5 Wine Trends Best to Know When Entertaining in Summer 2022
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Hosting summer festivities at your house this year? Or spending the day at someone else’s home, and looking for a bottle of wine to bring over? Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy shares her conversation with Regine Rousseau about her wine company and her expert recommendations on the 7 wine trends to know and the best labels to buy when entertaining in Summer 2022.
what are the top win trends to know for summer 2022 entertaining?
Talking to wine connoisseurs and professionals can be incredibly intimidating. Between the insider lingo and obscure geography, most of the time we just nod and smile and pretend we know what’s going on.
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a conversation with Regine Rousseau
It was precisely this barrier of “wine speak” that led Regine Rousseau to start her company, Shall We Wine.
Rousseau’s mission is two-fold. She and her team advise national and boutique wine and spirits brands while also producing events, books and videos for wine education. Her passion on the topic is evident in her poetry collection Searching for Cloves and Lilies: The Wine Edition where she pairs each poem with a cherished wine. It’s a visceral and memorable perspective on the state of modern relationships.
I was lucky enough to speak to her this week to get her advice on some elegant summer wine options. As the country returns to normal (for now), we are finally feeling a spark of hope and can’t wait to start hosting and attending parties again. Sure, we could serve or bring the same old favorites but it seems like this summer calls for something special. As Rousseau said, “We’re finally able to socialize. Let’s come up with some interesting wines.”
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7 Wine Trends Best to Know When Entertaining in Summer 2022
1. sparkling wine trends summer 2022: keush origins
Right away, Rousseau advised that every event should have a sparkling wine. This summer, she is loving Keush Origins from Armenia.
First off, it is delicious with an “energetic, bright, fresh apple and nutty almond flavor.” The unique profile comes from a blend of two indigenous Armenian grape varieties: Khatoun Kharji and Voskehat. Rousseau notes that “it’s flexible enough to go with food that ranges from salty to sweet to tangy.” And, as an added bonus, “it’s a great conversation starter since most people haven’t heard of it or tasted it before.”
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2. blush wine trends summer 2022: izadi rosé 2020
Of course, summer is all about rosé. Rousseau recommends trying one of her favorites— Izadi Larrossa 2020 from Rioja, Spain. It has a sweet, elegant and subtle flavor that pairs well with a variety of food offerings. Other reviewers note the aromas of pear, apple and cherries with a fresh in the mouth feel.
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3. vinho verde wines: quinta de linhares avesso
The name Vinho Verde—which translates literally to “green wine” in Portuguese but that’s a bit of a misconception. They encompass wines from an entire region in the north of Portugal and include red, white, rosé, and sparkling. Cool, expressive and refreshing, it’s a great summer bottle that’s very affordable and shows you’re in the know (and not a snob). This bottle is made from the Avesso grape, and it’s a single varietal, not a blend.
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4. white wine trends summer 2022: sancerre sauvignon blanc
For a white wine, Rousseau is a fan of Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc. Sancerre is a district in the Loire Valley wine territory in north-central France where the wine from the regions features aromas and flavors of stone fruit (apricot) and white flowers, with a light herbaceous quality. She likes that it is a “different style than what we’re used to” with “lots of minerality.”
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5. red wine trends summer 2022: winter’s hill pinot noir
A lovely summertime red that Rousseau adores is Winter’s Hill Pinot Noir. The pros at Wine Enthusiast agree, giving it their Editors’ Choice endorsement. It is grown on top Willamette Valley terroir and according to Rousseau, “has a flavor profile that is complex —lighter and fresher, but serious.”
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6. supporting diverse winemakers: the mcbride sisters
At Dandelion Chandelier, we love to highlight women and minority-owned businesses. I was curious as to whether there were any standouts in the wine industry. Rousseau suggested the McBride Sisters. Raised among the vines of Monterey, California and Marlborough, New Zealand, they have grown their company (first established in 2005) into the largest Black-owned wine company in the United States. The Black Girl Magic collection features sophisticated and balanced Riesling, Rosé, and Zinfandel.
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7. lower-alcohol wines: txakolina 2021
Wellness matters more than ever – especially during a global health crisis. But there’s a way to do it elegantly without serving up White Claw. While there are companies producing wines with some or all of the alcohol removed to achieve low abv, this process often compromises the taste. Instead, Regine suggests unadulterated wines that are naturally low in alcohol like Txakolina (chock-oh-LEE-nah).
This Basque wine is dry and light-bodied with mineral-driven fruit and aromas of grapefruit and lemon. She notes that it pairs well with fresh seafood.
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top trends and best wines for entertaining in Summer 2022
Summer is upon us, dear reader, and thank goodness for that! We’ve featured the best luxury outdoor furniture and the best barbecue tools. Now, with this expert-approved list of the best summer wines for entertaining, we can ease back as graciously as possible into (the new) normal.
You’re now fully up to date on the wine trends to know and the expert recommendations from Regine Rousseau on the best labels to buy when entertaining at home this Summer 2022. Cheers!
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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, and fitness. Julie lives in New York where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.