BELLA’s Top Picks: Summer Wines

Summer isn’t over yet! And we can keep it going on even when September rolls around. Summer is  a state of mind, anyway. We’ve spent the past few months sipping from some of the newest bottles on the market, as well as tried and true vintages and these are our favorites:

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Invivo x SJP Rosé ($20): This affordable rosé comes to you all the way from New Zealand-based winery, Invivo. As longtime fans of their Sauvignon Blanc, we were anxious to try their new rosé, made in collaboration with Sarah Jessica Parker. She previously partnered with the brand to release her own Sauvignon Blanc last year, and the collaboration was so successful, that they experimented at a family estate in Provence, France for this new rosé blend. The approachable rosé has everything you come to expect from a good glass, with a fresh mineralogy, notes of summer berries, grapefruit and apple.

Cloudy Bay 2019 Sauvignon Blanc ($28.99): Cloudy Bay sauv can do no wrong in my book. Each year the New Zealand-based winery comes out with a new vintage of their iconic sauvignon blanc, and this year marks its 35th vintage. The 2019 iteration is dry and zesty, with notes of citrus, passionfruit and white peach, making it the perfect pairing for any summertime festivity.

Tussock Jumper Chenin Blanc ($13.99): Not only are Tussock Jumper wines extremely affordable, but we haven’t yet tried one we haven’t liked. For summer, their Chenin Blanc, which hails from South Africa, is a great option. Notes of tropical fruits like guava, peach and pineapple are abundant, with a crisp, clean aftertaste. Pair it with pastas, salads or seafood for an incredible experience.

Fig & Olive Rosé ($29 for pick up/delivery, $68 dine in): Fig & Olive, the famed Mediterranean restaurant with locations in New York City, Chicago, California, Washington D.C., and Houston, has upped the ante by releasing their own brand of rosé, which goes down a little too easy. Made in the Cotes de Provence, this rosé has nothing to dislike, with a combination of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grapes. Well-balanced, with notes of lychee and citrus, this rich rosé is perfect for any summer gathering.

Mionetto Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut ($13.99): Less sugary than champagne, Prosecco, which is produced in the Veneto region of Italy, is a great summer sip — perfect alone, for pairing, and even in cocktails. Mionetto is proof that quality doesn’t always mean pricey, and their classic Treviso Brut is our favorite from their Prestige line. Made from 100% Glera grapes, the dry sparkling wine has notes of white peach and honey, with well-balanced acidity. It’s hard to put down.

Bouvet Ladubay Excellence Brut Rosé ($17.99): Made of 100% Cabernet Franc grapes in the Loire Valley of France, this bubbly rosé is has notes of fresh raspberry, red currant and peach. This pleasant, light bubbles make for a perfect pairing with grilled fish, chicken, pork and of course, fresh berries. When you want to toast the summer with a little extra color, this is a great, affordable option.

Scout & Cellar Epic Pursuit White Wine Spritzer ($19): Scout & Cellar, the brand known for their trademarked Clean-Crafted wine (it goes through two rounds of independent testing to ensure there’s no synthetic pesticides, chemical additives, and fewer than 100ppm of sulfites), has a range of wine spritzers that taste as charming as they look. Their white wine spritzers taste so, so light and include lemon, ginger and mint botanicals, giving it a fresh taste and the perfect choice for hot weather.

Danica Rosé ($27.99): If the bottle alone doesn’t entice you, the rosé will. Helmed by former race car driver Danica Patrick, along with Nechio Novak, this new rosé from Provence is easy to drink. While she owns a vineyard out in Napa, Patrick wanted to branch out to French wine for this launch. BELLA actually had the opportunity to chat with her all about the wine, so you can read more here.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Bubbly White Wine 2-Pack Aluminum Bottles ($11.99):What could be cuter than small, single-serving bottles of wine? Not much! We love Chateau Ste. Michelle’s easy to drink and easy to transport mini bottles, which come in four varietals, including Pinto Grigio, “Something Sweet” White Wine Blend, Rosé, and our personal favorite, their Bubbly White Wine. The bubbly is comprised of a blend of grapes, including Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Muscat Canelli, and Gruner Veltliner. Each bottle contains 1 1/2 glasses of wine, come in chic packaging and is ideal for summer beach or pool days.

Bodega Norton 101 Bubbles ($15.99): This crisp, acidic bubbly is a quintessential summer sip, comprised of Gruner Veltliner grapes. Balanced with notes of pear and peach, this Argentinian sparkling wine makes for a great celebratory bottle, or pairs wonderfully with soft cheeses, veal, pork and green veggie dishes. Oh, and if you’re looking for a brunch cocktail, this makes one killer mimosa.

Scout & Cellar 2019 Fieldhouse 301 Chardonnay ($35): Even if you don’t typically gravitate towards Chardonnay, we highly recommend giving this one a shot. It has notes of lemon curd, pear tart and honey, with just a hint of vanilla. Boasting a nice mineralogy, this wine pairs well with an afternoon sunbathing session, or with seafood, soft cheeses and poultry.

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