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There is no doubt we are in the heat of summer.

And hot humid weather calls for refreshing wines.

Gamay, the grape used to make Beaujolais, is a favorite red option for summer temperatures. It’s a light-bodied red that has aromas of summer flowers and fresh-picked berries. Beaujolais wines are ideal for your summer picnic with cured meats, cheeses and dips.

Primitivo is the genetic twin of zinfandel. It is a high-alcohol fuller-bodied wine with high acidity. This grape is an ideal partner for almost every menu item you will throw on the grill during the summer.

Rose wines are always a summer favorite. The zesty fruit forward style gives the red wine drinker a refreshing choice. Rose wines give the subtle structure of a red wine but the refreshing style of a chilled white wine.

Gewurztraminer always offers the complex rosy aromatic style ideal for a summer cool-off. Because wines made from this grape are generally low in alcohol, gewurztraminer is a good choice for summer sipping.

Picpoul is a wine lover’s dream for a summer staple. Its budget-friendly price tag and mouthwatering acidity make this wine a top white wine choice when the temperature soars.

Gruner Veltliner may be unfamiliar to many wine drinkers but it’s a delicious alternative to sauvignon blanc. It is packed with citrus, white pepper and racing acidity.


  • 2016 Louis Jadot Beaujolais, France (about $15 retail)
  • 2016 Antico Sigillo Primitivo di Manduria, Italy (about $14 retail)
  • 2017 Los Vascos Rose, Chile (about $13 retail)
  • 2016 Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewurztraminer, Washington (about $13 retail)
  • 2016 Picpoul de Pinet, France (about $12 retail)
  • 2016 Raptor Ridge Gruner Veltliner, Oregon (about $19 retail)