What to Drink Now: Sommeliers on the Best Wines for Summer

We asked 13 of the country's top oenophiles to share their favorite bottles for alfresco entertaining, picnicking, hitting the beach, and other seasonal scenarios. 

Robyn Lehr
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Grant Reynolds of Charlie Bird and Pasquale Jones; New York

Triennes, Rosé, 2015, France
“For me, rosé is the wine you should drink when your only agenda for the day is having a good time. And Triennes is the kind of wine you want to drink a lot of. Keep it as cold as possible and always pack more than you think is necessary. And its screw-cap closure makes it the perfect wine to roll to the beach with—no wine opener or tools necessary.” ($17)

Pierre Peters, Cuvée de Réserve Champagne, France
“I recently drank my fair share of this stuff on a boat with a bunch of close friends. I highly recommend you consider doing the same. If you can’t find a boat, have a picnic. Champagne is versatile with all sorts of foods that are picnic-friendly. Cheese, prosciutto, Champagne, and sunshine make for a nice afternoon.” ($55)

Sucette, Grenache, 2014, Australia
“This excellent wine is a light and savory Grenache from Australia. It’s a home run with BBQ. Serve it slightly chilled and you’ll be a hero. This wine has some clout in the wine world, so you can win some points there too if you're going to someone else's place and they’re doing all the hard work on the grill.” ($65)