Your 2017 Summertime Wines

As a restaurant or bar owner, you want your drink menu to excite customers, perhaps even to inspire them to order something they’ve never tried before. All of their favorite summer foods deserve delicious wines to match, but not all wine-drinkers know what pairings work well together. Your customer may enjoy their favorite seafood plate ten times more if paired with a wine that’ll make their tastebuds tingle. This summer, these 10 wines are a must have for your menu. Varying in both flavor and price, you can assure your customers that no matter what, you’ve got the best wines for any warm weather occasion.

  • The Dot 2016 Austrian Apple Grüner Veltliner (2016)
    • The combination of pear and herb scents compliment its citrus freshness, leaving a clean and refreshing finish.
      • Average price: $14
      • Pair with: Think spices – Ginger, White Pepper, Lemon, Tarragon, Coriander, Cumin, Turmeric. Also pairs nicely with grilled asparagus and soft creamy cheeses such as Camembert.
  • Sokol Blosser Pinot Gris (2012)
    • Perfect for those warm summer evenings, this Pinot Gris has a diverse flavor profile of subtle hints of melon and bold flavors of fig and green apple.
      • Average price: $19
      • Pair with: Grilled fish seasoned with herbs and lemon, cream sauces
  • Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon (2014)
    • Aromas of Bing cherries, blackberries and Maduro tobacco jump from the glass. Its lingering finish is dotted with flavors of chocolate and black currant.
      • Average price: $16
      • Pair with: Meatballs, braised red cabbage, brisket
  • CrossBarn by Paul Hobbs Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (2014)
    • This pastel gold chardonnay has a juicy palate filled with nectarine, gala apple and apricot. Its vibrant acidity and its mineral-driven finish are balanced and elegant.
      • Average price: $25
      • Pair with: Homemade pot pie, mushrooms
  • Ruffino Sparkling Rosé
    • Fragrant with heavy notes of strawberry and hints of rose petals, this rosé will make your tastebuds (and your checkbook) very happy.
      • Average price: $12
      • Pair with: Fresh juices (try putting it in a punch!)
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen (2014)
    • The light-weight fruit flavors of this riesling will capture your attention and tingle your palate.
      • Average price: $20
      • Pair with: Asian dishes, Indian curries, crab, scallops
  • Domaine de Bellevue Sauvignon Gris (2015)
    • Bright and juicy on the lips, this rendition of Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and fresh with aromas of gooseberry, nectarine and pear.
      • Average price: $33
      • Pair with: Lighter grilled meats, cheese, shellfish
  • Corvezzo Terre di Marca Prosecco (2014)
    • Pale lemon-green in color, this prosecco is simply refreshing with flavors of apple and lemon accentuating its small bubbles. It has a nice touch of sweetness to accompany its sharp acidity and overall dry taste.
      • Average price: $13
      • Pair with: Charcuterie, mild cheese, sea fruit entrées
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