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The season’s warmer temperatures call for refreshing wines to pair with lighter foods and al fresco get-togethers. That much you know, but which summertime wines are the best? Jamie Ritchie, CEO and President of Sotheby’s Wine Retail, offers advice on what to choose.
It is warm out. What do you recommend from your wine shop?
What we want to drink is dictated by many factors, not least the season. When it’s hot you don’t want anything thick, heavy or with one strong flavor. Look for bright, light wines with lower alcohol content and a refreshing acidity.
Does “light” mean lacking depth?
People think white wine does not have the complexity of red, but the perfect summer wine is refreshing, engaging and also has character. There are very good whites, rosés and of course rosé champagne.
What are the essential wines to have on hand in summertime?
At home you want a small but distinct range: a Sauvignon Blanc, like a classic Sancerre or a white Bordeaux; a Chardonnay from Burgundy or California; a Riesling from Germany or Alsace; a Chenin Blanc from the Loire; and an Italian white. And you always need champagne in the fridge.
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CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.