We’re gearing up for all that summer holds and ready to help you choose a wine for each occasion that might come your way.
What would summer be without a few trips to the pool? Not as fun, we think. Our favorite wine to sip while we soak is our Sauvignon Blanc, with its lemon zest and peach pit aromas. Enjoy it well-chilled the pear and melon fruit will shine on the palate. It’s light enough to be enjoyed on a hot summer day and an excellent choice for cooling off while you catch a few rays.
Since summer is arguably best spent outdoors, packing up a picnic is a great way to become one with Mother Nature. Grab a chilled bottle of our Rosé of Pinot Noir and bask in some of nature’s goodness. It’s a natural pairing for some of the best picnic fare: spicy fried chicken, sweet water melon, a mouth-watering turkey sando…the list goes on. It’s loaded with floral aromas while black cherry mingles with pomegranate and minerals. The flirty pink hue makes it a top pick for a picnic.
Grab your blanket or low-back chair and let the music take you away. Outdoor music venues make for an ideal evening getaway and we couldn’t resist a white and a red wine for such an occasion. While the sun is still up and the opening act is on stage, start with our Chardonnay, with flourish of pineapple, banana and jasmine aromas. As you gear up for the headliner and the temperature slowly edges down, transition to our Pinot Noir. The sour cherry fruit is layered with caramel, vanilla and toasty oak, perfect for a little music appreciation.
Stealing a night out for just the two of you? Grab a bottle of our Estate Merlot and let the evening begin. Whether you have a reservation at your favorite restaurant or have stolen a quiet night at home, our Estate Merlot bottling is the pinnacle of all that we love, which makes it a classic choice for an evening for two. With its core of cherry jam fruit wrapped with cola, this sexy wine has the ripe, juicy texture we adore. Might we suggest a little Marvin Gaye soundtrack to go along?
Licensed to Grill
Nothing says summer like something from the barbecue. Anything cooked outside begs for a wine that will stand up to its flame-cooked flavor, which is why our go-to choice is Zinfandel. Full of raspberry jam with tobacco and black pepper spice, this wine also has loads of dark chocolate, BBQ smoke, toasted marshmallow and clove. It’s a rustic beauty that will play nice with anything from savory beef brisket to chicken slathered in sauce down to caramelized veggies grilled to perfection.
Our most versatile red wine, the Cellar 1879 Blend warrants an out of office message. It has a natural ability to be enjoyed with whatever is on the agenda, making it the perfect getaway wine. We love how the aromas of chocolate-covered cherry fruit with hints of black pepper and bacon make us want to savor a sunset on a beach. Boysenberry jam flavors layered with orange peel and lush tannins call for a glass under the stars or even as an accompaniment to a late night dip in the hot tub. You can’t go wrong when unwinding with this wine.
Leave the suitcases behind and let the staycation begin! Take away the hassle of travel and pop the cork on our indulgent Altruist Cabernet Sauvignon. The most nuanced wine that we make, it’s a natural selection for those times when you want to feel like you’re 100 miles away from home and in the mood for something different. This 100% Cabernet always has layers and layers of complexity, with concentrated red berry fruit swirling with caramel and root beer highlights.
The S’more, the Merrier
As you watch the campfire smoke swirl into the night sky, reach for our Syrah. This wine begs for good conversation and relaxing after a day in the sun. Layers of licorice and marshmallow dust enhance the decadent jammy aromas. Sweet oak char shows as tobacco and cigar box accented with maple syrup from the barrel aging. The velvety texture would certainly complement a s’more or two but this is the ultimate selection to have in your glass as the evening winds down.