Pro Tip: Toast Summer With an Outdoor Wine Party

by Melissa Auman Greiner on Jun 10, 2013 in Wine
Pro Tip: Toast Summer With an Outdoor Wine Party

The only thing better than enjoying a chilled glass of crisp wine in the summer sun is enjoying it with your friends. It’s easy to open your home, your patio, your backyard or even your 2'x2' balcony to host a casual outdoor wine party. Here are our pro tips on how to make it happen.

What to Drink

Wine, of course. But while it’s easy to just grab any white during the warmer months, some varietals lend themselves better to the hottest heat. Avoid more delicate, floral whites like muscat or viognier that could get crushed in the heat, and instead opt for high acid, crisp, mineral options. A few suggestions:

  • Sauvignon Blanc: Both the tropical notes of bottles from New Zealand and the more steely bite of one from Sancerre, France, are bright and dry.
  • Reisling: From the dry (kabinett) to super sweet varietals, Riesling is almost designed to be cool and crisp, making is great for heat in the air or in food.
  • Albariño: Peachy and bright, this Spanish favorite will make you feel like your rocking away the night on a porch swing.
  • Rose: Summer is rose’s season, and its dry and tart taste paired with its heady nose create a sultry combination.

How Much to Buy
You know your friends better than us. If your parties run long and your guests are often thirsty, boost the numbers as you see fit. Better to have too much than too little.

Here’s what to consider: each standard bottle of wine should deliver about five glasses of wine. Assume that each guest will enjoy two glasses during the first hour, than another glass for each additional hour.

How to Serve
You don’t need to get uber fancy for a wine party. A few medium-sized glasses (for all whites, opt for thinner-fluted glasses for the best aroma), a fun stainless steel bucket or funky garden urn to fill with ice and bottles, and you are golden. If you fear breakage, check out our round-up of outdoor-friendly drinkwear options.

It’s always smart to offer at least snacks to balance out the alcohol consumption, and for these wines, think light. Sushi maki samplers, Thai-spiced satays, grilled vegetables or even classic shrimp cocktail will pair beautifully while keeping guests satisfied. Throw in a custom iPod mix, and you’ve got a party.We’ll look for our invite soon.

Photo via Flickr user hmmlargeart

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Colorado Wines to Shine this Holiday Season

Colorado Wines to Shine this Holiday Season

All of these wines are 2017 winners in the Colorado Governor's Cup....read more ›

by Carrie Dow Nov 14, 2017
Celebrate National Yeti Day at Great Divide Brewing

Celebrate National Yeti Day at Great Divide Brewing

Friday, November 17, is the second annual National Yeti Day. ...read more ›

by Carrie Dow Nov 14, 2017
Sat
Nov 18
Sat
Nov 18
Sat
Nov 18
SPONSORED
Enjoy a Taste of Fall with These Denver Cocktails

Enjoy a Taste of Fall with These Denver Cocktails

These seasonal sips will light you up as the days get shorter....read more ›

by Carrie Dow Nov 14, 2017
Celebrate the Dark Side at Wynkoop's Day of Darks

Celebrate the Dark Side at Wynkoop's Day of Darks

It's a taste of Denver's darker side. ...read more ›

by Carrie Dow Nov 7, 2017
Molly's Spirits to Host Animal Adoption Event
by Carrie Dow Nov 6, 2017
Napa Valley is Running a Christmas-Themed Wine Train to the 'North Pole' For the Holidays

Napa Valley is Running a Christmas-Themed Wine Train to the 'North Pole' For the Holidays

If you've ever wanted to travel to the North Pole for the holidays, you can - but you have to get to the Napa ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Nov 6, 2017
Brace Yourself: A Wine Shortage is Imminent

Brace Yourself: A Wine Shortage is Imminent

Europe is bracing for the lowest wine yield in decades, dropping 14% from 2016....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Nov 6, 2017
Delta is Now Serving Complimentary Prosecco on Select Flights

Delta is Now Serving Complimentary Prosecco on Select Flights

Delta Airlines is now serving complimentary prosecco on all of its international flights, including to coach customers....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Nov 6, 2017
A Rare Sam Adams Beer, Utopia, Is Being Released

A Rare Sam Adams Beer, Utopia, Is Being Released

Sam Adams has released their biennial Utopias beer, a barrel aged ale that is illegal in 12 states due to its high alcohol content....read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Oct 31, 2017
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close