Seize the Last Sips of Summer

There’s a good chance your summer plans were derailed or postponed due to travel restrictions, but thankfully you can still venture outdoors with a glass of refreshing wine. Whether it’s a local park, spacious backyard or rooftop escape, it seems we’ve all developed a newfound appreciation for any wide open space we can find to enjoy the company of friends and family at a safe distance.

Before you say a fond “farewell” to the season, we encourage you to enjoy every last drop of this summer before the crisp fall air arrives! Check out our suggestions for three activities and German wine pairings to add to your end-of-summer bucket list.


Riesling and Grilling

If all you want to do is grill, grill, grill no matter what, we recommend getting the most out of the long days with a cookout, while the warm evening sunshine is still strong. As you grill in your backyard, front yard, or even on the street, remember to bring a glass of German Riesling. For veggie skewers on the grill, opt for a light and zesty Riesling Kabinett to balance out the caramelized sugars in the veggies. If you’re preparing a seasoned fish, then sip on a fresh, crisp and bright Riesling Trocken which is bold enough to stand up to seafood flavors, but approachable enough to enjoy al fresco.


Rosé Pool Party

Nothing speaks to the summer season quite like a pool party! Whether you’re soaking up sun on a lounge chair or splashing around in the deep end, cool off with a glass of dry German Rosé. With bracing minerality and a refreshing character, German Rosé is delicate with notes of tart red fruit flavors like raspberry, red currant, and strawberry. It can be enjoyed alone or as a complement to light summer lunch and snack dishes, such as a watermelon, feta, and mint salad.


Spätburgunder at Sunset

It is a universal truth that the best ending to a classic summer day is a cozy campfire at sunset. For a sophisticated take on this nostalgic activity, snuggle up at dusk with a light blanket and a bottle of German Spätburgunder. This elegant red wine has plenty of berry and spice on the nose and palate, which feels like a warm embrace at the end of a fun-filled day. Sip on this with toasty S’mores or Chocolate Banana Boats, as you enjoy watching the fire dance into the night.


Enjoy the last days of summer! Find more food pairings for German wine here.