Summer Wine Obsessions. This is THE LIST You Need Now.

The sun is out, the sunnies are on, and all we want in our glasses is a crisp, refreshing pour of chilled wine, preferably an amazing white or rosé. Rosé is my new fave obsession.. don’t get me wrong, the Sauvignon Blancs on this list will far surpass many rosés. These are all MUST-TRYS for you this summer. Rosé, this delicious pink juice has become a summertime staple, thanks to its fabulous thirst-quenching capabilities. However, with so many bottles of the stuff on the market, where does a girl even begin? Well my girlfriends and I took it upon ourselves to do the dirty work for you. After much swirling, sipping, and gossiping… we’ve compiled our official guide to the absolute top summer wines of the season. The best rosés and whites on the market — and we’re sharing it exclusively with you!

Summer Water looks fantastic. The marketing behind this rose has been incredible! “Yes Way Rose” became the hashtag of the summer, and their Instagram is chalk full of delicious Summer Water images. I was SO incredibly excited to try it! Summer Water is more than the rosé of the season, it’s a state of mind – every drop full of pink-tinted possibility

Order on HERE for only $15 per bottle delivered straight to your door!

 

Cuvaison Vin Gris of Pinot Noir is truly a wine not to miss. There are less than 20 cases left and at only $20 per bottle, I suggest you order HERE today, this wine will be gone in no time! They also have an incredible wine club. Simply email club@cuvaison.com. A bit of insider information… they are going to release a Sauvignon Blanc Sept 1 and I expect it to be incredible. Contact them for pre-orders! UPDATE: Cuvaison has completely sold out of the Vin Gris. You will have to email them as to when it will be made available again. It’s worth it!!!

“The 2016 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir has a heady bouquet of wild strawberry, fresh raspberry and peach blossom. Made from juice we’ve saignéed o our Pinot Noir skins, this rosé o ers some nice weight on the palate, brimming with bright red fruit, a hint of spice and a nice long, lime zesty nish.”

-steve rogstad

Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect wine for every occasion. The price point is right around $20. It is certainly most most favorite New Zealand Sauv at the moment. The flavors pair well with everything, in my opinion. You can find it at many wine stores nationwide.

Two of my favorites both come from St. Supery Estate Vineyards and Winery in Napa Valley.

The Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and amazing.

This is a well-balanced and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with pale yellow hues sparked by hints of green. Expressive aromas of passion fruit, pink grapefruit and lime are rich and enticing with a touch of caper. On the palate, flavors of grapefruit and lime zest come together with passion fruit to create an intense and delicious wine. It retails for around $22, or join their wine club and receive it at a very discounted price. Purchase HERE

The Napa Valley Estate Rosé is probably one of the best rosés I have ever tasted. This is a bright and crisp Rosé, with aromas of raspberry, pomegranate and rose petal. Flavors of strawberry, and watermelon dominate with a touch of raspberry cordial. The vibrant finish has a good mouthfeel and is full of life and for only $18 a bottle, there is no excuse not to enjoy this yourself. Purchase HERE.

Evolution White Blend wine has been a solid fave since as long as I can remember enjoying wine. It was my first favorite wine and has never let me down!

This wine is a blend of nine different grapes-Chardonnay and Pinot Gris among them-came together and really liked each other. Together, they produced a wine that was delightful, sublime and just plain yummy. “This lush, tropical blend has flavors of nectarine and citrus, finishes crisp and is loved by an overwhelming majority of those who try it.” If you meet someone who says they don’t like this wine, they are lying.

 

Miraval Côtes De Provence Rosé is probably most well-known for being Brad and Angelina’s. That’s honestly why I saw this and purchased it several years ago. Shhhh! Guilty! But I was not disappointed by any means. It’s a beautiful thing, a light pink color, fresh fruit aromas and refreshing acidity. Very enjoyable! This rosé is found quite easily, typically around $20 per bottle.

 

Whispering Angel Rosé is a wine that I heard about from friends raving that it was something I absolutely HAD to try as soon as I possibly could. Once I did, I was sold. It was perfect. Something you could drink from mid-day to midnight.

“As a negociant and vinificateur (winery), Caves d’esclans identifies vineyards, grapes and wines from château d’esclans as well as local growers to make what has reputedly become the world’s greatest rosé. As our objective is to obtain the best quality grapes and wines, we have created relationships with the local grape growers, committed beside Caves d’esclans, whose vineyards are treated with the same high standards of quality as are the vineyards of Château d’esclans.” – Whispering Angel’s own website. They certainly aren’t modest.

This wine is widely available across the nation, usually around $28/bottle.

Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is such an amazing wine!! It makes my mouth water just thinking of it as I write on this very-hot summer afternoon. This wine was a fave from the moment I first tasted it at Scotty’s Table in Missoula, MT. This is a very nice Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Slightly fruity and acidic with light citrus flavors. It has been a difficult wine to find, honestly. I found a few vendors online that will ship to you for a reasonable price. Here is around $20. It’s worth the search. I promise.

My final fave wine is Au Bon Climat Pinot Gris / Pinot Blanc blend. It’s a crisp, delightful summer wine. A refreshing, dry white with citrus lemon/lime notes, and crisp finish. If you appreciate wine like I do you will appreciate this information the Au Bon Climat sent me regarding this wine. You can order this wine HERE directly from the winery at only $18/bottle. They have a fabulous wine club as well!

“Au Bon Climat is a Burgundy centric winery, meaning if the grapes aren’t grown in Burgundy, then Au Bon Climat doesn’t make that type of wine. Wineries in Burgundy are limited to Aligoté, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay for white wines.  Starting in 1990 Au Bon Climat made Pinot Blanc from old vines planted at Bien Nacido. Pinot Gris was planted at Bien Nacido, after experimental planting showed favorable results, in 1994. Our first Pinot Gris, the 1995 vintage, was made from these small experimental plantings.

Au Bon Climat started blending Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc in 1997. The percentages of each variety changes from year to year.  The Pinot Gris crop at Bien Nacido was variable. Some years the yield would be three tons per acre and some years would be less than one ton per acre. We started buying Pinot Gris from El Camino Vineyard and Sierra Madre Vineyard in 2009, to get a consistent source of Pinot Gris.

Pinot Gris is the first grape variety harvested each year, usually the last week of August. Picked with low sugar and high acidity, our Pinot Gris is crisp. The Pinot Gris portion of the blend supplies the energy, while the Pinot Blanc delivers minerality and depth. The Pinot Blanc portion is from the well-farmed Bien Nacido Vineyard. Au Bon Climat is located in the Bien Nacido vineyard allowing us to closely monitor the grapes maturity and pick at optimum ripeness.”

Cheers!

1 Comment

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    shannon
    August 5, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    familiar with some of these but definitely need to try a few of these out! great post erin!!!

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