The Best Summer Wines to Sip On

What is it about summer that makes sipping a glass of deep-red merlot look like you’re wearing an itchy wool Christmas sweater on a 90-degree day? Come Memorial Day, the only wines we’re drinking are whites, pinks, and rosés. But if you’re like me, you struggle a bit in the wine store. How do you know a tipple will actually taste great? It’s way too easy to judge a wine based on the bottle. Thankfully, SwearBy editors have great taste — literally. Here’s what they’re drinking this summer. (And it’s totes ok if you add ice — we don’t judge.)

Domaine de Marquiliani Rosé

“This is the most delicate and lovely wine. It’s crisp and very light,” says Tracy Jenkins of this wine from Corsica’s Amalric family. “Kermit Lynch said, quite accurately: “Drinking her rosé is like drinking a cloud. There’s an absolute weightlessness to it. Nothing is left on the palate but perfume.” Did we mention the vineyard is run by a father-daughter duo? We’ll drink to that!

Dark Horse Wine

Emily Snider didn’t say much about this wine, but she said enough to make me want to run out and buy it: “Cheap wine that tastes expensive. Female CEO. That’s all.” For summer, we love Rose Bubbles—which tastes like “stone fruit layered with fresh red berries” and is “delicate yet lively.” A picnic in a glass.

Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2017

Whenever I serve this wine, I like to hand it to my guests muttering under my breath as softly as I can. (Get it? I’m a whispering angel!) And no, that’s not the only reason I buy it. Says Andrea Abraham: “I’ve had my fair share of Rosé, and I always come back to this one. Plus, you really can’t beat the price!” Amen, girl.

Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2017 | Wine.com

Kiwis—and by that we mean New Zealanders—have a special place in their hearts for this drink, with “fragrant aromas of gooseberry, blackcurrant leaf, and boxwood” (according to its lingo). Says Brenna Haysom: “If you like Kim Crawford, you’ll love this crisp, refreshing neighbor.” It pairs perfectly with a lobster roll. Consider us hooked. 

Allimant Laugner Cremant d'Alsace Rosé

Did someone say “French sparkling rose for under $20 that’s actually magnifique?” Shhh…tell no one about this wine while we run out and buy every single bottle we can find. “My favorite thing in the world is a dry, sparkly rose,” says Alix Jaffe. “This one is a winner and people will think you are serving the most expensive french champagne. A definite crowd-pleaser you could open up on a Tuesday!”

Txakoli - Txomin Etxaniz (Spanish White Wine)

“So refreshing and easy to drink—no need for a special occasion to pour yourself a glass,” says Michelle Song of this Basque country favorite. “Wine people describe it with words like acid, mineral, dry. I just say ‘delicious.’” Apparently, Spanish locals pour it from above to create a bevy of bubbles in the glass. Divine.

Hi! [Insert waving blonde emoji here] I'm a Colorado-based freelance writer, and I'm Niles Crane-level picky about everyyyyything.