Thirsty for some wines appropriate for warmer weather, we asked Tyler Colman, author of the award-winning wine blog DrVino.com, for some suggestions. Here are Colman's picks for six natural wines to be enjoyed all summer long.
Clos Roche Blanche
This family-run winery in the Loire region of France has farmed organically for more than thirty years. The reds (mostly cabernet franc) and white (sauvignon blanc) have a delicious vitality and are absurd values at around $15.
Biodynamic and organic since 1997, Albert Mann produces tasty affordable white wines from Alsace. The gewurztraminer (bottled with a screw cap) is a great match for spicy food; the sparkling pinot blanc delivers vivacious bubbles for less than entry-level Champagne.
This certified organic and biodynamic producer from the Willamette Valley in Oregon makes a zesty pinot gris ($15) and a juicy pinot noir from the Mountain Terroir ($45).
A toothsome value from Minervois in the Languedoc, this one is organic. The red ($11) has refinement and pairs perfectly with grilled meat; the rose ($13) is a summer treat.
An undiscovered gem from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma that makes alluring pinot noir, particularly the biodyanmically grown Fiona Hill Vineyard ($40).