When temperatures get warmer, crisp light-bodied wines are great choices. Think light-bodied whites, rosés or sparkling wines. Wines that are served slightly chilled and perfect for keeping you cool while the heat is really on.
Which wine is the best for summer?
The best summer wine depends on your taste. Some love a crisp white wine and rosés and others prefer a light-bodied red or a blend/wine cocktail. No matter your taste, we’ve compiled a list of 12 summer wines to drink under the sun. And the best part? Every single one of them is under $20!
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12 Wines Under $20 You Need to Try This Summer
The Best Summer White Wines Under $20
White wines are perfect for summer. A light-bodied wine is just what’s needed on a sizzling summer afternoon.
If you love a crisp and zesty wine, then you’ll love Mission Hill 5’s Sauv Blanc! This wine is dry and zesty beginning with the nose of lemon zest and honey. Lime and tropical fruit enter the flavour spectrum along with lemongrass. Crisp on the finish.
Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Chardonnay is the perfect food-friendly summer wine. It is crafted in a fresh, soft style with bright apple and sweet citrus fruit character with subtle spice and oak nuances. Pair with crab, poultry, salmon or scallops.
This Riesling Gewurztraminer is bright and lively with zippy acidity, a hint of ripe grapefruit and some delicate floral notes on the palate.
Copper Moon’s Moscato is fruity with aromas of tangerine, tropical fruit, golden pineapple and yellow apple round out this light-bodied wine.
The Best Rosé Summer Wines Under $20
Many reach for rosé in the summer months. It’s cool, crisp, and fully patio-approved. It ranges from sweet to dry, so there really is a rosé for everyone.
Burger Blend Rosé is a fruity, light and crisp wine, with a touch of spice and a juicy finish that can be enjoyed alone or with your favourite summer backyard fare, burgers most certainly included!
A blend of Cabernet Franc, Gamay and Merlot. This is juicy and fruity, with raspberry, red cherry, and a savoury edge evoking garden herbs and red bell pepper. It will pair wonderfully, lightly chilled, with grilled calamari or roast chicken. (Vintages panel, May 2019)
Raspberry fore palate with zippy sour cherry flavours delivered in a crisp, clean and drier style.
This rosé can also be found in cans! Perfect for beaches or poolside.
A pink wine made from a blend of Pinots Noir and Gris, this is tangy and vivacious with suggestions of rhubarb, grapefruit and lemon pith, and white cranberry on the way to a crisp, clean finish. It’ll make a lovely summer sipper, chilled, with veggies and dip or bacon sandwiches. (Vintages panel, May 2018)
Wine Cocktails & Fruit Wines Under $20
We feel like we’d be holding out on you if we didn’t tell you about these summer sippers.
Girls’ Night Out Sangria has a new BFF! Say “Hola” to this Spanish inspired Sangria with ripe peach flavours, crisp citrus notes and a hint of ginger. Best enjoyed with your favourite fresh fruit, ice and friends!
Say yes way Rosé! and enjoy the taste of summer in a glass with this wine cocktail.
A dry white wine made from 90% certified organic Asian pears and 10% certified organic Euro pears. This wine has aromas and flavours of ripe melting pears with citrus, vanilla and a hint of smokiness on the finish. Wonderful with cheeses, coconut milk and curry dishes, light meats and salads.
This slightly-sweeter fruit wine marries succulent strawberries with tangy rhubarb, offering a pleasing, fruity aroma with a drier finish. Pairs well with salads and light meals. The perfect social wine.
Whatever wine you choose, always remember to drink responsibly, and don’t stash wine in the trunk on a hot day. Trust us on this, a cooler or some ice will save you a lot of grief.
Looking for more summer wine suggestions? Try these wine cocktail recipes to spice up your summer drinks: