With summer in mid-swing, 90-degree days are no longer few and far between. It’s hot. Like, really hot. Our weekends are spent lying on the beach, toes in the sand, soaking up the sun (or if you’re lucky enough, on a friend’s boat.) However, by August, most of us have just about had it with rosé. We crave something different yet equally fresh and crisp to quench that mouthwatering thirst. So why not take a step back and return to our gateway drug into the wine world: inexpensive white wine? No, not the one that comes in a box that your grandmother drinks while watching All in the Family reruns, but quality, high-acid whites that are certain to combat the scorching sun. Here are five hot-weather whites perfect for beating the heat:
Alvarinho (otherwise known as Albariño) is a staple varietal in both Spain and the northwest region of Portugal. Alvarinho is commonly used in the production of Vinho Verde wines, though in the provinces of Monçao and Melgaço, the grape is often produced as a single varietal. Slightly fuller on the palate than Vinho Verdes, this 100% Alvarinho displays flavors of citrus and tropical fruit with a bright acidity. At only 11% alcohol, you won’t feel too bad about chugging this baby on the beach all day long.
What the hell is Txakoli anyway? Good question. Pronounced chah-ko-lee, Txakoli is a slightly effervescent, bone-dry white wine produced in the Basque region of Spain. The wines are similar to Vinho Verdes, though often have deeper aromas and stronger flavor profiles. This particular blend of Hondarrabi and Riesling with a teeny bit of Folle Blanche presents crisp lemony flavors and a strong minerality. High-acid and spritzy, this wine is perfect for sipping on the sand.
Primaterra Prosecco Brut NV
Because who says bubbly is only meant for celebrations? This unassuming sparkler is an ideal beach component, showing aromas of green apple and citrus. The palate is gentle and fresh, with a bright acidity and fine bubbles. Bonus points: no corkscrew? No problem. Bubbly is always the perfect in-a-pinch option; simply untwist the metal caging around the cork and pop that sucker out. Worried about the wine exploding on you? Take a quick dip and rinse off in the ocean. Prosecco: solving problems since the 1500s.
This no-frills wine is simple and pleasurable, with well-balanced acidity and citrus fruit flavors. Verdejo has been grown in the Spanish province of Rueda since the 1200s when it arrived from North Africa. This wine is 100% Verdejo, fermented and aged in stainless steel to preserve the natural freshness of the varietal. Lightly floral and layered with mineral notes, the wine is meant to be drunk young. Like, on the beach. Now.
Because at the end of the day, shouldn’t a beach wine be inexpensive without having to sacrifice on quality? This Sauvignon Blanc from the Cotes de Gascogne (slightly south of Bordeaux) is a steal; well balanced with notes of green apple and tart pear. The acidity is certain to quench even the most salivating of palates. Crisp, refreshing, and under $10? Sounds good to us, especially since you’re most likely going to end up with sand in that cup anyway.