Summer has arrived. Whether you need wine for a summer feast or relaxing by the pool on those long balmy days, Suzan Temizer from Three Bids Do Wine has curated the quintessential list of summer wines for easy drinking, with a mix of boutique cellar doors and local bottle shop finds.

Rosé

Step aside Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio, Rosé is the queen of summer bringing a refreshing versatility in style from sweet to dry pairing beautifully with summer cuisine like seafood. Opening up a Rosé is simply the best way to crush the summer heat. We embrace the traditional pale and racier Provençal style growing in popularity in Australia.

James and Co Wines 2017 Beechworth Sangiovese Rosé (VIC) $24

A pure, elegant yet vibrant Rosé with hints of strawberries and cream is still refreshing, and too easy to drink with or without food. It’s effortless and our absolute summer favourite at Three Birds HQ. We recommend grabbing a case of six!

Bird in Hand Adelaide Hills Pinot Rosé (SA) 2018 $18

Pinot is the variety behind many of great Rosé wine. Like the Beechworth, Adelaide Hills has the perfect cool climate to produce the Pinot Rosé. Fresh and lively with lifted strawberry aromas it’s not too sweet with layered savoury finish. This seems to be a favourite with Rosé drinkers and now we know why.

La Planchelière Cabernet d‘Anjou Rosé  (France) $13

This crowd pleaser is typical of a Provençal Rosé with a little sweetness and crisp finish. Easy on the palate and the pocket, making it that great all-rounder when you need to entertain and delight. Need a Rosé with bubbles? We got you covered. The sparkling version is available.

White

1813 Fiano (Hunter Valley) $30

Unlike anything else, the Fiano is imbued with characteristics of hazelnuts, honey and ripe melon with a refreshingly citrus finish. It’s a unique style of white enjoyed by Italians and once you try it, it will be as though you’ve thrown on a head scarf, jumped on a scooter and taken a scenic ride of the Amalfi. This is the Italian seaside in a bottle. Delizioso!

Scarborough Obsessive Chardonnay (Hunter Valley) $40

We love all things chardonnay by this estate, especially the Yellow Label, which is perfect for summer drinking, but for an extra special lunch gathering with servings of salmon, tuna and pork we highly recommend the Obsessive Chardonnay. Deep floral bouquet, buttery nougat with peach, touches of pineapple and caramel. You will have joyful sighs at the table and guests pining for more.

Tamburlaine Organic Wines Reserve Orange Fume Blanc 2017 (Hunter Valley) $33

Not quite a Chardonnay, not quite a Fiano, the Fume Blanc is a bright, elegant sauvignon blanc with more lemon curd than lemon, more tropical fruits than citrus simply with that gorgeous French oak that lingers. It’s like a worldlier, well-travelled, seasoned Sauvignon Blanc that has come home to share stories of abroad.

Red

Broke Estate Barbera 2017 (Hunter Valley) $26

If your prefer reds all year round, there is still a way to enjoy during the warmer months. We simply adore the voluptuous and fervid Barbera that pairs with just about everything. Velvety and fruit driven, pop this wine in the fridge and served chilled together with ice cream for a transformative journey from first breath to the last drop. Not a drop less than spectacular!

Sparkling

Cave de Lugny Cremant Blanc de Blancs NV 750mL (France) $16

The perfect hack for French champagne. Cremant is the traditional method used outside of the Champagne region but true to the style. Soft, creamy and effervescent, surprisingly complex for its price tag. Add a nip of Chambord liqueur for a little extra drama.

About Suzan and Three Birds Do Wine

Australia’s women of wine.. We love all things wine. We are passionate about curating great wine and experiences, and sourcing boutique wines from all over Australia to share as gifts hampers for wine lovers. We work intimately with wineries to expand their business, and bring cellar door events, wine tours, luxury bridal showers, charity wine events, and our wine accessories like our fabulous folding wine tables.

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