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Patio Pounders Are the Only Way to Kick Off Summer

These 5 chilled and easy-to-drink wines will keep you occupied all season long
Best Chilled Wines for Summer
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Patio pounders: the frosty, easy-to-drink wines that are the answer to a sweltering day. And though your apartment might be missing the, well, patio part of this equation, that doesn't mean you can't still kick back with a few of these refreshing drinks. But before you swoop up another case of $1 cans (hey, no judgment), Meg McNeill, owner of Upstream Wine & Spirits in New York, has a few other picks that will keep you occupied well into the dog days of summer.

Want to try these wines in person? Join us at our Test Kitchen for TT Wine Club, where we're pairing these patio pounders with tacos from NYC favorite El Toro Blanco.

Elvio Tintero Vino Bianco Secco

If a margarita decided it one day wanted to become a bottle of wine, chances are this would be the end result: a sparkler with hints of lime and sea salt, "except you can drink a whole bottle, no problem," McNeill says. "I wouldn't judge anyone who puts this on the rocks," she adds. 

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Una Lou Rosé

For proof that not all canned wines are the equivalent to spiked soda, turn to Una Lou, which McNeill calls the "semiserious rosé for those very serious about active summer drinking," thanks to notes of wild strawberries.

 

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2016 Lectores Vini Conca de Barberà Pomagrana Trepat

Yes, even red wine is fair game during warm weather. This natural Spanish red has strong aromas of pomegranate and hibiscus that pair well with steak and is "super fun and delightful, inside and out."

Ramona Ruby Grapefruit Wine Spritzer

Ramona's grapefruit wine spritzer pairs well with fish, is naturally bright and bubbly, and, more importantly, is still drinkable even when you forget to take a corkscrew with you to the beach. "Plus, they're the brainchild of badass wine woman Jordan Salcito," McNeill notes.

 

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Château de Minière Bulles de Minière Rouge

This festive and addictive Loire Valley wine can do double duty as a pairing for both sweet and savory dishes, thanks to "notes of fresh cherries, earthy minerality and a little spice." 

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