While there is no question that Chardonnay is king and has become America’s favorite wine for “all day” sipping, during the warm days of summer (and most of the year here in California), there are many other varietals that are better suited for casual enjoyment.
I always prefer a cleaner, more refreshing, less tropical white wine or rosé— Americans are now drinking 20% of the world production of rosé. Sauvignon blanc is well suited for its crispness, but one can also find that crisp character in the light Rhone varietals like Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier. I am a fan of Grenache Blanc, Austrian Gruner Veltliner, Verdicchios or Vermentinos of Italy… not to mention a well-made Pinot Grigio and the low alcohol Rieslings of Germany.
The idea is to broaden your wine horizons by trying different varietals which will enhance your wine drinking experience and allow you to share new discoveries with friends!
Most of these wines will also be far less expensive than a highly regarded chardonnay. A knowledgeable wine consultant in your favorite wine shop will certainly be willing to help you in that quest. Now, “Cheers”!