Summer is the season of relaxation, socializing, and indulging in delicious flavors. Whether you’re hosting a backyard gathering, attending a rooftop soirée, or simply enjoying a quiet evening on your patio, pairing the right wine with delectable appetizers can elevate your summer experience. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds and impress your guests with these 10 summer wine and appetizer pairings that are sure to be a hit!

  1. Rosé and Watermelon Feta Skewers: Embrace the refreshing flavors of summer with a chilled glass of rosé paired with watermelon feta skewers. The crisp and fruity notes of the wine complement the sweet juiciness of the watermelon, while the creamy feta adds a hint of savory richness.
  2. Sauvignon Blanc and Caprese Bruschetta: The zesty acidity of Sauvignon Blanc beautifully enhances the flavors of ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fragrant basil in a classic Caprese bruschetta. This pairing is a match made in summer heaven, providing a burst of bright flavors with every bite.
  3. Chardonnay and Crab Cakes: The buttery texture and subtle oak flavors of a Chardonnay pair wonderfully with golden, crispy crab cakes. The wine’s richness complements the delicate sweetness of the crab, creating a harmonious combination that is both indulgent and satisfying.
  4. Prosecco and Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon: Effervescent and lively, Prosecco brings a touch of celebratory charm to any summer gathering. Pair it with prosciutto-wrapped melon slices for a delightful contrast of sweet, juicy melon and salty, savory prosciutto that will leave your taste buds tingling.
  5. Pinot Grigio and Shrimp Ceviche: The crisp and citrusy notes of Pinot Grigio harmonize beautifully with the vibrant flavors of shrimp ceviche. The wine’s acidity cuts through the tanginess of lime juice and complements the succulent shrimp, creating a refreshing and light combination.
  6. Riesling and Spicy Mango Salsa: The slight sweetness and balanced acidity of Riesling provide a perfect counterbalance to the heat of spicy mango salsa. The wine’s fruity undertones enhance the tropical flavors of the salsa, creating a dynamic pairing that excites the palate.
  7. Cabernet Sauvignon and Mini Beef Sliders: For those who prefer red wine, a bold Cabernet Sauvignon pairs splendidly with mini beef sliders. The wine’s robust tannins and dark fruit flavors complement the rich, savory beef, while the acidity cuts through the richness, leaving a satisfying and lingering finish.
  8. Rosé Champagne and Smoked Salmon Canapés: Elevate your summer soirées with the elegant combination of rosé Champagne and smoked salmon canapés. The wine’s delicate bubbles and notes of red berries enhance the smoky and buttery flavors of the salmon, creating a luxurious and indulgent pairing.
  9. Pinot Noir and Mushroom Crostini: The earthy and fruity characteristics of Pinot Noir make it an ideal companion for mushroom crostini. The wine’s smooth tannins and medium body complement the earthiness of the mushrooms, while its red fruit flavors add a touch of sweetness to the dish.
  10. Moscato and Fresh Berries with Whipped Cream: End your summer evenings on a sweet note with a glass of Moscato paired with a bowl of fresh berries topped with whipped cream. The wine’s effervescence and floral aromas enhance the natural sweetness of the berries, creating a luscious and satisfying finale.

As you embark on your summer culinary adventures, don’t forget the importance of pairing the right wine with your favorite appetizers. These 10 summer wine and appetizer pairings are sure to delight your senses and elevate your summer gatherings. So, grab a glass, savor the flavors, and toast to the joys of the season with these delectable combinations that celebrate the best of summer. Cheers!

About the author

Alice Cash is the Marketing Manager for Jubilance by day and an award winning Theatre Director by night.  Leading the podcast Weekly Woman, she loves her candid conversations with women from all over the world about how they live and the amazing things they are doing to make a difference. Alice is also the editor of the bi-monthly newsletter the Jubilee, a blog dedicated to the power of female wellness especially concerning menstruation.  She’s worked in France creating theatre pieces and taught drama and filmmaking to women and children in Haiti.  She graduated from Georgetown University and holds two master degrees from NYU and The New School.  Alice has traveled to  40+ countries, including Tibet.  She is a New Yorker and can often be found in Central Park, searching out the best bubble tea, or directing a play, you never know where she’ll show up. @alicesadventuresinwonderworld
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