Here we are at the end of May and summer is upon us. I am ready for a lot of deck time with my family and friends, and of course, a glass of wine or two.
There are actually two answers to the question: Should I change my wine with the season? The first answer is: absolutely. The second answer is what I always say about wine drinking: our personal wine preferences trump everything else. If you want to drink your favorite type of wine all year long and with whatever food you are eating, then by all means do so. Wine is intended to provide you enjoyment.
If you plan to change the wines you drink by seasons the field is wine open for you. You can go from red to white and everything in between. The biggest advantage to changing wines by season is that you get to expand the types of wines you drink. I am a big advocate of trying as many different wines as you can. It allows you to expand and educate your palate which leads to more enjoyment in drinking wine.
There are several things to consider when selecting a summer wine. Do you have the ability to chill it to the right serving temperature? And what are you going to be eating while you drink this wine?
Typically, during the summer food menus tend to get lighter because there is a wider selection of produce available.
Lighter menus and seasonal foods tend to pair well with lighter, more subtle wines. I have listed a few wines I recommend for the summer months. This list includes my personal favorites and some additional wines for you to consider.
My Favorite Summer Wines
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Riesling – Dry
- Chardonnay – Unoaked
- Light Bodied Red Blends
- Pinot Noir
- Pinot Grigio
- Riesling – Sweet
- Brut Cava
- White Blends
Of course, there are lots of other wines we could list for summer drinking such as:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Chenin Blanc
Pairing your wines with foods of the summer is no different than pairing with foods of any other season. I reached out to my wine friends and we came up with a list “To Do” when pairing your wine and food.
Consider these items when pairing wine and food:
- What are the wine’s levels of fruitiness, alcohol, acidity and tannin?
- Consider the food you are pairing:
- What are the ingredients?
- How is it is being prepared?
- How do you think it will taste?
- What are the levels of seasoning, smell, and texture?
- Pair lighter textured foods with lighter tasting wines and heavy, rich food with fuller bodied wines.
- Pair your food and wine so that they complement each other.
The most important part of wine drinking is that you find enjoyment in it. Some wines we drink do go the distance due to their versatility and can be enjoyed regardless of the time of year. Enjoy your favorites no matter what season it is.
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