Refreshing Wine for Summertime

Now that we are officially in summer, and especially here in D.C., it gets hot fast! Heat advisories and temps this week are above 100 and that can only mean one thing:  cool, crisp, white wine — a nice Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Gris come to mind. Here’s a listing on where you can go to enjoy to sip some nice cool wines and cool off this summer.

Veritas Wine Bar – Located centrally in Dupont Circle, this is “D.C.’s first and only true wine bar”. With more than 70 wines “on-tap” (enoteca machines), choosing one is a hard decision! I have visited multiple times and must say, the wine selection is phenomenal. Most recently, I visited to sample their rosé wine. They currently have a War of the Rosés flight. I suggest a flight any day. It’s smaller pours but you get to try 3 different wines and compare. It’s definitely helpful, especially for an indecisive person like me.

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Of the rosés, I perferred the Château de Trinquevedel from France. Fruit forward, crisp and perfectly chilled, it’s a great accompaniment to light snacks on the patio.

If you visit during happy hour (Tues.-Sat. 5-8pm) all bottles are 20% off. This opens up the selection of rosés, as well as, other perfect summer wines. With options all over the world, I’d recommend:

~ Vigneau-Chevreau “Cuvée Silex,” a French Chenin Blanc $45/btl

~ Fred Loimer “lois,” an Austrian Gruner Veltliner $40/btl

~ Seifried Nelson, a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc $40/btl

If you happen to go on a not-so-hot summer day, enjoy a bottle or flight on their patio! Also a cheese plate is a nice addition.

Ripple - One of my favorite wine bars in the city, Ripple offers organic, sustainable wines with a selection that is ever changing. Post up at the bar and enjoy great summer wines and an eclectic food menu. Also, they now offer the grilled cheese bar during happy hour 5-6:30 with half price wine by the glass!

On to the wine…an easy sipper, the Fattori “Runcaris” is a great option. The Garganega grape is a lesser known white grape but has the same characteristics as Pinot Grigio; fruity, light, and refreshing. $8/glass; $24/bottle

Another great option is the Heidi Schrock “Biscaya” rosé from Austria.  Off-dry and bright in color, this rosé screams summer! $13/glass; $39/bottle

Visit often as their menu changes daily. If neither of these are in the list, Mo would love to recommend another summer wine for you.

Urbana - Back to Dupont we go. Urbana has a large loungey area, perfect to relax and take a break from the heat. They offer 35 wines by the glass and 100 wines by the bottle.

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While you take a seat on the comfy couches, I’d recommend sipping a glass of the Joel Gott, Pinot Gris from Oregon. This wine displays citrusy flavors of pineapple and lime with a refreshing finish. $12/glass

Another fruit forward, tropical white is the Sokol Blosser “Evolution” blend, comprised of Pinot Gris, Muller-Thurgau, White Riesling, Semillion and more. This wine has a slight sweetness from the Riesling but has tastes of stone fruits like apples and pears. Perfect with a light appertif and good conversation. $12/glass

Sparkling doesn’t have to be just for celebrations! Enjoy it on a warm day as the  effervescence helps quench your thirst. Urbana features a fantastic sparkling Brut from California, J Vineyards Brut Rosé. Light pink in color with flavors of red berries and citrus notes, this sparkling is a great kickoff to a summer evening. $13/glass

One thing’s for certain, if today is any sign of how hot the summer will be in DC, you will need to find a local watering hole ASAP to enjoy a chilled wine. Think crisp, refreshing, light, easy-sipping wines and you’ll be sure to have an enjoyable, wine-happy summer!

Guest post by new Dining in DC contributor, Jessica Milby.

Jessica has completed the world reknown wine certification, Wine & Spirit Education Trust out of London and is the editor/author of One Classic Wino, a blog about her adventures as a “wino”. Check out Jess’s blog daily for wine pairings, recommendations for the season, and fun recaps of all of her (many) wine adventures!

In addition, she founded Young Winos of DC in August 2010, a group of 20-somethings that convene monthly to share good times and learn about wine.


Wine Blogger at www.OneClassicWino.com; Founder of @YoungWinosofDC and currently working in the wine industry.

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