Summer means it’s time to relax, slow the pace, and enjoy the long, warm days. For relaxing by the pool, wine is the ideal complement. Here are my top 10 picks for your summer drinking pleasure, all available nationally, and all under $25.
Top 10 Wines for Pool Refreshment
Free Public White Blend America
Soft and dry with notes of apple, pear, citrus blossom and almond butter.
$4.99 – 250 ml can
2018 Cavit Riesling Provincia di Pavia IGT Lombardy Italy
Light, sweet-tart and tangy with notes of tangerine, green apple, watermelon and violet.
2018 Cavit Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie Italy
Light, crisp, fresh and dry with notes of lemon zest, white apricot, sea salt and almond sliver.
$9.99 > Buy this wine
2018 Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc Awatere Valley Marlborough New Zealand
Dry, subtle and fresh with notes of lime, apricot, green peppercorn, bay leaf and sea salt.
$24.99 > Buy this wine
2017 Harney Lane Albarino Lodi California
Creamy and subtle with notes of lemon curd, apricot, almond, sage and pine needle.
2018 Cono Sur Chardonnay Reserva Especial Valle de Casablanca Chile
Silky, fresh, elegant and dry with notes of lemon pound cake, caramel apple, almond biscotti and nutmeg.
Joe to Go Pinot Noir Oregon
Tart and dry with strawberry, cherry, cocoa and vanilla notes.
$7 – 375 ml can
2018 Bonterra Young Red Mendocino California
Lean, tart and dry with notes of tangerine and strawberry jam. Enjoy it lightly chilled. Organic grapes.
$16 >Buy this wine
2017 Mandrarossa Frappato Terre Siciliane Italy
Subtle, fresh, light and dry with notes of lemon, cherry, fennel and porcini mushroom.
Roscato Rosso Dolce Provincia di Pavia Lombardy Italy
Light, tingly, juicy and sweet with notes of cherry, blackberry, red licorice, chocolate truffle and mint.
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Catherine Fallis, MS, is only the 5th woman in the world to be named a Master Sommelier. For more of her top picks, visit Planet Grape Wine Review.