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. 

Randy Schmidt
OF 14

Erin White of August; New Orleans, Louisiana

Weingut Hermann Moser, Rosi Mosi Rosé, Kremstal, 2015, Austria
“This 100 percent Zweigelt rosé is made by Martin Moser, nicknamed ‘Mosi.’ As the story goes, when he drinks his cheeks get rosy so they called their rosé Rosi Mosi. Zweigelt is a cross between two grapes, St. Laurent and Blaufrankish. It’s light pink with a juicy mid-palate of strawberries, cherries, and apple, and finishes dry—very refreshing and summery. It comes still and sparkling, and it’s great with salty beach snacks, cold fried chicken, and has even has a convenient Stelvin closure so no wine key is necessary!” ($14)

Stephane Aviron, Fleurie, Cru Beaujolais, 2014, France
“Beaujolais has earned a bad rap due to the nouveau that is sent in at Thanksgiving time. This is a producer that will give this region back its place with the wine public. Stephane is passionate about Gamay and works with extremely old vines and practices sustainable viticulture. This bottle has beautiful Bing cherry fruit and spice, good body, and pristine balance. I like a red with smoky grilled meats or sweeter BBQ sauce to have a good amount of rich fruit. Always lay the bottle on top of the ice and give it a nice chill.“ ($16)

Domaine Amido, Rosé, Les Amandines, Tavel, 2014, France
“Domaine Amido is a small family-run estate in the rosé-only appellation of Tavel, across the Rhône River from Chateâuneuf-du-Pape. Tavels tend to be drier and have more body than most rosés. This one is blended 65 percent Grenache, 20 percent Cinsault, 10 percent Syrah, and 5 percent Clairette. Dark cranberry in color, it looks like fruit punch, only it is very dry. With lots of juicy berry fruit, it’s a red wine drinker’s rosé. I like to call it "Adult Kool-aid." Would be great with a cold roast pork sandwich or chicken salad. Serve chilled.” ($15)