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Top-notch Summer Wines At Easy-To-Swallow Prices

Summer may have you daydreaming about an exotic vacation, whether it’s lounging on the sun-drenched coast of southern France, hiking Argentina’s foothills, bungee jumping in New Zealand or diving into the clear, blue waters of Greece. With Whole Foods Market’s Top 10 Summer Wines, you can settle into a sultry summer by opening a bottle of wine to enjoy a taste of an exotic locale without leaving your own backyard or spending a pretty penny.

“New World” meets “Old World” with Whole Foods Market’s specially-selected Top 10 Summer Wines, priced at less than $20 per bottle; the list includes something for everyone.

“From alternative whites and recently popular off-dry reds to classic Bordeaux and Côtes du Rhône wines, these wines are well suited for sipping at the beach or poolside, pairing with grilled foods and other summer favorites, and sparking conversation with friends,” said Geof Ryan, global co-wine buyer for Whole Foods Market. 

Here is the list of Top 10 Summer Wines, five* of which have been sourced directly by Whole Foods Market.  Suggested cheese and recipe pairings include:

Elios Mediterranean White – From Greece, this crisp, fresh, dry white wine has mineral notes and ripe citrus on the nose. Perfect for sipping on the porch or served at brunch. 

Cheese pairing: Bonhomme Brie from Isigny Ste. Mère.

Recipe pairing: Grilled Tempeh Kabobs

Innovac!ón Torrontés Pinot Grigio* – Made in Argentina from sustainably farmed grapes, this liter-size value bottle holds an irresistibly floral, tart white with hints of lush peach and apricot. 

Cheese pairing: Seaside Cheddar, aged 15 months

Recipe pairing: Farfalle with Roasted Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Allan Scott Millstone Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc* – Made with organically grown grapes, this elegant crisp New Zealand white tastes of ripe grapefruit and lemon sherbet. 

Cheese pairing: Bucherondin

Recipe pairing: Halibut Tacos with Creamy Corn and Tomato Slaw

Vega Sindoa Viura Chardonnay – This Spanish favorite is full-bodied with crisp acidity like a bright green apple and delicate floral aromas.

Cheese pairing: Manchego

Recipe pairing: Grilled Pizza with Spinach and Ricotta Salata

Simi Chardonnay – A classic Sonoma County Chardonnay with ripe apple and pear notes and a touch of buttery popcorn on the finish. This wine offers golden color and excellent balance.

Cheese pairing: Farmstead Gouda

Recipe pairing: Oven-Fried Chicken

Cupcake Red Velvet – A casual, slightly sweet California red that brims with grape, plum and a touch of spicy strawberry jam that can be enjoyed slightly chilled.

Cheese pairing: Rogue Creamery Oregon Blue, hand-selected for Whole Foods Market

Recipe pairing: Gorgonzola and Sun-Dried Tomato Bison Burgers

Perrin Nature Côtes du Rhône – Made using organic practices, this classic French red expresses its rich, fertile terroir with cherry, blackberry and earthy notes, a hint of black pepper, and elegant tannins.

Cheese pairing: Fourme d’Ambert

Recipe pairing: Grilled Tuna Niçoise Salad

Vitiano Cabernet Sauvignon Sangiovese* – Enjoy the ripe plum and black cherry notes and balanced acidity in this medium-bodied “Super Tuscan” from Italy that is deep ruby red in color.

Cheese pairing: P’tit Basque

Recipe pairing: Grilled Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa

Château Paradis Casseuil Bordeaux* – This beautifully priced French red with youthful notes of plum and cassis can be enjoyed now after decanting, or better yet, tucked away for a special occasion.

Cheese pairing: Blue d’Auvergne

Recipe pairing: Lamb Chops with Persillade and Sea Salt

Evodia Old Vine Garnacha – Thanks to 100-year-old vines, this ripe Spanish favorite is a complex, big, round red wine with flavors of strawberry preserves, black raspberry and a hint of violet.

Cheese pairing: Manchego

Recipe pairing: Turkey Sausage-Stuffed Grilled Portobellos

Presto Moscato Dolce – This delicate, sweet summer sparkler from Italy has honeyed peach and apricot flavors are perfect for sipping or drizzled over fruit.

Cheese pairing: Brillat Savarin

Recipe pairing: Strawberry Fool

Summer Wine Twitter Tasting

Shoppers are invited to participate in the Top 10 Summer Wine Twitter Tasting on Thursday, June 9 from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET when its global wine buyers will lead a virtual tasting of six of the summer wines:  

·         Elios Mediterranean White

·         Innovac!ón Torrontés Pinot Grigio

·         Perrin Nature Côtes du Rhône

·         Evodia Old Vine Garnacha

·         Vitiano Cabernet Sauvignon Sangiovese

·         Presto Moscato Dolce


Simply pick up one or more of these wines to join the fun online or check with local stores for Twitter Tasting events, and follow along with @WFMWineGuys and #WFMWine.  For a chance to win all the cheese and wine to host your own virtual wine tasting party, correctly answer one of our wine trivia questions tweeted from @WholeFoods.  One winner will be chosen daily from June 1-6**.  For more information, visit For wine and recipe photos, please visit

**No purchase necessary.  Must be 21 to participate. Prizes will be awarded in the form of Whole Foods Market gift cards, which winners may use to redeem at their discretion.


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