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.
When summer nights go the way of fall and feel a little crisper than usual, this Washington syrah is what you and your friends should be drinking. It packs in notes of black cherry, strawberry, oregano, and mint, and then finishes spicy. That makes it excellent to pair with hearty dishes redolent of red and game meats. [$15; hoguecellars.com]