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Wine Serving Tips for Summer

Wine Serving Tips For Summer


As summer temperatures climb, refreshing is what we’re looking for, am I right?


Typically a heavy red wine like Cab or Malbec won’t do the trick.  So what do you think are the best wines to drink in warm weather?

Light whites, usually white wines and it’s really just a matter of taste which one will be your favorite.


Here’s what you need to know….


  1. Be sure to chill the wine to your satisfaction.

  2. Rose or Pinot Noir are the reds to look for.  They are the lightest red wines, delicate and refreshing.  Rose is the best served ice cold and is crazy popular these days.

  3. Get an easy cool down from Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Viognier.  These beautiful whites are unoaked, so they have a delicate mouthfeel and pleasing fruit flavors.

  4. Ah, Chardonnay, you diva of differences – there are so many styles, it’s hard to know what one is the best. For a chardonnay to beat the heat, go with an unoaked chard without the heavy, buttery textures of malolactic fermentation.  Try our unoaked chard and pair it with a salad or seafood.

  5. Sparklers to the rescue.  Be sure to chill them well.  A good sparkling wine will reward you with tiny bubbles dancing to the top of your glass and lush fruit flavors.


Sip, sit back and let the heat pass you by with cool wines for summer. 


Of course our amazing Lavender River Spritzer will also help you cool down.


Per Pitcher, adjust to taste.


1 bottle Lazy River (Riesling/Muscat Blend)

3 lbs. frozen sliced peaches reserving about 1 lb. for garnish

2 lbs. frozen raspberries reserving 2 cups for garnish

2-3 thinly sliced lemons

2-4 oz. Monin Lavender Simple Syrup

3 cups Sprite Zero or club soda

Fresh lavender sprigs to garnish




Fill a pitcher with fruit, sliced lemons and several fresh lavender sprigs.

Add wine, stir and cover.  Let marinade in the refrigerator for several hours until ready to serve.

Add the lavender syrup slowly.  It is strong.

Add soda and top with ice before serving.

Add fresh lavender sprig, peach slice and raspberries to each glass as a garnish.





Post By:   Noelle Cook