Posted: Sep 03, 2012 11:00 AM
The end of the summer season is the perfect time to branch out from your standard glass of Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio and try one of these delicious, food-friendly wines for warm weather sipping. Think light, crisp and refreshing -- the perfect wines to drink on a warm evening!

The transition from summer to fall is the perfect time to enjoy sipping some new wines. The weather is still warm and you are still able to enjoy your backyard in the evenings. These beautiful evenings are the perfect time to try bright, crisp and delicious wines from all over the world.

Crisos2011 Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes

Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes is an affordable, delicious Torrontes wine. Torrontes is a white wine grape from Argentina. These Argentine wines are aromatic, refreshing, extremely food-friendly, fruity and smooth. Crios is a well-balanced wine that is vibrant with potent stone fruit and floral aromas of honeysuckle and jasmine. Torrontes is the perfect warm evening sipper to enjoy out in the backyard on a warm evening.

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Although Torrontes is delicious on its own, this wine pairs wonderfully with mild to medium cheeses, smoked meats, light crab dip, Thai dishes, grilled mahi mahi with fruit salsa, pasta with fresh summer vegetables and sushi.

Broadbent Vinho VerdeBroadbent Vinho Verde

Broadbent Vinho Verde is a light, fresh and crisp white wine from Portugal. Vinho Verde literally means "green wine" but translates to "young wine" and is meant to be enjoyed within the first year of bottling. Vinho Verde is very fresh, due to its natural acidity, with fruity and floral aromas. Broadbent Vinho Verde is a perfect example of the freshness Vinho Verde can display. Beautifully fresh with white peach, tart green apple and melon flavors, this wine is crisp, zesty and zippy. This budget-friendly wine is ideal for warm weather sipping!

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Vinho Verde is the perfect aperitif but is simply brilliant with seafood. Try oysters, mussels, shrimp salad, sashimi, grilled fish or shrimp, garlic lemon prawns and summer squash capellini and crab cakes. Vinho Verde also pairs nicely with grilled chicken salads, Thai food and a vegetable and herb frittata.

2011 Domäne Wachau Federspiel Terrassen Grüner Veltliner2011 Domäne Wachau Federspiel Terrassen Grüner Veltliner

Domäne Wachau Federspiel Terrassen Grüner Veltliner from Austria is a light and crisp white wine loaded with fresh acidity. Grüner Veltliner is similar in weight to Sauvignon Blanc. However, instead of having the pronounced citrus and herbal components of say a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Grüner Veltliner has excellent minerality, white-pepper notes and a spicy kick. This variety is increasing in popularity as people become familiar with the fresh, fruity and extremely food friendliness aspects of this wine.

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Grüner Veltliner is a sommelier's dream come true when it comes to food and wine pairing. The bright acidity and spicy quality make it an easy match with all types of food. I enjoy this delicious wine with Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese foods, sushi, seafood, such as salmon, grilled pork tenderloin and salads.

2011 Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé2011 Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé

Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé is from the Provence region in Southern France and is a blend of Grenache, Rolle, Cinsault, Syrah, and Mourvedre grapes. It is a beautiful pale pink color with fresh and fruity aromas. On the palate, it is silky, delicate and smooth. This French Rosé is delicious all on its own but also pairs wonderfully with food.

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The rich texture and bright acidity of this Rosé wine makes it the perfect accompaniment to food. Sip this Rosé with salads, grilled fish, such as salmon or halibut, Caprese salad poppers, or Indian or Asian cuisine.

More food and wine pairings

Mason jar layered salads
Garlic lemon prawns and summer squash capellini
Host a wine-tasting for your friends