Now that the hot weather has set in (at least here in SoCal), our wine-drinking thoughts turn to cool summer wines. But, which wines do people prefer? I did a little research on this and discovered some things I didn't know.
Food and Wine magazine had an interesting article in June of 2008 about summer wines. The author pointed out that people drink cheaper wines in the summer because they drink more and entertain more and need to economize on the wine they buy. I guess it sounds logical.
LifeinItaly also talks about Italian summer wines. I liked their list of wines (all whites), although I have never had Gavi or Arneis. I will take care of that in September!
The Consumerist has a more international list of 25 Delicious Summer Wines. Please note that this was also published in 2008, so the vintages mentioned are probably not available. Personally, for summer wines, I like to find under $10 choices instead of $25!
I also came across a blog entry about "doctoring" summer wines to make them acceptable to more drinkers. Interesting stuff. I do love Bellinis and Mimosas, but I don't usually add any mixes to my wines.
Now to get down to MY personal favorites. Most of the time, in hot weather, I prefer white wines. I like sauvignon blancs (New Zealand makes some good ones) and viogniers (lots of good ones on California's Central Coast). But, my go-to summer wine is Prosecco! We have been buying a lot of Zonin Prosecco at Trader Joe's - $5.99 a bottle - a bargain, I think.
Does anyone out there have personal favorites they would like to share?