Gina’s Summer Wine Picks
Rosé may be taking the summer season by storm for many, and while it's one of our favorite wines, it's not the only one you should indulge in all season long. Ahead, our owner, Gina Leto Gay, gives you the lowdown on her favorite summer wines, her tips on where you can score the best tasting bottle of vino, and some of the best foods to pair them with! Read on!
Summer Wine: Gina's Top Picks
Rosé: A staple of summer, you can’t go wrong with a French rosé. My favorites are from the Côtes du Rhône and Côtes de Provence. Tavel, in particular, is one to be tasted. It is the only AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) in France that produces only rosé.
White: My favorite whites, summer or not, are Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé (not to be confused with Pouilly-Fuissé). These two communes in the Loire Valley make arguably the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. It costs a bit more than your average Sauvignon Blanc but it is the only white wine I am willing to spend more than $15 a bottle on. This wine pairs particularly well with seafood.
Red: While ‘light” reds are probably the way to go in summer, I am not going to lie, I don’t love them (no offense to anyone who likes Gamay!). So, I am just going to give you a couple of my favorites for casual summer dining. I am a big fan of Portuguese wines, particularly those from the Douro Valley. If you ever visit Portugal, don’t miss out on the north and the wine region – Porto, beautiful countryside, great wine and few tourists! With grilled meats, a good Argentinian Malbec is good value for money. One of my favorites: Punto Final Reserva.
Sparkling Wine: Here, for an enjoyable summer celebration, there is no need to splurge on expensive champagne. My new favorite is Mumm Napa. Add some Crème de Pêche or Crème de Cassis and voilà! - summer in a glass!
Sweet Wine: I have to add one of my favorite sweet wines, which I first had at Mario Batali’s Lupa Osteria Romana, a casual trattoria in Greenwich Village. Moscato d’Asti. (not to be confused with any old Moscato) is actually a sparkling, sweet wine. It is a great accompaniment to dessert and works well for birthday celebrations. Another nice thing is that a bottle will only cost between $10-15. So if you like sweet wine, enjoy this one with a bit of bubble!
Looking for more drink ideas for the summer season? Check out our favorite French cocktails!