Best Wines for the Summer

Summer is a time for grilled foods, late nights and socializing with friends and family. Many people agree that wine is always part of a great night, but you may be wondering what types of wines are best to pair with foods hot off the grill. It’s a good thing that there are many choices available that are both refreshing and satisfying, even on a hot summer’s day.

Here are some of our favorite picks for wines in the summer.


Riesling has a nice, light taste. Its sweet lemon chiffon and cherry flavors give it the right balance for meat and vegetables cooked on the grill.

Sauvignon Blanc

This wine selection includes lime, herb and tropical flavors that flow well together. It’s a great option when eating fish, meat or grilled veggies. You can also pair it with samples of cheese, which is a nice touch at a barbecue or pool party.


Most people enjoy a good glass of chardonnay, and this wine selection is really brought to life when paired with seafood and creamy coleslaw. Plus, everyone recognizes chardonnay, so you can expect it to be a crowd pleaser.


Prosecco tastes best when it’s served with crunchy, salty foods like nuts or cheese snacks. The lemon, citrus taste also makes it a good pick when eating fruits and fruit salads, even when they’re cooked on the grill. Don’t be surprised if your guests start asking for prosecco at your next summer barbecue!


If you’re wondering what type of red wine to serve, try a barbera. It has cherry and spice aromas, so it’s a bit heavier tasting than the white wines. If you’re serving up foods like oven-cooked pizza, eggplant marinara or dishes with fresh basil, a glass of barbera will be the finishing touch.

Pinot Noir

Another popular choice, pinot noir is light and refreshing. It goes well with just about anything off the grill: lobster, chicken, fish, pork tenderloin or veggie kabobs. The only thing it doesn’t pair well with is citrusy foods.

Cabernet Sauvignon

A good cab is always welcome, even in the summer. The taste of ripe blackberries, plum flavors and black pepper is found in this selection of wine, and it puts the finishing touches on dishes like pork chops, steak and grilled vegetables.

The best place to find an extensive selection of summer wines is in Napa Valley. Tour the local wineries, sample wines and buy a bottle of your own. Remember, Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is in close proximity to all these wines!

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