I'm a slow sipper. I love the ritual of drinking wine. I drink like I eat. I spot a bottle in the morning and get excited to pop it open later that day, and drink it over the course of a few hours. It's the equivalent of asking what we should make for dinner while eating breakfast and then, when the time comes, savoring every bite. All of these wines will most certainly lift you up rather than bring you down in the dog days of summer, but are also perfect "sunset" wines to tie your afternoon to your evening to your late, long summer night.
LES ROCHERS DES VIOLETTES PÉTILLANT ORIGINEL 2015: The wines of Xavier Weisskopf always sing (like a chorus in a vaulted church) and this pétillant is no exception. Talk about lifting you up. And don't be fooled by the bubbles, this wine is built with bones and can be enjoyed over many hours as the bubbles soften and whisper themselves away.
MARTHA STOUMEN NERO D'AVOLA ROSATO 2019: Sticking with the singing theme (which makes so much sense for uplifting, acid-driven wines), this Rosato is like a long, sultry, female solo act. The Nero d'Avola is foot tread and soaks overnight on the stems and skins prior to being pressed and fermented to layer in deeper flavors and texture. I drink this when I want something between a wine and a cocktail.
JULIEN GUILLOT MACON ROUGE 2017: Drinking this wine is like singing with your friends (some of whom have really great voices). Julien Guillot's wines are welcoming and easy to "get," but not at all simple. This Gamay will joyously fill up your (spiritual) cup!
METHODE SAUVAGE SYRAH 'BLOOD + FLOWERS' 2019: Well, well, well. I won't lie, I don't often immediately reach for Syrah (don't tell anyone I work with at Pax's winery). And no one thinks of Syrah as a way to beat the heat. But this Syrah from Chad somehow seems to bring together contradictions easily. Rich meaty funk with incredible lightness. I drank this with a slight chill, broccoli (flowers) and a steak (blood), but it could just as easily be enjoyed sans food. Contradictions: this is an angelic-voiced little girl singing while she's jamming out some funk on a synthesizer.