3 wines that pair perfectly with a Charleston summer

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By: H. A. Fisher

When spring and summer hit Charleston, the front porch starts calling. People flock to the outdoors to enjoy clear evenings and sunny Saturday afternoons. Front porches and backyard decks are the perfect spot for impromptu neighborhood happy hours and weekend barbecues.

These events are celebrations of all that is magical about Lowcountry living and they deserve to be toasted with wines ideal for summertime sipping.

Mike van Beyrer, owner of Bottles Beverage Superstore, recommends three “porch wines” that are high quality but not pricey. These wines are also fairly new so it’s a great opportunity to pour a glass of something you haven’t tried.

“These are small production, high-quality wines that we really like,” van Beyrer said.

1. La Grangette Picpoul de Pinet 2014, White Wine, France ($11.99)

– Crystal clear with green highlights, this is a light, vibrant, nervy wine. It has pleasant hints of acacia and pear blossom with no oak influence. Delicate and fresh in the mouth, it has an excellent acid/structure balance. It neutralizes the salt and iodine in shellfish and other crustaceans and is surprisingly good with rich cheese and charcuterie.
2. Bieler Rosé 2014, Provence, France ($12.99)

– The grapes in this wine are mostly Grenache and Syrah. A classic Southern French rosé from Aix-en-Provence, this wine is fresh and delicious with citrus and strawberry cream notes teaming up with perfumed aromatics. It has a silky texture, finishing with a dry mineral, pepper cut that makes this rose extremely easy to drink. It pairs perfectly with a shrimp salad.
3. Sablet Cotes du Rhone Villages, 2011 Vieilles Vignes Red Wine, France ($10.99)

– In this selection, the grapes are 80 percent Grenache and 20 percent Syrah. It is full of flavor: smoky cherry notes with a southern accent. The lavender and clove give this easy-to-drink red plenty of character. Give the wine a little chill and it goes great with pork barbecue or a cheeseburger.
So, here’s to summer! Raise a glass of one of these wines and toast a season filled with the beauty and enjoyment of life in the Lowcountry.