With summer in full swing, wine expert Leslie Sbroko She shares some of her favorite picks to bring to the beach and enjoy barbecue fare. These sips are affordable and amazing – From dry pink to sparkling bright red to fresh red – sure to please.
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Alloy Wine Works Chardonnay, Central Coast, California, $6 per pack
When you head to the beach and want to enjoy your libation while basking in the sun, grab a can of wine. There has been a proliferation of bottled wine in the past few years and there are plenty of options for drinking it. I like the versions from Alloy Wine Works. Chardonnay is juicy and smooth with vibrant yet creamy notes, reminiscent of a ripe apple with a kick of lemon.
Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava, Spain, $12 a bottle
Cava is the famous sparkling wine in Spain and one of the world’s favorite wines is the Cordon Negro Brut from Freixenet. The iconic black bottle is a common sight on store shelves. The brand now makes it available in easy-to-use single packs that are perfect for beach and poolside drinking. Made with local grapes like Macabeu, Xarel-lo, and Parellada, it’s crisp, dry, and easy to sip on. Put the small bottles in a cooler, grab some straws and go.
2021 Ultimate Provence Rosé, Cote de Provence, France, $22
There is no better wine than a refreshing rose to drink on a summer weekend. It’s the perfect partner with grilled fish tacos and summer salads. Packaged in an upscale bottle that reflects French style, this pink is very elegant and succulent. Created from a marriage of grapes led by Syrah and Grenache, this unique grape-roll fragrance. The winery is located in the south of France, just 30 minutes from Saint-Tropez. There is a small hotel and restaurant on site and you can win the trip of a lifetime to visit Provence by entering their website.
2019 Bar Dog Pinot Noir, California, $14
Looking for an affordable red to match your summer fare from the garden or from the grill? This is one to look for. Medium pine with notes of red berries and hearty, juicy flavors, this selection from Bar Dog Wine tastes even better with a little chill. The easiest way to cool the bottle quickly is to dip it in a bucket of half water and half ice for about 20 minutes. It will bring out the best in wine and keep you cool on warm days and nights at the barbecue.
2020 Luigi Bosca, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, $20
When ribs dipped in sauce or spicy burgers topped with mushrooms are on your menu, it’s time to hit the red with substance and style. Malbec from Argentina is the answer. This classic brand is making a sensation for your. I call it a double priced wine that’s worth stocking up on in the summer. Historic producer Luigi Bosca goes back four generations and brings to life an expression of Malbec that grew high in the Andes region of Mendoza.
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2018 L’Erta di Radda, Chianti Classico DOCG, Italy, $21
Most people who enjoy Italian wines know the red colors of the famous Tuscan region of Chianti Classico. It is often thought of as a winter wine to drink warmed up or with stewed meats. guess what? As a red all year round, you can put it on your summer drinking list. It pairs beautifully with grilled meats but pairs perfectly with the grilled zucchini casserole with marinara sauce and cheese. Intricate, elegant and lively, this bottle hails from the historic Rada district of Chianti and is aptly called ‘Lerta de Rada’ or ‘The Steep Cliffs of Rada’.