Raleigh Magazine’s Favorite Summer Wines

The Raleigh Magazine team’s favorite summer wines.

It’s summertime and the sippin’ is easy. … As you wine down for the season, you’re no doubt turning to light and refreshing bottles that pair perfectly with warm, sunny evenings and alfresco meals. So we tapped our team for their fave varietals to sip during the summer months—from local vinos to out-of-town treasures that are def worth the online order. Get ready to pop some bottles!

—Liz Comella, Creative Director, @liz.comella.design

“My go-to is La Marca prosecco rosé.”
Lauren Kruchten, Associate Editor, @laurenn_nicol

“Pizzolato sparkling rosé… especially sipped with the RM team on the Vita Vite patio right after we go to the printer.”
—Melissa Howsam, Editor-in-Chief, @mahowsam

“My recent fave is Santa Julia Tardio Late Harvest—I also love the wine selects at Trader Joes!”
—Anna Beth Adcock, Editorial Assistant, @_annabethadcock

“Whispering Angel rosé!”
—Debby Serena, Account Executive

“Trader Joe’s Opaline pinot noir brut rosé! It’s light, affordable and comes in a pretty bottle—def my go-to.”
—Cam Rhinehardt, Account Executive, @camrht

“Pinot noir rosé from Samuel Robert Winery. Very tasty, very affordable!”
—Chelsea Sutton, Contributing Writer, @chelsearsutton

Wölffer Estate Summer in a Bottle Rosé Cotes De Provence is the perfect crisp, refreshing rosé that transports me to the Hamptons with just one sip. And the bottle itself is so pretty—perfect for serving alongside cheese and charcuterie on a warm summer evening!”
—Kelsie Barton, Contributing Writer, @kelsie_barton

“Underwood rosé is my summer go-to because it tastes great—and comes in portable cans. It’s a perfect pick for picnics and backyard BBQs, and for when opening a bottle doesn’t make sense.”
—Emily O’Brien, Contributing Writer

“Local Chatham Hill Winery has a peach wine that’s perfect for making cool sangria on a hot summer’s day!”
—Alisa Hauser, Contributing Writer

“I love a crisp Txakoli from the Basque region of Spain, either white or rosé.” 
—Matt Lardie, Contributing Writer, @matt_lardie

“I love prosecco in the summer. … Really anytime, but especially in the summer. I don’t know that I have a favorite bottle—as long as it’s cold!”
—Susan Holt, Contributing Photographer, Susan Holt Photography, @susanholtphoto

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Angela Brown
Angela Brown is the author of our Business & Economy section.