With daylight savings and temperatures rising, here in California we call this “Picnic Season”. Grab your blanket, pick up some cheese and gather your friends to enjoy these absolutely refreshing wines while hanging out in the sun.

Bodegas Botani

Moscatel Seco 2013
Malaga, Spain
93 Pts

Zesty and full of life, this dry style of Muscat of Alexandria unveils aromas of ripe apricot, ruby red grapefruit, lychee and acacia. Crisp and spunky on the palate, it unfolds tangy flavors of mandarin orange and jasmine for a long clean finish. -JA

Cantina TerlanoTerlano Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio 2013
Alto Adige, Italy
94 Pts

As if sent from up above, this wondrous wine exudes an ambiance of lemon zest, quince, raw almonds, and a distinct minerality from the steep slopes of red porphyric soils. Crisply acidic and multifaceted, the palate continues on with notes of lime squeeze, honeysuckle and a long nutty finish. -JA

Red CarRed Car Rose

Rosé of Pinot Noir 2014
Sonoma Coast, California

Nearly utopian with its divine elegance, this dry rose offers expressions of watermelon, wild strawberry, wet stone and white rose. On the palate it bestows an incredible sense of purity alongside juicy flavors of pink grapefruit, kumquat and white pepper. -JA

Left Coast CellarsLeft Coast Cellars Pinot Gris

The Orchards Pinot Gris 2013
Willamette Valley, Oregon
93 Pts

Succulent like biting into an Asian pear on a warm summer day, it further expresses hints of pineapple, iris, and steely minerality. Its rich round body is uplifted by its sparky acidity, making this a truly delicious companion to bring to the park. -JA

White HartWhite Hart

Chardonnay 2013
Arroyo Seco, California
92 Pts

Where the forces of complexity and freshness combine, this Central Coast chardonnay offers an enticing perfume of apple tart, orange blossom, fresh baguette and nutmeg. Its bright acidity and precision of minerality on the palate make this perfect for a sunny afternoon. ­-JA

Domaine de la QuillaMuscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2013

Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2013
Loire Valley, France
92 Pts

Almost dreamlike in style, this ultra-refreshing white brilliantly displays its aromas of lime blossom, saline, and smoky minerality over a zippy palate of green apple. Nothing could be a better pairing for your Sunday brunch oysters.   -JA