Wines for Summer

While we think any time of year is a great time to drink wine, there's something particularlyPoolLoungersblog wonderful about drinking a perfectly chilled glass of white while enjoying the sunshine. Whether it's by the pool, at a backyard barbecue or at your favorite restaurant or wine bar at M Resort (wink, wink), summer is a particularly good time to enjoy some wine. We asked our friend Sam Bennett from Hostile Grape for a few of his summer recommendations and here's what he had to say:

Drylands Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

Sauvignon Blanc is always a good choice for summertime. Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand has racy acidity, with grapefruit dominated citrus notes and is very crisp and refreshing. This wine and other New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs pair well with shellfish (especially oysters) and salads. The acidity present makes them very food friendly. One must be careful with acidic salad dressings though because clashing acids can be unpleasant.

PoolWineblogM?nchhof Robert Eymael Slate Riesling Sp?tlese Mosel, Germany

Riesling is a good choice as well because it is normally lower in alcohol which leads to balance. Notes of stone fruits dominated by peach, lemon zest and sometimes a little sweetness makes it a good patio wine that pairs well with some Roots Reggae like Peter Tosh and Bob Marley.

Perrier-Jou?t “Grand Brut” Champagne Epernay, France

Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuv?e Sparkling Wine 2001 Sonoma Valley, California

Sparkling wines and champagne are great for the summer as well. The bubbles cleanse your palate and that makes these wines very refreshing. Real champagne from the Champagne region of France will normally have toasty oak notes and "yeasty" and "bready" characteristics. Sparkling wines from California will tend to have more tropical fruit notes and less of the yeasty/bready characteristics.

Remember these are very general characteristics and individual wines may vary. And don't forget that wine pairs great with food from the grill - backyard barbecues aren't just for beer lovers!