(Giveaway) Summertime Whites and Reds (How to Stock Your Wine Fridge!)


Noble Pig Subzero Wine Fridge 1

As many of you know, I am a winemaker. It almost sounds like a confession instead of a profession. And really, if we had to analyze it, it's more of a passion than an actual job. It's never work when you are doing what you love. Lucky, lucky me.

My days are mostly filled with technical and scientific mumbo-jumbo, the aspect of the wine business people don't care to know about. It's not as romantic as most imagine, but it is a lot of fun. I get asked lots of questions about wine. However, what I hear often is what wines to serve a crowd? Funny thing, that is a tough question, only because there are so many right answers and really no wrong ones. It's hard to point to a specific wine and say it will solve all of your entertaining problems, it's just not possible.

However, before you go out and purchase wine for summer entertaining, you should know how to keep the wine you already have fresh, drinkable and at the right temperature. Even the best wine served at the wrong temperature will give "off" flavors. 

So, before we talk about what to buy, let's learn to care for what we have and the importance of a good quality wine fridge.

Noble Pig Subzero Wine Fridge 4
I have had many wine fridges throughout my adult life. I have gotten rid of all of them since my current Sub-Zero Undercounter Wine Fridge you see above. My requirements were specific when it came to picking the right storage for my wine. At the top of the list was quietness.

It might sound silly, but if you've ever had a noisy wine fridge in your kitchen, you know how absolutely annoying it can be. The Sub-Zero model is almost silent with its very quiet compressor. This type of thoughtful technology reduces vibration and does not damage or cause wine to "throw sediment" as we say in the industry. The shelves also glide out easily, creating very little agitation to the wine. This might seem a non-issue, but it's really an important quality when it comes to storing wine for any length of time.

I also needed a compact unit (they have many choices) to keep white and red wines at varying temperatures. Let's face it, most of us only have room for one wine fridge so it needs to do double duty.

Having dual temperature zones for different types of wines means I have perfectly chilled wine for planned and impromptu entertaining. The temperatures are easily changed depending on what I plan on storing. The whites are cold to my liking and can be served immediately. The reds I keep slightly below serving temperature and let them warm up as we sit at the table. It's honestly the best of both worlds. The temperature zones are controlled precisely by microprocessors within the fridge itself. 

 Noble Pig Subzero Wine Fridge 2
These precise temperature zones will give your wines a longer shelf life. Storing wine in a rack or in a closet allows for too much temperature variation. It is those fluctuations that age your wine prematurely, bringing unwanted oxygen into your bottles through its closure. Storage at constant temperature protects your wine investment. 

Contrary to popular belief, red wine should not to be served at "room temperature." Back in the day, room temperature averaged about 55 degrees F (think of a cold and drafty stone home). Now, average room temperatures run about 70 degrees F with modern insulation and are too warm for red wine. Another reason a wine refrigerator is paramount for storing wine.

Noble Pig Subzero Wine Fridge 3
Sub-Zero wine storage also provides light protection from UV damage. Just as we bottle our wine in dark bottles, the Sub-Zero wine refrigerator is equipped with UV-resistant bronze-tinted glass. This extra layer of protection keeps out unwanted sunshine and light, which can also create a premature aging environment.

And last but not least, humidity (too little) can dry out your corks. Steady and moderate humidity is preferred in a storage situation. Luckily, the Sub-Zero system maintains this as well.

Noble Pig Subzero Wine Fridge 5
Here you can see the placement of my wine refrigerator in reference to the whole kitchen. It sits under the counter at the far, right corner. 

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And now we know what it requires to keep your wines safe and drinkable, so it's time to fill your fridge with your favorites.

Before stocking up for summer, consider where this wine will be served. Outdoors in the heat? Choose light style wines that taste good cold; Beaujolais, Rose, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc are all great choices for an afternoon get-together. 

As the afternoon leads into evening, bring out the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to pair with light, summer fare. Both wines are a little heavier and complex, but still light enough for summer entertaining on the patio.

Another option is to pick 2-3 "house wines" and serve these all the time. These are your personal favorites and always found in your wine fridge. This lets you stock up without stress and you know when you are getting low and what to buy.

Ultimately, stock your fridge with what you like and a few things you know your guests might enjoy. Do not go out of your way to please everyone's different tastes. Most people are gracious enough to enjoy what you serve and will likely bring a favorite bottle to share.

Regardless of whether you pay $15 or $100 for a bottle, wine is an investment and needs to be protected if we want to enjoy all of its nuances. Let's face it, that's why we bought it.

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This post was sponsored by Sub-Zero appliances as part of their "What's Cookin' in My Kitchen" campaign. Thank you for supporting companies I truly love, it allows me to continue creating content I can share with all of you. 

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299 Comments and 2 Replies

  1. Sues 1

    LOVE this! I just bought a house and need a fridge, so I’m trying to convince my husband we NEED a Sub-Zero fridge…. he doesn’t seem to understand :/ However, we also just took a trip to Napa and brought back a ton of wine, so maybe I could convince him on the wine fridge. We drink mostly reds, so I’ll have to show him this post :)

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    • Deitra Sharp 2

      Good luck on getting that fridge, I was a sub-zero and fell in love, I am trying to get my husband to buy some as well

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  2. Natalie Yarbrough 3

    I do not have a favorite wine. I usually drink a small glass of red wine during the holidays.

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  3. Natalie Yarbrough 4

    I tweeted under @yarbr012: link to twitter.com.

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  4. Lisa Brown 5

    I love German wine, especially eiswein, sweet and luscious. i don’t have anything yet to celebrate this summer.

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  5. Lisa Brown 6
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  6. charlene taylor 7

    Love Angelina wine! New fav white

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  7. Carmen 8

    Reisling, Reisling, Reisling, with some French Rose on the side!!

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  8. Carole Resnick 9

    I tweeted under @carole10. I used to drink merlot. But now I take a ton of medications and cant drink anything.

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  9. Martha schlegel 10

    It’s cheap but it’s yummy. I love Yellow Tail Merlot. Most reds from them are pretty good.

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  10. I enjoy both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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  11. Elena 12

    I don’t drink wine that often, but I like Chardonnay.

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  12. Elena 13
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  13. My favorite wine is the kind that fits in my glass! lol! A nice Pinot Noir or Malbec is great too! Every day is the perfect time to celebrate with wine…sometimes you just need to celebrate that the day is over!

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  14. I love all wines- especially malbec or cabs!

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  15. Diane 16

    I would love to use the Visa gift card to stock up on summer wines:)

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  16. Erica 17

    My Favorite Wine is the Black Box Zinfandel by Kelsey See Winery (San Luis Obispo, CA). They are about to run out, if they have not already. A very sweet Zinfandel, nearly a dessert wine. Incredibly rich and smooth and complex.

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  17. Stacy Davis 18

    My all time favorite is Pouilly-Fuisee and a close second is Pinot Grigio!

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  18. Mary W 20

    My favorite go-to wine, is the Grifone Primitivo from Trader Joe’s!

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  19. Rusty H 21

    I tweeted: link to twitter.com

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  20. Ed 23

    Sophia Coppola’s Rose

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  21. Rusty H 24

    I’m a fan of all red wines. I don’t have a “favorite.”

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  22. Stephanie 25

    i love Chardonnay

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  23. Stephanie 26
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  24. BJ 27

    My favorite wines are the award winning muscadine wine from the Duplin Winery in Rose Hill, NC. Sweet and refreshing. Usually drink Scuppernong White or Hatteras Red. Not easy to find here in Virginia, but we do.

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  25. Tina W. 28

    I will be toasting summer with a lovely bubbly Rose all summer long.

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  26. Islara 29

    I love wine! I like drinking a good Pinot Noir during the cooler weather. And in the Spring and Summer, I like a good Pinot Grigio.

    Here my tweet:
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  27. Amy S. 30

    My favorite wine depends on my mood. Now that it’s warming up, I tend to go for a Rose more often. I love Hogwash Rose. But I’ll never turn down a nice Zinfandel or Pinot Noir!

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  28. Sandy Headtke 31

    Don’t have a favorite but I tend to go with Merlot.

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  29. Matt 32

    I’m a sucker for a good French rose as the weather gets warmer. Would love to have a good place to keep it chilled and ready to go!

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  30. Sandy Headtke 33
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  31. Shellee 34

    During the warm, summer weather I love a glass of white sangria made with a delicious wine and summer fruits (peaches, strawberries, etc.). Yum!

    When enjoying a bone-in rib eye or other yummy steak, I enjoy a glass of red Zinfandel.

    I need a wine refrigerator. Love the looks of the Sub Zero.

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  32. Mandy 35

    Don’t have a favorite wine, but I love sweet and fruity!

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  33. Tracey Gallagher 36

    Love Rose during the summer the most.

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  34. My favorite wines are a bit heavy in the summer (mostly deep reds), but I drink them anyway. Cab Sauv and Malbec come to mind, though Pinot Noir is great, too.

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  35. Hillary 38

    I am learning more and more every day about good wines and the wines I like to drink and cook with. I can’t wait to keep experimenting and learning! <3

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  36. Debbie Lind 39

    I use pinot grigio for alot of things like rice. Moscato is so yummy. I use it to make Sangria

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  37. I tweeted: link to twitter.com

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  38. Mary W 41

    I prefer American wines especially to support local small businesses. Over a steak dinner with a lovely summer white, we will be toasting to the soon arrive, second Grandchild.

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  39. mara 42

    oh gosh — i’ve been addicted to malbec roses as of late. they’re lovely during the hot texas summers

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  40. Mary W 43

    I shared here: link to twitter.com

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  41. nicole d 44

    I like my sweet red wine. And I will be celebrating my sister welcoming a new baby into the world this summer & I will be hosting a house warming party for my brothers first new home.

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  42. I’ll be drinking a rose by many names, blush, peach, ruby, rose petal, french, salmon, rosa, pink.
    Dry, with some acid to enjoy with all of summers great offerings! Cheers

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  43. nicole d 46
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  44. Kevin 47

    My favorite color is wine and my favorite wine is a full glass

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  45. Renee Ginn 48

    I love summer and summer wines!! Thanks for posting about the contest!

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  46. Amy B. 49

    Not really a wine drinker, but my friends will never turn down a glass.

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  47. Jessica Buchberger 50

    My favorite wine is made in Wisconsin, it is the Prairie Fume by Wollersheim Winery. It is slightly sweet and very crisp! I would drink it all summer long if it wasn’t only sold in WI.

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  48. Susan P. 51

    My favorite wine is a Riesling and we will be toasting my niece’s pregnancy with her second baby.

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  49. Susan P. 52
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  50. Crystal Thomas 53

    I like Chardonnay, Pino Grigio and champagne. For reds, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Shiraz and every once in a while a Cabernet. Your kitchen looks lovely and the wine refrigerator is a great addition to it!

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  51. Zoltan S 54

    Pinot Gris to Zin, they’re all good !

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  52. Robin W. 55

    I honestly don’t have a favorite, or even a name that pops out! I love most all reds. I’ve had a white zinfandel before that was nice. Our neighbors are making wine and brought me over a bottle of raspberry wine – their choice on flavor – for Mother’s Day. They call the “name” of their group, Brothers From Different Mothers…….small town America – you can’t beat it!!

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  53. Kirsten 56

    I prefer Greco di Tufo and Brunello. But alas, I am 4.5 months pregnant and could really use a glass or two in a few months!

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  54. Emma 57

    This may turn out to be embarrassing, but I am in love with Colores De Sol’s Malbec. It tastes like a warm hug :)

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  55. Kathy 58

    I enjoy Cabernet, Malbec and Pinot Noir. I am trying to venture out of my safe zone and integrate an occasional Pinot Gris.

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  56. Talaya 59

    I love a Moscato wine.

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  57. Emma 60
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  58. Karen Binder 61

    I would love this! How fun for summer!

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  59. Jeri 62

    I enjoy a cold, sparkling wine on a hot summer day.

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  60. Robin C. 63

    A nice crisp Chardonnay.

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  61. Joan in VA 64

    My favorite wine – anything but Chardonnay. Maybe I have only hit bad ones, but Chardonnay really is my least favorite wine … something in the taste that my taste buds want to get rid of. I actually think Reisling would be at the top of my likes, that and Pinot Noir Blanc.

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  62. Meggan 65

    I would love a gift card to buy some Virginia wine!

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  63. libby 66

    Like red wines, no special favorite

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  64. Diane OConnor 67

    I love all wines and it does depend on what I am having to eat or just my mood. But my very favorite are Cabernet Sauvignon and Sparkling Wines.

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  65. Cheryl S. 68

    I like both red & white wines, but probably drink a little more white. We have birthdays coming up all through the summer months.

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  66. KB 69

    This sounds fantastic! I’m no connoisseur, but my mom has always told me Chilean red wines are the best.

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  67. Heather Hardy 70

    Love the Sofia Rose. Love the fridge. I would take very good care of it, I promise :).

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  68. Kelly D 71

    My favorite wine is any Rosé and I will toast with my husband and parents.

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  70. Kim Henrichs 73

    we’ll be toasting many birthdays!! My favorite wine right now is Cupcake – any and all of theirs! In the summer I like to take one of their white and put frozen fruit in.

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  72. Starla 75

    I frequently am asked for wine recommendations, since I live in the heart of Oregon wine country. And with Noble Pig and others located just a few blocks from my house, it’s easy for me to point friends in the right direction.

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  73. melissa 77

    A favorite wine – so tough! If pressed, I’d have to say sav blanc. I do love a vinho verde for summer but this summer I have to pass – I’m pregnant. I’ll be sure to make up for it in the fall!

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  74. Julie Turner 78

    Thank you so much for putting this contest on. Good luck everyone!

    My current favourite wine is Matua Sauvignon Blanc…so yummy :)

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  75. Kelly Keagy 79

    I’m a Love-the-Wine-You’re-With kind of gal… this time of year I’m all about Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Riesling and anything with bubbles!

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  76. Stacie 80

    Big House White

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  77. DeeAnna 81

    In the summer, it’s all about rose in our house!

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  78. Lisa 82

    I really like dessert wine!

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  79. Erin 83

    Yes Please!

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  80. Hilary Andriesian 84

    I fell in love with Christopher Bridge Wines last year. They have a wonderful 2006 Pinot Noir, that is most likely sold out by now. I also enjoy their Pinot Gris. Sometimes on a hot lazy summer day, as long as it’s cold, a jug of chardonnay straight from Winco will do! Amazingly, the discount grocery stores often have an amazing array of good to great wines at bargain prices.

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  81. heather 85

    My favorite wine is a nice merlot and I will be toasting to a friend’s child’s gradution this summer.

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  82. nicole latona 86

    my favorite wine is pinot grigio. i love throwing in some frozen green grapes to keep it cold :)

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  83. nicole latona 87

    i tweeted for another sweepstakes entry as well :)
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  84. Diana Yntema 88

    During the summer (well year-round, really) I LOVE Moscato Di’Asti! So sweet, refreshing, and bubbly, and one that needs to be chilled! 😉

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  85. I’m really into Carpe Diem from Brotherhood Winery. So delish!

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  86. Rhonda Norwood 90

    Love this fridge!

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  87. yvonne 91

    would love it!

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  88. Mami2jcn 92

    I don’t drink alcohol at all. I could toast with some cranberry juice!

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  89. Mami2jcn 93

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/469646876765982720

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  90. Ashley C 94

    I love moscato wine, it’s so light and refreshing for summer

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  91. Terry Cross 95

    I’ve never tried wine so I don’t have a favorite

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  92. Terry Cross 96
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  93. lakenya jacobs 97

    my favorite kind of wine is Sweet Apple Wine <3

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  94. Stella Rose 98

    Moscato.

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  95. Carrie 99

    I love Mango Mama – it’s amazing!

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  96. Kristen 100

    I don’t have a favorite wine, but I love reds best all year round.

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  97. Kristen 101
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  98. MaryB 102

    I like both red wine and white wine but I drink white wine more often. My favorites are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

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  99. April 103

    I usually love a decent cabernet, but I’ve been stuck on Sauvignon Blanc lately. So refreshing!

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  100. Cathy Andrews 104

    For summer, I like sauvignon blanc or chardonnay. In winter, I usually choose cabernet sauvignon, valpolicello, or malbec.

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  101. Val 105

    Love to make white sangria in the summertime!

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  102. Michele 106

    I love crisp whites during the summer.

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  103. danielle 107

    I love a good Malbec.

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  104. Paul Hoffine 108

    We brought a bottle of the 2009 Pinot Noir to Florida with us when we moved. It was DELICIOUS…it is one of our favorites!

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  105. Janice E 109

    My favorite summer wine is vinho verde – has a slight effervesence and is low in alcohol, but high in refreshing flavor. Another bonus is that it’s quite inexpensive! Can be combined with pomegranate or cranberry juice for a light summer spritzer as well – the little black dress of wines!

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  106. Mary Ellen Bowen 110

    Love this thinking about a wine frig now have a good reason to buy one.

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  107. Gretchen 111

    I like big, bold reds, but I’ve been known to fill my glass with some Oregon pinots now and then.

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  108. Heather Flores 112

    What wine don’t I like? Love zins, chardonnays, petite syrahs. I do love a Rose’ in the summertime.

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  109. jere 113

    I love all wine. My husband and I enjoy a glass or two of wine almost nightly. It is our time to relax and unwind.

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  110. Just in time for dry rose on the patio this summer!

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  111. courtney b 115

    i know nothing about wine but i think i like merlot and miscado.. even though i think i spelled those wrong !:) lol when it comes to wine, i’m not picky!

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  113. Alicia S 117

    Great information on wines and temps and what is good for summer entertaining. I’m definitely going to keep this post on hand!

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  114. Theresa Sea 118

    I love sparkling wines.

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  116. Jessica To 120

    I don’t have a favorite wine but I will be celebrating this summer with my family.

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  117. Liesel 121

    Well…I have to admit as a military spouse and mother of two, my days of uncorking a bottle of wine are limited to when my husband is home…which is not often. I do really like a wine called Educated Guess. I can’t remember what winery it comes from, but I like it. I also really like Trader Joe’s prosecco, but we live in Hawaii- so no TJs.

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  118. kimberly quarta 122

    My favorite wine is Da Vinci. I spent 20 years in Italy and I love their wines. Thank you for such an offer.

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  119. I’ve been loving the blends lately and just found a good one at Costco called Charles and Charles. A great buy!

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  120. Mike C 124

    Looks awesome, and yummy!

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  121. sara 125

    We tend to prefer whites in the summer, pinot grigio, rieslings.

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  122. sara 126
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  123. Debbie 127

    St. Francis Chardonnay and Kokomo Grenache Rose are my go-to summer sippers!

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  124. I tweeted. link to twitter.com

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  125. Abby 129

    The hubby and I love easy drinkin’ reds. Lots of character and lots of fruit!

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  126. amy pugmire 130

    I don’t have a favorite wine. I will be toasting during the holidays and birthdays.

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  128. I am a savignon blanc drinker but recently discovered a dry riesling that blew me away! Beautiful kitchen and one great post!

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  129. Margaret Porter 133

    This was a great post. Im looking at a wine fridge for my kitchen remodel.

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  130. Emma 134

    I’ve just started drinking wine again, and am so in love with Spanish reds! I don’t have a favorite (yet) but maybe after a few more bottles….

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  131. Mary Beth Elderton 135

    I prefer white wine for chillin’ in the summer, I’m willing to celebrate just about anything for a summer party :)

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  132. Mary Beth Elderton 136
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  133. Shirley 137

    Love a good merlot for red and a nice crisp chardonnay for a white

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  134. Kim Davis 138

    I love Rieslings.

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  135. joanna 139

    When I think of summer, cupcakes and a bottle of rose (Knozelmann Estate Winery, Ontario) comes to mind.

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  136. Terry Covington 140

    My favorite out of the past few years was a Merlot from Maryhill Vineyards in the Columbia Gorge. I also really liked a dessert sherry from Hood River Vineyards (they have several nice dessert wines). Both of these things surprised me, as I had always favored white wines before. It’s an interesting profession you have, and your love for it shines through. This summer, my family will be holding a celebration and toasting my father, who passed away last October.

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  137. Dave McGraw 141

    I love wine.

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  138. Danielle N 142

    I like sweeter white wines, while my hubby likes the big bold reds.

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  140. Natalie Vandenberghe 144

    I enjoy a nice Cab and I’m proud to say I live within 5 miles of the award-winning Benton-Lane Winery (their Pinot Noir is fabulous!)

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  141. Natalie Vandenberghe 145
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  142. CareyAnn 146

    Thank you for the tips and suggestions! We live in Hilo and the weather fluctuates. We are planning a get together with friends and just might add wine to the menu!

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  143. Jessica Cole 147

    I love wines that are sweet & light, A late harvest Riesling or a moscato. We will soon be toasting to a new house…perhaps I should order some of yours! :)

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  145. D SCHMIDT 149

    I do not have a favorite wine but we will be toasting my Birthday during the summer months.

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  147. shari wick 151

    I personally prefer drinking a nice Arnold Palmer for my summer drink.. nice and refreshing!!

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  148. Sheila Clissold 152

    I love all this information! Especially the comments about ‘room temperature’ for reds – I like my pinot noir just slightly chilled.

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  149. Jesintn 153

    I would love this! You give great information tor us that need it. Well wishes for husband and you have it right with your boys for future info. if needed.

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  150. Nadja Croft 154

    I will be sticking to my standards- Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay- but Summertime always leads me to search for light and sparkly spritzer recipes! I love to make cocktails with herbs so I will definitely be harvesting my garden for mint, rosemary, basil to include in my refreshing drink!

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  151. Jessie C. 155

    I don’t have favorite, anything decent works for me, not picky for wine. We would be toasting for birthdays and weddings with friends and family during the summertime holidays.
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  152. Jessie C. 156

    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/470749193628176384

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  153. Gina 157

    My favorite summertime wine is chardonnay.

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  155. Andrea Hubbard 159

    I love a sweet Riesling… We’re toasting to my husband finishing his first year of being a military PA!

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  156. connie price 160

    Love greek wines…especially Roditis and Palivou; great with lamb!!!!

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  157. Barbara McKee 161

    I Love wine. And would Love the sub zero cooler.

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  158. Alicia Penner 162

    I love a good Gewürztraminer. I don’t like spelling it though :) it’s my go-to summery picnic wine

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  159. Karen A. 163

    I am on a Pinot Gris kick.

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  160. My favorite wine is Merlot and we’ll be toasting with a nice, fruity Sangria this summer.

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  161. sharonjo 165

    I am far from a connoisseur when it comes to wine, but I do enjoy a glass of white wine occasionally–usually a pinot grigio. I also love champagne. Thank you!

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  163. NIcole 167

    I was thinking about getting a cheap wine fridge. Would something be better than nothing in the case where I love wine but don’t make enough to buy expensive things?

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  164. After the winter we just had I’ll be toasting summer itself! If it ever gets here… I enjoy rose in the summer, lighter and sweeter:@)

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  165. betty campbell 169

    love red and white with the right course

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  166. M.J. Jacobsen 170

    I love Pinot Grigio!!

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  167. Joni in Florida 171

    My husband and I love wine and the refrigerator would be great to have. Our favorite year-round wine is Pinot Noir but in the hot summer a chilled glass of Pinot Gris is mightly fine.

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  168. Lorna 172

    Thank you for this give away

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  169. Dawn 173

    I have a innate sweet tooth so I tend to lean more towards Riesling wines.

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  170. Suzanne Martin 174

    Love the placement of the fridge recommendation

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  171. Diane OConnor 175

    I just found a Pinot Grigio from MillaNova Winery in Kentucky that will find it way around my summer entertaining.

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  173. Peggy Clarke 177

    It usually depends on the temperature outside or what is on the menu. Pinot Noir suits many meals, if you get lucky with price. A crisp white wine is a great match for cold salads and summer picnics.

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  174. Lori E 178

    Well I live in Canada so I can’t win but was really happy to read this post because I am buying a wine fridge in the near future as we are moving into a new home with a space for one. I can never get the red wine to the right temperature in the hot summer months and look forward to opening some that have been stored properly.

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  175. Susan Smith 179

    I enjoy both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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  177. Jennifer Page 181

    any sweet wine will do for me :)

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  178. Chelsea 182

    Recently I’ve really been enjoying the Meomi Pinot Noir…but Pinot Noir in general is my go to!

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  179. Julie 183

    Sadly, I’m not much of a wine drinker. The sophistication gene skipped me. But I love it cooking with certain sauces and stews.

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  180. Michelle 184

    Love love love Sauvignon blanc

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  181. Debbie B 185

    i don’t drink wine very often

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  182. Debbie B 186

    i posted a tweet: link to twitter.com

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  183. shari wick 187

    I would love to win the gift card u are giving away!! Cash is always a good thing!! thanks for the opportunity!! :)

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  184. We love a great chardonnay sitting outside by our fire pit

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  185. Katie Hoffman 189

    Thank you for educating me on the temperature of red wine. Love your kitchen!

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  186. Denise S 190

    I don’t care for wine, so I’ll just toast thing this summer with iced tea.

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  187. Lauren Morrison 191

    I really enjoy champagne, so maybe I’ll toast my husband starting residency with that.

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  188. Maureen 192

    I do not have a favorite wine. I do like a white zin but not one in particular. To toast the summer holidays because children are involved it will be sparkling fruit juice.

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  189. Kelli Czyzyk 193

    Love a great red wine!

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  190. Mascato wine is my favorite! I love the sweet, light, bubbly taste! And I will toasting to a care-free, fun filled, memory making summer! Cheers!

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  191. Margaret Smith 195

    My favorite is White Zifindel wine. I’ll be celebrating my birthday and my husband and I will be celebrating our anniversary.
    Thanks so much.

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  192. Margaret Smith 196

    I tweeted: link to twitter.com
    Thanks again.

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  193. paige chandler 197

    I like a nice cold German white for summer. Cheerrs

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  194. Linda D 198

    Our “house red” is Hey Mambo, a sultry red blend.

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  195. HilLesha 199

    I love Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. :)

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  196. Jimmy 200

    I don’t drink wine so I don’t have a favorite wine.

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  197. Mendy Dinsmore 202
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  198. Tina M 203

    I do not have a favorite wine, but i like all red wines

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  199. Tina M 204
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  200. nickie 205

    i like Chardonnay

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  201. Amanda 206

    I am into malbecs lately. Nothing too expensive. I like a wine that goes down easy without a food pairing like Apothic Red. And for the hot summer, a good “pool” wine like Kung Fu Girl.

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  202. Cynthia C 207

    I usually drink dry whites, like Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio. I’ll be toasting my birthday this summer.

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  204. Kim Ripley 209

    My favorite wine is moscato and I will be drinking some at my sister’s bday party on July 4th.

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  205. Gay Nell Wys 210

    Fave wines Pino Noir and smooth Cabs… now that summertime will enjoy some Chardonnays by the pool to compliment the hot days in Florida. Will be toasting to friends and family that come to visit all summer long. So thankful! Love your blog I just found. Will come visit one day for a tasting in Willamette Valley!

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  206. Charles Burbridge 211

    *laughs* I just asked my wife and she said, “Anything with alcohol in it.” She must be having a tough morning.

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  207. Debbi Wellenstein 212

    My favorite wine is Pinot Noir. I will be toasting the birth of our country on July 4.

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  208. Ryan Morin 213

    My favorite wine is pinot noir. I will be toasting to my sister’s wedding this summer.

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  210. Sarah Hirsch 215

    i actually don’t like any ones, but i’d happily toast to carefree summertime days

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  211. Sheri B 216

    I have been slowly learning more and more about different wines. The physician I work with is president of the IWFS branch here so he is a wonderful teacher! Since it is so hot and humid here in So Florida I have really been into all the different rose’ that is available… light and refreshing! This post is great since I do not know much about wine refrigerators and would love to start looking into one.

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  212. Tari Lawson 217

    I like a dry red wine. I don’t have a particular favorite yet. I will be toasting my birthday :).

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  213. Stephanie V. 218

    reds and ports – love them
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  214. Anastasia 219

    I had this really delicious plum wine once… and I’ve never tasted anything like it again. It’s the only wine I’ve ever really liked! I only wish I could find more of it. This summer, I’ll be toasting my daughter. She graduated high school is is turning eighteen :)

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  215. Anastasia 220

    Tweeted :)link to twitter.com

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  216. Jacob LaFountaine 221

    I don’t really have a favorite wine. I’ve drank very little in the past

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  217. Barbara Montag 222

    I like White Zinfandel.
    We’ll be toasting with that at graduation parties!
    thank you

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  219. Becca 224

    I don’t have a favorite wine but I do like whites more than reds. I will be toasting to my cousin’s wedding this summer!

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  221. Karen Drake 226

    I don’t really drink wine very often, if I was going to buy some for a celebration I would choose a white wine to toast with.

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  222. Denise L 227

    I love Primitivo, which I discovered a few years ago is the same thing as Zinfandel.

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  223. Denise L 228

    tweeted – link to twitter.com

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  224. kathy pease 229

    I am not really a wine person but it would have to taste fruity if I did. I am more a beer kinda gal. I would be toasting a fun filled summer with my awesome family :)

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  226. Elizabeth Newsome 231

    I love Moscato! The sweetness is my favorite! I’ll be toasting my sister coming back to the States after a year away!

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  227. Elizabeth Newsome 232

    Tweeted – link to twitter.com

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  228. Stephanie Galbraith 233

    I do not have a favorite wine, but I do love red wines. We will be toasting to Father’s Day come this weekend.

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  229. Bruce 234

    Yellowtail Chardonnay

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  230. Tammy 235

    Here in NJ we found a local winery that makes a pumpkin apple wine..this is my favorite wine ever..it’s like a piece of dessert with each sip!

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  231. Derk Thomas 236

    I really do not have a favorite wine, just like the reds most of the time but some white in the summer. Probably toasting with kendall jackson chardonnay this summer.

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  232. Marilyn L 237

    any red wine will do

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  233. Sky Evans 238

    I don’t drink wine, but we’ll be toasting with sparkling grape juice!

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  235. Lisa 240

    I do not drink wine nor have anything to really toast too (yet!)

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  236. Cindy 241

    A good Merlot is normally my go to

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  237. Miranda Bass 242

    Such great information that many people do not know. Thank You!

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  238. Sarah L 243

    I like a sweet white wine, but don’t have it more that a couple of times a year.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  239. Laura Scott 244

    Summer brings me to Sangria and Moscato!

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  240. Sarah L 245
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  241. kris m 246

    love love love all the wines, thanks!

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  242. Check out @SandySandmeyer’s Tweet: link to twitter.com

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  243. My favorite wine is Copper Ridge White Zinfandel, but also love Dr Loosens Riesling. Both have a light, sweet flavor.

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  244. Tara Gracin 249

    My husband and I really enjoy our wine. Rieslings, Pinot Noirs and Merlots tend to be our go to. We are hoping to buy a house this year and will more than likely purchase a wine fridge. I never thought about room temperature not being the right temperature for red wine. We always slightly chilled ours because we liked it better that way.

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  245. tracey byram 250

    I like white zinfandel.

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  246. Allyssa S 251

    I don’t drink often, but if I do drink wine I prefer a red. I’ll be toasting to everyday in the summer, because I never want it to end! :)

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  247. Cindy cunningham 252

    Eventhough I live in MN, I discovered the Orca wines from Hoodsport. So I try to keep their Chardonney for the summer in my fridge. I live about a 1/2 mile from a local winery who has developed rhubarb wine. And so many folks are making their own wine here in Minnesota with Frontenac grapes which were winterized by the U of M.
    I read your blog religiously and plan a visit to OR and WA in July!
    Cathy, we have a turtle tunnel here as well, just finished south of my little town in Scandia, MN.

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  248. shari wick 253

    i will be serving just a nice ice tea at my functions this summer thanks for the chance to win this giveaway!!

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  249. susan smoaks 254

    my favorite wine is chardonnay, i really like tin roof chardonnay!

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  250. Tina Reynolds 255

    I like a white wine and we have some fun birthdays and a reunion to go to this summer

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  251. Jane H 256

    I will toasting with a nice bottle of pinot grigio. Thank you for making me anticipate it :-).

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  252. Tina Reynolds 257
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  253. Katharina 258

    I have never chosen a favorite wine so no, I don’t have one. :-) What I’ll be toasting with throughout the summer activities will be whatever looks best or suits my mood when I go to buy it.

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  254. Elizabeth Ray 259

    I don’t have a favorite wine. (Or, more acurately, I can never remember “What was that wine i liked last night?”)

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  255. Karen D 260

    I think that Laurent Miquel Rose (Cinsault Syrah) is a lovely summer wine. In the cooler months, though definitely prefer Zinfandel/ Primitivos.

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  256. Karen D 261

    Tweeted at link to twitter.com

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  257. Beverly Metcalf 262

    Love your kitchen! I don’t have any specific brand of wine I like, but most of the red wines I enjoy drinking. Thanks!

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  258. No particular favorite, will be toasting my daughter’s 21st birthday.

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  260. Carolyn Daley 265

    I do not have a favorite wine. In fact, I have not found a wine that I really enjoy just yet. I keep trying different wines during special occasions because it would be good for my heart health. Right now, I am not sure if I will be toasting with a glass of wine during the holidays unless I discover one that I really enjoy.

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  261. Vicki D. 266

    I don’t drink wine because it has too much sugar for me. But, I love a gin martini straight up. I will be toasting my nieces’ twins at their first birthday party. This is coming up later in the month.

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  262. Stephanie 267

    I had a chance to try apple wine this spring, and it is my new favorite! It is just amazing!

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  263. Seyma Shabbir 268

    We don;t drink but have found that Dupin makes wine alcohol free!

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  264. CharityS 269

    I don’t drink wine, but I am celebrating my clean bill of health this summer.

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  266. Sand 271

    I like cabernet sauvignon but amy willing to try something different.

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  267. Rajee Pandi 272

    love Chardonnay and vodka

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  268. Rajee Pandi 273
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  269. Christine Holliday 274

    I do not particular care for traditional wine , but I do love fruit flavored wines. My ultimate favorite is blackberry wine, but then again I love anything with blackberries in it.

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  270. Melanie Comello 275

    Oh my there are so many 😉 Though currently some of my favorites are Ghost Pines and Unruly. but yes, there are oh so many more lol. I usually stick with the red but have been know to have a glass of white here and there 😉

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  271. neiddy 276

    I don’t drink wine but I could toast with some grape juice maybe?

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  272. neiddy 277

    shared on twitter -https://twitter.com/neiddy_ruiz/status/477449782428852224

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  273. Ashley Tucker 278

    I like Pinot Grigio.and will toast with it.

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  275. Tabathia B 280

    No favorite wine and I will toasting with ice water or sweet ice tea

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  276. Tabathia B 281

    tweet link to twitter.com

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  277. Gina M 282

    I don’t have a favorite brand, but I love Merlot!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  278. Gina M 283

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/477768769260253184

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  279. Samantha 284

    Favorite is DeBeaune La Madone Fleurie, 2009 or any good Beaujolais wine.

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  280. Elle 285

    I do not have a favorite wine, it’s not really something I drink much.

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  281. Elle 286
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  282. Birdiebee 287

    I like Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc.

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  283. Birdiebee 288

    I tweeted.

    link to twitter.com

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  284. I like pinot noir anytime of year but have found pinot gris to be nice in the summer.

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  285. Shannon 290

    I like Pinot Grigio!

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  286. Carole Resnick 291

    Ohio white wines

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  287. Tarissa 292

    I don’t drink wine, but I do love iced green tea during the summertime!

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  288. Tarissa 293

    Here’s my tweet! link to twitter.com

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  289. Betty C 294

    I love a good white wine, especially the Italian brands. I don’t need to toast anything to enjoy my wine.

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  291. Amanda Sakovitz 296

    I love pinot grigio. I’ll be celebrating my friend’s shower

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  292. Amanda Sakovitz 297
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  293. Tamar 298

    I love Moscato :)

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  294. Tamara 299

    My favorite summertime drink is iced pomegranate green tea.
    I appreciate the giveaway opportunity.

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  295. Thomas Murphy 300

    I like Pinot Grigio.

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  297. Wanda McHenry 302

    My favorite is a good German Riesling, but I’ll be toasting July 4th with a big punch bowl full of Sangria and fruit!!

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  298. Wanda McHenry 303
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  299. I would love to win this refrigerator for my little wine corner. It would be great and would also help me to buy varieties.

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  300. Jane 305

    Love Bogel’s Essential Red. It is our favorite. Trying to get our HEB to stock it full time. Right now I have to special order it.

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