Summer may be winding down, but there’s still time to enjoy a nice cold glass on wine on a hot day. So, whether you are sitting out on the porch, enjoying a meal with friends, or just having a glass after work, all these wines are ideal to open. Cheers and enjoy!

Sol Rouge 2018 Rose

Grape(s): 85% Grenache & 15% Cinsault

Region: Lake County, Ca

Price: 20-25

Tasting Notes:

Lively berry aromas intermingle among whispers of spice and wild flowers on the nose. The palate offers up flavors of raspberry, cranberry, and red cherry that unfurl into notes of spice and minerals. The wine is framed by a crisp acidity and good fruit. Match it with grilled chicken breasts.

Rating: 90

Winery SF 2017 Chardonnay

Grape(s): Chardonnay

Region: North Coast, Ca

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

The nose weaves together aromas of pears, peaches, and citrus fruits with nuances of fresh bread and light oak. With a sip, flavors of pear, peach, and lemon flow into allusions of cream and lightly toasted oak. A fresh acidity and balance of flavors make this a Chardonnay to enjoy with crab cakes.

Rating: 89

Vie 2018 “Belle-Amie” Rose

Grape(s): Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre

Region: North Coast, Ca

Price: 20-25

Tasting Notes:

Ripe black cherry, raspberry and plum aromas combine among earthy and herbal hints on the nose. A lively acidity lifts flavors of bramble berries and cherries, alongside accents of rosemary, minerals, and white pepper. It’s a bold Rose that’s well-suited to pair with food. Spicy grilled shrimp would do nicely.

Rating: 89

San Simeon 2018 Grenache Rose

Grape(s): 100% Grenache

Region: Paso Robles, California

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

The nose brings forth aromas of strawberry, white peach, and raspberry, accented by allusions of white blossoms and bubble gum. Flavors of strawberries, nectarines, and grapefruit meld among expressions of bubble gum and spring flowers on the palate. Light and approachable, it’s ideal for summertime sipping.

Rating: 89