Somme Things I Think About: What do I want to drink on a summer day?

Whether you call them “porch pounders” or “summer sippers,” these refreshing wines evoke everything you love about the season — brilliant sunsets, long hot days and backyard barbecues. They are the quintessential easy drinkers and they make everything a little brighter and more fun.

Here are some of my favorites:

The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc 2013
This beautifully fruit-driven wine is summer in a glass, and is the first bottle I reach for when I need a delicious summer sipper. It has aromas of zesty lime, grapefruit and passionfruit with a touch of freshly-cut grass. It has a refreshing and vibrant palate with flavors of citrus, apple, and sweet summer herbs leading to a long and juicy finish.

August Kesseler R Riesling Kabinett 2013
This wine has a kiss of sweetness that sets off the amazing fresh flavors of apples and peaches, that remind me of sitting in an orchard and eating fruit straight from the tree. This is a country picnic on a blanket under the sun, next to a lake kind of wine. Tasting Panel agrees and scored it a 90.

Lake Chalice Cracklin’ Savie Sauvignon Blanc
One of the greatest aromas of summer is the smell of fresh-cut green grass, and nothing captures that quite like a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. This citrusy and gooseberry-heavy sipper is also slightly effervescent, making it just that much better. Our own Wilfred Wong gave it 90 points.

Miraval Rose
Owned by powerhouse celebrity couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, this wine is just as much of a powerhouse. I love it and I’m not alone. Robert Parker gave it a 91, and Wine & Spirits Magazine scored it a 90. With flavors and aromas of raspberries, peaches and flowers, it will transform you instantly onto a porch swing.

Roederer Estate Brut
This has been one of my favorite sparkling wines for years now. The Champagne house of Louis Roederer, famous for Cristal as well as other high-end wines, also makes wine in the Anderson Valley in the heart of Mendocino County, California. If you are lucky enough to visit this winery, it’s well worth the trip! Sitting atop a hill overlooking the valley, you can grab a seat outside with a full glass of sparkling wine and feel the warm summer breeze while watching the sun set over the forested coastal range. Currently, 5 publications have rated this wine over a 90 and it’s easy to see why, our own Wilfred Wong says this wine has, “baked apple and toast aromas with a hint of vanilla. Very lively mouth-feel with croissant, honey and orange zest flavors. Crisp acidity reflects a tart, youthful finish.” – 92 points

Tascante Ghiaia Nera
Just because they are easy to drink, doesn’t mean they can’t be a little serious, too. This wine is from the notoriously warm island of Sicily. The grape is a Nero D’avola, which makes a lightly ruby colored wine with light tannins and fresh berries that makes this an easy drinking, almost gulp-worthy wine. It has a serious food-friendly side to it too with great complexity to help you contemplate some deeper thoughts. Vinous agrees with me and gave it 90 points.


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