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4 Tips On How To Pick A Summertime Wine

It’s happy hour and everyone seems, well, happy. You’re on your way to getting your TGIF on, but you don’t know what to try. Look around and see what others are drinking. A frothy calorie-filled concoction. A bland looking (and probably tasting) cocktail. Nah, that’s not your style. You are classy, sophisticated, interesting. You pick the obvious: wine.

Now wine in the summertime is a whole different bird. You want it to be refreshing and uplifting in spite of the sticky-hot weather. So here are four how-tos when selecting that perfect sip.


Go Crisp

White wines – ranging from a Chardonnay to a Riesling – are a thirst-quenching option. Pair your drink with a simple yet sumptuous seasonal meal that remains appetizing in spite of the heat.

Go Light

Avoid the heavy flavors and tannins when it’s hot outside. Even reds offer a wide selection of easy-savoring choices when you don’t want to be weighed down by a hefty drink.

Go Smart

Opt for wines with a moderate alcohol level – 13% and below – since a higher level affects you more in the hot summer weather.

Go Icy

An ice bucket filled with a mixture of ice and cold water (it fills the spaces between the cubes for a quicker cool) keeps your wine bottle at the perfect temperature. Red wines only need five minutes in an ice bucket since extremely low temperatures sometimes bring out its bitterness.


Get ready to sip your way through summer at home or, even better, at Cedar Lake Cellars. Visit us in person where you can salivate at your leisure.

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