Posted on June 15, 2022

What Makes a Good Summer Wine?

No summer evening with your friends and family is complete without a nice glass of wine. There’s also no better place to sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather than at The Beaumont Inn. With a beautiful view surrounded by nature, we’re the perfect place to make dinner plans at. While we have an extensive wine menu that makes it easy to get your favorite drink when you join us for dinner, there are some wines that are especially good during the summer months. However, what makes a wine a good summer wine?

There are a few characteristics that some of the most popular wines for summer often have. Here are a few things to look for when choosing your next bottle of wine this summer.

Wine That Can Be Chilled

Of course, you want a cool drink on a hot day, and not all wines are meant to be chilled. This is why you won’t often find many reds on lists of the best summer wines. Chilling red wine often causes the flavor to become dull, although some lighter, fruitier reds will still taste great when chilled. Unlike most red wines, white wines and rosé are great when chilled. In fact, chilling white wine and rosé helps to bring out the wine’s flavors. When you want to sip something cool and refreshing, consider looking into what temperature the wine you want should be served at.

Look for Lighter-Bodied Wines

A light-bodied wine will give you the delicate flavor you want from a drink when you’re outside enjoying the sun. Typically, wines with less than 12.5% are considered light-bodied. A wine’s body refers to how heavy it feels in your mouth. Naturally, you won’t want something heavy when you’re out in the heat. Light-bodied wines also tend to pair better with many of the light dishes you’re likely to enjoy this season. We have plenty of light-bodied wines on our menu to choose from, such as chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, two very popular summer wines.

Find Something High in Acidity

When you think about it, many of the most popular summer drinks are acidic, so it only makes sense that the best summer wines are also high in acidity. An acidic drink, such as a riesling, makes the mouth salivate, which is what makes acidic wine and other acidic drinks, like a cold glass of lemonade, so popular on hot days. These are exactly the types of refreshing drinks you want when you’re enjoying a nice summer evening. 

Stay Away from Oak-Aged

Oak-aged wine can have a great flavor, but it might not be something you enjoy on a sweltering day. These wines often have a spicy, heavy taste, which isn’t something many want to reach for on a hot day. Common flavors in oak-aged wines are vanilla, clove, smoke, and caramel. These are wonderful on a chilly fall day but could be a little too much over the summer. Instead, the wine aged in stainless steel tanks and similar methods is often great for summer wines. These wines absorb no flavors from the steel, so they’re left tasting crisp and clean.

Find Your Favorite Wine at The Beaumont Inn

Whether or not your favorite wine is one of the most popular summer wines doesn’t matter, so long as you enjoy sipping it. However, it can be helpful to know what drinks can help leave you feeling the most refreshed on a warm summer day. When you dine at The Beaumont Inn, you know you’ll always be able to find a drink you’ll enjoy.

Make your reservations to join us for dinner today.