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ADVERTISING: Advertorial — Summer Sippers: Wines to savor as the weather warms

by LAURA OLSON/The Dinner Party
| May 29, 2024 1:00 AM

As the days grow longer and the temperatures start to rise, our wine preferences often shift toward lighter, more refreshing styles. Summer is a time for relaxing on the patio, firing up the grill, and enjoying vibrant flavors that complement the sunny season. Here are six delightful wines we love as we go into summer, along with perfect warm-weather food pairings to help you transition your palate.

Allimant-Laugner Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé (France)

This elegant French sparkler displays a gorgeous salmon hue and persistent stream of delicate bubbles. On the nose, aromas of wild strawberry, orange zest, and freshly baked brioche mingle enticingly. The palate is crisp and vibrant, with flavors of tart red berries, citrus, and a fine mineral streak. The finish is refreshingly dry and mouthwateringly tart. Pair this with grilled shrimp skewers, fresh tomato and mozzarella salad, or a summertime brunch.

Liberty Lake Cellars Gewürztraminer Reserve (Red Mountain AVA, Wash.)

From the warm Red Mountain region comes this aromatic white brimming with exotic perfume. Notes of lychee, rose petal, ginger, and clove leap from the glass. On the palate, it's lush and viscous with ripe stone fruit and honeysuckle flavors balanced by brilliant acidity. The long, spicy finish makes your mouth water. This pairs beautifully with Thai curries, Indian cuisine, or grilled pork tenderloin with a fruit salsa.

Evolution Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, Ore.)  

From one of Oregon's pioneering Pinot houses comes this vibrant, fresh expression of the grape. A pretty ruby hue and aromas of ripe cherries, savory earth, and sweet baking spice draw you in. Flavors of bright red berries, cola, and warm spices glide across the silky palate, framed by gentle tannins. Pair this versatile Pinot with grilled salmon, roasted beets, or mushroom flatbread.

Whitehall Lane Merlot (Napa Valley)

This quintessential Napa Merlot seduces with alluring aromas of plum, black cherry, cocoa powder, and hints of cedar and tobacco leaf. On the palate, it's richly textured and concentrated, coating the mouth with ripe black fruit, mocha, and savory umami notes. Well-integrated tannins and a juicy, lingering finish make this ideal for summer grilling. Pair it with grilled ribeye, portobello burgers, or barbecued ribs.

Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon (Puente Alto, Chile)

From one of Chile's most prestigious wine estates comes this world-class Cabernet combining power and elegance. The bouquet offers layers of cassis, black cherry, pencil lead, dried herbs, and sweet oak spices. On the full-bodied palate, rich black currant and blackberry flavors mingle with graphite, anise, and touches of cedar and dark chocolate. The firm tannins provide ample structure for aging, but the vibrant acidity keeps this fresh. Enjoy this with grilled lamb chops, aged cheddar, or a hearty Caprese salad.

Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco NV (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)

For a fun, fizzy red, look no further than this classic Italian Lambrusco. A deep ruby color and vivacious purple foam set the tone. Intense aromas of crushed blackberries, violets, and baking spice burst from the glass. On the palate, it's dry yet fruity, with tart black raspberry and cranberry notes accented by hints of orange zest and cinnamon. The frothy, zingy finish makes this the ultimate summer sipper. Pair with salumi and cheese, pizza, or spicy barbecued fare. 

These are just a few of are the many vibrant, food-friendly wines we are enjoying while we welcome the warmth of summer. From crisp sparklers and aromatic whites to juicy reds brimming with sunny flavors, these bottles are perfect for all your seasonal sipping and supping. We look forward to continuing our summer sipping recommendations! Stop by The Dinner Party and let us help you with the perfect pairing, or a sunny-day, porch pounding sipper!

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Laura Olson is co-owner of The Dinner Party along with her partner, Joe Petersen. You can also follow us on Facebook at!/dinnerpartyshop or visit