Summertime Sipping: 10 Sunny Wines for Summer

Summertime Sipping: 10 Sunny Wines for Summer

Ah, summer! What a glorious time of year. Bees buzzing, fruit ripening, the sound of kids playing in the sprinklers. Don’t the words “summer evening” just make you want to sit out on the back patio? If you’re anything like us, no balmy summer evening is complete without a glass of wine to match the season. Here are 10 wines for summer, perfect for swirling and sipping. Onward!

1.  Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier

This enchanting medium-bodied white blend is one of our all-time favorites here at GiftTree. It’s crisp, dry and elegant with hints of apple blossom, spring flowers, and lively melon flavors. We love it on its own, served nice and chilled, or paired with a variety of dishes such as grilled chicken! Find it in our Fine Wine Tote.


2. Martin Craig Luminist Chardonnay

With a brightness that can only be claimed by Sonoma County’s sun-soaked Russian River Valley, our Luminist Chardonnay is masterfully made in collaboration with winemaker Glenn Hugo. Radiant aromas of orange blossom and lemon zest are balanced with stone fruit notes and a smooth, light oak finish. Available in a variety of our gift baskets, like Private Reserve.


3. Bridlemile Pinot Noir

Who says summer is reserved for only pink and white wines? Here in Oregon, Dundee Hills AVA is the perfect climate for this cuvée, produced in collaboration with renowned Pinot Noir maker Archery Summit. This medium-light-bodied Pinot opens with wood violet and cocoa aromas, uncovering flavors of black cherry and spice. It’s a wonderful gift in our Wine Steward Luxury Caddy, and pretty sharp-looking, too!


4. Claribel Bright & Beautiful Vintage Rosé 

It is simply not summer without a glass of rosé! Fresh, dry and bright with crisp acidity, Clairbel’s Bright & Beautiful Rosé has a bouquet of strawberries, white flowers, stone fruits and a hint of minerality. Give it as a gift in its matching Vintage Crate!


5. Caymus Conundrum White Blend

The only white in the Caymus stable, a blend of sauvignon blanc, muscat canelli, muscat, viognier and chardonnay grapes, Conundrum is a multifaceted wine with an array of ripe, concentrated flavors – pear, honey, fig, vanilla, peach, and nectarine, finishing with lots of character and a dash of spice. This slightly sweet wine pairs with asian cuisine and light, spicy food! Find it in our River Stone Wine Glass Gift.


6. Chandon Brut Rosé

Time to sparkle! Chandon California Brut Rosé is a pretty pink with intense ripe strawberry, juicy watermelon, and fresh red cherry fruit aromas and flavors. On the palate, this wine is creamy and seductive with a defined structure from the Pinot Noir added in its final stages. Absolutely luscious – give it to friends in a classy gift crate!


7. Elk Cove Pinot Gris

Giving off sweet and light aromas of citrus blossom and grapefruit, this creamy and lush wine offers lovely apple and pear flavors, while showing crispness on the palette. Medium-bodied and balanced, you can find it in our Pacific Northwest Wine Tasting Basket – on sale for a limited time!


8. Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc

There is not much to not love about this wine. Light and soft-bodied, Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc’s aromas are fresh and clean, evoking the scent of a first rain, with a hint of honeysuckle and underlying notes of tangerine and wet stone. The wine enters the palate with a crisp yet soft quality, flowing into flavors of flower blossom and ending with a mouthwatering finish of fresh peach. So good, and not surprisingly, it’s from the Caymus Family. It’s in the Napa Valley Wine Duo!


9. Ruffino Italian Moscato D’Asti

This white wine from the Piedmont region in northwestern Italy is known for its fragrant, aromatic bouquet and low alcohol content, which makes it incredibly pleasant to drink – and widely popular. Ruffino Moscato d’Asti, with its semi-sparkling style and balanced flavors of peach and orange blossom, is perfect for those who love the sweeter side of wines.


10. Colores del Sol Malbec

Sourced exclusively from the Mendoza, Argentina’s most prestigious wine growing region. It’s the product of bright, uninterrupted sunlight during the day and cool mountain air at night. The result is Malbec at its finest: elegant aromatics and a complex palate of intense, bright fruit. Find it in this South American Wine Duo.

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