2018 Summer Wine Trends


Spring was a late arrival for many states around the US, but Summer is quickly approaching and that means new Summer Wine Trends are emerging!

For summer, we tend to think light, refreshing, and invigorating wines to combat the summer heat. In the last few years that has meant Rosé - especially for millennials. Rosé is still a top player when it comes to 2018 summer wine trends (keep an eye out for our Summer Rosé Special!), but there are others creeping into the market that are worth watching - and tasting.

2018 Summer Trends for White Wines:

Look for the 3 V’s: Vermentino, Verdelho and Viognier. For white wines, these three varietals are known for their fresh, crisp, aromatic qualities with notes of stone fruit, honeysuckle and citrus are bound to dominate this summer.

See our top picks for Vermentino, Verdelho and Viognier below, plus more in our online Wine Store!

Uvaggio 2013 Vermentino:
This fantastic 90-point rated Vermentino wine displays delicate and bright aromatics of citrus fruit along with soft floral qualities. The palate has flavors of honeydew melon, peach, and citrus followed by a long refreshing finish.

Hastwell & Lightfoot 2016 Vermentino:
An exclusive import from Australia, this amazing Vermentino has a soft-structure with a clean, medium-bodied mouth feel. It has long, drawn out palate full of fruit, highlighted by lemon and a hint of honey.

Kenneth Volk 2013 and 2014 Verdelho:
A complex, Gold Medal winning white wine from Paso Robles, has an abundance of white floral aromas complimented by citrus zest and juicy melon. The palate follows through with elements of citrus, white stone fruits and a bit of lemongrass on the finish.

Ferguson 2014 Viognier:
An amazing wine awarded 92 points by Wine Spectator, has a seductively crisp and sweet aroma full of orange blossoms and white peach and a vibrant palate with just the right amount of honeysuckle and lime.

Consilience 2013 Viognier:
This Viognier is an excellent representation of the uniqueness of this varietal with signature fresh island scents highlighting elements of cherry blossom, melon and pineapple. It is wonderfully balanced with soft acidity and a refreshing finish.

2018 Summer Trends for Red Wines:

The trends for reds this summer is leaning towards wines that will fulfill the need for a light, welcoming glass of wine which is not quite as bright and acidic as a white or Rosé wine, but that is also not as heavy as Cabernet Sauvignons tend to be. Look for a Grenache, GSM, or a Barbera wine.

See our top picks for Grenache, GSM and Barbera below, plus more options in our online Wine Store!

Casa Dumetz 2014 Grenache:
This spectacular Garagiste wine has a bold nose of red cherry, berry fruits and flowers accompanied by sweet spices, but is balanced by a soft, earthy palate with flavors of pomegranate and hibiscus.

Dilécta 2013 GSM:
A mix of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, the GSM from Dilécta is a unique yet seamless blend. The nose has lively Bing cherry, rosemary and violets that lead into lush flavors of rhubarb, baked strawberry, orange peel and fresh minerality on the palate.

Uvaggio 2013 Barbera:
Bursting with fresh aromas and flavors, this northern Italian grape is rarely heavy in feel and is packed with red and black fruit flavors and sufficient acidity. The 2013 vintage has aromas of toasty oak, red current and wild cherry, complimenting a fruity palate of berry and plum.

Some trends will always be popular, as we’ve seen with Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay throughout the past few decades and that is likely to continue. But this year, as we head into the summer months you’re going to see more of these refreshing varietals on the market.

More and more wine consumers are branching out and trying new varietals, which has been an upward trend for all generations — particularly for the millennial crowd. In the heat of the summer, you’ll definitely want to try a few on this list, particularly a nice glass of Vermentino white wine or red Grenache!


(And remember to keep your eye out for our Summer Rosé Special coming soon!)