Summertime Wines: Sangrias, Sparklings, and Sunshine.
All right, it's summertime (at least to this Oregon native it is). When I open my car door and could fire pottery in the heat blast I'm met with, I know we've arrived.
I suppose oppressive heat and blistering sunshine are not the ideal conditions for drinking a big, earthy, tannic red wine (for some). Maybe at the end of the night red wine is an option, but it's certainly not meant for poolside. Poolside needs a light, crisp, refreshing, and thirst quenching beverage.
I prefer to relax poolside (or patio-side) with a chilled or iced glass of white or rose, an ice-cold beer, or more likely a bourbon or gin concoction. But I write about wine, so for all intents and purposes, I would never choose the beer or cocktail. Gross.
We've established that it's summertime, and that I passionately oppose anything outside of wine as a choice of beverage... That leaves us with a few options for a poolside wine choice: white, rose, sparkling, and sangria.
Here are some of my favorite choices for each and a few recipes for summertime sangria. Note that for the sangria, we're mixing wine with other ingredients (I'd pick an inexpensive wine to make these). Also note that these are delicious.
Frenzy Sauvignon Blanc Retail ~ $10
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier Retail ~ $12
Basa Blanco Verdejo + Viura + Sauvignon Blanc Retail ~ $12
Charles Smith 'Eve' Chardonnay Retail ~ $12
Berger Gruner Veltliner Retail ~ $15
Bieler Pere et Fils Rose Retail ~ $10
LIOCO 'Indica' Rose Retail ~ $18
Dos Cabezas 'Pink' Retail ~ $18
Ponzi Pinot Noir Rose Retail ~ $20
Domaine Tempier Rose Retail ~ $40