With the lovely spring weather upon us and summer just around the corner, it is primetime for cocktail hour on the porch! SInce my knowledge of what makes for a good “summer wine” is slim to none, I stopped by Perrine’s Wine Shop on the Westside for her suggestions on few wines that will carry us through spring and into summer. Perrine’s is exactly the kind of place where I like to buy wine–it’s a beautiful shop offering carefully chosen wines at every price point and a knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Perrine’s favorite wine of choice for the warm months in Atlanta is, without a doubt, a glass of rosé. Now, rosés have often earned a bad reputation as a cheap and tasteless alternatives to red or white wine. But, Perrine promises a good rosé has nothing in common with your gas station varietal of Boone’s Farm.
Rosés are made from red grapes and are either a blend or a solid (i.e. pinot noir, merlot, sauvignon). The depth of the pink color of a rosé depends on the amount of time the skins of the red grape have in contact with the grape juice. Rosés should be served chilled, which is one of the reasons they pair so perfectly with the summer heat.
Here are three rosés that Perrine picked for us, all with different price points and varietals.
Alongside a bottle of rosé, Perrine likes to serve light and summery appetizers and simple meals. A green salad with strawberry vinaigrette pairs perfectly. And cheese and charcuterie plates are a lovely choice, served along with small nibbles of nuts and dried cranberries.
And, so we don’t leave out the standard white or red choice, here are a couple that are perfect sipping summer wines.
This syrah would pair beautifully with anything from the grill. Lamb would be delicious and so would a simple meal of grilled vegetables.
This sauvignon blanc would also pair well with a cheese plate or even a pasta dish with a light cream sauce.
Now, who is ready for the weekend??