If I could while away the entire summer on the back porch of a seaside cottage, sipping rosé and watching the waves crash… well, I’d want for nothing else. Of course, not many of us are jetting off for a three-month vacation at our own quaint beachfront home. But whether you’re headed to your summer rental, in need of a gift for your host at someone else’s, or just want to recreate that easy-breezy drinking vibe wherever you are in the world — you need a few great bottles. Here are our picks for the best wines, spirits, and more.
Rosé, Rosé, and More Rosé
I’ve never turned down a glass of Whispering Angel — the Provencal rosé that beachgoers in the Hamptons and the Caribbean guzzle down like so much LaCroix. But let’s get a little more creative with our rosé this year, shall we?
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When you’re stocking up for a summer, you’re probably looking to buy in bulk. And for an easy-drinking crowd-pleaser cheap enough to buy a case at a time, I’m all about Mapreco Vinho Verde Rosé. You probably know Portugal’s vinho verde as a white wine, crisp and light and super low-alcohol; here’s the rosé version. It’s tingly and mineral, a little bit effervescent, dry as can be. At 10.5 percent, a glass in the afternoon won’t knock you out. Best of all, it retails for around $8.