Move Over Rosé — Red & White Wines To Enjoy This Summer

While everyone may look forward to Rosé this Summer, but what if you’re not a fan? Let me share some alternative wines that make a nice Summer wine to enjoy! Take a look below and get into the Summer spirit!

White Wines

Three California wineries — Provenance Vineyards, Stags’ Leap Winery, and Etude — all offer unique and elegant whites to add to your shopping list and enjoy in the warm sun.

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Provenance Vineyards boasts unique and exceptional wine, and its 2016 Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $26) makes an exquisite gift, delighting the senses with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine and honeydew melon, perfumed with a nuance of honeysuckle.

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The 2016 Napa Valley Viognier (SRP $32) from Stags’ Leap Winery, a Napa winemaking icon, captures the varietal’s rich stone fruit characteristics, with hints of delicate honeysuckle and white pepper, pairing nicely with fresh spring and summer cuisine. For a more savory style, the winery’s 2016 Chardonnay (SRP $30) has well-integrated vanilla oak, subtle almond undertones, and flinty minerality on the finish. Full, rich and bright, yet generous in style, it maintains fresh acidity to create lovely complexity and depth.

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Finally, the 2016 Carneros Chardonnay (SRP $32) from Etude, the famous luxury winery, is vibrant yet elegantly restrained with aromas of Bartlett pear and Meyer lemon, and a beautiful minerality with flavors of lemon zest, citrus blossom and Granny Smith apple.

Red Wines

Provenance, Stags’ Leap, and Etude also offer a selection of summer-ready red wines to enjoy chilled, and pair with barbecue food and other dishes al fresco, or consider gifting to dad this Father’s Day.

Provenance Vineyards offers a 2015 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $55) with integrated, cocoa-powder tannins — a signature of Rutherford dust — that enhance the wine’s savory notes, opulent texture and firm structure while lending cellar-worthiness.

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Stags’ Leap Winery boasts its 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $60), deep and dense, with a bouquet of dark plum, blackberry, vanilla and cinnamon spice, which on the palate offers beautiful dark berry and cassis, lending elegance and weight.

Slightly lighter, but no less complex, the 2015 The Investor (SRP $58), a blend of Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, captivates with its notes of tea leaf, sage and rosemary. This wine offers concentrated flavors of blackberry, blueberry, plum, black cherry, strawberry and fine-grained, soft tannins.

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Etude provides a range of luxury bottlings including the 2016 Carneros Pinot Noir (SRP $47), which exhibits complex aromas and flavors of dark cherry, pomegranate, raspberry, plum, black tea and a signature cinnamon graham cracker spice.

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As an opulent splurge, the 2015 Heirloom Pinot Noir (SRP $95) stands out for delicately entwined notes of orange pekoe tea leaves, cherry fruit, forest floor and gingerbread, woven with a hint of minerality on the finish.

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Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food and more! Based out of NYC.

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