi-sparkling, slightly effervescent, and easy to drink, he adds.

9. Modicum, Blanc de Blancs, Extra-Brut Sparkling Wine, North Coast 2017

One cannot forget a crisp bottle of bubbles that’s perfect for a sunny afternoon on the patio. 

In Yountville, CA, Michel Couvreux, beverage director at Regiis Ova Caviar & Champagne Lounge recommends Modicum, Blanc de Blancs, Extra-Brut Sparkling wine, North Coast 2017. 

“I enjoy drinking Champagne or sparkling wines in the summer, especially blanc de blancs—not only because they’re refreshing, but because I like the acidity and steely character of a young vintage,” says Couvreux. 

Writer: by Jillian Dara


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