Summer means one thing (among dozens of other things): pool time.
Biological necessity aside, humans have a natural affinity for water.
Practically all the world’s major cities are built on a body of water.
Waterfront property drives land value through the roof.
And there’s nothing like a dip in the pool, heated or otherwise, to calm your mind and clear your senses.
How could we possibly make a day spent around water any better?
Easy. The way one makes just about anything better: wine.
But not just any wine! Like wine-meat pairings, different wines go better with different settings.
Each wine has its own mise-en-scene, if you will.
For this poolside scene, add these drinks, and you’re sure to have a pairing as good as people and good old fashioned H20.
Of course, these are suggestions, not requirements. The best wine to drink in the summertime is the wine that you like best.
But for these seeking some creative inspiration…
If you were here, what would you be drinking?
5. Sauvignon Blanc
This was a tough call: Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay?
Sonoma Valley stars at making both, so it came down to which one is more… summery.
Chardonnay is certainly dry enough, but it often carries subtle hints of vanilla and hazelnut, two profoundly wintry flavors.
Sauvignon Blanc is lighter, and it carries that crisp sensation that feels so good when coupled with the sun on one’s skin.
For that reason, Sauvignon Blanc gets the narrow edge, but let’s be honest here: you really can’t go wrong with either one.
Goodness knows you’re not going to ruin your summer lounging experience by drinking Chardonnay.
Enjoy a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from Saracina to put the exclamation point on your afternoon lounging.
Or perhaps an exclamation point is too loud for lounging? How about an ellipsis instead? Like the one that comes after “ahh…”
This varietal is most popular in northwestern Spain, and it’s an exceptional combination of citrus zip and dryness that doesn’t stick too badly.
Lime and apple are the predominant flavors here, and they do a pleasant dance on the tongue that feels almost carbonated.
When going for a calming white, skip the sugar rush of Gewürztraminer or Moscato.
Go with something more dry, and between the wine, the pool, and the sun, you’ll be melting into your deck chair in relaxation in no time at all.
For Albariño, we can’t recommend En Garde Winery enough.
The color of the wine depends upon the grape skin and production method, but most all variations end up being a spectacular drink choice for summer.
Here at Kenwood Inn and Spa, we’re big fans of 2013 Rosé from Hamel Family Wines.
A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, this bright and clean delight invokes a distinct medley of cherry, strawberry, and peach, all with a smoothness that makes it eminently sippable.
Here’s a fun fact about Arneis:
Its name is Piedmontese (a language spoken in the northwest Italian region of Piedmont) for “little rascal.” Why?
Because its grape is just that hard to grow.
However, when successfully grown and raised, the little troublemakers produce a wonderfully dry and full-bodied wine that carries all the satisfaction of biting into a perfectly ripe pear.
In Sonoma County, Arneis is a bit of rarity, but its finicky nature hasn’t deterred Seghesio Family Vineyards from growing it.
Time for another fun fact: at one point, all of the 26 Arneis vines in the entire United States were at Seghesio.
You literally could not get Arneis from anywhere else in America!
So be sure to savor this rare treat at Kenwood, and let it act as an excellent compliment to your summer rejuvenation.
(For clarification, Rosé refers to color and grape skin usage, and champagne refers to carbonation and location, more specifically the Champagne region of France. It’s certainly possible to have Rosé champagne.)
The delightfully bubbly classic is ubiquitous for a reason: it’s just that good.
Champagne comes with its own gamut of types, and nothing hits the spot like a flute of brut.
Convenient rhyming aside, you’d be hard pressed to find a more suitable candidate for maximizing your poolside relaxation session.
At Kenwood, we proudly offer Roederer sparkling brut by the glass.
To sunny days ahead!