March 02, 2022 by Arden Montgomery
Best Wine for a Summer Party
The clouds are clearing, the sun is beginning to shine, and the Solstice is right around the corner. It’s time to bring our lawn chairs, blankets, and blindingly-white tablecloths out of hiding and set up for 2022’s array of inaugural Summer soirees – surely the first of many after a long and weird winter.
You’ve spent all spring planning your charcuterie, your dessert selection, flower arrangements, treats for the dogs – every detail is planned and in its place. And now it’s finally time to make that last and all-important choice: what are you going to drink?
Allow us to make some suggestions.
What to look for in a summer wine
Generally, when the weather gets a bit steamy or errs on the arid side, you want a beverage that’s going to refresh, replenish, and cool you off. Lighter rosés, reds, and whites will all be your best friends during the hotter season.
Truly it’s difficult to go wrong with a chilled white or pink during the summer, as long as you steer clear of the extra-spicy Chards and the deeper rosés. Reds are just a bit trickier – but there’s a trick you can use to pick out reds that won’t make you sweat more when the sun’s out.
The climate in which a grape is grown partially determines its flavor profile (or terroir). Grapes grown in colder climates generally have a cooler profile, and are a better selection for keeping chill during the warmer months. Alpine reds, Argentinian blends, and wines from the Pacific Northwest are some of our summer favorites.
Another, slightly less nerdy method, is to reach for chillable reds. We have plenty of these in the Argaux collection.
Best wines for a summer party
- 2020 Les Athlètes du Vin Touraine Pinot Noir – $25
Refreshing yet deep, the Les Athlètes Pinot offers an array of fruity red flavors which are grounded by a distinct earthiness at its luxurious finish.
A perfect post (or pre, or peri) workout Pinot with an athletic but oh-so approachable body from the Loire Valley. Bring this chillable red to a sophisticated soiree in a summer garden, or to an eighties athleisure themed fancy dress party where the guests skip rope for gift basket prizes.
- 2019 Vignerons Ardéchois ‘Les Classiques’ Chardonnay – $20
This summery Chard leaves behind the typical breadiness of the genre and leans into a crispy texture and zingy, bright, and fruity flavor profile that makes it ideal as the base of a sharable party punch. (That price tag isn’t half bad, either.)
Oenophiles will be drawn in by aromas of Meyer lemon, green apple, and white flower, and delighted with a palate of acidic pear, apple, and citrus.
- 2020 Les Athlètes du Vin Chenin Blanc – $25
Another sporty sensation from the youthful Loire Valley wine maker that promises to keep you close company through all your summer adventuring. The delicious Chenin Blanc offers tastes of tropical fruits such as pineapple and grapefruit, along with peach, citrus flowers, and a grounding mineral body.
Pairs perfectly with fresh cheeses, or a pile of lobster tails with plenty of melted garlic butter.
- 2020 Chateau Montfrin ‘Paumiste’ Rosé – $18
At this price point you could host the entire Wimbledon guest list and still have some leftover for a decent charcuterie board. But that might be inadvisable by most health boards. How about an intimate Wimbledon watch party instead? Or a casual day courtside with a group of your best friends.
Wherever you choose to drink it, Paumiste promises to delight. It’s practically a summer Sangria already, with shining aromas of strawberry, peach, lavender, and grapefruit, followed by a delicious palate of pomegranate, citrus, and Herbes de Provencé.
Pair with salmon maki, and an in-depth discussion about the evolution of women’s tennis uniforms.
- 2020 Storm Watch Hill Vineyard Grenache Rosé – $28
It is highly recommended that you sip this watermelon-and-white-cherry-forward rosé on the deck of a gleaming wood-paneled catamaran in bright blue Meditterannean waters while celebrating with your nearest and dearest. If you can’t do so, the flavors and terroir of this wine will do its best to transport you.
A California wine grown in Med climate, this rosé bears a striking similarity to many of its old world cousins, while still affecting an air unmistakable meant for a day at the beach, boogie board in hand.
Argaux can help
Whatever the size of your soiree, Argaux has a vast selection of delicious small-batch wines that are sure to suit an array of tastes. If none of the wines on our list quite caught your fancy, or if the summer months in California, France, Italy, and Spain are for you a winter wonderland in the southern hemisphere, you can get some more seasonally appropriate suggestions in our Best Wines for Winter article.
We also offer a number of gifts and kits that will help you dive a little deeper into the world of wines with blind tasting activities and geographic samplers, or give a boring bottle a little something extra with a how-to spritzer mixer box.
Looking to learn more about wine? Check out our latest Wine 101 resources.