If your summer has been characterized by hoppy IPAs, wheaty hefeweizens, and crisp pilsners, you're on the right track, but you're missing out on a whole different world of warm-weather tipples – namely wine. Indeed, the right wine can not only be as refreshing as a cold craft beer, but also more interesting, complex, and well suited to summertime outings. At $15 a bottle or less, these six wines are perfect for get-togethers, cookouts, picnics, campouts, beach parties, and anywhere else the warm weather takes you and your closest friends.
90+ Cellars Lot 64 Sauvignon Blanc
For the average guy, 90+ is the most brilliant thing to hit the wine world since the screw-top cork. The company takes surplus bottles off the hands of highly praised (read: expensive) wineries, then slaps their own label onto those bottles and sells them at a fraction of the price. This makes picking out a good wine for a fair price – an undeniably maddening process – totally pain free and cheaper at that. From this label's offerings, we really like the Lot 64 Sauvignon Blanc for its grapefruit, guava, and wildflower notes, and its incredible ability to pair well with grilled chicken and shrimp. [$12; ninetypluscellars.com]