As you may know, I love drinking wine year round, however I've noticed that over the years, my palate changes during the summer months. I typically drink red and dry wines such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, which are heavier to consume in my opinion. But during the summer months, I prefer to sip on crisp or dry white wines because it's feels refreshing as I hide from the hot weather in NOLA.
I enjoy spending Sunday afternoons at Faubourg Wines located right before the Bywater area in New Orleans. I usually bring my laptop, order some bread, slices of sausage and cheese and enjoy a nice bottle of one of the following wines:
"Pinot Gris is famous for its refreshing citrus flavor and zesty acidity (Wine Folly, 2019)."
This wine pairs great with fish and chicken or creamy sauces like Alfredo.
Pressco is the muva of all mimosas especially for bottomless mimosas during brunch. According to Best Products, "Made from Glera grapes in Italy's Veneto region, prosecco is a versatile option for holiday gatherings and festive happy hours that makes a trendy alternative to Champagne and other sparkling wine. Prosecco also happens to be generally much less expensive than le champs (2019)." Pressco pairs very well with fresh fruits such as apples, strawberries, blueberries, etc., which again, makes great mimosas.
Riesling is one of those wines that I rarely drink because it's the last of my choice for white wines. I prefer dry whites so Riesling doesn't really fall under that palate. "The aromatic, deliciously refreshing wine that tastes like the nectar of apples, apricots, peaches and pears and comes in the tall slender glass bottle. Usually crisp, due to its high levels of acidity, Riesling is known for its strong floral aromas (Vine Pair, 2019)." While researching this wine I recently learned that although it is highly known for its sweetness, there are many Rieslings that are dry as well.
This is my holy grail wine in the summer months. I enjoy this wine chilled and I pair it with either a cheese tray or with seafood. I also enjoy this wine paired with leafy salads.
New on the scene within recent years, this wine has become the wine of choice for day parties, events or gatherings in the summer. This wine pairs excellent with ham, blue cheese and honey (great ingredients for a quick cheese board lol).
Zinfandel, last but certainly not least, this wine is the beginner wine as I call it. If you're interested in finding your wine palate, this wine is a great one to start with. This wine pairs with meats such as roast beef, briskets and any other beef cuts of your choice. "Zinfandel wine made in the traditional fashion may be unoaked, easy-drinking and jammy, or oak-aged and full bodied. Old-vine versions can be particularly intense and rich. Expect flavors of black fruits and spice in all. The full flavors and bit of sweetness make Zinfandel a great match for grilled and barbecued meats, especially those cooked in sweet or tomato-based sauces (Total Wine, 2019)."
No matter what your wine preference is, you should definitely try (if not all), some of these wines listed above. Let me know your thoughts and post your favorite wines to drink in the summertime in the comments.