The 15 Best Summer Wines To-Go


Now that we’ve skipped spring and gone straight to summer time, we are able to get busy planning our favourite warm-weather pastime: out of doors consuming. There’s nothing higher than chilling in a park, at a seashore, or on a roof, besides possibly chilling in a park, at a seashore, or on a roof with some ice-cold vino to go together with our snacks, grilling, music, or weed.

The drawback: Not each bottle is created equal and most aren’t precisely outdoor-friendly (hand up in case you’ve introduced a stealthy beer or wine bottle to the park, solely to understand you forgot the opener), so we determined to do the onerous work of researching and taste-testing one of the best wines to go for you. Plus, we bought enter from execs, together with Michelle Biscieglia, wine director of NYC’s well-liked Blue Hill restaurant, and Trisha Antonsen, previously the chief cocktail officer of Drizly, an internet alcohol supply service.

Below, try our critiques of the latest wines that don’t require a corkscrew:


Photo: Tom Medvedich


Sofia Blanc de Blanc Minis ($20 for 4 at The Family Coppola)
A product of iconic director Francis Ford Coppola‘s Winery in Sonoma County, CA, the Sofia Minis are touted on the winery’s web site for his or her zesty and refreshing style. Indeed, our editors had been followers, saying it could be “excellent with a nice fish,” and “great for drinking on the DL.”

Barefoot Refresh Crisp White Spritzer ($7.99 for 4 at Drizly)
When we bought a pitch saying the arrival of a brand new canned spritzer to the wine market, we needed to strive it—particularly because it was described as a “flavorful, light, and lively.” Try it we did, and whereas it was definitely flavorful, some editors discovered it a bit on the sugary facet. If you’re a fan of candy, bottoms up; in any other case, you would possibly wish to save this for an after-dinner drink, as 1 editor advised.

Underwood Pinot Noir ($28 for 4 at Union Wine Co.)
This canned model had an excellent rep from Reddit wine drinkers, so we took it for a spin. It’s described as having notes of cherries, raspberries, and chocolate, and whereas I’m undecided any of us detected something fairly so delicate, all of us agreed this purple was clean and yummy.

Pampelonne Rosé Lime ($16.99 for 4 at Pampelonne)
Pampelonne’s product tagline is “low-calorie sparkling wines” which are “easily accessible, conveniently chic, low-calorie and low in sugar.” We gained’t argue that the packaging is cute (in a Lilly Pulitzer form of approach), however we discovered the 110-calorie muscadet combination practically undrinkable in its sweetness. “It’s like wine-flavored soda,” noticed 1 editor. Again, sugar followers, imbibe all you need, however in case you want your wine dry, skip this 1.

Lila Pinot Grigio ($11.99 for 4 at Ninety + Cellars)
Another newish canned wine model, Lila is available in brilliant, punchy colours, and the Pinot Grigio lived as much as its description of being mellow and fruity. We all discovered it extremely drinkable, and likened it to a “solid house wine at a bar.” For $3 a can, we are able to get behind that.


Photo: Tom Medvedich [Editor’s Note: Fuori Strada Off Road Grillo by Monte Bernardi, 2d from proper, is now not obtainable.]


Bandit Cabernet Sauvignon ($10.99 per 1L carton at BevMo)
My native Brooklyn wine retailer proprietor agreed that Bandit, one other Reddit drinker favourite, is among the higher boxed manufacturers on the market. We concur: One editor summed it up as “good, fruity, but not too sweet.” Definitely picnic-able.

Maison Cubi Rosé ($29 per 3L carton at Brooklyn Wine Exchange)
From a winery in the Côtes de Provence, this rosé guarantees aromas of apricot, peach, and strawberries, together with an ideal stability of acidity. We had been all very into it—1 editor even took it dwelling to complete later.

From the Tank Rosé ($29 per 3L field at select states and various retailers)
Born out of a collaboration between 2 French winemakers, this wine was an editor favourite. People referred to as it “tart and drinkable,” and “light and crisp.” Bonus: It’s light-weight for schlepping to consuming areas, and the vacuum-sealed pack retains the wine contemporary for a month after you’ve opened it.

Bota Box Mini Chardonnay ($5.99 per 500ml carton at Total Wine & More)
This medium-bodied chardonnay—which Antonsen loves for its comfort and flexibility—presents aromas of citrus, ripe melon, and heat toasty oak. Again, undecided any of our editors’ palettes are refined sufficient to differentiate such issues, nonetheless, we did discover it to be stable, straightforward to drink, and never too candy. Dry white followers, do that 1.


Photo: Tom Medvedich


Domane Wachau Gruner Veltliner ($14.99 at
Antonsen considers this the proper dry and refreshing summer time white, stated to be sourced from grapes from the Austrian valley of Wachau. We all discovered this white to be scrumptious and high-quality tasting—appropriately for $15 (although, let’s be actual, that’s nonetheless lower than what 2 glasses of wine prices you at a bar in most cities).

Casal Garcia White ($4.09 at Portugal Vineyards)
The funds bottle of the twist-off bunch, my wine-store-owner buddy stated this wine is super-popular through the summer time with Brooklynites. Now we all know why: It’s candy (however not too), simply fizzy sufficient, and straight yummy.

Barrymore by Carmel Road Rosé of Pinot Noir ($23 at Carmel Road)
We like Drew Barrymore, so we needed to love the wine-enthusiast-turned-maker’s rosé. Barrymore stated it could be refreshing and excellent for sharing, and we are able to’t disagree. Two editors referred to as it “good and smooth,” whereas 1 with a extra subtle wine palette famous its “nice minerally taste.”

Mantlerhof Lossterrassen Gruner Veltliner ($19.96 at Long’s Wines & Liquors)
This white is the bottle to splurge on. A favourite of Biscieglia’s, she says it’s contemporary and peppery—good for pairing with veggies or cheese at a picnic. Everyone on our workers additionally appreciated it, and our trend editor famous that she’s used it to impress dad and mom earlier than due to its “sophistication and ability to pair well with food.” Done and finished.

Be Bordo Cabernet Sauvignon ($7.79 at Get Wine Online)
A press launch instructed us we might count on this French model that lately launched its Bordeaux within the US to be “medium-bodied with intense, deep flavors and a hint of spiciness.” Nailed it: We editors appreciated it; to us it tasted tart, spicy, and dry—all in a great way.

A model of this text was initially printed in May 2016.

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