When the temperature rises, it’s time to think about sipping on light, refreshing wines. But, fear not, lighter doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on flavor. Here are three styles to savor all summer long:
Grüner Veltliner is a white wine grape varietal grown primarily in Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. This wine often has notes of citrus like lemon, lime, and grapefruit, but also can taste of white or green pepper. Grüner Veltliner wines are typically dry, light, and zesty, with a just hint of sweetness. Pour them alongside seafood, salads, sausages and schnitzel, and rich, creamy cheeses such as Camembert.
Moscato wines are made from the white muscat grape and can come in three different styles: sparkling, still, or dessert. The muscat grape is thought to be the oldest variety of grape in the world and is sweet and fruity with a rich, musky finish. Moscato often has notes of orange blossom, peach, nectarine, and apricot. The sweet notes pair beautifully with spicy Asian dishes, curry, charcuterie and antipasto plates, grilled fruit and fruit pies. Moscato is a versatile choice to pair with cheeses, pairing equally well with a spicy pepper jack or milder muenster.
White Merlot is another name for rosé-style wine that is made from Merlot grapes. Because the skins of the red Merlot grapes are only left on briefly during production, white Merlot wine appears paler and is fruitier and lighter in body than its popular red cousin. Because it’s a lighter wine that comes from a red grape, it’s a perfect complement to pasta, fish, red meat, and tomato sauces. White Merlot also pairs exceptionally well with cheeses.