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.
The Beachhouse White
If you plan on doing a bit of tippling on the beach or pairing your wine with a meal of oysters, clams, or other light seafood, this white of 80 percent sauvignon blanc and 20 percent semillon is the wine you need. It's like the fresh ocean breeze in a glass: crisp, bright, with notes of lemongrass, mineral, and citrus. [$9; thebeachhousewines.com]