Let's Talk Wine with Eric Garnier
September 2013

In the Heat of the Summer

As we baste away in this summer heat, our wine buying patterns tend to change. No longer are we looking for the big Cabernet or the big and oakey Chardonnay. As temperatures jump well into the high 80's and low 90's, I recommend wines that are more refreshing and sometimes a little lighter in alcohol.

For the reasons listed above, my first choice for hot days are Rose wines. There are many areas that produce rose wines, from Santa Ynes just north of us, to the great roses from the south of France. Just about every wine growing region around the world makes rose wines. These wines are great starter wines and some will hold up to lighter dishes.

Sauvignon Blanc is also a perfect wine for the summer heat. Again, Santa Barbara county, Napa, and New Zealand make some of the best. In the Loire Valley of France, one will also find great Sauvignon Blanc. Lastly regarding white wines for summer, I would recommend many of the white wines from Italy. Especially good are the wines from the Campania region, just east of Naples. These wines are light, refreshing and very food friendly. They have nice acidity, with little or no oak.

If red wines are still your choice during the hot summers, try some lighter reds like Pinot Noir. Other choices to consider are Rhone style red wines, many of which are made in the Santa Barbara wine region as some of the wines made right here on the Ventura Wine Trail . These wines are usually make from blending Grenache, Mouvedre and Syrah.

As always, we all have different wine thoughts during the hot days of summer. My suggestions are few, as there are so many different styles and varietals to choose from. So, have a toast and raise your glass to summer.


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