Summer Sipping: Ultimate Libations To Celebrate The Season

Three cheers to summer! In the PNW, we wait longingly for blue skies and sunny days to show up. This time around, we got ourselves a hot, hot summer, and then some! Record-breaking highs (thank you, global warming!) necessitate cooling off with a refreshing drink. 

We are all for celebrating life’s smallest and most special moments. Whether you looking for a floral white to pair with your bountiful garden salad, a vibrant red to go with Carne Asada tacos for Taco Tuesday, or are looking for a special cocktail for brunch with loved ones—here are some great recommendations (cocktail recipes included!)

Brittan Vineyards 2018 Estate Chardonnay

An absolute winner from Brittan Vineyards, this wine with change chard-cynics into happy converts. It’s easy to see why—it is full-flavored, zesty, and minerally. Flavors of papaya, passionfruit, and jackfruit abound. It makes for a great companion to an alfresco charcuterie dinner. After all, it’s summertime and the living should be easy! 

Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2016 Pinot Blanc

This is a great example of a medium-bodied Oregon white. Aromas bring chamomile and truffles. On the palate, there’s plenty of stone fruit and caramelized melon flavors, with a toasty almond finish. You can practically pair it with anything, but truffle oil-laced pizza will be especially yummy. 

Aperture Cellars 2019 Barrel-Fermented Sauvignon Blanc

The wine begins with a heady floral scent and leads to tropical flavors like pineapple and lychee. Zingy acidity meets a rich, layered texture, and just a touch of salinity. It’ll get along famously with oysters—we recommend Hama Hama. For a veggie fiesta, try pasta with roasted summer squash and peas. Yummy!

Aperture Cellars 2019 Barrel-Fermented Chenin Blanc 

Originating from 1940s vines, this old vine Chenin Blanc is always a good choice but is especially delicious with summer’s fresh produce-laden fare. Crisp, floral, and laden with stone fruits; this is a delightful sip. Tasting notes include green apple, melon, and jasmine. Perfect for sizzling shrimp fresh off the grill!

Landmark Vineyards 2018 Hop Kiln Estate Pinot Noir

An ideal warm-weather sipper, this wine makes a strong case for red wine in summer. This translucent red emphasizes earthy notes like mushroom, forest floor,, and tons of baking spice. With its silky-smooth tannins and balanced acidity, it pairs well with tender scallops, goat cheese tartlets, and portobello sliders. 

JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery 2018 JUSTIFICATION 

This wine is for ‘em unseasonable cold summer nights, when there’s a slight chill in the air, or a sudden downpour. Flavors bring has crunchy red fruit, dried oregano, and clove with a supple, long finish. Enjoy it with a roast chicken, buttery mashed potatoes, and southern-style succotash. 

As the days get warmer, the drinks get colder. Here are some spirits and cocktails for some fun under the sun…..

Tia Maria

100 % Arabica, Madagascar vanilla, and Jamaican white rum come together to make this silky, sweet liqueur. With its robust cold brew flavor and smooth velvety texture – it is a gamechanger for brunch cocktails.

Tia Tonic

  • 1.5 oz Tia Maria
  • 3 oz Tonic Water
  • Espresso shot
  • Grapefruit or Lemon
  • Ice

Method: Simply combine the Tia Maria with a shot of espresso and top up with tonic water, and garnish with a twist of grapefruit or lemon peel for a quick and easy cocktail combination with a fizz.

Dos Maderas Rum

This triple-aged rum is full of dark, spicy goodness. Expect rich flavors of coconut, coffee, key lime, and honey. Our favorite warm-weather rum concoction? We sure love a heady rum punch in the hazy days of summer!

Pearl Diver

  • 3 oz Dos Maderas Rum
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • .5 oz orange juice
  • 1 Dash of Angostura Bitters

Method: Add all the ingredients into a blender with 1/2 cup ice and blend on high for 20 seconds. Fine-strain into glass. Garnish with orange slice.