5 Summer Wines To Sip, Savor, and Share

Summer is the time to relax, slow down a bit more, sit, sip, and enjoy these affordable summer delights. These wines are the essence of summer, crisp, lower-alcohol and refreshing. Enjoy these whites with salads, fresh Kahuku corn on the cob, or that mahi or ahi sandwich. Don’t forgo the reds – here are some red choice that will pair perfectly with BBQ, huli-huli, burgers, ribs or steaks on the grill. Ahhh, the sweet call of summer nights….


Prosecco, dry, lemony, and bubbling, is Italy’s answer to refreshing, well-made, sparkling wine. Prosecco is light, affordable, and fun. a perfect summer wine with its overtones of citrus, melon, lemon, almonds, and honey. It is crisp and clean with small bubbles and pairs nicely with seafood – especially calamari and crabmeat, salads, and even light summer pastas.


Joe Babich favors a fuller, riper, softer style of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The 2010 vintage is sweet-fruited, with rich tropical-fruit flavors, moderate acidity and a well-rounded finish. Delicious from the start. Very easy to enjoy, with strong, ripe flavors of melons and limes. Growth adjacent to the sea, you can almost smell the ocean breeze. Delicious!


Pinot Grigio is one of the world’s most popular wines. Usually produced in a light fruity Italian style that has gained popularity. This Terramia Pinot Grigio is one of our best selling Pinot Grigios. It is a crisp and light bodied wine that is delicately fragrant and mildly floral with lemon citrus flavors. Perfect with seafood, light pasta dishes, and salads. Exclusive at our stores.


The challenge with Pinot Noir is to get enough extract from the grape skins without turning the wine into something too heavy and rustic. This wine has an elegant, pure fruit forward style with the brilliant intensity of rich mouthwatering Bing cherry, blackberry and spice. The fullness, beautiful structure and velvety texture on the palate are hallmarks of this vintage and make this wine a excellent example of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Exclusive at our stores.


My favorite wine – Zinfandel! The Haraszthy family has been in the wine business in Sonoma for six generations. Today, Haraszthy Family Cellars specializes exclusively in the production of hand crafted Zinfandels. Full bodied, exceptionally rich and deep in color, aroma and flavor. Intense red and black fruit flavors of cherries, raspberries, and blackberries. Very smooth tannins make this wine a pure drinking pleasure. Exclusive at our stores.