Best Summer Wines Under $25
Do you enjoy the occasional glass of wine after work or on the weekend? Are you always looking to discover new wines that won’t break the bank, yet have fantastic flavor? Do you find yourself wanting to sip lighter wines in the summer?
Then you’re in luck! This summer you can find a whole array of great wines that won’t hit your wallet too hard and deliver great flavor profiles.
Here are a few that you can look for the next time you need to purchase a bottle of wine!
- Rodney Strong Vineyards Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay 2018 (California): Rodney Strong 2018 Chalk Hill Chardonnay boasts toasty vanilla and spice due to time spent in seasoned French oak barrels during fermentation. During the 11 months of barrel aging, the winery regularly stirred the lees in the barrel, which imparts an elegant fullness and creamy texture on the palate. In the glass, the wine is both creamy and crisp, with flavors of golden pear, vanilla, Meyer lemon, and a hint of minerality on the long finish. Enjoy with soft cheeses, fresh crab, or roasted pork loin.
- Marchesi di Grésy Barbera d’Asti DOCG 2018 (Italy): The Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Gresy 2018 Barbera d’Asti offers a mild and elegant expression of a grape that is normally overflowing with rich and succulent fruit character. Instead, this wine introduces a soft and subdued side of the grape that suits it very nicely. It offers a mid-weight appearance with ruby and garnet highlights. The wine also shows versatility in terms of food-pairing possibilities. It could be served with pasta and meat sauce or roast chicken.
- Bertrand Glabrun Bourgueil “Chatrois” 2019 (France): Bertrand Galbrun Chatrois Cabernet Franc is a classic Cabernet Franc with bright pepper notes balanced by strawberry and earth.Pair with fresh herb salad or tomato curry.
- Bedrock Ode to Lulu Rose 2018 (California): Pale to medium salmon-pink in color, the 2018 Ode to Lulu Old Vine Rosé, from vines planted in 1922, is scented of yellow peach, raspberries, cantaloupe and fresh chopped herbs with notions of crushed rock and saline. The light to medium-bodied palate gives up oodles of ripe fruit layers tempered by a mineral streak and mouthwatering acidity, finishing long and flavorful.
- Inama Vin Soave Classico DOC 2019 (Italy): Dried-apple and pureed-pear aromas follow through to a dense, full body with layers of fruit and intense flavors. Such focus and purity. Benchmark, classic Soave.
- Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard Gewurztraminer 2019 (California): Honeyed lychee, peaches, and nectarine notes all emerge from the 2019 Gewürztraminer, a juicy, lively white with great acidity, medium body, and a clean, dry finish. It’s going to shine on the dinner table.
- Raventos i Blanc Black de Blanc 2017 (Spain): A sleek, finely knit sparkling wine, with a backbone of mouthwatering acidity and a delicate mousse carrying flavors of crunchy green pear, salted almond and dried white cherry. A touch of briny mineral chimes in on the finish.
- La Crema Pinot Noir Rose 2019 (California): Aromas of Mandarin, pink grapefruit, and guava. Flavors of watermelon, strawberry, and blood orange are complemented by undertones of minerality. Delicate, crisp, and vibrant. Pair with wild salmon, Dungeness crab, and grilled rock shrimp.
- Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2019 (Italy): The wine is dry with intense aromas and appealing flavors of Golden Delicious apples and citrus with a long, multi-layered finish. Excellent as an aperitif and with a medium body that makes it versatile to pair with everything from salads to chicken or grilled fish. Wonderful pairing ideas include butter lettuce with apples, walnuts, and pomegranate seeds, pizza topped with prosciutto and arugula, scallops, with tarragon cream, or tagliatelle with Italian olive oil, lemon zest and pine nuts.
This summer, no matter what kind of wine you like, you’ll find lots of great choices all under $25. From sparkling to cabernets to pinot grigios, this list has something for everyone!
(*All descriptions/reviews are from Wine.com)