July 03, 2021 by Vicki Denig
Best Summer Wines To Kickoff the Long Weekend
Shades, suits, and solid amounts of booze (emphasis on point number three!) are non-negotiables for long summer weekends spent beneath the sun. For us at Argaux, July 4th weekend officially kicks off Summer Friday season—which means that having our beverage stashes locked and loaded is key. This weekend, we’re rounding up a short list of Long Weekend Essentials to carry you through the rest of your sunny summer weekends ahead. Stock up now, enjoy later, and let the good times roll without ever having to worry about running out of supplies!
No summer weekend is complete without a solid bottle (or few) of rosé. Each month during the summer, we feature one of our go-to pink picks for warm weather sipping and offer it at a seriously affordable price. This July, we’re featuring La Spinetta Rosé di Casanova, a tart and juicy rosé produced from organically-farmed fruit grown in Tuscany. Expect flavors of white peach, strawberry, and mineral notes to lead to a floral, acid-driven finish.
Single bottles start at just 20 bucks a pop, though the more you buy, the sweeter the deal! Although this bottle is perfect for pools, parks, and outdoor sipping everywhere, we recommend enjoying it on a sunny afternoon with this Peach Burrata Salad with Prosciutto and Arugula for an out-of-this-world pairing.
Can’t make it to France this summer? Let us bring the best of French drinking culture to you with this L’Apéro Starter Pack, our answer to learning the art of wine and cheese pairing. In France, l’apéro is a long-respected ritual that incorporates gathering around refreshing drinks and snacks at the end of the long day. Our curated kit is available in 2, 3, and 4-bottle packs, complete with a guide on how to l’apéro, food and wine pairing recs, as well as tips and tricks for creating the perfect cheese / charcuterie board. You bring the company and foods of choice, we’ll handle the rest.
Sometimes the day calls for a quick, thirst-quenching break from wine—enter our refreshing Spritz Kit. At Argaux, we source all of our spirits and liqueurs with the same mentality that we do our wines, which means they must be delicious, responsibly-made, and honor the place from which they come. This summer, we’re leaving the Aperol behind and swapping in Liquore delle Sirene, an Italian aperitif produced from organically-farmed Trebbiano di Soave, Garganega grapes, and locally-sourced herbs from Lake Garda.
On the palate, Liquore delle Sirene shows flavors of rose, coriander, red currant, and gentian, and its red color comes from hibiscus flowers / red potato juice. No chemicals or artificial coloring is used. Our Spritz Kit comes equipped with one bottle of Liquore delle Sirene and one bottle of NV Sorro Prosecco, an organically-farmed sparkling wine produced in the heart of the Veneto.
Whether heading to the course or casually swinging your clubs in the backyard, no wine package promises a good time like our ‘Gaux Golf Kit. Each kit includes 1-4, 6, or 12 bottles of Par Fore the Course Sauvignon Blanc, a zesty, organic wine produced in the heart of New Zealand’s Marlborough region, as well as two cups, two tee and ball marker books, and one microfiber golf towel.
Par Fore the Course exudes bright and refreshing flavors of guava, green herbs, passionfruit, grass, and a touch of pineapple. Fair warning, this one goes down almost too fast.
Whether the evening calls for wine or spritzes, enjoying your summer beverages out of solid glassware is key. After much swirling, sipping, and assessing, we’ve found that Riedel’s Vinum line of glassware is the best quality-to-price-ratio option on the market. These high-quality glasses are durable yet elegant, making the top picks for outdoor sipping situations. Note: Although dishwasher safe, we recommend washing by hand to ensure careful cleaning.
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