Summer is in full swing, and nothing beats a glass of delicious wine and a perfectly paired meal this time of year. Uncork the ideal wines that complement all things fun in the sun. Whether you are hosting the next neighborhood barbeque or are planning a romantic picnic on the beach, in this blog post we will share three summer pairings that will satisfy your tastebuds.

  1. Sauvignon Blanc and Seafood

This highly acidic white wine comes to us all the way from Loire Valley, France. With notes of gooseberry, white peach, passionfruit, and honeydew, Sauvignon Blanc tastes light-bodied with aromas of tropical fruit. Like lemon, this wine harmonizes very well with fresh seafood such as grilled shrimp skewers, ceviche, and raw oysters. Transport yourself to a coastal paradise when indulging in this pairing!

Mackinaw Trail Winery and Brewery’s Unrestricted 2022 Sauvignon Blanc is crisp with bright citrus notes curated to perfection. This wine is only available to their Wine Club members, so be sure to visit their website to learn more and sign up. Mackinaw Trail Winery and Brewery is nestled in the rolling hills of Petoskey, MI, and has taken over 50 medals and 6 best-of-class awards. It continues to be one of the most recognized wineries in the state of Michigan.

  1. Rosé and Summer Salads

Amongst the most popular summer wine, Rosé boasts delicate aromas and a refreshing profile to complement a crisp summer salad. Lucky for you, Rosé comes in both dry and sweet styles, so it’s easy to find one to satisfy your palate. A crisp garden green salad, a watermelon and feta salad, or a delicious Caprese salad pairs well with the floral notes in Rosé. Explore the summer produce and create a pairing made in heaven.

Petoskey Farms Vineyard and Winery’s Estate Marquette Rosé is a dry wine with notes of spiced cherry and a subtle taste of lime zest. Since 2014, the Roush family has shared their passion for wine as their winery sits on 22 acres of beautiful countryside in Petoskey, MI. Relax on the patio overlooking the vineyard while enjoying a chilled glass of Marquette Rosé!

  1. Cabernet Sauvignon and Grilled Deliciousness

Regardless of what you’ve heard, red wine lovers can still enjoy their favorite under the sun. Cabernet Sauvignon is a bold, full-bodied red with dark fruit and smoky flavors. Due to its strong tannins and flavors, this robust wine is one of the world’s most widely recognized red wine varieties. Just like the smoky flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon, grilled steaks, hearty ribs, and delicious burgers are the perfect match for this wine. Fire up the grill and share the ultimate red wine pairing under the sun at your next barbecue!

Rudbeckia Farm and Winery presents a 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, CA. You are immediately drawn in with flavors of black fruit and undertones of cocoa and white pepper. Although they can’t take credit for creating this delicious wine, they offer a unique variety of wines harvested in Northern Michigan. Rudbeckia Farm and Winery is located in Petoskey, MI, with the perfect outdoor wine-tasting setting.

Summer is a time of relaxation and fun under the sun, and these three wine pairings will take your gatherings to the next level. Between the freshness of a summer salad, tasty grilled goodness, and delectable seafood, the perfect wine will enhance flavors, creating a unique experience. Pop that bottle open and raise a glass as we toast to the unforgettable moments of summer. Cheers!